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Exploring the Kennedy Space Center: A Family-Friendly Guide

If you’re looking for a fun and educational experience for the whole family, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is a must-visit destination. Located on the east coast of Florida, the Kennedy Space Center is the premier site for space exploration and offers a wide range of activities and exhibits that are sure to delight visitors of all ages.

The Kennedy Space Center is owned and operated by NASA, the United States government agency responsible for the country’s civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research. The mission of the Kennedy Space Center is to support NASA’s space exploration programs by providing launch facilities, processing and testing of spacecraft, and other support services. In addition to supporting NASA’s missions, the Kennedy Space Center also serves as a public education and outreach center, providing visitors with an opportunity to learn about the history and future of space exploration.

Things to Do at Kennedy Space Center

The Kennedy Space Center has a lot to offer visitors of all ages. One of the most popular attractions is the Shuttle Launch Experience, which gives visitors a taste of what it’s like to blast off into space. Other highlights include the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, which features a full-scale replica of the space shuttle, and the Rocket Garden, which showcases historic rockets from NASA’s past.

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In addition to these exhibits, visitors can take a guided tour of the Kennedy Space Center, which includes stops at the Vehicle Assembly Building, Launch Control Center, and other key locations around the complex. There are also a number of interactive exhibits and simulators that allow visitors to experience what it’s like to be an astronaut.

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For those who love movies, the Kennedy Space Center also offers an IMAX experience. The IMAX theater shows a variety of films that explore space and science, including documentaries about NASA’s missions and Hollywood films that take place in space.

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Cost

Admission to the Kennedy Space Center starts at $75 for adults and $65 for children (ages 3-11). There are also a number of add-on experiences available for an additional fee, such as lunch with an astronaut or a behind-the-scenes tour of the complex.

Time Required

To fully explore all of the exhibits and activities at the Kennedy Space Center, it is recommended that visitors plan to spend at least a full day at the complex.  During our day trip, we spent 6 hours and wished we had more time to read more of the educational posts in exhibits.  With so much to see and do, it’s easy to fill an entire day with fun and educational experiences.  To keep you fueled, there are several places you can purchase lunch or a snack.

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Designed for Kids

The Kennedy Space Center is designed to be a family-friendly destination, with many exhibits and activities that are specifically geared towards children. For example, there is a designated Kids’ Zone that features interactive exhibits and games that teach children about space and science in a fun and engaging way.

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NASA Rocket Launches

If you’re lucky enough to visit the Kennedy Space Center during a rocket launch, it’s an experience you’ll never forget. The center offers a number of viewing locations for rocket launches, including the Apollo/Saturn V Center and the Rocket Garden. Keep in mind that launch schedules can be subject to change, so be sure to check the Kennedy Space Center’s website for the latest information.

Summary

Overall, the Kennedy Space Center is an exciting and educational destination that is perfect for families. With so many exhibits and activities to choose from, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The Kennedy Space Center is ideal for elementary aged kids and adults. Whether you’re interested in space exploration, science, or just having fun with your family, the Kennedy Space Center is a must-visit destination.  In fact, we think this Florida treasure is the BEST day trip from your stay in Orlando!

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