Experience the excitement of America's space program at one of Florida's most famous attractions, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Whether touring the rocket launch areas of the world's busiest space launch facility, reliving Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon or even meeting a real astronaut, you are bound to have a time of your life at the Kennedy Space Center.
Go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the complex with views of Space Shuttle facilities and launch pads. Experience the sights, sounds and sensation of launching into space in the Shuttle Launch Experience, Meet a real astronaut and see "Space Station 3D" in the world's largest twin IMAX® theater. With the spirit of exploration as its driving force, Kennedy Space Center is a great educational peek into the outer space and an experience the whole family will enjoy.
An Orlando vacation will not be complete without a day trip to Kennedy Space Center. Located in Cape Canaveral, NASA's launch headquarters is just 45 minutes east of Orlando
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Attractions
Shuttle Launch Experience - This $60 million attraction is the most technologically-advanced exhibit ever created at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Shuttle Launch Experience is the most realistic space shuttle launch simulator ever created. Strap in for launch in the custom-designed crew cabin and prepare to see, feel and live the powerful journey into space at 17,500 mph. Once there, the payload door opens to reveal breathtaking view of the earth below.
The Apollo/Saturn V Center - Visit acclaimed Apollo/Saturn V Center and see the incredible accomplishments of the Apollo moon program return to life at this facility. Walk beneath the Saturn V Rocket, experience for yourself the thunderous rumble of the rocket lift-off and reliving the first time that man set foot on the moon.
IMAX® theater - See "Space Station 3D" in the world's largest twin IMAX® theatres, where the dream of space flight comes alive before your very own eyes. Feel the thrill of space exploration on five-story screens as you "float' alongside NASA astronauts. Dramatic footage shot by NASA astronauts during actual missions will make you feel like you're right there with them.
Behind-the-scenes Guided tours - Take a behind-the-scenes exclusive look at Kennedy Space Center's working space flight facilities. Stop at the 4-storey Launch Complex (LC)39 Observation Gantry where you can get a bird's-eye view of the 2 giant space shuttle launch pads, 39A and 38.
Sit in a mission control console or take a virtual moonwalk, feel the pull of 4Gs in the G-Force Simulator and land the space shuttle.
Guests may also enjoy a variety of other shows and exhibits at the Visitor Complex, including a chance to meet a real astronaut at the Astronaut Encounter.
U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® - features the world's largest collection of astronaut memorabilia, displays, exhibits, hands-on activities and Interactive space flight simulators.
Kennedy Space Center is like an Orlando-style space-travel theme park - only it's real! It's a great day out for the whole family, and only 45 minutes from Orlando. You'll need to plan on spending at least a full day to explore NASA's launch headquarters, located on a huge island wildlife refuge eight times the size of Manhattan.
Driving Directions to Kennedy Space Center Visitor from Orlando
From Orlando on State Road 528
Travel east on SR 528 to the SR 407 exit to Kennedy Space Center and Titusville. Take SR 407 until it dead ends into SR 405. Turn right (east) onto SR 405 and follow the signs for Kennedy Space Center. You will travel approximately nine miles on SR 405. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is located on your right.
From Orlando on State Road 50
Travel east on SR 50 until you pass under the I-95 overpass. At the next intersection, turn right (east) onto SR 405 and follow the signs for Kennedy Space Center. You will travel approximately 11 miles on SR 405. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is located on your right.
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