With several theme parks to choose from in Florida, not many offer a day out for adults that’s truly interesting. Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral sets themselves apart with inspirational displays and a jam packed day of astonishing facts. You don’t need to be a space enthusiast to be in awe of the multiple exhibits KSC offers. As someone who used to imagine what it would be like to be an astronaut, KSC provides the feeling of nostalgia and being apart of history. From the first rocket launch to what the future holds on Mars, strap on your space boots and get ready for lift off.
I suggest arriving when the park opens to explore this celestial dream land in its entirety. Kennedy Space Center is not just for rocket launches, although the Rocket Garden is impressive. If you find yourself short on time, here’s what not to miss during your adventure to space.
Apollo/Saturn V Center
Included with admission, enjoy a guided bus trip from the Visitor Center to Saturn V Center. With behind the scenes facts while viewing monumental sites; such as the Vehicle Assembly Building, Crawler-transporter 2 (CT-2) and Launch Complex 39, your tour will drop you off at the Saturn V Center for extra exploration. Don’t forget your space rover photo op as you wait for the doors to open! Beginning with a short video, guests are transformed to Apollo 8 and the firing room. Engaging in the thrill of the first crew to blast into space with Saturn V, it’s nothing short of exciting. With real life audio and simulation, Kennedy Space Center wins the heart of all ages with this exhibit! Ending in Project Apollo, I encourage you to take your time navigating through every display from the Apollo Treasures Gallery to one of my favorites, Moonscape.
Heroes and Legends
A must see as NASA introduces guests in a stimulating 4-D adventure through the dawn of the space age. Following the multi-sensory theater, be prepared to be humbled by the stories and recovered hardware in the Forever Remembered memorial. Viewing these items it was impossible not to feel emotional from the tragic losses of the Challenger and Columbia missions. As the journey continues, don’t miss the U.S Astronaut Hall of Fame. Every astronaut to ever be apart of a launch is displayed proudly. As well as, the interactive search details more of each astronaut and specifics from the Space Shuttle Program to Project Mercury.
Space Shuttle Atlantis
The most enthralling of attractions, Space Shuttle Atlantis suspends above, as over 60 interactive stops tell the story of NASA’s 30-year Shuttle Program. Each view from the ground level to the second, front to back, becomes more fascinating than the last. You also can’t miss the Hubble Space Telescope replica that spans over two stories. Still operating in space twenty-five years later, this attraction details its solar arrays and the five missions it took to save it. If you’re a kid at heart, try the Shuttle Launch Experience for a simulation of what its like to conquest into orbit!
As the day wraps up, don’t miss the Journey to Mars, Catch an IMAX movie and check out the Space Mirror Memorial. As I left Kennedy Space Center and read the encouraging words from John F. Kennedy, this visitor complex was a great reminder as to what this nation has succeeded in, and what endeavors we will accomplish together in the near future!
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