Our day at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex included the Kennedy Space Center Tour of NASA's Launch Headquarters, two IMAX films, all shows and exhibits - including Space Shuttle Atlantis, and a visit to the Astronaut Hall of Fame. We stopped at the four-story LC-39 Observation Gantry where you get a bird's eye view of the Space Shuttle launch pads and parts of the world's busiest space launch facility. We visted the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where we walked beneath a massive Saturn V rocket, relive Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon, and experienced the thunderous rumble of a Saturn V moon rocket lift off. Our day continued with IMAX movie screenings of "Hubble 3D." Hubble 3D offers an inspiring and unique look into the Hubble Space Telescope’s legacy and highlights its profound impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves.
The Astronaut Hall of Fame, is located at the entrance to the Kennedy Space Center. This attraction features the world's largest collection of personal astronaut mementos, historic spacecraft, one-of-a-kind space legacies, and hands-on activities. We sat in tne mission control console, feel the pull of 4 Gs in the G-Force Simulator, and land a Space Shuttle.
All sorts of tours were availabe including lunch with an Astronaut, the NASA Up-Close Tour and the Cape Canaveral: Then and Now Tour.
Tours start at 10:00 am and run continuously every 15 minutes.
Attractions at Kennedy Space Center
John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Sally Ride and Jim Lovell are just a few names of the brave men and women that have launched into space from Kennedy Space Center, and now it's your turn to become a part of the space program. Your full day of exploration includes real space hardware, authentic attractions, inspiring exhibits and hands-on experiences that will make KSC the highlight of your Florida vacation.
The incredible accomplishments of the Apollo moon program return to life in the amazing Apollo/Saturn V Center. In back-to-back IMAX® theaters, you'll feel the thrill of space exploration on five-story screens as you "float" right alongside NASA Astronauts. On our guided tours into exclusive areas, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at Kennedy Space Center's working space flight facilities.
Strap in and experience interactive space flight simulators at the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Touch a real piece of Mars, see gigantic rockets, board the Space Shuttle Explorer and much more.
U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
Come live the human side of space like you never imagined you could - complete with the sights, sounds and experiences of the real astronauts who first ventured into the frontiers of space. Experience exhibits dedicated to our nation's astronauts, including the world's largest collection of personal memorabilia and realistic astronaut training simulators.
Then, suit up, strap in, and blast off into an interactive experience that gives you a true taste of space, like the G-Force Trainer that lets you feel the pressure of four times the force of gravity. Feel what it's like to walk on the moon or ride a rover across the rocky Martian terrain, then carefully guide the Space Shuttle to a smooth landing.
Explore a rare collection of astronaut artifacts and see remarkable displays, exhibits and tributes dedicated to the heroes. From Wally Schirra's Sigma 7 Mercury spacecraft and the Apollo 14 Command Module to stunning glass etchings that line the Hall of Heroes, this facility celebrates those astronauts inducted into the Hall of Fame.
~ Meet face-to-face with one of the few who have flown in space, "live" at the Astronaut Encounter
~ Touch a piece of Mars at the Exploration in the New Millennium
~ A chance to see the actual space shuttle and launch pads from the L39 Observation Gantry. ~ See a Space Shuttle model on a scale of 1:1
~ Kennedy Space Center NASA Bus Tour with stops at the Observation Gantry to see the launch pads, and the Saturn V exhibit area
~ Unlimited access to the Visitors Complex exhibits such as IMAX Space Films, Rocket Garden, Robot Scouts, Universe Theater, Astronaut Encounter, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted, Early Space Exploration, Nature and Technology
There are plenty of places to eat at the Kennedy Space Center.
I called the Chamber of Commerce to try to find out something about the Historic District, and got an answering service and she said we'd be able to see where the Historic District was, because it was "really old buildings"
I got a walking tour map from the museum. On the walking tour, I was not able to find the plaque about the 1900 Wooden Schoolhouse, nor was I able to find the Indian River Bank (1888) or the Brady Grocery Store (1886) until later in the week (They are still there but not exactly where I thought they would be on the map).
I also didn't see the Space Center viewing site - it was hot and I didn't want to get out of the car. We also saw the Prichard House (1891 but with the roof in bad shape), Wager House (1882), Robbins House (1901-photo 5), and Dr. Spell's house (1911-photo 4).
the canaveral national seashore is located in the kennedy space center. it offers beautiful playalinda beach, great views of launch pads and the VAB and wildlife trails. this unspoiled part of the east coast of florida is well worth a visit. note: the seashore is closed during shuttle launches and landings. check their website for more information.
the vehicle assembly building, (VAB) is one of the largest buildings in the world. this huge building covers 8 acres, is 525 feet tall and has 129,428,000 cubic feet under roof. to get an idea of it's mammoth size almost 4 empire state buildings could be placed in the VAB. not open to the public but you can get a close look at the VAB on the kennedy space center tour.
the canaveral national seashore is a wildlife refuge. on the road to playalinda beach you pass by a number of lagoons and marshes which you can see florida wildlife. pictured is an alligator sunning itself along the road to the beach.
playalinda beach is located in the cape canaveral national seashore. playalinda is one of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast of florida. since it is in the confines of the kennnedy space center the beach is totally undeveloped. note: the beach is closed during shuttle roll outs from the VAB and during shuttle launches and landings. check their wesite for more information.
the parking lot of the astronaut hall of fame is the closest place in florida to watch a missle launch. the distance from the astronaut hall of fame and the shuttle launch pad is about 5 miles. pictured is a shuttle launch from the astronaut hall of fame.
the astronaut hall of fame is part of the kennedy space center visitor center complex. it is located at the intersection of columbia blvd. (SR405) and horizon drive about a half mile west of the KSC visitor center. the KSC is closed during launches and shuttle landings but the hall of fame remains open. check their website for more information.
the kennedy space center is one of florida's most visited attractions. this huge complex has shows, interactive displays, and a collection of relics from the space program. from the KSC visitor center you can take a bus tour of the launch complex. note: the visitor center is closed during launches and shuttle landings. check their website for more information.
From May 2007:
We noticed a large bird in a nest high on a post on the right side of the road just as we drove into Titusville from the bridge from Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, so we pulled off the road into the little park there and took some photos of the birds.
We drove down to the National Police Museum which was in the AAA book. There are police cars, and motorcycles. There are interactive things for kids to do. There's a chapel and a big memorial with all the names of police officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty. Outside there's also a K-9 memorial (photo). You can go and do target practice at the Shooting Center for $18 by renting a gun and buying ammo.
Open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm
closed Thanksgiving day, Christmas day, New Years day
Kids 4-12: $8
Senior Citizens & Military: $8
Law Enforcement Officers: Free*
Family Survivors: Free
They have helicopter rides in a little black machine (photo) from
RECON TOUR - 3 min. Flight
This flight takes a quick loop around the Police & Astronaut Hall of Fame with a glimpse of NASA's massive land area.
(300 feet altitude*) Price $25.00 per person.
ECO TOUR - 30 min. Flight
Enjoy a special narrated tour covering an unforgettable part of Florida's old time historic area, The St. John's River. Viewing Florida's Native wildlife you can be on the lookout for exotic birds, turtles and of course the World Famous Florida alligator. (3500 feet altitude*) Price $153.00 per person
*Minimum of 2 passengers per flight for all tours
I've not been to this - only seen it. It is part of the Kennedy Space Center complex
The web site says:
" Come live the human side of space like you never imagined you could - complete with the sights, sounds and experiences of the real astronauts who first ventured into the frontiers of space. Experience exhibits dedicated to our nation's astronauts, including the world's largest collection of personal memorabilia and realistic astronaut training simulators."
Astronaut Hall of Fame Admission Only
$17 adult/$13 child (ages 3-11)
Only available at the Astronaut Hall of Fame.
A nice, easy hike through a nicely shaded hammock. Well-maintained and easy to follow trails. For a short walk, there is a 1/4 mile boardwalk behind the visitors center w/ interpretive panels. Oak Hammock Trail (1/2 mile) and Palm Hammock Trail (2 miles) share a common parking lot 1 mile east of the visitor center. Or, for a longer walk, check out Cruickshank Trail (5 miles) is located at stop #9 on Black Point Wildlife Drive. Or there is the Scrub Trail (1 mile) located north of SR406 on SR3.
Check out the Manatee Observation Deck on SR3 on the northeast side of Haulover Canal, 10 1/2 miles from the visitor center. Best time of the year to view is Fall and Spring.
There is also fishing, boating, hunting available.
There is also a 7 mile self-guided auto tour through salt & freshwater marshes on Black Point Wildlife Drive. Your best bet is to get a brochure from the visitors center.
Kennedy space center gives you a inside view about space travels.
There are a lot of hands on experiences or simulators. But there's also a lot to see about the history of space travels.
When you arrive you are at the visitor center where there are different exhibits indoor and outdoor. They have 2 imax theaters, a rocket garden, shops and more.
From here you also can take a tourbus to go to different locations on the island. You can stop at the Apollo Saturn V center or get a good look at the LC39 observatory Gantry.
You also have the ability to upgrade your ticket to get an even more close look at this space center.
Picture taken May 2001
KSC, and its vistors center. Port Canaveral. Orlando. Me, as I am a Florida Native!!
Space and Beyond, need I say more? The port, the connection for cruising. Orlando, non-stop entertainment. Me, Native.