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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Experience the space program’s past and future on the KSC Up-Close Explore Tour, where visitors get an insider’s view of Kennedy Space Center’s role in space exploration.

Led by a trained space expert, the KSC Up-Close Explore Tour includes views of launch pads, the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) and the Shuttle Landing Facility. The tour stops in between the Kennedy Space Center launch pads for a close-up photo opportunity, in front of the VAB, and on the NASA Causeway where guests are awarded a panoramic view of rocket launch sites at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Along the way, visitors see other space program icons including the countdown clock at NASA’s Press Site, a Mobile Launcher Platform (MLP) used to move Apollo moon rockets and space shuttles to the launch pad, and the Operations and Checkout building, the departure point for astronauts traveling to the launch pad on the day of their mission.

All of this, as well as Kennedy Space Center’s amazing ecosystem full of wildlife, make the KSC Up-Close Explore Tour the perfect way to experience the history and exciting future of space exploration.  

This bus tour concludes at the Apollo/Saturn V Center

Tour Length: 2 - 2.5 hours 

KSC Up-Close Explore Tour Cost

  • Adults: $25 per person, plus tax, in addition to daily admission
  • Children (age 3 - 11): $19 person, plus tax, in addition to daily admission


If you plan on purchasing more than one guided tour or purchasing a tour and Lunch With An Astronaut, we strongly suggest you upgrade to an annual pass and plan for a multiday visit. Due to time constraints, multiple tours cannot be taken in the same day.

Call 866.737.5235 for reservations or more information. Available 8 am - 6 pm Eastern Standard Time.


Kennedy Space Center is a working launch facility. As a result, all tours and times are subject to change with no notice. All KSC Up-Close tours are offered for a limited time only.

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