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Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando

1. Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando

Confront history in the making at the Kennedy Space Center on a full-day tour that provides access to a host of experiences, NASA time machines, and the Hubble Observatory. Jump on board the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator that literally takes you out of this world! Watch 3D movies to feel what it is like to visit the moon. And stroll around the incredible rocket garden. The out-of-this-world package includes round trip transportation from Orlando, Kissimmee, Disney and Lake Buena Vista areas, admission to the Kennedy Space Center.

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Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

2. Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

Less than one hour from Orlando is NASA’s launch headquarters – the Kennedy Space Center. The visitor site offers a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the space program. Tour NASA’s launch headquarters, and see space shuttle launch pads from a four-story observation deck. Walk beneath a massive Saturn V moon rocket, and relive Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. Meet a real astronaut, stroll through the Rocket Garden, and enjoy five-story IMAX space films. The center also includes the space shuttle Atlantis, bringing visitors nose-to-nose with the priceless Atlantis spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before.  More than 60 interactive, touchscreen experiences and high-tech simulators bring to life the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program. Explore the complexity of the engineering marvel that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station (ISS). Guests can practice docking to the ISS, extract cargo from the payload bay, and create sonic booms and glide to a landing on the re-entry slide. They can also experience the sensation of floating in space, explore a high-fidelity replica of the ISS, experience an orbital sunrise, and take the helm at the shuttle cockpit. On your airboat ride, glide through the grassy marsh of the St. Johns River and Lake Poinsett at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. As the boat slows down to an idle you will have several opportunities to take pictures of local wildlife, such as alligators, eagles, and several species of wading birds by the hundreds. Then visit a natural cypress swamp.

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Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Visit with Options

3. Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Visit with Options

Learn all about space travel on your visit to the Kennedy Space Center on a full-day tour. Meet a real astronaut, jump on board the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator, watch one of the intriguing IMAX films, and stroll around the incredible rocket garden full of real rockets from missions past. Choose from the following options: • Kennedy Space Center Full-Day: Explore the Kennedy Space Center at your own pace with general admission included in the package. • Ultimate Space Experience: Enjoy a buffet lunch and presentation from a NASA astronaut, after which you can get photos and autographs. Then, take a 2-hour guided bus tour around Kennedy Space Center, which will show you areas not seen on the regular bus tour. See some of the center's amazing space equipment and enjoy a small amount of free time to explore the attractions of the Space Center. • Kennedy Space Center Small-Group Experience: Passengers on this tour will enjoy a breakfast bag en route to the complex and upon arrival, receive a morning guided tour from an experienced guide. In the afternoon, you will be able to explore on your own. All guests will be provided with a $15 voucher that is redeemable for food or merchandise anywhere on the complex. • Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Safari Tour: Enjoy the morning and early afternoon exploring the Space Center at your own pace, then in the later afternoon you will head over to the St. John's River for a 30-minute airboat ride. • Dine with an Astronaut and Space Center Tour: Enjoy your day at the Space Center complete with a noon-time full buffet lunch that includes a presentation from an astronaut. You will have a chance to ask questions and get a photo and autograph. • Kennedy Space Center and Explore Bus Tour: Take a ride on the Explore Bus Tour that goes onto NASA Restricted Grounds and gives you an in-depth tour of the inner-workings of the grounds. • Kennedy Space Center Transportation Only: Transfer from Orlando area to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Please note this option does not include admission to Kennedy Space Center. • Kennedy Space Center Express: Meet the bus at the final meeting point and avoid the hassle of pickups. All tour options include round-trip transportation to the Kennedy Space Center from selected locations in the Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, and Kissimmee areas.

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Kennedy Space Center: Full-Day Tour with Airboat Safari Ride

4. Kennedy Space Center: Full-Day Tour with Airboat Safari Ride

Your tour to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex promises an exciting day for the whole family. Learn all about space travel on your visit to this amazing institution. During the narrated NASA bus tour, you will find yourself standing inside the launch control room and looking at an actual Saturn V rocket, the largest rocket ever to fly. You can also take pictures of the shuttle launch pads. With a little luck, you might even see a space shuttle there! Also at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, enjoy the Shuttle Launch Experience. This simulator ride began in May 2007 and replicates the sights, sounds, and feelings of a shuttle launch. Feel the incredible journey of launching into space and orbiting Earth from an astronaut's point of view. Guest Crew members strap in and go vertical for launch in a one-of-a-kind motion-based simulator, the only realistic simulation of a launch ever created. The 5-minute experience sequence culminates with a breath-taking view of the Earth. After the bus tour, sit back and enjoy an IMAX movie. Be sure to check out the new 3D IMAX Magnificent Desolation. Why not choose to stroll through a real-size space shuttle, look at a moon rock or try space ice cream? This is a day of fun for the whole family. Your tour includes a 30-minute airboat ride to discover the beauty of the nearby swamps! Look for exotic plants, flowers and wildlife including the most famous inhabitant of the swamp — the alligator.

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Kennedy Space Center Tour and Dine with an Astronaut

5. 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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From Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Ultimate Space Pass

6. From Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Ultimate Space Pass

Explore space travel at the Kennedy Space Center and get a behind-the-scenes look at the space program at NASA’s launch headquarters. See space shuttle launch pads from a 4-story observation deck, relive Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon and stroll through the Rocket Garden. Watch 5-storey IMAX space films, get up close to the Atlantis spacecraft and play with more than 60 interactive, touchscreen experiences and high-tech simulators that bring the 30-year space shuttle program to life. Experience the sensation of floating in space, dine with an astronaut, take the helm at the shuttle cockpit and much more.

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Kennedy Space Center: Small Group Experience

7. 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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What people are saying about Merritt Island

If you really believe that your dreams can come true, first you need to believe in yourself that you can be able make them real. My dream have came true last week and I finally visited the NASA space centre... I really enjoyed every minute of my journey and the guide was very friendly; his knowledge and the way he talked about anything we went through opened my imagination. Because of Covid restrictions we haven't been in the launch building and it's only one thing I'm disappointed with. Otherwise, I'm very happy I have visited the NASA space centre and I would love to do this again in the future. My journey was absolutely worth of any cent I've spent..

Both the driver, Brodrick and the guide, Helen were amazing. We feel Helen went above and beyond giving us the best experience. Loved that she did that because this trip was the reason we came to Florida from Wyoming.

Our guide Paul was very friendly and knowledgeable. He made everything very easy and relaxing. Nothing to worry about except enjoying the experience!

Excellent activity, our guide spoke Spanish so she helped us a lot, very cordial and friendly.

They could improve with assistants who speak Spanish