NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

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NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
4.5
Speciality Museums • Observatories & Planetariums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Welcome to the Greatest Space Adventure on Earth! Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the only place in the world where you can see the real space shuttle Atlantis, touch a moon rock, meet a veteran NASA astronaut, tour a NASA spaceflight facility and get an up-close view of a real Saturn V moon rocket all in the same day! Arrive early for this full-day experience to make the most of your visit. The visitor complex opens at 9 am every day.
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Kenneth E
Erwin, TN380 contributions
Really immersive and informative
Oct. 2021 • Family
Our family really enjoyed the day at Kennedy. One day is all you need and really not even a dull day.
Although do arrive early to get signed up for bus transport to apollo. We arrived at 815 and parking was already backed up. We did get on first bus to apollo which was by fat my favorite attraction.
By 12 all buses were sold out for the day.
We left about 230 after seeing everything. This attraction good for kids 8 and older.

They do have little ceasers pizza which was surprising.
Written October 18, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rene R
Marlboro, NJ93 contributions
Atlantis we have lift off
Oct. 2021 • Couples
So much to see, the price you can't beat! Made for kids and adults if you really want to have some one on one time with your kids you can do it here. Lots of interaction and fun things to see and explore. You can't go wrong here bus driver was so fun and informative. So much to see, my favorite was seeing Atlantis I saw it on TV taking off and landing when I was a kid, it took my breath way to see it up close and personal. This place is amazing!!! Staff friendly and again lots to do you have to put on your bucket list, you can't miss this! Rockets and so much to see, make this a place to see.
Written October 17, 2021
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Heather M
11 contributions
Wanted to love it
Oct. 2021 • Family
Where do I begin….This was suppose to be the highlight of our trip. We waited months for this trip & my daughter loves everything space. We woke up at 5am to watch the live rocket launch (which was awesome) from our hotel. Then got ready & headed to Kennedy space center. From the moment we arrived it was awful & just got worse. For starters, we went on a Saturday, which I would think would be a busier day & they had NO ticket booths open…yep you read that right…zero!! Only the self kiosks to buy your ticket, then wait in another line to actually enter the gate…so if you have a coupon for a couple dollars off, you are out of luck.

After buying tickets, we waited in line to get inside the park & a man in front of us had no face mask on. The worker at the gate told the man he needed one on to enter. The man said he didn’t have one…the worker was so rude to this guy & told him to go to his car & get one (this guy had just waited in line for 20 minutes). We saw other workers handing them out to other people that didn’t know they were required. We all had masks on in our party so we didn’t have to deal with this, but little did we know this set the tone for the way all the workers we encountered were here.

We went on to explore the park & dealt with numerous employees being rude, Starbucks & other cafe/eateries closed. And this was on a SATURDAY!! By 9am the main attraction we came for “the astronaut training experience” was full. We were notified it was full by the worker in front of the experience who was looking on her phone the whole time rather than helping people find an alternative to this.

The bus that we took for one experience, the driver got on the intercom & was mocking my daughter who has asthma. Completely rude & embarrassing for her. Every exhibit is basically a video tape of educational stuff relating to different things in space. Not very interactive at all…We could probably find the same thing on you tube & stay home & watch for free.

Bottom line, this place is a complete was of money. Almost all staff was rude, & wanted no interaction with kids. They would rather act like face mask police. They could probably learn a lot from kids on how to be kind to people if they actually interacted with them rather than being on power trips & being so rude. Save your money & go somewhere else with your kids if you want them to have fun.
Written October 17, 2021
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Hartley Fanson
1 contribution
Insult to My basic Intelligence
Aug. 2021
I've been mulling over sending a review for a long time now - nearly a month. But I can't get the sour taste out of my mouth. On my first every visit to Florida, I decided to visit the Kennedy Space Centre with my partner. I've forever been a space lover, and it was, in my mind, going to be the highlight of my entire trip down there. It was the one thing I decided to splurge on, and instead of buying regular tickets, I bought tickets to the 'Astronaut Program', a $250 per person purchase. I bought these tickets after looking at reviews saying the program was suitable for all ages and is an experience 'like no other'. How right they were.

On arrival, the staff were prompt to begin the "training". We got fitted into our trainee t-shirts, and told to wear hair nets, for no apparent reason.

Then began the "experiences":

First, the 'Microgravity Simulator'. This is supposed to simulate microgravity outside the ISS. Instead you sit in a reclining chair glued to the bottom-side of a air-hockey table, that is the poorest excuse for a simulator that can exist. You barely glide around in one place for ten minutes until the monotonous ISS tasks have been completed. 1/10.

Next, the staff took the group through a simulated launch. Arguably the best experience of the day. Our group of six 'trainees' sat through a pretend launch which is supposed to be for 10 people, meaning the majority of it was the simulated roles being performed by the computer itself. The "launch" inside the simulated rocket was just a round launch noise played out loud through the speakers at your feet. 3/10.

Next, the worse experience of the day. The ISS "Tour". One of the staff members took a full hour to take us through the ISS. How did they do this? By way of a touch screen 50 inch tv. After this he took us through some space facts and other random trivia. Why was this the worst of the experiences? The staff here was talking to the six of us, six adults (my partner and I were 27 and the youngest in the group by far), like we were 7 years old. As if a script was written by, and for, preschoolers. And they didn't speed it up, they didn't extrapolate or interpret facts through a more adult lens, they talked about 'shooting star space poop' and 'squeezing these small, small things called molecules really really tight together until "POOF!" we have something new!". It was insulting. Like honestly insulting. -1/10.

Next was the rover simulator, which was simply a bad roller coaster which you sat in for 3 minutes and didn't really do anything. The 'difficulty modes' didn't care about how well you were doing, they would always throw rolls and spins into the experience regardless of whether they were necessary. 1/10

Then was the actual best time of the experience, the simulated reality mars experience. Which would have been cool, if the oculus rift came out a year ago and it was still new technology. But it didn't. And everyone knows what a reality headset is. So it was just a walking simulator with bad graphics. 2/10.

After the experience was over we were unceremoniously released, but on exit, I was handed a bulletin board to do an in-person review. I looked down at the clip board, and then up to the staff member who handed it to me. She was about one foot from me, watching my pen as I circled 4/5, feeling pressured into the rating just by proximity.

Please don't give these people your money. I wish I had mine back.
Written October 5, 2021
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Joanne K
Bloomington-Normal, IL279 contributions
Great Part of History and Lots to Do
Sep. 2021
We picked a cloudy/rainy day and it was a perfect time to do this. There is a lot of information and the films were all very interesting. We were surprised that there was so little open as far as food options but other than that is was a great day. We got there early and took the bus first and still had plenty of time to see nearly everything. If you know you are going early enough, you can look for AAA discounts, if you think you will spend more than one day and AAA Annual pass option is well worth it.
Written September 30, 2021
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cdrake3460
USA578 contributions
Wow! Just Wow!
Sep. 2021
It has been decades since I was here last. I hadn't remembered anything from those visits. This place blew me away.

We opened and closed the place (9am - 5pm).

I knew to get there early to get a voucher to take a bus tour to the Saturn V building. I was at the parking gate at 8:15 am, and I was first. Parking is $10. When the park opened at 9, I went right to the booth to get our bus tour vouchers. I was always told/learned that if you are not at KSC by late morning, you're not going on the bus tour and there are no discounts. So we got there early.

BTW, I purchased our tickets at AAA for $52 each, instead of at KSC for $57, so I guess my parking was "free"...lol These AAA "vouchers" enabled us to go right to the entry line and not the box office.

The Saturn V bus tour is the highlight of the entry, so you MUST do it. After that, we did the Space Shuttle Experience, another must see.

Then the Astronaut Hall of Fame, which was pretty cool.

In between, we saw countless video productions including IMAX movies.

The place is cool for all ages. Highly recommended.

We went on a school-day Friday, which wasn't so crowded. We had an awesome time!
Written September 30, 2021
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pcushenan
Atlanta, GA36 contributions
Highly Recommend KSC
Sep. 2021 • Family
Ric & I traveled to Cocoa Beach with our 9 & 13-year-old grandkids. We had never been to the Kennedy Space Center, so we preplanned our adventure. From the moment we pulled into the parking lot at 9 AM until we left at 5 PM was a thrill. We used the KSC app to discover the many exhibits.

Each exhibit had information to help us build our knowledge about our space program and the many people involved in the advances made in technology. Gaining some insight to the astronauts personal lives and driving passions to explore made it even more meaningful. I was impressed with the recognition of those who did not survive their missions in 1967 and 1983.

The Hands-on experiences were really fun and the shuttle simulator was exciting. We did not manage to see 100% of KSC and plan to return.

We would love to see a launch and go through some astronaut training. The multi-pass is a good idea to allow complete immersion in our space program experience, but we were very happy with everything we did experience and the things we learned. I highly recommend KSC!
Written September 30, 2021
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Samantha J
Cincinnati, OH358 contributions
Educational
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Always a great place to visit! Low low crowds. Felt like we had the park to oirselves with personal shows. Learned a lot. New imax movie about astroid hunters. Must watch. No special bus tours but regular bus tour with ticket available.
Written September 30, 2021
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Roy C
Lehigh Acres, FL285 contributions
A Bunch of Great History!!
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Rainy day, neither here nor there but it did keep it cool. Nothing going on there for younger kids since their area was still closed. If you like space history you'll love it. If you grew up in during the shuttle decades you'll probably enjoy it. They did do a good job with some of the displays. The bus ride is Not what it used to be and even the bus driver elaborated to that. Still, take the bus ride, it's included and worth it. Only 1 open place to eat in eat area. Food in the main location was ok at best. In the Saturn area it looked significantly better. Parking was super easy, 50/50 on staff friendliness, park admission fee is NOT worth what you're getting Until they open everything back up and put some things back the way they were. Would I go again in the future, absolutely, just not anytime soon. P.s. compared to other FL parks it was noticeably cleaner!
Written September 21, 2021
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Thanks for reviewing us. Your feedback is appreciated and we take it to heart. Planet Play is closed for updates and maintenance from 09/20-09/23 as communicated on our website and in-park signs. Unfortunately, at this time the KSC Bus Tour remains shortened for the health and safety of our guests and associates. We hope that you will be able to visit us again in the future.
Written September 23, 2021
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Richard A
Douglasville, GA63 contributions
Great Way to Spend the Day at this Historical NASA Site
Jul. 2021
My parents took me many years ago, so it was great to see how the center has kept up with the times. Plenty of displays on the Space Shuttle, but also the historical flights such as the Apollo missions.

Expect to spend a whole day there or you'll miss many exhibits. Also, there are lots of exhibits for kids as well -- hands-on and STEM type educational features.

We went a little crazy in the gift shop -- hard not to do! We also had photos taken there, so budget for that sort of thing.

Plenty of COVID protections as well, so we felt safe the whole time.
Written September 18, 2021
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We appreciate the positive feedback. It means a lot. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Written September 19, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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