Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, you can encounter extraordinary adventures including, standing under the massive rockets that first put NASA astronauts into space. You can go vertical on your own shuttle launch experience, and even meeting a veteran astronaut.
The Visitor Complex admission gives you a limitless number of things to do: You can check out real launch pads, stand nose-to-nose with the real Space Shuttle Atlantis, see an actual Saturn V moon rocket up-close, enjoy a variety of 3D space films in the twin IMAX theaters and experience the thrill of lift-off in Shuttle Launch Experience. For an additional cost you can enhance your visit with guided bus tours and special activities. You can join the next generation of space explorers when you play Cosmic Quest, which is a brand new game experience featuring real NASA missions.
NASA’s launch headquarters is the only place on Earth where you can view the space shuttle Atlantis, see launch areas, meet a veteran astronaut, walk beneath a real Saturn V moon rocket, train in spaceflight simulators, and even view a live rocket launch.
Kennedy Space Center tickets allow guests to explore the park during our normal operating hours, which are currently 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tours begin at 10 a.m. and depart continuously every 15 minutes. The last tour departs at 2:45 p.m. Each bus tour runs approximately 2.5 hours. The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame is open from 12 to 6 p.m. Admission tickets include a second day free for use at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (if used within seven days) to allow guests to get the full experience.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open year round, except December 25 and certain launch days.
Shuttle Launch Experience
Strap in for the sights, sounds, feelings, and excitement of a vertical launch in mankind’s most complex vehicle. Live the thrilling launch experience of astronaut crews aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle. A great adventure for all ages, although due to the simulation’s realistic nature, some requirements and restrictions apply. Find out more about the Shuttle Launch Experience.
Price: Included with General Admission
Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour
Short of becoming an astronaut, there’s no better way to get a glimpse of Kennedy Space Center than on the Kennedy Space Center Tour (KSC Tour). Take a NASA bus for a panoramic view of space shuttle launch pads at the LC-39 Observation Gantry, and then experience the historic Apollo 8 launch and marvel at a massive 363-foot-long Saturn V moon rocket at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
The KSC Tour is included with admission and departs every 15 minutes from the Visitor Complex. The tour is self-guided, allowing guests to get off the bus and spend as much time as desired at each location.
KSC Up-Close Tour
Offered for a limited time, the KSC Up-Close Tour features an inside view of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Guests will be able to walk along the Transfer Aisle, used to move elements of rockets among the building’s four High Bays, and possibly see a space shuttle orbiter being prepared for display in its new home. Other sites on the KSC Up-Close Tour include the NASA Causeway, A/B Camera Stop and the amazing Apollo/Saturn V Center.
Cape Canaveral: Then & Now Tour
You’ll relive the launch of America’s first satellite at the Air Force Space & Missile Museum and see today’s active rocket program. The tour ends at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
Kennedy Space Center guided tours are also available for those with special interests. They allow you to take a deeper look at specific aspects of Kennedy Space Center. Guided tours are led by trained space experts – and sell out daily. Reservations are strongly suggested. Reserve online or call (866) 737-5235.