space center family travel

Destination: Kennedy Space Center


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Our fall break vacation included a trip to Kennedy’s Space Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. October is the perfect opportunity and season to avoid crowds and long lines for most Florida attractions. We purchased our Kennedy Space Center tickets the day before our trip using www.ticketsatwork.com. We were able to save a few dollars off of the general admission ticket prices.

At the front entrance of the Kennedy Space Center
At the front entrance of the Kennedy Space Center

We arrived midday and had just a few hours to tour the facilities.  The clerk at will call suggested the order of our experience and it worked out wonderfully. First we would check out Angry Birds Space Encounter, Robot Scouts, then the Space Center Bus Tour, and lastly the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

The kids really enjoyed the Angry Birds Space Encounter. My 5 year old who fantasizes regularly about being a spy, completed a laser obstacle course. There were extra large slingshots for the kids to shoot soft plush birds at targets. We walked through a mirrored maze that was a lot bigger than we expected. Fortunately no one was lost.

The kids get to play their favorite video game in real life.
The kids get to play their favorite video game in real life.

Our next stop at the Space Center was Robot Scouts. This fun exhibit has a huge lego model of a rover displayed in front. The whole exhibit is interactive and takes you through the history of robots in space and why it’s essential. I especially enjoyed the walkways that were created to look like we were on a space ship or even better, Death Star.

DSC_0325 Next stop was the Space Center Bus Tour, which runs every 15 minutes and takes you around the entire complex. The bus stops at the Apollo Center where we learned more about the first shuttles. This was a great place to take pictures and the kids enjoyed the space travel items on display, including Astronaut Snoopy.

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The bus tour ends directly in front of the Atlantis Shuttle Exhibit. At the entrance is a full replica of rockets that lifted the Atlantis into space. The display is grand in every sense of the word and worthy of many photos. Inside the building, is the actual Atlantis Shuttle, hung from the ceiling and angled just right, this will amaze your grumpiest grown up. Filled with more interactive activities and more photo worthy exhibits, the Atlantis Shuttle Exhibits delivers.

DSC_0442The highlight of this adventure is the Space Center’s Launch Experience inside the Atlantis Exhibit   Lucky for us all members of our party was tall enough. Since we arrived at the end of the day our wait was less than 20 minutes. We had to lock most of our belongings in complimentary secured lockers. The kids enjoyed the launch the most and even asked to do it a second time.

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After shopping in the gift store and finding some great reading material, we hung out in the Rocket Garden and took a few last minute photos. The Space Center is a must see for every family. We now have open discussions about space, our planet, and the sun. I’m certain the Kennedy Space Center experience has allowed my children to create, imagine, and dream to infinity and beyond!

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We look forward to reading more about space and planning our next trip to the Space Center!

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