Kennedy Space Center
While Central Florida may be most known for its famous theme parks, there is so much more to discover! One of our favorite places to recommend to families that are looking to add more fun to their trip is Kennedy Space Center. Whether your little ones are fans of space travel or not, there is still plenty to explore. We are so excited that Kennedy Space Center recently reopened their doors on July 6th after closing back in March due to COVID-19. Continue reading to learn more about their new procedures as well as some of our favorite must see attractions!
Kennedy Space Center has officially reopened all of their main visitor complex attractions including the IMAX Theater, Shuttle Launch Experience and Universe Theater. To ensure the health and safety of all guests and employees, new rules and procedures have been put in place, which we have included below. Due to limited attendance being set for each day, it is highly recommended that guests purchase tickets in advance. It is also important to note that operating hours have been changed to 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM to allow more time for cleaning and sanitizing. To learn more about Kennedy Space Center’s reopening procedures click here.
- Face coverings are required for all employees and guests aged 3 and up (except while eating)
- Temperature screenings are required for all employees and guests prior to entry
- Social distancing in queues, restaurants, and other facilities throughout the visitor complex
- Limited capacity in all theaters and pre-shows to promote social distancing
- Increased implementation of sanitization and disinfection
Must See Attractions
There is so much to see and do at Kennedy Space Center that it was difficult for us to narrow this down to our Top 3 attractions! Unfortunately, some attractions have remained closed for now, but there are still plenty of experiences available to entertain all ages. For a full list of Kennedy Space Center’s attractions, and to see which are currently available, click here.
Heroes & Legends
This attraction is included with daily admission and allows guests to “relive the thrills and dangers of America’s earliest space missions”. Get a close up look at real artifacts and learn about the heroes included in the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Astronaut Training Experience
Find out what it is like to train, live, and work on Mars, including practicing your docking skills and performing a spacewalk in a microgravity environment! Due to the super immersive simulation technology, this 4-5 hour long add-on enhancement is restricted to guests aged 10 and older.
Price: $175 (plus tax) per guest
Shuttle Launch Experience
Have you ever wondered what it feels like to fly aboard a space shuttle? This simulation experience is included with daily admission and allows guests to experience the accent into orbit after a quick, pre launch briefing.
Height Requirement: 44”
Aside from officially reopening, Kennedy Space Center has some exciting events taking place in the month of July. At 7:50 AM on July 30th the Mars 2020 rover, Perseverance, will be launched into space! This will be a part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program and in effort to seek out answers about ancient life on Mars. For more information on the ULA Atlas V Mars rocket launch click here.
For those who are skeptical about leaving the house right now, but still interested in teaching their little ones about space, Kennedy Space Center is offering a Virtual Camp! This camp is geared to elementary school age students and will be offered July 28th – 30th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and August 4th – 6th from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. To learn more about the hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities that will be included click here.
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