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Your Holidays in Space Mission


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.


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 and go directly to the turnstiles. We are unable to scan a photo of your ticket, so please use the original ticket received by email.


Did you know that it takes a full day to explore the visitor complex? We open at 10:00 AM every day, but the parking lot opens at 9:30 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.


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®Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® or NASA Now. All of these are included with admission!

For those interested in a more private experience, explore Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex guided by a space expert on a three hour walking tour of exhibits such as Heroes & Legends, Space Shuttle Atlantis®. A souvenir is included with your ticket.


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!


During this holiday season, we are committed to creating a Trusted Space for our guests and employees. For your safety, all guests and employees are required to wear face coverings during their visit. Prior to entry, all guests and employees will be temperature checked. Anyone displaying a temperature of 100.4 F will not be allowed entry; those in their party will not be allowed entry either. Additionally, attendance has been limited and certain attractions capacities have been reduced to accommodate social distancing.

While visiting, please take note of the blue Trusted Space markers on the floor to help your crew social distance themselves from other guests. Additionally, hand sanitizer stations are available at various locations throughout Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for you to use during your visit.

Bonus Tip: Looking for a way to stay safe in style? Purchase a space-themed face coverings from The Space Shop at the visitor complex. Choose from numerous styles online or swing by The Space Shop during your visit.


If you can, break for lunch either earlier or later than the typical 12:00 noon lunchtime to minimize wait times. Orbit Cafe offers freshly-selected salads, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, dessert and more. Indoor seating is available, along with outdoor seating in the Constellation Plaza.

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.


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!).

Wishing you and yours a safe and wonderful holiday this season!

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

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