Thinking of Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral themselves, we had no surprizes. Any time you visit an attraction or major site like this, you have to expect to pay more for food / drink. Prices were higher than they were at Daytona Speedway but not by much. We expected this and were ready for it. For adults this should not be a problem. We can do without if we feel it's a rip-off. Having kids with you is more of problem.
Unique Suggestions: Some may think that the prices in the gift shop at the Visitors Center are high. We spent well over $100 and left there loaded down with what I thought were great gifts and keepsakes for fair prices concidering the venue. The hard part was picking what to buy. The selection was vast and the price ranges were from less than $1 to the hundreds of dollars.
Fun Alternatives: Take drinking water. Take a small snack. Be prepared to give in to the kids a little. The concession vendors make things appealling to kids (shock!). If at all possible, do not take children that you will (or may have to) carry. By the end of the day, you could see the strain on the parents that were doing so. Older children will love it but those too young will get little from the trip. Allow plenty of time. We were there 7 hours. When you may never get to go back, you have to make the most of the trip.
Watch your money in the Space Shop
The Space Shop has over 8,000 space related items. When you enter, you just can't help buying 'this for a friend' and 'that for another friend' and 'one little thing for a neighbor', and...
But things are not cheap. So be careful, Americans know how to sell their attractions :)
The gift shop? Hehe... yes,...
The gift shop? Hehe... yes, there's a gift shop here, like all good family destinations! :) Eh, I'm not complaining, but some out there may consider it a tourist trap. I, myself, bought stuff here, including my cool sunglasses! :)
See picture: Astronaut...
See picture: Astronaut Momorial honoring the 16 astronauts who have died in the line of duty
Don't be surprised during the tour to see a vast array of wildlife. Kennedy Space Center is located within the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
The refuge-about 20 percent of the size of Rhode Island. The space center comprises only 6, acres.
The other 134,000 are wildlife habitat in its natural state.More than 500 speciesof animals and birds call the refuge home, including otters, dolphins,bobcats, alligators, sea turtles, pelicans,manatees and bald eagles. Twenty-one federal and state-listed endagered and threatened species live here, working on sustaining their populations on Earth as NASA works on moving humans farther into space.
The Cocoa Beach Pier
Average food, high prices and ridiculous parking charges. However, the beach is good, the bikinis are great and they have all kinds of live entertainment.
Unique Suggestions: Check out the Easter Surfing Contest.