Visiting Kennedy Space Center
We were looking for a weekend out of town after a few stressful weeks of various activities, school and work going on and decided on Kennedy Space Center. It wasn’t too far of a drive for us and we had never been. Having two small kids we try not to be in the car too long for the sake of their comfort and our sanity.
The drive into the space center is beautiful. The space center is not too far from Port Canaveral so if you’ve ever taken a cruise out of that port and want to take an extra day this is an excellent place to check out.
I’m sure that in it’s prime it was beyond amazing and busy. Even now, there’s a lot to see and a lot of history to learn from. This is somewhere that is a great trip for fun while being educational for kids of various ages. There’s a great page from Kennedy Space Center official site explaining how to plan your visit. There is so much to do and see here!
The Rocket Gardens
Here there are some of the initial rockets that were sent up along with a few replicas that you can actually get inside. It is amazing and crazy to think that someone was sent into space in some of these. When you read it, it doesn’t always register what it was truly like and the sacrifice made to take this journey. When you see in person the replicas of these rockets that were built as the United States made the journey towards space it is so incredible. The career of an astronaut sounds like an incredible thing and then when you see what they actually had to go through and their cramped ride in space it will definitely make you rethink it however it also shows the determination they had to be part of this historic accomplishment.
Bus Explore Tour Visit- Mission Control
You can take a bus tour as part of your general admission ticket to Kennedy Space Center. It takes you around to the launch pads and to see Atlantis along with various other space museum features. Some of the features feel like something from a sci-fi movie but in a really cool, fascinating way. I highly recommend the bus tour as it will give you some time to sit and relax, and there are things that you’re able to see that otherwise, you’d miss out when exploring on foot.
Can’t forget the gators..
This was one of 5 different gators that we saw on the bus throughout our tour. This is Florida after all 🙂 LOL! We were also able to see a Bald Eagle and their nest during the bus tour as well.
This visit was a lot of fun. I was worried about whether the kids would find it fun. They are 3 and 5 so it was if-y. I’m happy to say that (once I promised nobody was going to shoot us off into space) they were very excited and had a fun day. They are already asking to go back for another visit. I think this is something they’ll enjoy again when they are a little older as well. Although they may not remember this visit later on, it is always something I’ll remember as they explored and looked around in amazement.
Kennedy Space Center is a great idea to visit with kids of all ages as well as just an adult visit. There are so much history and education as well as fun that you can definitely spend a whole day.
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