Whether you live in or plan on visiting Florida in the near future, the Kennedy Space Center is a must-do when it comes to learning about our nation’s space exploration history and future. We recently moved to Florida’s Space Coast and we love watching the launches from our new home state so naturally we were eager to finally have the opportunity to visit.
It was recommended that we book the bus tour to Apollo/Saturn V Center as soon as we arrived at the complex, so that’s exactly what we did. There is signage as you make your way toward the entrance with QR codes to scan for the web link to make a reservation which can only be done when you have physically arrived. We got an 11am reservation and drove right by NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building which is amazing in and of itself, and finally to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where you can view the actual seats and panels from the Apollo Mission Control Center and experience what it was like to be in the room during the launch that brought Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon.
After the simulation, you enter into the Saturn V Center which has a real Saturn V rocket suspended from the ceiling for all to see. To get an idea of the enormity, this rocket is taller than the Statue of Liberty!
Inside the Saturn V Center there are many artifacts from the moon landing including space gear and lunar samples from that time.
One of my favorite moments was seeing the Space Shuttle Atlantis up close. This was an incredible sight to see.
If you have little ones in tow, there are lots of fun places for them explore like this giant slide, multiple play areas and photo ops as well as an indoor playground called Planet Play where kiddos could probably spend the entire day if allowed. There are also quite a few kid-friendly interactive displays throughout the complex so that kids can enjoy learning through play.
There is so much to see and do at the Kennedy Space Center that you can’t possibly see it all in one day, but I recommend arriving as early as possible so that you can see and do the most. We can’t wait to go back, especially The Deep Space Launch Complex which is scheduled to open this Spring.
At this time, masks are required to enter. They can be purchased for $1 in the gift shop. Single day admission to Kennedy Space Center is $57 for age 12+ and $47 for age 3-11. There are also multi-day and annual passes available. We were provided with daily passes in order to facilitate our review.