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Your Definitive Guide to the Kennedy Space Center Opening Hours

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open Monday-Sunday weekly.

Mar 13 TO Apr 16 Timings

Days (Mar 13 TO Apr 16)

TIMINGSLast Admission
Monday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Tuesday (Today)9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Sunday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM

Apr 17 TO Jun 18 Timings

Days (Apr 17 TO Jun 18)

TIMINGSLast Admission
Monday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Sunday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM

Jun 19 TO Aug 13 Timings

Days (Jun 19 TO Aug 13)

TIMINGSLast Admission
Monday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Sunday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM

Aug 14 TO Dec 17 Timings

Days (Aug 14 TO Dec 17)

TIMINGSLast Admission
Monday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Sunday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM

Dec 18 TO Dec 31 Timings

Days (Dec 18 TO Dec 31)

TIMINGSLast Admission
Monday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM
Sunday9:00 AM - 6:00 PM5:00 PM

Jan 1 TO Mar 12 Timings

Days (Jan 1 TO Mar 12)

TIMINGSLast Admission
Monday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
Sunday9:00 AM - 5:00 PM4:00 PM
kennedy space center hours
  • Kennedy Space Center will remain closed on Christmas Day (25th December).
  • The last bus tour runs 2.5 hours before closing time.



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Best time to visit the Kennedy Space Center

Weekday vs Weekend

  • Monday through Friday tends to see fewer crowds, which also means a more relaxed atmosphere, allowing you to take your time exploring exhibits without feeling rushed. Schools often schedule field trips on weekdays, so mornings might still see a surge in visitors, but generally, afternoons are quieter.
  • If you are planning a weekend visit, arriving early, around 9am-10am, is wise to beat the crowds and make the most of your day. Expect longer lines for popular attractions and tours, as well as busier parking areas and restaurants.

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Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

Pleasant
Crowded
Very Crowded

Peak season vs Low season

  • Peak Season (November to February, March to April) coincides with school holidays, such as winter (December to early January) and spring (March/early April) break. The weather is warm and sunny, ideal for outdoor activities and exploring, but expect crowds and longer waits.
  • Low Season (May to October) sees fewer tourists, except during summer break (June to early July). Fall (September-November) brings cooler, rainier conditions. Summers (July and August) can be challenging due to extreme heat and humidity, while hurricane season (late August to October) sees unpredictable weather with higher odds of storms.

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Off Season
Moderate Season
Peak Season

How long should I spend at the Kennedy Space Center?

To make the most of your visit to the Kennedy Space Center, we recommend spending about 6 to 8 hours there. This gives you enough time to explore all 5 Mission Zones as well as the operational facilities if you opt for the Explore Tour. If you get the 2-day pass, you can spend about 5 hours each day at the complex.

if you choose regular admission tickets, here's how much time you will need at each zone:

  • Heroes & Legends: 45 minutes
  • Behind the Gates: 1 - 3 hours
  • Race to the Moon: 2 hours
  • Shuttle: A Ship Like No Other: 2.5 hours
  • NASA Now + Next: 2.5 hours

If you choose the Kennedy Space Center tours or Chat with an Astronaut tickets, here's how much time you will need for each.

  • Guided Tour: 10 hours
  • Explore Tour: 2 hours
  • Chat with an Astronaut: 45 minutes

Irrespective of your ticket type or add-on, set aside an entire day for your visit to the Kennedy Space Center

Frequently asked questions about the Kennedy Space Center hours

Is the Kennedy Space Center open every day?

Yes, the Kennedy Space Center is open seven days a week, except on holidays like Christmas.

How early should I arrive before my ticket time?

You should arrive at Kennedy Space Center at least 30 minutes before your scheduled ticket time. This extra time allows for parking, security checks, and walking to the entrance or tour starting point, ensuring you can begin your experience without rush, especially on busy days or during peak seasons.

Can I enter the center before my scheduled ticket time?

Entry before your scheduled time might be possible if the center is not at full capacity. Otherwise, there are plenty of activities to engage in around the visitor complex. You can visit the Rocket Garden, browse the gift shop, or enjoy a meal or snack at one of the dining facilities.

What happens if I am late for my entry time?

Late arrivals may be accommodated depending on the center's capacity and scheduling for the day, but this is not guaranteed.

What if I miss my scheduled bus tour time at the center?

If you miss your bus tour time, you’ll need to check with the visitor complex staff for the next available slot, subject to availability.

How long do visitors typically spend at the Kennedy Space Center?

Visitors usually spend around 6-8 hours exploring the exhibits, attractions, and tours offered at the Kennedy Space Center. Your visit can be shorter or longer depending on your interest level and whether you participate in special tours or experiences.

Is there a time limit for my visit to the Kennedy Space Center?

No, there is no strict time limit for your visit to Kennedy Space Center. Visitors are generally free to explore the complex at their own pace during the operating hours. A typical visit can last anywhere from 4 to 8 hours, depending on how in-depth you want to explore the exhibits, take tours, and participate in activities. However, it's important to note the closing time of the center and plan your visit accordingly to ensure you have enough time to see and do everything on your list.

What's the best time to visit to avoid large crowds?

Arriving right at opening, around 9am to 10am, tends to offer a quieter experience. Additionally, the spring months between March to April are ideal with pleasant temperatures and lesser crowds.

Does the Kennedy Space Center have different hours during holidays or special events?

Yes, operating hours can vary during holidays and special events like rocket launches; extended hours are common during this time. Always verify the current schedule online before planning your visit.