Prepare For Liftoff
Prepare For Liftoff

Ignite Your Senses

Witnessing a live rocket launch is a jaw-dropping, bucket-list experience. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex provides the closest public viewing of rocket launches with live launch commentary from space experts. Viewing locations are within a few miles/kilometers from the launch pads, so you can see and feel the liftoff of spacecraft leaving Earth under the full power of mighty rocket engines.

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The visitor complex may offer Launch Transportation Tickets (LTTs) for rocket launches. LTTs for these launches are typically available in addition to daily admission and may be purchased ahead of time or day-of if the viewing locations are not sold out. Review the event calendar for upcoming launches and their launch viewing opportunities. 

Launch Viewing

Launch And A Movie

Watch a rocket launch and space-themed film from the comfort and safety of your vehicle in this unique "drive-in" launch viewing experience from the visitor complex parking lots. Each ticket includes entry to the launch viewing for every seated passenger in the vehicle.

Distances to launch pads:

  • To Atlas V SLC-41 - approximately 7.1 miles/11.4 kilometers
  • To Falcon 9 SLC-40 - approximately 6.7 miles/10.8 kilometers
  • To Delta IV SLC-37 - approximately 7 miles/11.3 kilometers
  • To SpaceX LC-39A - approximately 7.5 miles/ 12 kilometers

Amenities and Inclusions:

  • Live launch viewing and viewing of a space-themed film.
  • Access to restrooms, retail and food items.

No grills or outside alcoholic beverages will be permitted. Oversized vehicle are welcome and will be directed to park at the back of the viewing areas. Daily admission is not included and admission is not required for launch viewing.

LC-39 Observation Gantry

Available in addition to daily admission, the LC-39 Observation Gantry is the closest viewing area to the launch pads on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Witness liftoff of the rocket from the launch pad. Shaded viewing from the gantry and outdoor bleacher seating make this the premium launch viewing area.

Distances to Launch Pads:

  • To Atlas V SLC-41 - approximately 2.3 miles/3.7 kilometers
  • To Falcon 9 SLC-40 - approximately 3.4 miles/5.5 kilometers
  • To Delta IV SLC-37 - approximately 5.5 miles/8.9 kilometers
  • No viewing for SpaceX LC-39A or NASA LC-39B due to safety restrictions

Amenities and Inclusions:

  • Bleacher seating, an open lawn area and limited viewing room on the LC-39 Observation Gantry (available first come, first served)
  • A complimentary souvenir, snacks and refreshments are included with a Launch Transportation Ticket

Banana Creek Launch Viewing Area
at the Apollo/Saturn V Center

This prime viewing location, adjacent to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, offers outdoor bleacher seating with views of launch pads across Banana Creek. If open during the launch window, the Apollo/Saturn V Center includes Apollo Program exhibits and offers a close-up look at the world’s largest rocket, the Saturn V.

Distance to Launch Pads:

  • To Atlas V SLC-41 - approximately 5.4 miles/8.7 kilometers
  • To Falcon 9 SLC-40 - approximately 6.2 miles/10 kilometers
  • To Delta IV SLC-37 - approximately 8 miles/12.8 kilometers
  • To SpaceX LC-39A - approximately 3.9 miles/6.27 kilometers

Amenities and Inclusions:

  • Bleacher seating and open lawn area (available first come, first serve)
  • Access to the Apollo/Saturn V Center (including dining and shopping) when open. The Apollo/Saturn V Center may be closed for private events or due to other operational requirements

Main Visitor Complex

This viewing area with live launch commentary is located next to Space Shuttle Atlantis® in the North Atlantis Lawn. Visitors view the rocket once it clears the tree line.

Distances to launch pads:

  • To Atlas V SLC-41 - approximately 7.1 miles/11.4 kilometers
  • To Falcon 9 SLC-40 - approximately 6.7 miles/10.8 kilometers
  • To Delta IV SLC-37 - approximately 7 miles/11.3 kilometers
  • To SpaceX LC-39A - approximately 7.5 miles/ 12 kilometers

Amenities and Inclusions:

  • Launch commentary with bleacher and lawn seating with minimal viewing obstructions.
  • Access to main visitor complex attractions, shows, dining and retail if during operational hours

The visitor complex offers different types of launch tickets such as Launch Transportation Tickets (LTTs), Launch Viewing Tickets and Launch And A Movie tickets whenever possible for rocket launches. Tickets for these launches are typically available in addition to daily admission and may be purchased ahead of time or day-of if the viewing locations are not sold out.

Note: Each location may not be offered for every launch. Availability is dependent on the launch pad in use, visitor complex operations, Air Force Range Safety and NASA approval.


LAUNCH TRANSPORTATION TICKET Information for Each Location:

INFORMATION:

  • LC-39 Observation Gantry
    • Launch transportation to this location requires the purchase of a ticket in addition to daily admission.
    • Guests board a Kennedy Space Center bus from inside the main visitor complex and travel behind NASA’s gates to this viewing location not otherwise open to the public.
  • Banana Creek Launch Viewing Area at the Apollo/Saturn V Center
    • Launch transportation to this location may require the purchase of a ticket in addition to daily admission if the launch window is outside of normal visitor complex operating hours. If the launch is within normal operating hours, this location may be included first come, first served.
    • Guests board a Kennedy Space Center bus from inside the main visitor complex and travel behind NASA’s gates to this viewing location. In most cases, the Apollo/Saturn V Center will be open to explore.

SCRUB POLICY:

If the launch is postponed, two scenarios are possible:

  1. If you are holding a LTT and the launch is postponed before you board a bus, your LTT will be valid for the next attempt to view the launch from Apollo/Saturn V Center; or you may use the value of the Launch Transportation Ticket for merchandise in the Space Shop.
  2. If the launch is postponed after you have boarded a bus to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, all elements of the LTT are considered used in full. You will receive a 20 percent off coupon for use at one of our on-site retail shops. You will also receive a voucher to be exchanged for a Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex daily admission ticket valid for the date of the next launch attempt. You can use this daily admission ticket to view the launch from the main visitor complex viewing area.


LAUNCH VIEWING TICKET Information:

INFORMATION:

  • This launch viewing location may require an additional ticket or may be included with daily admission depending on the visitor complex operations. The North Atlantis Lawn viewing area includes bleacher seating and launch commentary.
  • Viewing from the main visitor complex does not require bus transportation.

SCRUB POLICY:

If the launch is postponed, two scenarios are possible:

  1. If you are holding an Atlantis North Lawn Viewing Ticket and the launch is postponed before the viewing location opens, your Atlantis North Lawn Viewing Ticket will be valid for the next attempt to view the launch from this launch viewing site; or you may use the value of the Atlantis North Lawn Viewing Ticket for merchandise in the Space Shop.
  2. If the launch is postponed after you have checked-in at the Atlantis North Lawn viewing location, all elements of the Atlantis North Lawn Viewing Ticket are considered used in full.
    • You can upgrade your admission ticket to a multiday or annual pass to return to the visitor complex for a future launch attempt and to visit the visitor complex for 365 days (black out days do apply).
    • You can purchase the Atlantis North Lawn Viewing Ticket for the next launch attempt. Valid admission will be required for entry.


LAUNCH AND A MOVIE TICKET Information:

INFORMATION:

Witness liftoff and watch a space-themed movie from the comfort of your car at this drive-in experience.

  • Launch And A Movie ticket includes entry for all seated passengers in the vehicle.
  • Parking opens after the visitor complex has closed.
  • Depending upon the targeted launch time, the movie will play before or after the launch.
  • Prepackaged snacks will be available for purchase.
  • Admission to the visitor complex is not included or needed.

SCRUB POLICY:

If the launch is postponed, two scenarios are possible:

  1. If the launch is postponed prior to the arrival time on the Launch And A Movie ticket, the ticket will be valid for the next launch attempt.
  2. In the event of a scrub or if the launch is postponed after the arrival time on the Launch And A Movie ticket, the ticket will be valid for the next launch attempt. The Launch And A Movie ticket is valid for a total of two launch attempts.


Please note: daily admission, multiday passes and annual passes are valid only for entry to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Daily admission, multiday passes and annual passes do not include transportation to premium launch viewing at the LC-39 Observation Gantry or Apollo/Saturn V Center viewing sites.

The visitor complex may offer launch viewing packages instead of Launch Transportation Tickets for milestone launches such as the Commercial Crew Program. Launch viewing packages bundle admission, launch viewing locations and other commemorative keepsakes specific to each launch. The packages are sold ahead of time as early as possible and are required for visitor complex admission the day of the launch. It is possible that other forms of daily admission, including the use of an annual pass, cannot be redeemed on the launch day when packages are offered.

Learn more about launch viewing packages on the Payload Blog.

As launch viewing packages are specific to each mission, location and inclusion details will be made available as launches are confirmed. Check back for future viewing opportunities.


Learn More

Rocket launch viewing is an exhilarating experience! Learn insider tips on how to watch a rocket launch in addition to a day of exploring Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex attractions and exhibits. Once launch details are official, you will find ticket information for each launch on our Events Calendar. There you will see information on viewing opportunities specific to each launch.


Top 5 Launch Preparation Tips:

  • Plan to arrive early. We open at 10:00 AM unless otherwise noted for an early morning launch. Expect high attendance and increased traffic leading up to the visitor complex and throughout the Space Coast.
  • Anticipate longer lines for attractions, restaurants, tours, restrooms and shows on a launch day. Save time at the main entrance by buying your launch viewing ticket and admission online and presenting the barcode on your phone.
  • Be prepared for outdoor viewing in direct sunlight and sharing the viewing areas with insects.
  • Keep up to date on our website, or through Facebook and Twitter. Launch details often change. We will never publish any information that is not confirmed by NASA or the commercial space company launching the mission.
  • Be familiar with our Scrub Policies for Launch Tickets or special launch viewing packages for milestone launches.

Items to Bring:

  • Sun protection: screen, hats, umbrellas and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Soft-sided coolers or lunch boxes
  • Water in plastic bottles (no glass will be permitted)
  • Cameras, tripods and binoculars
  • Blankets or umbrella-style folding camp chairs carried in shoulder bags

Learn more about when tickets are sold, when to arrive, and what to expect if a launch delays or scrubs on The Payload blog for our Launch FAQ series:

A New Era of Space Exploration: Launch Viewing from KSC
How to Watch a Rocket Launch at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
How to Prepare for a Launch Day
Why Rockets Scrub