For the true enthusiast, expect to spend an entire day at the Kennedy Space Center: it is well worth the time if you have a loved one who is interested in aeronautics, engineering or science. It will fascinate them for hours. Current operating hours are from 9:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m.
There are several different levels of admission, and the maximum acess admission which we selected included a tour of the space center, all the IMAX films, exhibits and shows, but also the Astronaut Hall of Fame (you pass this along the way to the Center) for $38 per adult ($28 per child ages 3-11).
Kennedy Space Center is really huge, we didn’t managed to watch everything for 4 hours, although our driver said it’s not too big and 4 hours is more than enough. They sell tickets the way you can visit the center next day free, and it’s reasonable. You need these two days to if you want to explore everything there. Center includes Visitor complex, international Space Station Center,LC-39 observation Gantry, Apollo/Saturn V center, US astronaut Hall of Fame. Wee had time only for IMAX Theater and Apollo center.
KSC is just a 45-minute trek from Orlando. It gives visitors an up-close peek at the facilities, where America’s space dreams come true. Apollo Center features an actual rocket that powered astronauts to the moon. We saw “Walking on the moon” 3D. Only 12 have walked on the lunar surface. We were next, but virtual tourists there. It’s very educational and interesting. You feel as if you touch the history of space exploration with all its ups and downs. You can meet and actually come face to face with one of few who has flown in space at astronaut encounter, one can walk through the rocket garden and see rockets from all eras stack up side by side.
Food is expensive there, but the Center is surely worth visiting.
Kennedy Space Center is not more than an hour drive from Orlando, and it is a place that could easily be overlooked, but DON'T MISS IT. It will make you proud of the technology our country has given to the world. Children and adults will find plenty of interesting things at the Center from walking through a space shuttle to seeing the rocket garden, The HUGE SATURN 5 ROCKET exhibit, MISSION CONTROL and even a very educational and interesting ride out to view the shuttle launch area viewing area.There are many more things to see and I thought it was the attraction HIGHLIGHT of all the Fla. attractions I've seen.
Another location that is well worth the drive if you're based in Orlando. Take the tour bus to see the launch pads and the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
Marvel at the bravery of those guys who entrusted their lives to some heavyweight tinfoil which is what the lunar landing module appears to be made of.
Allow time to see one of the IMAX films. Meet an astronaut - the list goes on and there's much that I still haven't experienced there yet.
On my third visit I said we'd only spend a half day there and drive on down to Cocoa Beach but guess what - we spent a whole day there yet again!
They've made a lot of effort here to make a very functional and useful station an attractive prospect to tourists, and their work has not been in vain. There are some astonishing features, and my only regret is that we weren't there to witness an actual space shuttle launch.
There's a number of exhibits, and old vessils to study, and you can also take an informative tour of the grounds. In addition, there are various attractions, such as a 3d mini movie about space travel. An fascinating and educational insight in to space travel is here for your viewing pleasure. :)
Kennedy Space Center or Cape Canaveral shows what determination and a lot of dollars can create. A tour of the center with a walk among the giant rockets puts the space program in the correct perspective. What looked so easy on TV, looks huge and complex in reality. Just have a look at the 'sleeping' Saturn V rocket! If you're lucky there is a Space Shuttle waiting on the launch pad.
Take a trip round the world in the Space Shuttle
See the world as you have never seen it before. Go into low-earth orbit for a quick 90 minute trip around the globe. Costs about $20 million per person. Best to book in advance.
Visit the Kennedy Space Center
Drive around on a tour bus and see the Vehicle Assembly Building (pictured), climb an observation tower and if you're lucky you'll see a shuttle on the pad (albeit from a couple of miles away!). Walk round the museum areas. See the history of the United States' space effort.
For those visitors who are here in October, you might be able to catch the launch of two rockets and Space Shuttle Discovery. Here is the current launch schedule, which is subject to change based on weather and ocean conditions:
Oct. 9 - Atlas 5 launch
Oct. 17 - Delta 2 launch
Oct. 23 - Space Shuttle Discovery
Nov. 2 - Delta 4H
Nov. 7 - Atlas 5
Dec. 6 - Soace Shuttle Atlantis
Cape Canaveral is without doubt a place that changed human history: Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Space Shuttle, ISS, ...let's see what the future brings.
The attractions: Rocket Garden, IMAX movies, space history exhibits, a full-sized walk-through Space Shuttle display, bus tours and much more.
Other space-related attractions are available nearby, including Space Camp, the Astronaut Hall of Fame, and the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory at Brevard Community College.
A visit to Orlando would not be complete without a visit to Kennedy Space Center that serves as NASA's headquarters for launches. It is not often that a common person gets access to tour launch pads and KSC provides that option for a space buff's dream come true. This is one place where someone can pretend to be an astronaut and live out a dream.
Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at Cape Canaveral, is only about a 45 minute drive east of Orlando. With the atlantic ocean on one side, Cape Canaveral is almost like an island waiting to be gobbled up the vast ocean. When the rains and winds get heavier, KSC closes down and visitors are immediately advised to leave the area for more inward locations like Orlando.
The space center is a very interesting spot to see. There is always something for every one there. They have everything from a cool video of an Apollo launch to a peice of the moon and even bald eagles and alligators.
I really enjoyed the visit to Kennedy Space Center. You get to experience and see lots of stuff that has to do with astronomy and space. You will especially get to see real or retired models of space shuttles, rockets, and capsules. Buses will carry you throughout the "park". There's an observation desk where you can see launches. The place is amazing. Definitely worth a visit!!
Approximately 45 mins drive from Orlando is the home of US space exploration - the Kennedy Space Centre. Visit the launch pads and see the original rockets, shuttles and space station simulators.
On a clear night the launches can be seen from Orlando.
Cape Canaveral is also a nature reserve, with alligators and eagles ahring the site with NASA.
KSC home of NASA and the Space Shuttle can be found on my Cape Canaveral page.
I have just put this on here because a lot of people associate it with Orlando and I just wanted to point them in the right direction..