Everything You Need to Know About the Kennedy Space Center Attractions

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From interactive exhibits and 3D simulators to up-close views of spacecrafts and simulations of real-life space missions, the Kennedy Space Center has something for everyone. You can learn about past and present aerospace programs and experience virtual reality simulations of space travel, as well as plenty of other hands-on activities. Whether you’re a history buff or just looking to have some fun, there’s plenty to explore at Kennedy Space Center.

Here's a detailed look at all the Kennedy Space Center attractions!

Mission Zones at the Kennedy Space Center

The Visitor Complex at the Kennedy Space Center is divided into 5 Mission Zones, with attractions and tours grouped by historical era. Get a close look at the journey of humans in space, from the beginnings of space exploration to recent and ongoing operations.

Heroes & Legends

Witness the joys and perils of America's first space flights and embark on an awe-inspiring adventure that will inspire you to consider what it means to be a hero. Actual artifacts such as a Redstone rocket dangling overhead, the Sigma 7 capsule, and an unprecedented close-up look at the Gemini 9 spacecraft will transport you to the birth of the space age with astronaut pioneers.

Approximate Duration: 45 minutes

U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

Rocket Garden

Rocket Garden

Space Mirror Memorial

Space Mirror Memorial

Astronaut Encounter

Astronaut Encounter

John F. Kennedy Fountain

John F. Kennedy Fountain

Historical Countdown Clock

Historical Countdown Clock

NASA Insignia

NASA Insignia

Behind the Gates

The Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour, also known as the Behind the Gates experience, gives you unparalleled access to historic launch locations and operational spaceflight facilities. Before stopping at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, the trip takes you behind NASA's gates to explore the past, present, and future of America's multi-user spaceport. This experience is included with your daily entrance ticket.

Approximate Duration: 1 to 3 hours

KSC Bus Tour

KSC Bus Tour

KSC Explore Tour

KSC Explore Tour

Fly With an Astronaut

Fly With an Astronaut

Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)

Vehicle Assembly Building

Launch Complex 39a

Launch Complex 39a

Launch Complex 39b

Launch Complex 39b

Race to the Moon

There have been times in American history when the country has come together and its culture has transformed. One of these watershed moments was the Apollo Moon landings. The Apollo/Saturn V Center honors the people and machines who made the impossible appear attainable and the future seems bigger than we ever imagined. Stand awestruck before the massive Saturn V, the world's largest rocket. Relive the wonder and excitement of the Apollo era via new interactive and entertaining exhibits.

Approximate Duration: 2 hours

Saturn V Rocket

Saturn V Rocket

Apollo 8 and the Firing Room

Apollo 8 and the Firing Room

Path to the Moon

Path to the Moon

Moonscape

Moonscape

Exploring the Moon

Exploring the Moon

Ad Astra Per Aspera

Ad Astra Per Aspera

Lunar Theater

Lunar Theater

Apollo Treasures Gallery

Apollo Treasures Gallery

Moon Tree Garden

Moon Tree Garden

Astrovan & Umbilical Tower

Astrovan & Umbilical Tower

Fisher Space Pen -

Fisher Space Pen

The People's Moon

The People's Moon

Shuttle: A Ship Like No Other

Marvel at the American icon that is the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Examine the shuttle missions that ensured the Hubble Space Telescope's and the International Space Station's continued existence. With training simulators, you may learn how to dock and land the spacecraft. View Atlantis, the only space shuttle currently in flight, up close. Space Shuttle Atlantis also has more than 60 interactive displays honoring NASA's Space Shuttle Program's history, technology, and influence.

Approximate Duration: 2.5 hours

Space Shuttle Atlantis

Space Shuttle Atlantis

Hubble Space Telescope Theater

Hubble Space Telescope Theater

Astronaut Training Simulators

Astronaut Training Simulators

Launch Director Tour of Space Shuttle Atlantis

Launch Director Tour of Space Shuttle Atlantis

Forever Remembered

Forever Remembered

ISS Triumph of Technology

ISS Triumph of Technology

Shuttle Launch Experience

Shuttle Launch Experience

Constellation Sphere

Constellation Sphere

Join Us On Orbit

Join Us On Orbit

Fiery Ride Home

Fiery Ride Home

People Made the Difference

People Made the Difference

NASA Now + Next

Immerse yourself in the science of current and planned missions to the International Space Station (ISS) and deep space exploration. Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted takes you to the Red Planet. View the spacecraft that astronauts will use to fly to low Earth orbit and beyond in the future. Meet the Mars Rover Vehicle Navigator®, the newest concept vehicle designed to navigate the challenging landscape of Mars. Travel across time and space to the farthest reaches of the universe to see the universe through the eyes of NASA's space telescopes in three dimensions.

Approximate Duration: 2.5 hours

Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex

Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex

Spaceport KSC

Spaceport KSC

Journey to Mars | Launched by United Lauch Alliance

Journey to Mars | Launched by United Lauch Alliance

LEGO® Build to Launch

LEGO® Build to Launch

Mars Rover Vehicle Navigator®

Mars Rover Vehicle Navigator®

IMAX Theater

IMAX Theater

Mission Status Briefing

Mission Status Briefing

Must-See Attractions at the Kennedy Space Center

The Kennedy Space Center is known for the numerous attractions that are available for space enthusiasts. If you happen to be one, these are the attractions that you simply cannot miss.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Rocket Garden

Rocket Garden

This garden of giants represents NASA's Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions, not just as amazing feats of technology, but also as a monument to the scientists and engineers that made spaceflight a reality. During daily guided tours, a space expert will take you through the history of early rocket technology. A visit around the Rocket Garden is like taking a stroll among titans. Learn more about the items that make up this legendary attraction, as well as what is new and on the way.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Saturn V Rocket

Saturn V Rocket

Get up close and personal with the Saturn V rocket, a marvel of human innovation and space flight. Walk beneath an actual Saturn V rocket at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, the sort of rocket that launched humans to the Moon. Take a walk beneath this show-stopping monster to properly comprehend the scale and complexity of the world's largest rocket. It is 60 feet/18 meters taller than the Statue of Liberty, with a length of 363 feet/111 meters. Only three Saturn V rockets survive in the United States, even though 13 were launched between 1967 and 1972.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Space Shuttle Atlantis

Space Shuttle Atlantis

View Atlantis, the only space shuttle currently in flight, up close. Space Shuttle Atlantis also has more than 60 interactive displays honoring NASA's Space Shuttle Program's history, technology, and influence. The entrance to the home of space shuttle Atlantis is a massive full-scale space shuttle stack comprising two solid rocket boosters and an orange exterior tank that is impossible to miss. Inside, Atlantis is turned 43.21 degrees with the payload doors open and the Canadarm extended, as only astronauts have seen her in space.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted

Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted

In Journey To Mars: Explorers Wanted, get up close and personal with life-size Mars rover reproductions while putting your talents to the test as a recruit. Learn about NASA's intentions to explore deep space, including Mars, asteroids, and the Moon once more. This multimedia show illustrates what is currently going on at NASA. Explore models of Mars rovers and put your deep space knowledge to the test with interactive games and simulators.

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Kennedy Space Center Attractions - U.S. Astronaut Hall Of Fame®

U.S. Astronaut Hall Of Fame®

Mission Zone: Heroes & Legends

Visitors can learn about the lives of American astronauts through captivating displays, which were envisioned as a site where they would be remembered and cherished. The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® honorees are chosen by a special committee of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, which was founded by the Mercury Seven astronauts.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes Of Apollo

Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes Of Apollo

Mission Zone: Heroes & Legends

The Mission Control team was at the heart of the Apollo space program and a tremendous decade of achievement. Visit the Universe Theater, provided by Northrop Grumman, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to see Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo, the newest film about the people behind Project Apollo. Hear their testimonies, as well as those of Apollo astronauts and present NASA flight directors, to learn more about the narrative.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour
Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Apollo 8 And The Firing Room

Apollo 8 And The Firing Room

Mission Zone: Race to the Moon

At the Firing Room Theater, relive the launch of the first manned NASA mission to orbit the Moon onboard the huge Saturn V rocket in 1968. As you watch and feel the massive Saturn V Moon rocket lift off from the launch pad and blast into space, experience the count for Apollo 8 on the real consoles used during the Apollo missions.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Path To The Moon

Path To The Moon

Mission Zone: Race to the Moon

Admire the achievements of Apollo missions 7-10 and the equipment that kept all Apollo crew safe while traveling the average of 239,000 miles/384,600 kilometers to the Moon in this collection of exhibitions and relics. Examine an actual command service module, interact with a timeline depicting the stages taken to reach the Moon, and see relics from the Apollo missions' early missions.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Moonscape

Moonscape

Mission Zone: Race to the Moon

Among the most intriguing new displays at the Apollo/Saturn V Center is Moonscape. The image from Apollo 11 when Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong planted the American flag on the surface of the moon is depicted in Moonscape. Lunar Module 9 (LM-9), an original lunar module built for the Apollo Program, is the most eye-catching relic.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Exploring The Moon

Exploring The Moon

Mission Zone: Race to the Moon

The Apollo Moon Landings are brought to life through interactive exhibits and artifacts. Only a handful of the ways you can explore the Moon is seeing a real lunar module and touching a real Moon rock at this exhilarating exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions

Ad Astra Per Aspera

Mission Zone: Race to the Moon
The Apollo 1 Tribute, Ad Astra Per Aspera - A Rough Road Leads to the Stars, honors the lives of Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee. This memorial showcases mementos from the Apollo 1 astronauts' lives and serves as a reminder of their sacrifice. Generations of people can learn about these brave astronauts and how their legacies live on through the Apollo missions and beyond.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Lunar Theater

Lunar Theater

Mission Zone: Race to the Moon

The Lunar Theater reconstructs the occurrences of the momentous day in July 1969 when the first-ever moon landing took place by using 3D theatrical elements combined with genuine NASA video footage and mission control records. Take a seat in the 1960s living room and bar setting while you wait for the next play to start and believe you are back in 1969, waiting for those historic moments.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Apollo Treasures Gallery

Apollo Treasures Gallery

Mission Zone: Race to the Moon
The rare and valuable artifacts in this exhibition are nothing short of a treasure. In this Smithsonian-affiliated show, medals, prototypes, and training equipment depict the journey of astronauts on their way to the Moon. See actual items from the Apollo Moon missions, including Alan Shepard's Moon dust-covered spacesuit and the Apollo 14 crew capsule.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Moon Tree Garden

Moon Tree Garden

Mission Zone: Race to the Moon

In the Moon Tree Garden, take a moment to rest and ponder on humanity's incredible achievements. These second-generation trees are descendants of Moon seeds. A one-of-a-kind bronze statue of Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins stands in the center of the garden.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Hubble Space Telescope Theater

Hubble Space Telescope Theater

Mission Zone: Shuttle: A Ship Like No Other

The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), which was launched in 1990 and orbits 340 miles above the Earth's surface, was delayed when the optic mirror failed. Over the course of five arduous service flights, determined astronauts worked to save the telescope.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Astronaut Training Simulators

Astronaut Training Simulators

Mission Zone: Shuttle: A Ship Like No Other
You will learn to control the space shuttle just like an astronaut, including docking with the International Space Station and landing at the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center. Space Shuttle Atlantis® has high-tech simulators that bring the complex systems and components of the space shuttle orbiter's engineering to life.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Forever Remembered

Forever Remembered

Mission Zone: Shuttle: A Ship Like No Other
Forever Remembered honors the 14 brave heroes who passed in the Challenger and Columbia disasters. This dedicated exhibit features personal artifacts from each astronaut as well as recovered gear from both orbiters, including a part of Challenger's left fuselage with an American flag and the cockpit window framework from Columbia.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - ISS Triumph Of Technology

ISS Triumph Of Technology

Mission Zone: Shuttle: A Ship Like No Other

At ISS Triumph Of Technology, learn about life in space, including how to sleep, eat, exercise, and act like an astronaut. Take off your shoes and travel between the Destiny and Unity modules before visiting the Microgravity Theater and participating in space research experiments.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Shuttle Launch Experience®

Shuttle Launch Experience®

Mission Zone: Shuttle: A Ship Like No Other
Take part in an eight-and-a-half-minute simulation of the space shuttle's climb into orbit. For a prelaunch briefing by veteran space shuttle commander Charles Bolden, enter the heart of space shuttle operations. Once onboard, you will get a taste of what former NASA astronauts describe as "the next best thing to flying on the space shuttle."

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Mars Rover Vehicle Navigator®

Mars Rover Vehicle Navigator®

Mission Zone: NASA Now + Next

The Mars Rover Vehicle Navigator is the newest prototype vehicle designed to navigate the challenging topography of Mars. With its mobile lab, MRVN is a large vehicle with big wheels built to traverse through dunes, rocks, and craters. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex commissioned this incredible contraption, and visitors can get up and personal with it.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Eyes On The Universe: Nasa’s Space Telescopes 3d

Eyes On The Universe: Nasa’s Space Telescopes 3d

Mission Zone: Shuttle: A Ship Like No Other
Through the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), go back in time 13.4 billion years in search of the emergence of life. View the farthest extremities of the universe in 3D 4K resolution of renowned deep space photographs from HST during this live presentation in Universe Theater, hosted by Northrop Grumman.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Imax Theater

IMAX Theater

Mission Zone: NASA Now + Next

Going to Kennedy Space Center’s Imax Theater is like being in space, except without the microgravity, plus you can eat popcorn. Daily space movies are shown in the Imax Building and are free with admission. Before the movie starts, stock up on typical theater food and drinks in the lobby.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Mission Status Briefing

Mission Status Briefing

Mission Zone: NASA Now + Next

When you attend the Mission Status Briefing, you will learn about current NASA missions, activities at Kennedy Space Center, and launch activity at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Learn more about NASA's commercial partners, including SpaceX and ULA, astronauts, and science projects aboard the International Space Station, during this multimedia presentation (ISS).

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Nasa Now

Nasa Now

Mission Zone: NASA Now + Next
America's Spaceport, a multi-user functioning spaceflight facility actively flying cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station, is now the birthplace of American spaceflight. Orion EFT-1, the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle slated to launch aboard SLS for deep space exploration, greets visitors to NASA Now.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Space Mirror Memorial

Space Mirror Memorial

Mission Zone: Heroes & Legends
This memorial honors NASA's fallen heroes and pays tribute to explorers who dedicated their lives in the quest for knowledge beyond Earth. The names of 24 astronauts, including the crews of Apollo 1, STS-51L Challenger, and STS-107 Columbia, are engraved in highly polished black granite.

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Planet Play

Planet Play

A new multi-story, fully immersive play experience is now available. Planet Play is an indoor interactive area where children can play on planets. It is designed for a younger generation of space explorers aged 2 to 12. Numerous interactive gaming and creative components, such as the ability to chart a constellation, climb a wormhole, walk on Saturn's rings, and slide through an asteroid field, are designed to create a memorable learning experience.

*Included with General Admission

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - KSC Step. Power. Launch!

KSC Step. Power. Launch!

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is fueling the future one step at a time with Piezoelectric technology. Step. Power. Launch. at NASA Central is a collection of special piezoelectric tiles depicting the Moon, Mars, and Earth at the visitor complex. Step on the tiles to watch them light up, and then glance up to see the neighboring tower collecting your energy to "launch" a rocket.

*Included with General Admission

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Astronaut Training Experience

Astronaut Training Experience

In the Astronaut Training Experience® Center, you can be a part of the next wave of space explorers who are preparing for human deep space exploration. Without ever leaving Earth, the Astronaut Training Experience (ATX) will get you as near to training, living, and working on Mars as conceivable.

*Not Included with General Admission

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Mars Base 1

Mars Base 1

The only location on Earth where you can travel to Mars to live and work for a day is Mars Base 1. Rookie Astronaut teams have the rare opportunity to administer the Mars Base Operations Center, collect vegetables in the Botany Lab, design robots to maximize solar energy intake, and adjust to the obstacles of life on Mars in a futuristic terrain.

*Not Included with General Admission

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - ATX Training Stages

ATX Training Stages

All ATX® Training Stages are ideal for guests who want to get a head start on their space travel training without committing to the full ATX program during their visit. Choose from three options to explore the Martian surface by rover or foot, or to encounter microgravity simulation at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

*Not Included with General Admission

Kennedy Space Center Attractions - Cosmic Quest

Cosmic Quest

Cosmic Quest is a hands-on experience that engages and educates visitors about NASA's present and future space science and exploration efforts. During Cosmic Quest, you will build a Martian habitat, conduct scientific experiments aboard the International Space Station, and launch NASA's next rocket to Mars.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Kennedy Space Center Attractions

Q. What are the must-see Kennedy Space Center attractions?

A. The must-see attractions at Kennedy Space Center are the Rocket Garden, Heroes & Legends, the Saturn V Rocket, Space Shuttle Atlantis, and Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted.

Q. What are the zones at Kennedy Space Center?

A. There are 5 Mission Zones at the Kennedy Space Center: Heroes & Legends, Behind the Gates, Race to the Moon, Shuttle: A Ship Like No Other, and NASA Now + Next.

Q. What are some Kennedy Space Center attractions that I should not miss?

A. We recommend you visit all the Kennedy Space Center attractions, however, if you're on a time crunch, do not miss a chance to look at the Space Shuttle Atlantis, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, the ISS Triumph Of Technology, Astronaut Training Simulators, and the Saturn V Rocket.

Q. What are the best Kennedy Space Center attractions?

A. Some of the best attractions at Kennedy Space Center include the Saturn V Rocket, the Space Shuttle Atlantis, and the Rocket Garden.

Q. Are all the Kennedy Space Center attractions included in the general admission ticket?

A. No, not all attractions are included in the general admission ticket of Kennedy Space Center. Make sure you check your ticket to see what attractions are included.

Q. Can I visit Kennedy Space Center for free?

A. No, all visitors must purchase a ticket to visit the Kennedy Space Center Attractions at the Visitor Complex. With the general admission ticket to Kennedy Space Center, you visit close to 30 attractions.

Q. Is visiting Kennedy Space Center worth it?

A. Yes, visiting Kennedy Space Center is absolutely worth your time.

Q. How long does it take to see all the Kennedy Space Center attractions?

A. It will take you about 5 hours or more to explore all the Kennedy Space Center attractions.

Q. What time does the Kennedy Space Center close?

A. The Kennedy Space Center is open till 5 PM every day.

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