Just 45 minutes from Orlando, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex features many attractions and year-round interactive programs, including meeting real astronauts. Here are 4 reasons to visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex this summer.
KSC’s most recent attraction, the Space Shuttle Atlantis opened in summer of 2013. This $100 million dollar exhibit “showcases the priceless, historic spacecraft that tells the incredible story of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program,” as described by KSC.
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Greeted by a a full-scale, upright, replica space shuttle stack, including external tank and two solid rocket boosters. The 184-foot-tall assembly gives visitors a true sense of the awesome power used to thrust the shuttle into orbit.
The five-story building takes a minimum of 1 hour to complete, and because it is their newest attraction and will get busier as the day goes on, it’s highly recommended as your first stop at KSC Visitor Complex. After watching a short backstory of NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis the doors open to the new exhibit where you can immerse yourself in over 60 interactive activities including high-tech simulators.
On display is the Atlantis mounted 30 feet above with the payload doors open for visitors to get a true look at the amazing shuttle. The Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction includes a fun play zone for the kids filled with tunnels and a large slide. This attraction is an absolute must-see!
Angry Birds Space Encounter opened spring of 2013 at KSC Visitor Complex. This attraction was sparked by a single tweet between KSC and Angry Birds Rovio Entertainment. The 4,485-square-foot encounter includes six interactive stations designed to immerse guests in a new dimension of Angry Birds Space:
- Create Your Own Angry Bird
- Eggsteroids Slingshot
- Cold Cuts Tile Puzzle
- Danger Zone
- Red Planet Lazer Challenge
- Angry Birds Game Zone
At this point you’ve worked up a good appetite, so it’s a good idea to visit their indoor or outdoor dining services. Third on the list of must-see attractions at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is a bus tour of the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Recapture the wonder and excitement of the first time a single man put his foot on the moon with a visit to the Apollo/Saturn V Center – the one place in the world where you can reach out and touch a moon rock! Plus you can stand under the largest rocket ever made – the mighty Saturn V.
Lastly, finish your day visiting the NASA IMAX Theaters. There are two to be exact:
IMAX Hubble 3D – Leonardo DiCaprio narrates this epic experience that leaves you breathless.
IMAX Space Station 3D – narrated by Tom Cruise, this space adventure takes audiences on an incredible cinematic journey of discovery from planet Earth to the newest star in the sky – the International Space Station.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex includes many more exciting attractions so expect to spend a full day there. For directions and ticket information visit kennedyspacecenter.com or call 855.433.4210 to speak with a representative.