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Kennedy Space Center & Optional Transportation from Orlando

1. Kennedy Space Center & Optional Transportation from Orlando

Boldly go where so many satisfied space enthusiasts have gone before! Explore the many exhibits, shows, and attractions at the Kennedy Space Center's visitor complex, including the Hubble Telescope exhibit, Eye on the Universe, Journey to Mars Explorers Wanted, the Virtual Shuttle Launch Experience, the Rocket Garden, and IMAX movies including Hubble 3D IMAX and Space Station 3D. Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex showcases the priceless spacecraft Atlantis and 30-year shuttle program with more than 60 interactive experiences. The NASA bus tour offers a unique opportunity to glimpse the behind-the-scenes working of the space center, exploring startling views of the Vehicle Assembly building, and the Mobile Rocket Launch pad. Continue onward to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, featuring the immense, fully-restored Saturn V rocket; the largest ever built. Relive Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon and experience the thunderous rumble of the rocket's lift-off.

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Orlando: Bioluminescence Kayak Tour

2. Orlando: Bioluminescence Kayak Tour

The source of our “living lights”—bioluminescence—is dinoflagellates,  single-celled organisms common in marine environments. Each bioluminescent dinoflagellate flashes only a fraction of a second when disturbed by water movement, but its high concentrations in the warm Indian River water create beautiful bluish-white trails of light caused by swimming fish and paddling kayakers. A swimming manatee may be completely concealed in a spectacular, other-worldly cloud of “living light!” Upon arriving at the park, check in with the trip leaders which includes signing a mandatory release of liability and assumption of risk form. You will be outfitted with a life jacket, kayak, and paddle. After some brief instruction, we will paddle as a group in search of the “living lights.” Most tours last a couple of hours, however, if the bioluminescence is super bright and dolphins or manatee show up on the scene, well . . . time just doesn’t matter.

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Kennedy Space Center Tour and Dine with an Astronaut

3. Kennedy Space Center Tour and Dine with an Astronaut

Travel into space and orbit the earth with a full-day ticket to the Kennedy Space Center. Explore all public areas of NASA’s space program and launch site and experience the world’s most famous “science museum” for a day of fun and a lifetime of inspiration. Walk beneath a massive moon rocket and climb aboard the shuttle launch. See space shuttle launch pads from a 4-story observation gantry. Relive Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, and meet a real astronaut as you stroll through the Rocket Garden on the way to watching eye-popping IMAX® space films. Your ticket now includes (at no extra cost) the Space Shuttle Atlantis experience, a showcase of the priceless spacecraft that tells the story of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program. It is displayed as only spacewalking astronauts have seen her before - with payload bay doors open as if it were floating in space. Play with more than 60 interactive, touch-screen exhibits and high-tech simulators that invite you to “be the astronaut.” Learn more about the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. Marvel at the complexity of the engineering that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station (ISS). Conduct a virtual EVA (Extravehicular Activity) maneuver, and practice docking to the ISS. Extract cargo from the payload bay, create sonic booms, or glide to a landing on the Re-entry Slide. Experience the sensation of floating in space. Virtually mate Atlantis to the external tank, or kick up a virtual chemical reaction to launch the shuttle. Get an “X-ray view” of Atlantis’ interior. Experience an orbital sunrise. Strap in to the sights, sounds and sensations of a shuttle launch, and take the helm at the shuttle cockpit. Before the 3…2…1…countdown, grab the opportunity to sit down to a delicious buffet lunch with an astronaut from NASA’s Astronaut Corps. Limited seating gives everyone a chance to ask questions, get autographs, and have their picture taken. Share the excitement of space exploration through the eyes and personal stories of one of NASA’s best!

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Kennedy Space Center: Small Group Experience

4. Kennedy Space Center: Small Group Experience

Be collected at your hotel and enjoy a breakfast on the go. Get the VIP treatment with more time at Kennedy Space Center and a morning guided tour from an experienced guide. Upon arrival, your tour guide will give you an orientation of the visitor complex. See the highlights of the Heroes and Legends, the Atlantis exhibit including the Shuttle Launch Simulator, and a stop at the IMAX theater. At noon you will be on your own to grab some lunch and take a ride on the KSC behind the scenes tour. This takes you out to the Atlas V building where you can touch a real moon rock. Use your $15 voucher for merchandise or at the dining areas throughout the complex. Make a stop in the largest space shop to see the displays and all the great souvenirs. At the end of the day, your guide will be waiting to take you back to Orlando with snacks for the drive home. 

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