Payload Blog

Your Holidays in Space Mission


UPDATED DECEMBER 10, 2019

Happy Holidays from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex! No matter where you live, we welcome you to enjoy some Florida sun, sand and, of course, space this holiday season. Because this is a busy time for all, we’ve put together a few tips to help you make the most of your visit to America’s multi-user spaceport.

The Rocket Garden fountain displays festive colors for Holidays in Space at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

1. PURCHASE TICKETS AHEAD OF TIME

You can help minimize your entrance wait by pre-purchasing your tickets online. You may either print them or load them on your phone for entry (look for a qr code to know you are on the right page). This will ensure you bypass the Ticket and Will Call lines. We are unable to scan a photo of your ticket, so please use the original ticket received by email.


2. ARRIVE EARLY!

Did you know that it takes at least a full day to explore the visitor complex? We open at 9:00 AM every day, but the parking lot opens at 8:30 AM. We welcome a larger amount of visitors December 26 - 31, so plan to arrive early especially during this week to help beat the lines and ensure you have time for your favorite exhibits and attractions. Need some help preparing for your visit? Take a look at our Plan Your Visit page for information on what to do before you arrive, and what you can expect while touring.

Remember: The visitor complex is protected as a federal government facility. You will go through a security screening before entering the complex. Be sure you do not have any forgotten glass juice bottles, pocket knives or pepper spray in your bags or pockets. Learn about all prohibited items here, and be sure to leave them at home.

Festive star-shaped lights sit in the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

3. HAVE A GAME PLAN

Visit Explore Attractions on our website before to help plan your day, including the suggested length of time needed at each attraction. Upon arrival, consult the Daily Schedule for show times and other important information. Don’t miss Space Shuttle Atlantis®, the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour featuring a stop at the newly transformed Apollo/Saturn V Center, Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, Astronaut Encounter or NASA Now. All of these are included with admission!

Bonus Tip: If you find you did not have time to do all you wanted in one day, ask Guest Services about Multiday Tickets or Annual Passes so you can return all year!


4. EAT LUNCH EARLY OR LATE

If you can, break for lunch either earlier or later than the typical 12:00 noon lunchtime to minimize wait times. Consider purchasing Dine With An Astronaut for more enhanced dining experience. With a reservation, enjoy a sit-down buffet meal and hear first-hand accounts of living and working in space from a real veteran NASA astronaut in this brand new facility. This dining experience fills fast so be sure to reserve early. Lunch is offered daily.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT

Bonus Tip: You are also welcome to bring your lunch to the visitor complex. Please remember to bring your items in soft-sided coolers only.


5. BE PREPARED FOR LONGER LINES

During the holidays, you can anticipate longer lines at the visitor complex. We move the lines along as smoothly and as quickly as capacities allow. Many of the attractions have pre-shows on a fixed schedule that allow many guests in at a time. They are well worth seeing (especially in Atlantis!).

Bonus Tip: Purchase a Special Interest Bus Tour! These tours are enhanced from our Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour and allow you closer access beyond NASA’s gates. You won’t need to stay in the regular bus tour line, and you will not need to take the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour (included with daily admission) if you purchase a Special Interest Tour. Just be sure to arrive early enough that you do not miss your designated embarkation time.

PURCHASE TOUR
Holiday decor such as snowflakes grace the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for Holidays in Space.