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 tickets 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. Review the event calendar for upcoming launches and their launch viewing opportunities. 

Launch Viewing

Main Visitor Complex

Available depending upon launch time. View upcoming launches for viewing opportunities.

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

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

Available depending upon launch time. View upcoming launches for viewing opportunities.

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

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 (currently not available)
    • 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.


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.

 

Launch Viewing Packages Scrub Policy:

LAUNCH VIEWING PACKAGES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. The package you have purchased to see the launch is mission specific (example: Inspiration4).  This launch can be scheduled for any date/time.  Your launch viewing package includes two admission opportunities.  Launch packages are valid for admission once the launch is scheduled (and one additional launch attempt for that mission if a delay occurs prior to visitor complex scheduled opening time).  If in the event of a delay, your return visit for the additional launch attempt is considered as one admission.  Your second daily admission ticket may also be used one additional day within a 30-day period after the launch date to explore the rest of the visitor complex shows and exhibits.   


PACKAGE INCLUSIONS -  

  • In the event of a delay/scrub three (3) hours prior to the targeted launch time on the scheduled launch day:  All package inclusions will be available on next launch attempt. 
  • In the event of a delay/scrub within three (3) hours of the targeted launch time on the scheduled launch day:  All package inclusions will be provided on that date and this part of your ticket package will be considered used. Food, beverage and retail may be available for purchase at the viewing location on the rescheduled date for this mission.  Daily admission, transportation to viewing location (if applicable to your package) and vehicle placard (if applicable) will be valid for a total of two launch attempts.   

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