A Tour for Space History Enthusiasts

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In this all new Special Interest Tour, access restricted and historic areas of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and learn about the United States Air Force and America’s early space program. During this tour, see historic launch sites, tour the Sands Space History Center and visit the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse with a space expert as your guide. In this tour that may run up to 4.5 hours, space enthusiasts will visit the following by Kennedy Space Center buses:*

  • Travel to the Sands Space History Center for a docent-led tour.
  • Tour through Hangar C with a space expert guide to answer your questions. Hangar C is the first permanent and oldest surviving structure at the Cape built and used for missile assembly. Inside, see artifacts like:
    • Atlas, America's first intercontinental ballistic missile
    • The only known Firebird missile still in existence
    • Early space artifacts like Gemini and Apollo “boiler plates,” used during simulations for training
  • Visit the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse where docents are available to answer questions.
  • Stop at Pad 14 Blockhouse to take photos and see inside.
  • Drive by Pad 34, the historic site of Apollo 1.

*Please note that this tour may be customized as stops will vary based on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station operational requirements.

The tour concludes by returning to the visitor complex. Explore on your own for the remainder of the day. Please note that unlike other Special Interest Tours, this tour does not visit the Apollo/Saturn V Center. We recommend you purchase a multiday ticket or annual pass in order to explore all attractions and shows during return visits.


  • This tour is only available on Tuesdays. Daily admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is NOT included with this tour, but is required.
  • You must purchase your ticket in advance by Thursday at 11:59 PM prior to your tour on the following Tuesday.
  • Guests must be 14 years old or older to take the tour.
  • Closed toe shoes are required.
  • Due to the length of Cape Canaveral’s Rise to Space, a snack and water will be provided. Guests are encouraged to eat prior to the start of the tour.
  • Tour availability and routes may be altered at any time with or without any notice due to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station operational requirements.

Due to restricted access at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, each visitor on this tour must register with visitor complex security officers between 9 am and 10:00 am on the day of the tour. Register at the Information center located at the main entrance. For American 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. International adult and child participants must present a valid passport to participate. Passport cards are not accepted as a valid form of ID for this tour.

Attraction Details
  • Add on Currently unavailable for guests and employees health and safety
  • Hours icon Allow up to 4.5 Hours
  • page detail Guests must be 14 years old or older.
  • page detail Closed toe shoes are required
  • transport Tour concludes at the main visitor complex
  • transport Please take the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour to visit the Apollo/Saturn V Center, included with daily admission.
  • page detail An annual pass is recommended for return visits to see all visitor complex shows and attractions
  • dining icon Snack and water provided
  • bathrooms Restrooms available
  • page detail Partial wheelchair accessibility
  • reserved Advance reservations are recommended
  • page detail Map

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Go behind the Cape Canaveral’s gates and get up close to the dawn of the U.S. space program in this new special interest bus tour. Get a look at this tour perfect for space and history enthusiasts!

January 23, 2020 | BY ALAINA
All exhibits are subject to change and tours may be altered or closed due to operational requirements or launch preparations.