Taking a break from the Disney World complex, we journeyed in our rental car for a day trip at the Kennedy Space Center.
Luckily, perfect timing allowed for a rocket launch viewing later that night.
During our research, we saw time and again, the lines for the bus tour are a major pain point for visitors. Because of this, we made sure the bus tour was our first stop when we arrived. This meant the lines would be short AND the crowds would be the lightest at the Apollo exhibits.
Space Shuttle Exhibit
The space shuttle exhibit is pretty awesome. They have great displays demonstrating the evolution of the shuttle design and honoring past shuttle crews.
After wrapping up our day, we prepared for the evening event, viewing a rocket launch! Read more about it on our Kennedy Space Center Rocket Launch post.
We had an amazingly great time! The presentations, films, artifacts, and staff all brought together an unique experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list. I am so glad we chose to do this day trip while visiting Florida.
- Purchase tickets online in advance. Kennedy Space Center First, we purchased one annual pass, which gave us perks like discounts at the restaurants and gift shops. This pass also got us discounts for the other four tickets we purchased.
- Bring a high quality camera for amazing photographs!
- Bring sunblock and extra water.
- Arrive early and go on the bus tour first to beat the crowds.
- Do you see a special table set up with someone standing behind it? Check it out! It may be a retired space scientist to teach and tell stories of working for NASA and building the Space Shuttles.
- Pack a lunch to eat at the picnic tables outside of the center.
- Check their calendar for special events.
- Book unique experiences, like eating lunch with an astronaut… make unforgettable memories.