Although manned space craft no longer depart from the Kennedy Space Center, the Visitor Complex continues to attract 1.5 million visitors a year from around the world.
After traveling 125,935,769 miles, the original Space Shuttle Atlantis is a main highlight of every visit. Atlantis is one of only three space-flown shuttles on display in the United States. Other attractions along with the state-of-the-art multimedia presentations and more than 60 interactive exhibits and high-tech simulators. One popular feature of the Atlantis exhibit is the space shuttle launch experience where visitors are strapped in for a simulated launch accompanied by all the sound effects.
Best way to gain an in-depth look at the space center is to join a bus tour, which departs about every 15 minutes. The tour, lasting several hours, is part of the admission price. It includes a drive-by tour of a launch pad before dropping off visitors at the giant 353-foot long Apollo/Saturn V exhibit where you can stand beneath a genuine moon rocket, a truly humbling experience. The exhibit also provides the opportunity to touch a real moon rock. Visitors can spend as much time at the Saturn V exhibit as they wish. A return bus is scheduled for every 15 minutes.
Other available activities include a lunch with an astronaut, a film at the 5-story IMAX theater and these things to do.
The dream of human travel in space is alive and well at Kennedy Space Center. With more than 40,000 items, the Space Shop is the world’s largest retail store stocked with space-themed merchandise. Items can be ordered online.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is located just east of Orlando on State Road 405, 6 miles inside the Kennedy Space Center entrance. From Orlando, take State Road 528 east and follow the signs to Kennedy Space Center. From Interstate 95, take exit 212 northbound or exit 215 southbound. From Merritt Island or Cocoa Beach, take State Road 3.