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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Things To Do: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

  • Your journey begins in the Atlantis theater where we bring to life the story of the people who dared to do the impossible. Gaze in wonder at a close-up view of Space Shuttle Atlantis, displayed in mid-flight glory. With more than 60 interactive exhibits, it's a moving celebration of humankind’s greatest achievements. 


  • Shuttle Launch Experience immerses visitors in the sights, sounds and feelings of a Space Shuttle launch, an incredible journey of launching into space and orbiting Earth aboard a Space Shuttle. Guest crewmembers strap in and go vertical for launch in a one-of-a-kind custom-designed crew cabin.

  • There’s no better way to get a glimpse of Kennedy Space Center than on one of our daily tours, departing by bus every 15 minutes from the Visitor Complex. Our experienced tour guides will take you past some of the most iconic NASA landmarks.
  • Relive the wonder and excitement of the Apollo era in this one-of-a-kind exhibit that celebrates the unprecedented achievement of putting man on the moon and the joy felt in that moment by all humankind.

  • You’re invited to meet a veteran NASA astronaut at the live Astronaut Encounter show. Offered multiple times daily, this exciting presentation features an astronaut every day with more than 30 of the approximately 500 hundred men and women who have flown in space scheduled throughout the year.

  • At NASA, it is often said that we stand on the shoulders of giants. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the Rocket Garden. Behind every rocket you see are great men and women engineers and astronauts, designers and thinkers who turned dreams into history. It is here you find the first rocket to break free from gravity.

  • Two incredible, five-story 3D presentations tell stories certain to inspire. One explores the breathtaking images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, and the other details projects that NASA is currently working on, like sending astronauts to Mars.

  • Get an astronaut's view of space and gaze down upon the magnificence of Earth at our new Science on a Sphere® exhibit in the IMAX® Theater.
  • The future of space travel lies with you. Learn more about what it takes to explore Mars in this inspiring show. Exhibits provide a look at prototypes and designs that will launch the next generation to Mars and beyond, including rovers, simulators, and the Orion crew capsule.

  • At the Astronaut Memorial, we honor NASA’s fallen heroes, those among the elite astronaut corps who gave their lives in the pursuit of knowledge that lies beyond our Earth.

  • Imaginations will soar at the Children's Play Dome, a one-of-a-kind space-themed playground. With the majestic Rocket Garden as a backdrop, children can take off in a spacecraft, climb a moon rock wall, crawl through rocket tunnels and slide to the surface of the Moon.

  • Is it cold in space? What do you eat there? What’s it like to be weightless? Now is your chance to ask questions, hear personal stories and have your photo taken with a veteran NASA astronaut as you enjoy our chef-inspired buffet.

  • Get the insider’s view of Kennedy Space Center as you drive by NASA’s KSC Headquarters and Shuttle Landing Facility, and disembark for photos at the scenic NASA Causeway and Vehicle Assembly Building. Drive around Launch Pad 39B where NASA’s Space Launch System soon will liftoff and stop nearby for panoramic photos of launch pads and the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Designed with the help of NASA astronauts, this program is as real as it gets! This intense and exciting half-day of hands-on training is the closest most people ever get to going into orbit.

  • Visit the historic places where America’s space program was born. The past meets the present as the tour enters Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, adjacent to Kennedy Space Center, where all current launches take place.
  • Calling the next generation of space explorers! Develop your skills at Cosmic Quest - the only gameplay experience in the galaxy featuring real NASA missions. Launch a rocket, redirect an asteroid, build a Martian colony, and meet Robonaut!

  • Imagine yourself in the center of the action, giving the “Go!” for launch, as you tour NASA’s Firing Room 4, from which the last 21 space shuttle missions were launched. Then, get up-close views of former shuttle launch pads and learn how Kennedy Space Center is transforming into a 21st century spaceport.

  • Discover an out-of-this-world dining experience at Kennedy Space Center. Choose from numerous self-service dining areas and specialty food locations.

  • Welcome to the greatest space adventure on Earth! To see and experience as much as possible, here is information to help you plan your visit.

  • Take home a souvenir from the Space Shop, the world’s largest store for space-related memorabilia, to remind you of the many exciting adventures you experienced.