Take a Walk Behind the Gates of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Step behind the gates of the Kennedy Space Center to look at launch sites and operational facilities. This section also houses the iconic Apollo/Saturn V Center. Keep reading to see a list of all the attractions here.
Duration of Visit: 1-3 hours
Location: Bus Tour Entrance next to the Constellation Plaza
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes
Restaurants: The Right Stuff Gift Shop (only snacks)
Behind the Gates | Attractions
Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour
The KSC Bus Tour takes you to restricted areas including operational facilities used for launches.
Kennedy Space Center Explore Tour
Tour the Visitor Complex and more with an expert tour guide and learn more about the facilities at the Kennedy Space Center.
Fly With an Astronaut
On this guided tour, you get to step aboard the Shuttle Launch Experience® along with an astronaut. Lunch is included in this tour.
Vehicle Assembly Building
The VAB has housed the Saturn V Moon rockets since the 1960s as well as the space shuttle launch configuration. Currently, it is being used for the Space Launch System.
Launch Complex 39a
Used as the site of many space shuttle launches including the Apollo missions, this site is now used by SpaceX to launch the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets.
Launch Complex 39b
Previously used for the Apollo missions, this space is now being used by NASA for future Space Launch Systems.
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Frequently Asked Questions About the Behind the Gates Mission Zone
A. The entrance to Behind the Gates is next to the Constellation Plaza inside the Visitor Complex.
A. At Behind the Gates, you get to Fly With an Astronaut, go on a KSC Bus Tour, visit operational facilities, the Vehicle Assembly Building, and Launch Complex 39a and 39b.
A. Yes, your Kennedy Space Center admission ticket gives you access to Behind the Gates.
A. You will need at least 1-3 hours to complete the bus tour and visit other facilities in this Mission Zone.
A. Yes, snacks are available at The Right Stuff gift shop.
A. Yes, restroom facilities are available at this Mission Zone.
A. Yes, Behind the Gates is completely wheelchair accessible.