"Kennedy Space Center" Kennedy Space Centre Tip by vichatherly
Kennedy Space Centre, Orlando: 34 reviews and 49 photos
I had a great time at the Kennedy Space Center.
We drove out in the hire car from Orlando, which took us about 45 mins, an easy no hassles straight drive.
You'll need to spend all day here to get around to see everything.
We started with the bus tour which dropped you off at three locations on the vast complex. First stop was at the Launch Complex 39 Observation Gallery where you can take a look at the launch pads, the crawler and the Vehicle Assembly Building. Things here are on a huge scale.
The second stop was at Apollo/Saturn V Center where you get a chance to see the brilliant 365 foot moon rocket. It has to be seen to be believed. You also get to see a recreation of a Apollo launch. We had lunch here and tried to think of sensible questions to ask one of the retired space engineers.
Third stop on the tour was at the International Space Station Center, where you can get a close up look at all the things you need to live in space.
After the tour we met a real live astronaut in the shape of Bob Springer. He gave a really interesting talk on what it's like to go into space.
Then it was off to the IMAX theatre to see the moon in 3D.
At the end the day we spent some time in the very decent shop where we bought a few nic nacs for the folks back home. I went for the rather tasteful space shuttle money box along with the obligatory space pen. It can write in space don't you know!
All in all a great place to visit if you want to get away from the rollercoasters. I suppose it depends if rockets and space travel float your boat.
Time needed for the trip
2 -3 hours to do the bus tour and have some lunch
1 hour to take a look at one of IMAX films, of which there are two
3/4 of an hour for the Astronaut Encounter
3/4 of an hour for wandering around the shop
Then you have to take in the Rocket Garden and don't forget the Shuttle Launch Experience
Address: Kennedy Space Center. Florida FL 328
Directions: Visit their website for info
Phone: Florida 321-452-2121
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