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NASA's Space Center Houston and City Sightseeing Tour
"Make your own way downtown to meet your bus for a narrated sightseeing tour of Houston. During the 90-minute tour by double-decker open-top bus pass by City Hall Minute Maid Park (home of the Houston Astros baseball team) Hermann Park Houston’s Museum District and much more. Afterward transfer to a comfortable coach that takes you to Space Center Houston and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Although high-profile space flights launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida most of the planning and training for the US space program takes place in Houston. Your day includes a 90-minute tram tour that takes you onto the grounds of the Johnson Space Center. See both the new and original Mission Control centers and the
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NASA Space Center and Kemah Boardwalk Tour
"This exclusive guided tour for you and your friends family clients or co-workers is done in air conditioned comfort with all entry fees prepaid for travelers' convenience. Complimentary bottled water juices and snacks are also provided for your touring pleasure. Travelers will be picked up at chosen hotel home or business in central Houston for a 1-hour tour of downtown Houston. You will have mobile views of some of Houston's most popular landmarks such as Minute Maid Park George R. Brown convention center
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NASA's Space Center Houston and City Sightseeing Tour
"Make your own way downtown to meet your bus for a narrated sightseeing tour of Houston. During the 90-minute tour by double-decker open-top bus pass by City Hall Minute Maid Park (home of the Houston Astros baseball team) Hermann Park Houston’s Museum District and much more. Afterward transfer to a comfortable coach that takes you to Space Center Houston and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Although high-profile space flights launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida most of the planning and training for the US space program takes place in Houston. Your day includes a 90-minute tram tour that takes you onto the grounds of the Johnson Space Center. See both the new and original Mission Control centers and the
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NASA Johnson Space Center Tips (53)

Johnson Space Center

Space Center Houston is the Official Visitors Center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. It’s a place where people can experience space — from its dramatic past and exciting present to its compelling future. It’s one of the only places on Earth where visitors can see astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock and take a behind-the-scenes tour of NASA. The world class exhibits, attractions and hands-on activities tell the story of America’s manned space flight program, giving children an out-of-this-world experience like no other.

Restaurants were pricey with usual fast food fare. Gift shops were extensive with lots of gift ideas for children. Lines moved quickly, there was a lot to see and touch.

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apbeaches
Jun 18, 2015

NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston

Got my family in no charge with military ID but I would have gladly paid after what I saw inside. Seeing where the astronauts train was awsome, but not as awesome as going to the viewing area where the families used to sit inside the old mission control was the best!

BrandonN
Jun 18, 2014

After NASA Tour, head to Kemah for Lunch or Dinner

I concur - if you have a car, it is a much better option to drive to Space Center Houston instead of taking the bus there. After your tour of NASA, I recommend heading down NASA Rd 1 towards the bay (a left turn out of Space Center Houston) and then taking a right at Cty. 146 to head over the massive Kemah bridge. The Kemah Boardwalk is there, with a large variety of restaruants to choose from for lunch along the bay. T-Bone Tom's (BBQ) and Tookies (Burgers) are two great options. Tookie's is before the bridge however.

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pdhharris
Sep 18, 2012

Space Center Houston, of course!

If you go to Houston, you have to visit the Space Center! After all, Houston is where NASA-Johnson Space Center is located. That's where the astronauts train and where NASA curates the lunar rocks brought back by the Apollo missions. Space Center Houston is the museum associated with it. Permanent exhibitions are about past and present space programs and the solar system. I particularly enjoyed the "Star ship gallery" and the Moon rock exhibition. there are lots of exhibitions and stuffs for kids.
Do not miss the little train ride! That's where you go as close as you can to the "real" NASA. They change the train path from time to time. Now (2011), you can choose between 2 tours, one to the old Mission Control room and to the rocket park (including a Saturn V, like the ones that sent astronauts to the Moon), and one to the real size shuttle where the astronauts are training and to the rocket park (be prepared to wait in line on week-ends for these tours).

It is ridiculously expensive: $19.95 per person (kids and seniors have reductions, $16 on line), $5 for parking.
Space Center is opened 10-5 weekdays. 10-6 weekends.

Note: there is a detailed tour of 4-5 hours of NASA behind the scene with a guide that you can purchase for $85 called "Level 9 tour". It should be reserved in advance.

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Feb 18, 2011
 
 
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Private tour of Johnson Space Center

For the adult or teen with more that a casual interest in the space program, the JSC Level 9 tour is a must-do. These tours are only available if booked in advance and although a little pricey at $85 for each adult (14 or older, no kids allowed), the price includes access to the shows within the JSC. The tour includes 12 passenger shuttle buses that are air conditioned and a nice way to get around during Houston's hot and humid summers. The tour guides are extremely knowledgable of the workings and history of NASA and the JSC. The tour includes a hot lunch in the cafeteria where the astronauts and NASA technicians eat. This is a wonderful tour that gives one a sense of special treatment only previously reserved for to visiting dignitaries. Thrill seekers would be bored but those who can appreciate how much the space program has benefited mankind and has a keen interest in engineering will not be disappointed. Although you will see many items of historical significance, this is not just another tour. The Level 9 tour brings you to intimacy with the Space Program, and you will let feel the intensity of the fraternal bonds between the NASA team in Mission Control and the astronauts in space. My brother Joe has been following the space program since he was a kid. 5 years ago I surprised him with a level 9 tour for his 50 birthday, when he came to visit. Joe still gets excited every time he recounts his experiences and the special treatment those at Mission Control gave him.
http://www.spacecenter.org/Level9Tour.html

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Leodapoz
Jul 04, 2009

We could have spent more time

I'd read a little bit about how this is for kids and it is cheap exhibits. So we didn't allow much time. However I felt like there was so much to see and do and though we only got a small glimpse what we saw was interesting and worthwhile. We went right in and stood in line for the trolley ride. We waited at least 45 min. We took the one that would take us to the Historic Mission Control. Since we lived through that Apollo era and were watching on TV when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the moon, we had to see the place where the history really happened. I'm so glad they've left everything the way it was. Besides re-living those amazing memories it helped to see how far technology has come and how life has moved on. We didn't get off at the rocket garden since we had seen the one at Cape Canaveral. I would also have liked to take the other tour...can't remember now where it went. And then we went to the exhibit hall. There was a life size shuttle cockpit, a model of the space station, a demonstration of life on the shuttle, movies, games, and more that we didn't really explore, as well of course as a gift shop and food court.

I had purchased online, from their website, ahead of time a half price ticket. We bought it in May for an August visit. I know part of the reason I felt like this was a good place to visit was because we didn't pay full price. That helped make it a better value.

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Segolily
Mar 04, 2009

space centre

Mission control is worth a look however this is the most unorganised place ever. You have to wait for 2 separate coach tours to see everything and you can be stuck waiting for ages. the two tours could very easilybe combined into one especially when they both end in the rocket garden. if you have a choose between only visiting here or kennedy, kennedy wins hands up! The whole centre is sponsered byvariuos different companies

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HeidiR
Sep 06, 2006

Is it worth the trip out to NASA?

The Johnson Space Centre is about an hour's drive from downtown Houston, and can get extremely crowded, especially during the school holidays. Is it worth making the trip? Yes and no. The actual visit to the working NASA offices is only about 45 minutes, where they take you to see the astronaut training site with all the mock-ups of the space vehicles (most times no one is there) and the old mission control room. For the time spent queueing, it's not worth much.

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Jun 24, 2006
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Space ships! Space suits! Space food!

Too bad we only had an hour to glance over the activities offered at the Space Center. I would've loved to take the tram tour that takes you inside the Space Center and to the launch pad.

This is very kids friendly as majority of the actitivies are geared toward children and young at heart and space enthusiasts.

If I ever end up visiting Houston again, I'd like to spend a day here.

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raraavis
Jun 12, 2006

Visit NASA

Visit NASA space center, I had a wonderful time there. A lot in store if you are a space enthusiasts. Got a ride on their space-age vehicles which kinda "float" on the ground. And also visit the control room where everything happens...

mandom
May 17, 2006

The NASA

It is impossible to go to Houston without visiting the Space Center.
To say the truth, the center is mainly made for children.
There are :
- two tram tours to visit the Johnson Center beside, with a guide who explains the various space relics
- two movies on the Space quest
- an amusing presentation of the life in the space
- a show : how the center works
- the astronaut gallery
We bought also food conditioned to be eaten in space...

Ticket : 22$50 (less 2$ with a coupon)
Senior : 20$95
Children : 17$95

Parking : 4$

Next year we visited Cape Canaveral to see the other face.

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GUYON
Apr 22, 2006

Space Center Houston

OK...this was very interesting to me....believe it or not, there are actually 2 space centers! So, let me give you a few tips just to help you have a good time; and not get confused and frustrated in the process:

First off, like I said, there are 2 space centers. The first one is run by the government. The other is where all the exhibits are. I accidentally (and purposely) drove into the wrong one thinking they were both the same place. The guard at the gate told me to "proceed to building 110." So I "proceeded" to Building 110 (outside the gate I might add), where I was told I could not enter unless I had a "point of contact." Since I didn't have one, I couldn't talk to HR in person...oh well.

In any case, I drove further down the road and found the space center that had all the fun stuff. It is just past the NASA JSC. The best way to know you are in the right place, is the fact that the front entrance has 2 T-38 planes on display.

Parking is $5 US; and admission is $18.95 (discounted with AAA, Military, or if you work for Southwest Airlines).

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Astrobuck
Dec 07, 2005

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