Saturday, January 25, 2020

Kennedy Space Center

We took Mom and Dad to Kennedy Space Center (Cape Canaveral).  We paid $10 for parking, $57 per adult and $53.50 per senior.  We arrived a little after 9:00 am and decided to head right to the bus tour.  The bus dropped us off at the Apollo/Saturn V Center were we learned about the Apollo program and America’s first orbit around the earth (Apollo 7) and the moon (Apollo 8), landing on the moon (Apollo 11) and various visits to the moon and the last Apollo mission (17), plus Apollo 1 and the fire that cost the lives of Grissom, White and Chaffee.

The bus returned us to the main campus and we ventured to learn about the shuttle program at the Atlantis building.  I have to say this was my favorite entrance experience and to see the full Atlantis suspended for viewing.   Be sure to check out the Shuttle Launch Experience, were you will experience take off and weightlessness in space.   There are some simulation stations to try as well. 

After lunch, we viewed the 3D movie “Journey to Space” at the IMAX 1 Theater; then went to listen to Astronaut Tom Jones do a presentation on his life and experiences. Mom, Mike and I helped a family step power a rocket launch near the NASA Central complex (there are blocks in the sidewalk area that light up when you step on them, after a lot of steps are recorded on a screen nearby they do a simulated rocket launch on the screen with smoke and everything). Then we all went on a 15 minute walking tour of the Rocket Garden and finally we attended the Eyes on the Universe 3D Presentation.

The complex hours are from 9 AM – 6 pm, but I recommend a two day pass as we didn’t get to experience everything they have to offer.  Everything is family friendly and very interactive.  I suggest bringing a lunch and drinks to save some money.  There are also various other bus tours and experiences offered that are additional cost to the park access.

Other tips…
  • Be sure to get a visitor guide and daily schedule when you arrive to plan your visit.  You can also download an app on your phone.
  • Wear good walking shoes because you will be doing some walking.
  • You won’t be able to see everything in one visit, but you can see quite a bit.  Recommend a two day pass.
  • Try to plan a visit during a launch.  There is an additional cost to view the launch but for most of us it could be a once in a life time event.
  • Dress for the weather (suggest layers) and be sure to have sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Pack drinks and a lunch to save on expenses.
  • Get there early so you can see the most, the park hours are 9 am – 6 pm daily.
  • They have a dog kennel on site, so you might want to look into that before going.
  • Finally, they do offer different experiences at an additional charge so you might be interested into them.

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