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Things to do at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is located on Merritt Island, Florida at the Kennedy Space Center. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open to the public and is home to a range of exciting exhibits and activities for all ages. Read on to find out more about the world of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

What is the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex?

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is the visitor center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Filled with delightful exhibits, attractions and activities, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers tourists a glimpse into the world of space and technology. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is organized into Mission Zones. Within these zones, attractions and tours are grouped by chronological era. From the inception of space exploration to current and ongoing missions, visitors get an up-close experience of the stories of humans in space. The visitor complex also contains historic spacecraft and memorabilia, two IMAX theaters, and a range of bus tours of the spaceport among many other exhibits.

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Why was the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Created?

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As NASA's path breaking Mercury program grew in popularity, growing numbers of press and public flocked to the Kennedy Space Center to get a closer look at America’s expanding space program. Alan Shepard’s historic suborbital launch on May 5, 1961, further caught the attention of the public and by 1963 there was a huge demand for visitors. In the same year, noticing the rise in demand, Texas Congressman Olin Teague, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Manned Space Flight, asked NASA Administrator James Webb to create a visitor program. This program eventually led to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex with all its attractions as we know it today.  

Mission Zones at Kennedy Space Center

Highlight Attractions at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

History of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in a Nutshell

  • In 1963, after NASA’s Mercury program grew in popularity and caught the attention of the public, NASA Administrator James Webb was given the responsibility to set up self-guided tours that the public could drive along a predetermined route.
  • In the first year, nearly 10,000 visitors flocked to the Kennedy Space Center to marvel at the development of the USA’s space program.
  • By 1964, more than 250,000 self-guided car tours were permitted between 1 and 4 pm. on Sundays at Kennedy Space Center.
  • In 1965, Kurt H. Debus, the director of Kennedy Space Center was given $2 million on a full-scale visitor center, covering 42 acres.
  • In 1969, as NASA neared the moon, the popularity of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex only increased. In the same year, it became the second most visited Florida attraction.
  • Between 1995 and 2007, the Kennedy Space Center visitor center went through many changes. Restaurants, retail shops, buses, and new exhibits were all renovated.
  • During this time, the visitor complex got its current name, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
  • Ever since, the facility has been entirely self-supporting and receives no taxpayer or government funding.

Things to do at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

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Visit Attractions

Kennedy Space Center is home to entertaining and educational attractions. Some of the major attractions at Kennedy Space center include Rocket Garden, U.S Astronaut Hall of Fame, Apollo/Saturn V Center, Space Shuttle Atlantis and many more. Visit all for a wholesome experience!

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kennedy space center visitor complex
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*All exhibits and attractions at the Kennedy Space Center are subject to change and tours may be altered or closed due to operational requirements or launch preparations.

All your questions about Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Answered

Is Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex free?

No, you need to purchase a ticket to visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. You can purchase them here.

What can I see at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex?

Highlight attractions include US Astronaut Hall of Fame, Rocket Garden and Shuttle Launch Experience.

Where is the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex located?

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is located on Merritt Island, Florida.

How many food stops can you find in the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex?

There are several places to eat at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex including Orbit Cafe and Moon Rock Café.

What should you not miss at Kennedy Space Center?

Don’t miss highlight attractions like US Astronaut Hall of Fame, Rocket Garden and Shuttle Launch Experience.

Why do people visit Kennedy Space Center?

People visit Kennedy Space Center to experience attractions that highlight America’s space exploration program and its evolution.

How long does it take to walk through Kennedy Space Center?

It should take you a whole day to comfortably visit the Kennedy Space Center and see all its attractions.

Can I bring a backpack into the Kennedy Space Center?

Small backpacks are allowed inside the Kennedy Space Center.

What should I wear to Kennedy Space Center?

Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics is prohibited.

How much does it cost to go to Kennedy Space Center?

You can book discounted tickets to visit Kennedy Space Center here.

Is visiting Kennedy Space Center worth it?

Yes the Kennedy Space Center is an iconic destination that deserves to be visited at least once.