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The Space Race Started Here

America’s space program was born on the sunny coast of Florida at (what was then) Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in 1950. Before NASA built Kennedy Space Center, rockets soared into Earth's orbit from an extensive complex of launch pads meant to propel America into the future, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. Visitors can tour this historic military site now known as Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, including launch complexes where Alan Shepard and the rest of the Mercury 7 astronauts blasted into space and Project Gemini's two-person launches helped us learn how to send astronauts to the Moon.

Tour stops also include:

  • The Air Force Space & Missile Museum
  • The Mercury 7 Monument
  • Launch Complex 34, the memorial site for the crew of Apollo 1



  • This tour is only available Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and starts at 11:00 AM. You must purchase your ticket in 72 hours in advance prior to your tour.
  • Daily admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is NOT included with this tour, but is required.
  • Flat, closed toe shoes are required.
  • Cape Canaveral Space Force Station is requiring that face covers be worn on the bus and inside buildings at all times.
  • The total length of the tour is about two and a half hours and it concludes at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Explore the facility on your own before taking a Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex bus back to the main visitor complex at your leisure.

Before You Book: Due to restricted access at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, all guests, U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens, are required to pre-register each participant’s information for identity verification. Before you purchase tickets, you will be prompted to fill out a form with each guest’s (regardless of age) name, date of birth, country of birth, and passport/government-issued ID details. If a member of your party is a U.S. citizen under the age of 18 and does not have a government-issued ID yet, a guardian may use his/her own ID for registration. Please have your documentation ready and bring it with you.


Adults: $25 (plus tax)

Children, ages 3-11: $19 (plus tax)


This tour is currently unavailable.


When You Arrive: Each visitor on this tour must register with visitor complex security officers between 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM on the day of the tour. Register at the Information center located at the main entrance. For U.S. citizens, a U.S. government-issued driver's license, passport, military ID or U.S. state ID card is required for tour participants age 18 and over, so bring it with you.

International adult and child participants must present a valid passport to participate. Passport cards and photocopies of passports are not accepted as a valid form of ID for this tour. Please bring your original passport.


If you do not bring your original ID, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station will not permit you to participate in this tour.


The aerial image shows launch pads on what was known as Cape Kennedy Air Force Station in 1964. Today, the row of active and inactive launch sites are located on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Photo credit: NASA.

Attraction Details
  • Add on Available as an add-on enhancemen
  • dining icon Moon Rock Cafe available at Apollo/Saturn V Center
  • Hours icon Allow 2.5 Hours
  • page detail Closed toe shoes are required
  • shopping icon Shopping available at the Apollo/Saturn V Center
  • transport Tour concludes at the Apollo/Saturn V Center
  • bathrooms Restrooms available on tour
  • transport Return buses leave every 15 minutes
  • page detail Wheelchair Accessible
  • transport Return Trip 15 minutes
  • reserved Book 72 hours in advance
  • page detail Multiple tours are not recommended
  • page detail Map

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All exhibits are subject to change and tours may be altered or closed due to operational requirements or launch preparations.