What is included with Daily Admission?
Daily Admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex includes the KSC Bus Tour along with the Apollo/Saturn V Center, Space Shuttle Atlantis®, and the Astronaut Encounter theater featuring three presentations daily: Astronaut Encounter, Mission Status Briefings and Eyes on the Universe: NASA’s Space Telescopes. All other exhibits and attractions are also included: Shuttle Launch Experience®, 3D space films in the IMAX® Theater, Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted, the Rocket Garden, the Astronaut Memorial and Children’s Play Dome. Admission tickets are valid for one day.
What is NOT included with Daily Admission?
Tickets may be purchased for additional upgraded experiences at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Cosmic Quest, Special Interest Bus Tours, Lunch With An Astronaut, and Astronaut Training Experience (ATX). Advance online purchase of upgraded experiences is recommended. Upgraded experiences may sell out through online ticket purchases before the scheduled date. Cosmic Quest activation badges are not available for advance purchase as they are sold with tickets and at The Space Shop once you arrive at the visitor complex.
What is the advantage of purchasing tickets online before my visit?
Tickets may be purchased in advance of your visit on www.kennedyspacecenter.com; however, ticket prices are the same whether purchased online in advance or in person. Online ticket purchases are valid for seven days from the date of purchase for one visit. Tickets may be printed at home or picked up at Will Call at the entrance to the visitor complex. Visitors with printed tickets may proceed directly to the turnstiles at the entrance.
How long does it take to see and do everything at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex?
This full-day experience requires a minimum of six to eight hours, not including travel time, to enjoy Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. For upgraded experiences, in addition to all exhibits, attractions and films, such as Special Interest Bus Tours and Lunch With An Astronaut, we recommend a Multiday Admission or annual pass. Arrive at the 9 am opening time to make the most of your visit. The last KSC Bus Tour departs from the visitor complex 2.5 hours before closing time.
Plan Your Visit
Is there a fee for parking?
All-day parking fees are $5 for motorcycles, $10 for automobiles and $15 for oversized vehicles, motor homes or RVs. The parking fee must be paid before entering the parking area.
Is transportation available from Orlando to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex?
The visitor complex does not provide transportation to and from Orlando. For suggestions regarding Orlando transportation options, please call our reservations agents at 1.866.737.5235. Gray Line and Florida Dolphin Tours offer bus tours from Orlando only.
Can I bring in my own food or beverages?
Visitors may bring backpacks and soft-sided coolers into the visitor complex. Food and beverages packed in small, soft-sided coolers are permitted. Glass bottles or containers are not permitted. Beer is for sale at select locations and no outside alcoholic beverages are permitted. For security, all bags are subject to search.
Are weapons allowed inside the Visitor Complex?
No weapons of any kind are permitted inside Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, including those belonging to off-duty law enforcement. Please leave items secured within your vehicle to expedite your entry into the Visitor Complex.
What will I see on the KSC Bus Tour?
The KSC Bus Tour is the only way to access the restricted areas of America’s Spaceport, Kennedy Space Center. The tour includes a drive-by of the Vehicle Assembly Building and historic Launch Pad 39B, future launch pad of NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion crew capsule. All bus tours conclude at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, which features not only an actual Saturn V moon rocket, but also a real moon rock along with other Apollo program shows and attractions. The KSC Bus Tour and Apollo/Saturn V Center are included in your daily admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Please allow at least two hours for the KSC Bus Tour. Frequent shuttle buses return visitors to the main complex.
Will I see genuine spacecraft on display?
The Space Shuttle Atlantis® attraction is home to the actual NASA Atlantis orbiter. Atlantis is one of only three remaining space shuttle orbiters and the only one to be displayed with payload bay doors open. The Saturn V moon rocket at the Apollo/Saturn V Center is one of only three remaining in the world. Though never flown in space, this rocket was built for the Apollo program, but not utilized after the final launch of the Apollo program in 1972.
How can I see a rocket launch?
The visitor complex offers the closest available public viewing opportunities for rocket launches taking place at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station each year. Check the launch calendar to see if a rocket launch coincides with your visit. Launch date, time, and viewing opportunities are subject to approval by NASA or the U.S. Air Force based on safety requirements. Launch schedules can be affected by technical and mechanical issues as well as range operations and weather, either in advance or at the last minute. We do not schedule rocket launches!
Why is there a charge for admission? Aren’t these artifacts funded by U.S. taxpayers?
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is operated for NASA by contractor Delaware North. The complex is supported entirely by revenue generated from parking, admission, food service and merchandise. The complex does not receive any government funding. The ongoing preservation and care of the priceless NASA artifacts on display at the visitor complex, as well as its ongoing operation, development and maintenance, are funded solely by visitor-generated revenue. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the visitor complex participates in a certified outreach program that allows venues across the country to share Smithsonian collections. We have 50 objects on long-term loan from the National Air and Space Museum, including items in the Treasures Gallery at Apollo/Saturn V Center.