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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 breathtaking images of Earth in A Beautiful Planet, and the other details projects that NASA is currently working on, like sending astronauts to Mars.

  • Journey through time and space to the farthest reaches of the universe at “Eyes on the Universe: NASA’S Space Telescopes,” the newest and only 3D 4K resolution show at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
  • 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.
  • After discovering the history of America’s space program at Kennedy Space Center, view the NASA Now exhibit in the West Gallery of IMAX Theater building to explore the future of NASA’s Commercial Crew program and the Journey to Mars!
  • Ever dreamed of visiting Mars? Join holographic Buzz Aldrin for a walk on Mars via the Microsoft HoloLens™ mixed reality experience with imagery from NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover. Available for a limited time through January 1, 2017.

  • 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.

  • Heroes and Legends, our new next-generation attraction, featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, is scheduled to open in late 2016.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Have a unique experience with Launch Director Mike Leinbach, who gave the final “go” for the launch of 37 space shuttle missions, including the final flight of Atlantis STS-135.
  • 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 disembark for photos at the scenic NASA Causeway and Vehicle Assembly Building. Drive by historic Launch Pad 39A and then disembark for a photo opportunity of the Atlantic Ocean along with views of launch pads 39A and 39B.

  • 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!

  • The KSC Launch Control Center (LCC) Tour brings you to the epicenter of NASA’s launch operations where the last 21 space shuttle missions were launched! Afterward, enjoy views of historic launch pads 39A and 39B on the way to the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
  • Take a guided tour of Kennedy Space Center, eat lunch and launch into space aboard the Shuttle Launch Experience® with an astronaut during this exclusive program.
  • 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.