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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex(KSCVC)

  • Location : Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island, FL 32953
  • Opening : KSCVC 09:00-19:00 / U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 12:00-19:00
    (close time varies depending on the season)
  • Closing : December 25 (May be closed on rocket launch day)
  • Admission charges : Adult $45, Child (year 3-11) $35 (Price excluding tax)
  • Web site : https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/
  • Online shop web site : https://www.thespaceshop.com/
Kennedy Space Center

Overview


Cape Canaveral near Orlando, with Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Here is the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), which launched the Apollo and Space Shuttle. It is only manned spacecraft launch facility in the United States.
General tourists must approach from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC), which is a dedicated tour facility.

Check the location of Kennedy Space Center(GoogleMap) Moonport: A History of Apollo Launch Facilities and Operations(NASA)

Way to go


Orlando is wide, so it is best to travel by renting a car at the airport. The course is easy. There are only two corners from the airport to the KSCVC entrance. First, from Orlando International Airport, travel west on toll motorway 528 (Martin Andersen Beachline), and then turn left when you reach the end. Next, take 407 (Challenger Memorial Pkwy). At the end of the road, turn right and go straight on 405 (Columbia Blvd). You will see the sign of KSCVC on your right.
Entrance of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
This photo is entrance of the visitor center. Building under construction, shown at the back, is Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibition facility(KSC) , which opened on July 29, 2013. You can reach in about 40 minutes from the airport and in about an hour from around Universal Studio area. There are two toll gate for 528 route from the airport ($1 each) and 4 from the Universal Studio area ($1 each, but $1.25 for one). Prepare small changes. Parking at Kennedy Space Center is free.
Travel agencies also offers guided optional tours depart from Disney World and Universal Studios hotels. However, because stay time at KSC is short, people who want to thoroughly enjoy it may be dissatisfied.

Entry


When you arrive there is the ticket office of the Kennedy Space Center. If you have not obtained a ticket, purchase one here. It is recommended that you purchase tickets online in advance from the KSCVC website. Print your ticket at home, then you can pass through the ticket office and go directly to the entrance of the Kennedy Space Center. At the entrance, hold the ticket barcode over the leader and enter. There is a simple metal detector and possession inspection. Metals, such as belts, watches, and hair ornaments, should be removed from your body.

How to explore


The attractions of the visitor complex are all free (included in your entrance fee), except for the special bus tour. From where you like, you can look around as much as you like. We recommend that you arrive 10 minutes before the opening time (9 am) and visit in order from the popular attractions. There are two popular attractions of KSCVC. One is the Shuttle Launch Experience. The other is free bus tour around the facilities of the Kennedy Space Center. It takes 20 to 30 minutes to enjoy the Shuttle Launch Experience if it is not crowded. Bus tours take around 1-2 hours all around the facility. We also recommend 3D movies in the IMAX theater.

Shuttle Launch Experience

Shuttle Launch Experience

This is a simulation ride type attraction where you can experience the launch of Space Shuttle. First, store your luggage in the free locker (a deposit of 25 cents is required) and head to the waiting room. From the waiting room, passing through the aisle that mimics NASA's office, you will find the theater first. Here is a detailed description of the simulations you will experience. Movement of the shuttle at launch and each event that occurs during climb, If you understand all of these, you can enjoy this simulation more. The person who appears and explains in the video here is Mr. Charles Bolden, who took four shuttle flight missions and became NASA Administrator in 2009.
And finally, boarding a ride. Countdown, and launch, intense vibrations of the booster, then switch to smooth flight with main engine. When the main engine is cut off, enter the world of weightlessness. Finally, when payload bay door opens, you can see the beautiful Earth.
After you get out of ride, go through the aisle lined with plates introducing all 135 missions of Space Shuttle, you will reach the exit through souvenir shop. If you want to shop for souvenirs, be careful not to deposit your wallet with a locker first.
The simulation boarding time is only about 9 minutes, but it will take 20 to 30 minutes in total even when it is not crowded, as waiting rooms, theaters and waiting before boarding will each have the same 9 minutes waiting time. When you arrive at KSCVC, it is efficient to join this attraction first and then take the following free bus tour.
The Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit facility(KSC) has been added to this attraction now. It was opened on July 29, 2013.

Free bus tour

Platform for free bus tours at the Kennedy Space Center

The free bus tour platform is located right hand after KSCVC's information center. As of 2012, there are two bus stops for the tour : "LC39 Observation Gantry" and "Apollo / Saturn V Center". You can move between these bus stops in just about 10 minutes, and buses run approximately every 15 minutes, so you can look around as much as you like. The first bus leaves platform at 10:00. And the last bus is 14:45.
In addition, bus will pass just to the left of VAB: Vehicle Assembly Building on the way to LC39 Observation Gantry. A crawler, Mobile Launcher, etc. are also parked near here. You can take a closer look at these when you sit right of the bus.

LC39 Observation Gantry

LC39 Observation Gantry

This is a viewing platform located approximately 2km (1.2 mi) closer to LC39A launch pad. However, we recommended to carry binoculars as the launch pad still looks far. From this three-story observation deck, you can overlook LC39A / B launch pad, SLC41 launch pad that launches Atlas V rockets, and full view of Merritt Island. Also, at the center of observation deck, Space Shuttle's main engine used in 15 launches, including Challenger's maiden flight, is exhibited and can be seen closely.
Next to this observation deck, there is an exhibition building that explains about launch pad, and you can enjoy detailed explanations such as model showing structure of the VAB , Shuttle's solid fuel, sample of Shuttle insulation tile , and launch pad and space shuttle related facilities with miniatures, photo panels and videos.

Check the location of LC39 Observation Gantry(GoogleMap)

Apollo/Saturn V Center

Apollo/Saturn V Center

This is facility where actual Apollo Saturn V vehicle are exhibited. When you enter it, a short film showing the history of Apollo will be shown, and the stage simulating control center will reproduce the moment of Apollo 8 launch. Shock of launch vibrates control room's glasses and you can feel rocket's power.
And third room is the Apollo Saturn V exhibition room. Rocket is beautifully kept and seems to be just completed. You can take pictures freely. And there are so many exhibits on display around tere.

Check the location of Apollo/Saturn V Center(GoogleMap)

Saturn V


The rockets displayed here are... Saturn V first stage (S-IC) is a repainted test module called S-IC-T with the paint of Apollo 11 (S-IC-6). second stage (S-II) and third stage (S-IVB) are stages made for Apollo 19 (S-II-14, S-IVB-514) that was canceled for launch. And Command module and Service module are mockups (Boilerplate BP-30).

Description of Saturn V booster Description of Apolllo spacecraft
CSM-119:Unused Command module and Service module

CM&SM (Command module and Service module)


Just below the Saturn V, a pair of Unused Command module and Service module is on display. This is a CSM-119 prepared as a backup for Skylab and ASTP missions. It is only existing unused Apollo Command and Service module with flightable equipment. The development team of Orion, next manned spacecraft currently under development at NASA, has disassemble and research for reference. On the side of it, onboard space suit (Flight Suit) worn by James A. Lovell Jr. at Apollo 13 mission is on display.

Lunar module (LM-9), which is displayed hanging from the ceiling

LM (Lunar Module)


Lunar Module(LM-9) , which is displayed hanging from the ceiling here, is one of the four "real" existing machines. This was originally planned to be used for Apollo 15 mission, but due to cancellation after Apollo 18 mission, Apollo 15 mission has changed to J mission that uses Lunar Roving Vehicle(LRV). Therefore, this LM-9 which can not carry LRV remained unused.

Description of LM (Lunar Module)

Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV)


Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) displayed here is a demonstration model created for KSCVC in 1971. The wheels are woven of wire, quite realistic compared to ones exhibited in other museums. A7L space suit worn by commander of Apollo 17 : Eugiene A. Cernan and Model of two-wheeled luggage carrier: Lunar Tool Cart used for moon exploration by Apollo 14 mission are displayed right next to it.

Description of LRV (Lunar Roving Vehicle) Description of A7L space suit

Astronaut Van


Just before launch, this Astronaut Van carried Apollo astronauts wearing a space suit approximately eight miles from Operations and Checkout (O&C) building to launch pad. The back door is open and you can look inside.

LUT (Launch Umbilical Tower)


truncated part of real LUT (Launch Umbilical Tower)
At the back of Command module, truncated part of real LUT (Launch Umbilical Tower) is on display. On top of that is the Colby Cranes Manufacturing Company's Hammerhead Crane. Behind that, SkyLab's MDA: Multiple Docking Adapter is also on display.

Snoopy the Astronaut


A Snoopy statue dressed in spacesuit is on display at this Saturn V Center. The relationship between Snoopy and Apollo Project is deep, and used as a mascot or as a nickname for Apollo 10 Lunar Module. The Snoopy statue exhibited here is a donation from the family of Snoopy's original author, etc., in commemoration of NASA's 50th anniversary in 2008.

Entrance of the LUNAR THEATER

LUNAR THEATER


Here you can enjoy a 10 minute show that reproduces Apollo 11 moon landing. The first half is a video-focused show that reproduces tense scene just before moon landing on Apollo 11, where communication problems and program errors occurred. In the second half, a huge (actual size?) Model of LM joins, and moon landing will be reproduced on the stage. And the story expands from subsequent Apollo program to International Space Station and future space exploration.

Apollo 14 Command Module


At the exit of LUNA THEATER, there is an exhibition room where many artifacts related to Apollo project are displayed. Moon rocks, space suit worn by Alan B. Shepard, Jr. : commander of Apollo 14, television camera, flight plan and so on. And the highlight of these is real Command Module.
Command Module:CM-110 (Kitty Hawk) used in Apollo 14 (AS-509) mission
Command Module:CM-110 (Kitty Hawk) used in Apollo 14 (AS-509) mission is on display. This was originally exhibited at United States Astronaut Hall of Fame, but was relocated here in 2008 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of NASA.

Moon rock


Near LUNAR THEATER, there is the moon rock that can be touched , which is a regular at NASA museums. It is very small compared to other exhibits, so don't overlook it.

Ranger Probe & Lunar orbiter spacecraft


The first stage of Saturn V : S-IC's upper ceiling holds models of Ranger Probe & Lunar orbiter spacecraft , which was active early in the US lunar exploration.

Crawler's track


Yellow painted tracks of Crawler transporter are on display. One piece weighs about 1 ton.

Description of Crawler transporter

LM Cockpit


On the wall of Saturn V Center, Lunar Module cockpit used for flight training is embedded.

IMAX theater

It is a theater where you can enjoy IMAX movies with huge screens and huge films. There are two theaters here, and two movies are regularly screened. You can check the screening title on the KSCVC Web site. The screening time is about 40 minutes each. You can check start time at event timetable available at information center, or at IMAX theater entrance. Of course the charge is free (included in admission fee).
In this building, there are EYE ON THE UNIVERSE: THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE : introduce Hubble Space Telescope and its results, and NASA ART GALLERY display paintings by artists on the subject of space exploration. It may be good to kill the time to screening start.

Early Space Exploration

Soviet Union Soyuz spacecraft

(This facility was integrated with annex “United States Astronaut Hall of Fame” in November 2016 and has been renewed as “Heroes & Legends”.)
It is a museum on the edge of KSCVC, next to Rocket Garden. It's a little far from entrance, so there are few visitors, but are some impressive exhibits. Here you can see history of early space exploration from Robert Goddard's liquid fuel rocket, America's first manned space flight : Mercury program, to Apollo, along with the related items. When you enter, Soviet Union Soyuz spacecraft will greet you overhead first. And the highlight is reproduction of flight control room of Mercury project which relocated the actual equipment. You can see old-fashioned equipment lined up here. And behind that, there are the actual backup capsule of Mercury 8 : Sigma7 , the actual capsule of Gemini 9A , and A7L space suit worn by Commander Neil A. Armstrong and so on.

The Rocket Garden

The Rocket Garden

It is an open space that displays various rockets related to NASA's manned space exploration. The largest one displayed sideways, is Saturn IB rocket used in the Apollo 7 and SkyLab project. In the immediate vicinity is SwingArm No.9 : White room mounted on top of the LUT and connected directly to Apollo Command module hatch.

Saturn IB rocket
Here you can taste the feeling of an astronaut just boarding Apollo spacecraft. Besides this, you can also see the huge F1 engine installed on S-IC : Satrun first stage.

Exploration Space

It is an exhibition where you can learn about many space exploration programs currently being worked by NASA. You can know present and future of NASA. Also, in a live theater show, which takes place every 30 minutes, you can hear about NASA's program directly from NASA staffs. These are familiar contents for those who are watching NASA TV on the iPhone podcast.

Download NASACast Video Now(iTunes)

Astronaut Encounter

It is an attraction where you can talk directly with NASA astronauts. Every day, NASA astronauts appear at the venue to answer visitor's questions. You can find out when and who to meet on the KSCVC Web site. Event duration is 25 minutes approx. and will held twice a day.

Robot Scouts

A robot attraction that explains history of space exploration for kids.

The Space Shop(Souvenir shop)

Souvenir shop of Kennedy Space Center: The Space Shop

KSCVC has three big souvenir shops, the largest of which is The Space Shop . In the huge two-storey shop, ground floor displays souvenirs such as T-shirts, postcards and key rings, and the second floor is full of collectors items such as books, videos, mission patches and scale models. There are also shops in Apollo / Saturn V Center and Shuttle Launch Experience. The variety of items is almost the same everywhere, but some shops may have sold out the size and design of T-shirt and so on, so get it as soon as you find the one you want. There are also two Kennedy Space Center shops on the third floor of Orlando International Airport. Let's not overlook this too.
It may be better to plan what kind of souvenirs to buy in advance. Recommendation is T-shirts first. There are many designs, from for NASA mania to casual wearer. And space food. Freeze-dry ice cream that can be stored at normal temperature is a standard product. Also, Fisher's Space Pen is a staple item. It is filled with gas, and you can write letters even in weightlessness or facing the ceiling. There are many designs for posters, postcards and key rings. The KSC Official Souvenir Book, which can only be purchased here, costs $ 7.99. Not only English version but also national language version is available.
In addition, if you want to buy specialty books, it seems that Amazon.com is often cheaper. Check it before purchase.

Official site of Orlando International Airport

Astronaut Memorial

Monument engraved with the name of astronauts who died in the line of duty

This is The monument engraved with the name of astronauts who died in the line of duty shaped like a huge stone monument. It was installed by President George Bush in 1991. The names of the astronauts who lost their lives during various missions and trainings are engraved, including the Apollo 1, Shuttle Columbia and Challenger crew members. Also displayed here is the model of T-38 training jet , which NASA astronauts use to move between JSC and KSC.

Remembering Shuttle Flights STS-51L and STS-107(CBS News Space)

Guided paid bus tours

KSCVC also offers special paid bus tours with a guide. Can enter KSC facilities that you can not visit individually and listen to explanations. The ticket price is USD 70.00 for adults and USD 54.00 for children (3-11 years old) including KSC entrance fee. You can book online and buy tickets. Purchase tour ticket (KSC Visitor Complex) After completing the purchase procedure on the website, you will be able to print two copies: Admission and Tour ticket. Admission tickets are used to enter KSC. And 30 minutes before the start of the tour, go to gate 1 of the bus tour platform and give a tour ticket to the staff to guide you.
The permanent tour is Cape Canaveral: Then & Now, visiting launch facility of Mercury Project and Air Force Space and Missile Museum by KSCVC. It takes place once a day and the tour starts at 12:50. Participants must carry an identification card (passport).

Limited paid bus tour


And from 2011, between the end of Space Shuttle operation and the next manned spacecraft: Orion / SLS operation, special tours were held to visit facilitys not usually seen. The first is the KSC Up-Close: The Vehicle Assembly Building Tour , where you can tour the inside of VAB : Vehicle Assembly Building(NASA). The second is the KSC Up-Close: The Launch Control Center Tour , where you can tour the inside of LCC : Launch Control Center(NASA) Firing Room 4 that controlled the launch of Apollo and Shuttle. The third one is the KSC Up-Close: The Launch Pad Tour , which gets inside the security fence of the 39A launch pad and approaches about 300 m from the LC-39A launch pad(NASA).
Furthermore, since 2013, the “Mega Tour” has also been conducted to tour the VAB and the LC-39A launch pad at once.
If you are a deeper space mania, you should not miss this opportunity. However, it is difficult to participate in multiple tours in one day because each tour has a limited start time and it takes nearly two hours to finish. In addition, tickets can only be purchased in combination with admission for any tour on the web. You need to visit Kennedy Space Center for three days to take part in these three special tours. Of course I took all these tours by 3 days visit. Next manned spacecraft : Orion/SLS(NASA)

Limited tour 1 : KSC Up-Close: The Vehicle Assembly Building Tour

OV-104 Space Shuttle Atlantis
This is a first limited paid bus tour that started in October 2011. Starting at about 10:00 every day, starts about every 30 minutes, 7 times a day, and the tour takes about 2 hours.
When bus leaves, it will first head to the area where KSC headquarters building is located. Observe KSC headquarters building, Operations and Checkout (O&C) building where Astronauts eat before launch, wear space suits, and board the Astro Van, SSPF:Space Station Processing Facility from bus window.
Then follow the path to NASA Park Way East to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, On the way, get off the bus at the launch observation site in the center of Banana River embankment.
SLC41 launch pad used to launch the Atlas V rocket
In the pleasant sea breeze, you can see SLC 41 launch pad used to launch Atlas V rockets, and a range of other launch sites.
Then the bus goes back on the way, at last we head to the VAB. Stop by the door on north side of VAB, Walk into High Bay 3 . In High Bay, various space exploration related devices are exhibited. Contents of the exhibition will change depending on the day of the tour. When I visited, the Next generation manned spacecraft Orion / SLS LES (escape rocket) was exhibited. And the highlight of exhibits was authentic OV-104 Space Shuttle Atlantis and Astro Van. It was on display as it returned from the very last shuttle mission. In addition, while explaining VAB and shuttle, the presenter also let us touch the actual Shuttle insulation tile. It was in a plastic bag, but can realize lightness of the tile.
An observatory overlooking both LC-39A and 39B

Space Shuttle Atlantis is now sit at the Atlantis Exhibition Facility , which opened on July 29, 2013.
After tour of VAB, we eturn to bus and continue to launch pad LC-39A. Turn right in front of the fence surround the restricted area of launch pad, follow Saturn Causeway to the end and turn left on Cape Rd. You will then arrive at An observatory overlooking both LC-39A and 39B facing the beach. Here, you will be able to get off the bus again for memorial photo shoot. If the weather is fine, you can enjoy not only the launch pad view but also the beautiful beach views. Finally, approach the LC-39B launch pad , look at the launch pad to the right hand from inside the bus, and return to Apollo / Saturn V Center.
The highlight of this tour is concentrated on the right window of the bus, with the exception of LC-39A. When taking part in this tour, sit in the right chair. Check the location of the area with the KSC headquarters building(GoogleMap) Check the location of launch observation site(GoogleMap) Check the location of VAB(GoogleMap) Check the location of observatory overlooking both LC-39A and 39B(GoogleMap) VAB:Vehicle Assembly Building(NASA) NASA invites public to tour its voluminous Vehicle Assembly Building(collectSPACE)

Limited tour 2 : KSC Up-Close: The Launch Control Center Tour

Firing Room 4 of LCC
It is a second limited paid bus tour that started in June 2012. It is limited to twice a day starting at 11:20 and 13:20 every day, and the tour time is about 2 hours.
When the bus leaves, go from Kennedy Pkwy to Saturn Causeway and straight to LCC on the side of VAB. The fence surround LCC will be opened and bus enter the restricted area. Bus will stop in front of LCC Building and the tour will begin. Because Firing Room is small, we divided into two groups before the tour and visited alternately.
Part of the control console used in the Apollo era and the early shuttle era

Take the elevator from hall and get off at 3rd floor, right in front of the entrance to Firing Room 3 and 4. After briefly receiving a description of Firing Room, finally enter Firing Room 4. We received explanations about role of each staff here and launch sequence, while being surrounded by row of control consoles. Then continue into the Bubble room on either side of the Firing Room. From here you can overlook entire Firing Room and, in retrospect, LC-39A / B launch pad. Here you can look the files of Shuttle launch procedure. Finally, in the Launch Director's seat at the top of the center, take a memorial photo and the tour of Firing Room is over. In addition, Firing Room 3 under refurbishment next door was seen from the window.
Mission patch for all space rockets launched from KSC

Next, wait for another group to finish tour of Firing Room in the hall of LCC. The hall displays a large mural depicting NASA's history of space exploration, Part of the control console used in the Apollo era and the early shuttle era , and Mission patch for all space rockets controlled by LCC for launch. Every patch has a plate showing launch and return dates, but SkyLab, STS-51L (challenge accident) and STS-107 (Columbia accident), which never returned, did not have a return date plate.
When LCC tour is over, return to the bus and continue to launch pad LC-39A. See the launch pad from bus window. At the front of fence of launch pad, turn right and follow Saturn Causeway. Make a U-turn at the turning point just ahead and pass in front of LC-39A again, return to Apollo / Saturn V Center.
The highlight of this tour is concentrated on the right window of the bus, with the exception of LC-39A. When taking part in this tour, sit in the right chair. Check the location of LCC(GoogleMap) Launch Control Center (LCC)(NASA) 'Go' for tours: Public invited inside NASA's historic Launch Control Center(collectSPACE)

Limited tour 3 : KSC Up-Close: The Launch Pad Tour

LC-39A Space Shuttle Launch Pad
It is a third limited paid bus tour that started in July 2012. It is limited twice a day of 11:40, 14:40 start every day, and tour time is approximately 2 hours.
The bus leaves Saturn Causeway and goes straight to LC-39A Space Shuttle Launch Pad. Enter restricted area inside the fence surrounding LC-39A. In the restricted area, turn left around circling road surrounding launch pad. The launch pad is always visible to the left.
Tour bus stopping approximately 300 m west of LC-39A launch pad
The bus stops about 300 meters (0.19 mi) west of the launch pad. You can get off the bus and enjoy photography freely.
As approach this position, you can realize the hugeness of launch pad. And also you can look closely at the details. Return to bus and make a left turn around circular road in the restricted area. The staff explain water reservoir tank, liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen tanks used as fuel, astronaut emergency escape systems, and other facilities, with slowly or stopping the bus. And finally, we exit restricted area of LC-39A through a facility that stores self-igniting fuel , which is said to be the most dangerous place around the launch pad.
VAB from the exquisite angle

Then take Saturn Causeway to the end and turn left on Cape Rd toward LC-39B. After watching it from inside the bus, head to VAB. Get off at the open space at Saturn Causeway and Utility Rd intersections south of VAB (the place where Saturn V was displayed outdoors until 1996). Take a look at the exterior of VAB. VAB from the exquisite angle looks beautiful like a postcard. Here you can also enjoy photography freely. Once VAB photo session is over, return to Apollo / Saturn V Center.
The highlight of this tour is concentrated on the left window of the bus, with the exception of LC-39A. When taking part in this tour, sit in the left chair. Check the location of LC-39A(GoogleMap) Launch Complex 39-A & 39-B(NASA) Next stop, the launch pad: NASA's Apollo, shuttle launch site opens for tours(collectSPACE)

United States Astronaut Hall of Fame

The Astronaut Hall of Fame closed on November 2, 2015 and was integrated into KSCVC. The exhibits were transferred to new building “Heroes & Legends” in KSCVC, which opened on November 11, 2016.
a statue of Alan B. Shepard, Jr.
United States Astronaut Hall of Fame is recommended to visit in conjunction with KSCVC. You will arrive approximately 10 minutes by car, 8km east from KSCVC. It was established in 1990 to honor Mercury's astronauts. Originally a separate museum independent of KSCVC, it became part of KSCVC's facility in 2002. Therefore, you can enter with the KSCVC admission ticket. It takes about an hour to tour the whole. It would be nice to stop by after visiting KSCVC.
Many of the exhibits are related to Mercury Project. When you enter, a statue of Alan B. Shepard, Jr. will greet you.
Genuine Mercury 8: Sigma 7 spacecraft
You can see various artifacts in Mercury era, from big articles such as space suits, control consoles, Genuine Mercury 8: Sigma 7 spacecraft to small articles at that era. There is the Space suit worn by Alan B. Shepard, Jr. on Apollo 14 mission, too.
And the main exhibit(?) is the Hall of Fame , which honors many famous astronauts. The portrait of each astronauts are displayed along with patches of participated missions. The second half of the museum exhibits are filled with physical games and simulators that kids can enjoy. Check the location of Astronaut Hall of Fame(GoogleMap)

Florida's summer is cold !?

The climate in Orlando, Florida, where the Kennedy Space Center is located, is almost the same as Tokyo in Japan. The temperature is around 79 degrees in the morning and evening and nearly 95 degrees in the daytime. However, facilities at Kennedy Space Center and tour bus are strongly cooled, and you never feel hot. Rather, when it's cloudy, cooling is so effective that you'll feel even colder. When visiting Kennedy Space Center, it is recommended that you carry a jacket even in summer.
Cocoa beach
If you want to enjoy Kennedy Space Center deeply, it is recommended to stay at a hotel around Cocoa Beach where astronauts also spent their holidays. It will take about 30 minutes by car from Kennedy Space Center. Cocoa Beach has many lodgings from luxury resorts to small motels.
The Inn at Cocoa Beach with a morning glow

The hotel I stayed is The Inn at Cocoa Beach. Beach is just behind the hotel, and you can enjoy a wonderful sunrise in the morning. In addition, the main shop of RON JON SURF SHOP : famous surfing & beach goods and souvenir shops, and huge supermarket, pharmacy, McDonald's and Seven Eleven are within walking distance. Coffee is available 24 hours a day for free in the hotel lobby, and in the evening from 17:00 to 18:00 you can enjoy cold white wine and cheese for free. A delicious breakfast of omelette and orange juice is also included. A cozy motel with a homely atmosphere and friendly staff. It is a super recommended hotel. Check the location of The Inn at Cocoa Beach(GoogleMap) The Inn at Cocoa Beach official site(The Inn at Cocoa Beach) Introductory video of The Inn at Cocoa Beach(YouTube) Cocoa Beach Introduction Site(CocoaBeach.Com)
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