Top Holidays in Space Tips



A visit to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex during Holidays in Space is the perfect way to enjoy this holiday season. Advanced ticket purchases are highly recommended December 26 through 31, as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex experiences high attendance during this period. Guests with daily admission are encouraged to arrive early due to the potential to reach capacity. 



Minimize your entrance wait by pre-purchasing your tickets online. 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. Upon arrival go directly to the turnstiles.


Did you know that it is not possible to explore the visitor complex in one day? Set your itinerary ahead of time. We open at 9:00 AM every day. We welcome a large amount of visitors December 26 - 31 so all guests are encouraged to arrive early due to the potential to reach capacity.

Need some help preparing for your visit? Take a look at our Plan Your Visit page for information.

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.



Visit Explore Attractions on our website 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 Gateway®: The Deep Space Launch Complex including Spaceport KSC,  Space Shuttle Atlantis®Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® or the Apollo/Saturn V Center accessible via the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour. All are included with admission! 


Bonus Tip: If you find you did not have time to do all you wanted in one day, ask Guest Services about 2-Day Tickets or Annual Passes so you can return all year!

Rocket and Starflake Dancing in the Clouds 


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. Space Bowl Bistro and Red Rock Grill are also at the main visitor complex. Moon Rock Cafe is also open at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

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 quickly as capacities allow. Many of the attractions have pre-shows on a fixed schedule that allow many guests' entry in at a time. They are well worth seeing (especially in Atlantis).

Retail shops are also busier toward the end of the day, so minimize crowds by visiting early!


Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has implemented new procedures to help ensure the safety of our guests and staff.

Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday this season!