Space has fascinated me since I was a kid. I love space and science because it is limitless. Against all the odds, dozens of people have climbed into ridiculously tiny and fragile rockets, and blasted off into new and ever further reaching areas of space. How mind-blowing is the thought of doing that? When I think of space, I also think of the unknown. My mind starts to think about what could be beyond just our solar system. Beyond our galaxy.
Almost all of the launches were done here, either directly in the Kennedy Space Center or on the neighboring Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
It was neat how the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex was separated into Mission Zones —- grouped attractions and experiences reflecting specific periods of time and achievements. It helped provide a much clearer vision of its history over time. I also liked how they didn’t shy away from details I’m sure even you have wondered about, such as how an astronaut would use the washroom. It was interesting to learn — and giggle about.
There’s a bus that will take you outside of the visitor center to catch some views of the legendary launch pads and up to the Apollo/Saturn V center. Sadly we ran out of time and did not get there this trip — you can spend a full day at the Kennedy Space Center without being able to see it all. We were most excited to see the Atlantis exhibit, so that is where we headed to first. Through a couple of short films, you are told the story of NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program, before the last set of doors open to reveal the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Hanging in mid-air, the cargo bay is open for viewing and our minds were blown as we examined the size and possibilities that space shuttle gave us. You can also walk around and try out many interactive exhibits and high-tech simulators within the exhibit room. The Atlantis is also one of only three remaining space-flown orbiters in the world.
There were a few great play areas for the kids that really helped to keep them busy, but I would suggest that it may be best if kids are 7+. I’m still glad that we went, but we really had to take turns doing some of the exhibits as the other let the kids play and go wild. This made completing what we wanted to see take twice as long, but that is the reality of traveling with young kids. I would still choose to go over not, but beware that things will take longer.
I loved the day spent at the Kennedy Space Center, but I still want to know more, so we will definitely have to return when the kids are older.
Take a look at how great the Kennedy Space Center is:
It is fascinating that we know SO MUCH, but at the same time… know SO LITTLE about space. Take a day out to explore the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and you’ll likely leave with more questions than you came in with and will want to go back again.
Located a short 45-minute drive from Orlando, make sure you arrive early for this full-day experience!