Holidays in Space Visit Information

If you plan on visiting the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex between December 26 and 31, please expect heavier traffic and longer lines as attendance will be high. We encourage you to purchase your tickets before your visit, as the visitor complex may reach capacity during this busy week. Your pre-purchased ticket will guarantee your visit. Arrive early to maximize your day!

Explore the information below to help plan your trip to the visitor complex during the peak period.

Holidays in Space Event Information

Holidays in Space Visit Tips

  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open from 9 AM to 7 PM from December 18-31 and closed on Christmas.

Parking opens daily at 8:30 AM, 30 minutes before the visitor complex does. Parking rates are as follows:

  • Motorcycles - $5
  • Automobiles - $10
  • Oversized vehicles, motor homes or RVs - $15

As you arrive, please be mindful of traffic and evolving road conditions due to construction in the area.

Yes, it is encouraged to purchase your admission tickets to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex ahead of time if you plan on visiting December 26-31. Upon arrival, go directly to the turnstiles.

Bring a printed ticket, the email with the tickets attached or load them on your phone for entry (look for a QR code to know you are on the right page). We cannot scan a photo of your ticket.

Though tickets purchased in advance are highly encouraged, tickets can also be purchased on site.

Yes, it is possible that capacity may during the holiday week. We will post any operational updates on our website and through our app, so please check it throughout the day.

Those with a dated ticket will still be able to visit on the date printed on their ticket, even if the visitor complex reaches capacity for that day.

Yes, accessible equipment including electric scooters, wheelchairs, strollers and double strollers are available to rent at the Information building. Limited rental equipment is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guarantee your equipment early by renting in advance online.

Accessible equipment rental rates are:

  • $30 Electric Scooter Rental, limited quantities available - (Must be 18 or older to operate)
  • $10 Wheelchair Rental
  • $8 Stroller and $10 Double Stroller Rental

All rental items must be returned to Information at the visitor complex’s closing. Please note that when renting an ECV, guests must sign a rental agreement. The agreement includes contact information and the acknowledgement that the renter understands how to operate the vehicle. These are equipped with a chair for one person only and young children may not operate the vehicle. Please note that prices do not include tax.

Most of the visitor complex attractions and exhibits are included with admission. Don’t miss Gateway®: The Deep Space Launch Complex including Spaceport KSC, Space Shuttle Atlantis®, Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, a 3D space film inside IMAX®, and the Apollo/Saturn V Center accessible via the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour.

Visit Explore Attractions on our website to help plan your day, including the suggested length of time needed at each attraction.

Yes. Holidays in Space is part of your admission ticket at no extra charge.

The Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour runs regularly throughout the day beginning at 9:30 AM and stops at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Once you have explored the Apollo/Saturn V Center, you will board a bus to return. Allow two hours.

Bus tours end at 4:30 PM from December 26-31.

During the holidays, you can anticipate longer lines at the visitor complex. We move the lines along as quickly as capacities allow. Many of the attractions have pre-shows on a fixed schedule that allow many to enter at a time.

The length of the lines vary throughout the day. For example, Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour traditionally has longer lines in the morning, while Atlantis, which is adjacent to the Bus Tour loading, may have shorter wait times then.

Yes, recent attractions Hyperdeck VR and Blue Origin’s New Shepard simulator, and Spaceport KSC use QR code reservations to secure your spot. Availability is limited daily. Reserve your mission when you first arrive. If you miss your reservation, there may not be another time slot available.

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.

Information, located at the main entrance, assists with holding and locating lost or found items.

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Dining Information

  • There are multiple on-site dining options to choose from. Orbit Café offers freshly selected salads, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, desserts and more. Mobile ordering is available at this location.
  • Space Bowl Bistro inside Gateway®: The Deep Space Launch Complex, offers refreshing acai bowls and savory “build your own” bowls.
  • From December 18 through January 7, enjoy lunch at the BBQ Station. Beef brisket, BBQ chicken, macaroni & cheese are just a few of the full meal offerings. Open from 11 – 3.
  • Red Rock Grill, Starbucks, Milky Way and Space Dots are also available on site, as well as food trucks.
  • At the Apollo/Saturn V Center, grab-and-go meals are available for purchase. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
  • You are welcome to bring your lunch to the visitor complex. Please remember to bring your items in soft-sided coolers only and glass is not permitted.