“Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is where you can see the largest rocket ever flown, touch a moon rock, meet an astronaut, and stand nose-to-nose with shuttle Atlantis all in the same day.”
I have to say that the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex was absolutely amazing and an experience I will never forget. I went there with a general idea of what to expect, but was completely blown away once I arrive and continued to be in awe with every turn and every new discovery. I highly recommend that you get there first thing in the morning and dedicate the entire day to visiting the center because there is so much for you and your family to learn and explore. This is truly a place that the entire family will enjoy visiting, they do a fantastic job making sure to accommodate visitors of all ages. I am so incredibly happy that I was able to bring my family there and experience the greatest space adventure on earth.
What’s Included with General Admission:
- Space Shuttle Atlantis℠
- Twin IMAX® Theater 3D Films
- Shuttle Launch Experience®
- Special Viewing for Rocket Launches
- Meet an astronaut
Numerous Shows and Exhibits
- General Bus Tour
There is so much to discover and explore at the Kennedy Space Center, there is even a cafe to eat at and a playground area for the little ones to burn some energy on. Every corner your turn, every path you take leads to more knowledge and more facts about space. What I loved most about this place is that everything is so hands on, you don’t have to worry about your young children touching stuff because they are highly encouraged to explore everything hands on.
The first stop in our visit was the Rocket Garden where you will discover the great men and women engineers, astronauts, designers and thinkers who turned dreams into history. We had the chance to learn about the first rocket to break free from gravity. This was such a beautiful tribute to those that sacrificed so we could discover a place beyond our reach.
There is a Shuttle Launch Experience that 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. You will have the opportunity to strap in and go vertical for launch in a one-of-a-kind custom-designed crew cabin! There is also a five-story 3D presentation that explores the breathtaking images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
The Kennedy Space Center also has launches, astronaut appearances and events, so make sure to check out their calendar so you can visit during one of these once in a lifetime activities!
Just look at how breathtaking this place is… the Kennedy Space Center is by far one of the most beautiful places I have had the pleasure of visiting!
The Atlantis theater brings to life the story of the people who dared to do the impossible. You will gaze in wonder at a close-up view of Space Shuttle Atlantis, displayed in mid-flight glory. There are more than 60 interactive exhibits and you get lost in space as you try to absorb all of the brilliant information on space.
Our most memorable experience during out visit was the Kennedy Space Center Tour. For this tour you take a NASA bus for a drive-by view of a launch pad and then you have the opportunity to experience the historic Apollo 8 launch site and marvel at a massive 363-foot-long Saturn V moon rocket at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. The tour is self-guided and you will get to depart the bus and spend as much time as desired at the Apollo/Saturn V Center before boarding another bus and heading back to the Visitor Complex. The drive in itself was quite an experience, our tour bus driver was such a sweet lady and actually pulled over so we could all get a good look at the wild alligator in the water! She also provided us with an abundance of knowledge during the tour and it was wonderful being able to learn from someone who was so well informed and passionate about space. Below you will see the massive Vehicle Assembly Building that we drove past during the bus tour.
The VAB building was designed to assemble large space vehicles, such as the Saturn V and the Space Shuttle. This building measure 3,664,883 cubic meters and is one of the largest buildings in the world by volume! The VAB is also the largest single-story building in the world. The images below shows just a small portion of what we experienced at the Saturn V Center. There was just so much fun, excitement and action going on around us, it was sometimes hard to capture it all on camera. This center really does a fantastic job at putting on a show and bringing everything to life.
If you are ever in the area I can not emphasize this enough… make a trip to the Kennedy Space Center! This was a once in a life time experience, both my children and myself left with so much more knowledge and appreciation for those that were/are brave enough to explore space and take those leaps and bounds! I could not have been more pleased with my visit and our entire family left the park with huge smiles and a whole new outlook on life!
A special thanks to Kennedy Space Center for providing our family with free admission to their facility so we could enjoy the greatest space adventure on earth! #AlwaysExploring