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Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

1. Orlando: Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Tour

Less than one hour from Orlando is NASA’s launch headquarters – the Kennedy Space Center. The visitor site offers a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the space program. Tour NASA’s launch headquarters, and see space shuttle launch pads from a four-story observation deck. Walk beneath a massive Saturn V moon rocket, and relive Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. Meet a real astronaut, stroll through the Rocket Garden, and enjoy five-story IMAX space films. The center also includes the space shuttle Atlantis, bringing visitors nose-to-nose with the priceless Atlantis spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before.  More than 60 interactive, touchscreen experiences and high-tech simulators bring to life the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s 30-year space shuttle program. Explore the complexity of the engineering marvel that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station (ISS). Guests can practice docking to the ISS, extract cargo from the payload bay, and create sonic booms and glide to a landing on the re-entry slide. They can also experience the sensation of floating in space, explore a high-fidelity replica of the ISS, experience an orbital sunrise, and take the helm at the shuttle cockpit. On your airboat ride, glide through the grassy marsh of the St. Johns River and Lake Poinsett at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. As the boat slows down to an idle you will have several opportunities to take pictures of local wildlife, such as alligators, eagles, and several species of wading birds by the hundreds. Then visit a natural cypress swamp.

Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Visit with Options

2. Orlando: Kennedy Space Center Visit with Options

Learn all about space travel on your visit to the Kennedy Space Center on a full-day tour. Meet a real astronaut, jump on board the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator, watch one of the intriguing IMAX films, and stroll around the incredible rocket garden full of real rockets from missions past. Choose from the following options: • Kennedy Space Center Full-Day: Explore the Kennedy Space Center at your own pace with general admission included in the package. Transportation from a Central Florida area pick-up location is included, and the tour guide to give you hints and tips on the journey from Orlando to Cape Canaveral. • Kennedy Space Center Small-Group Experience: Enjoy a hotel pick-up and a breakfast bag en route to the complex on a small-group tour with more specialized assistance from your tour guide. Additionally, during the day at Kennedy Space, go on KSC Explore Bus tour to get inside the NASA gates for photo stops near the launch pads and at the vehicle assembly building. You will also have time to be able to explore on your own as there is so much to see in the complex. All guests will be provided with a $15 voucher that is redeemable for food on the complex. • Kennedy Space Center and Airboat Safari Tour: Enjoy the morning and early afternoon exploring the Space Center at your own pace, then in the later afternoon you will head over to the St. John's River for a 30-minute airboat ride. • Chat with an Astronaut and Space Center Tour: Enjoy your day at the Space Center complete with a presentation that includes snacks and drinks as well as a talk from an astronaut. You will have a chance to ask questions and take photos of a real space hero. • Kennedy Space Center and Explore Bus Tour: Take a ride on the Explore Bus Tour that goes onto NASA Restricted Grounds and gives you an in-depth tour of the inner-workings of the grounds. • Kennedy Space Center Transportation Only: Transfer from the Orlando area to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Please note this option does not include admission to Kennedy Space Center. • Kennedy Space Center Express: Meet the bus at the final meeting point and avoid the hassle of pickups. So you get some extra time in the morning as you board at the last stop. All tour options include round-trip transportation to the Kennedy Space Center from selected locations in the Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, and Kissimmee areas.

Kennedy Space Center: Full-Day Tour with Airboat Safari Ride

3. Kennedy Space Center: Full-Day Tour with Airboat Safari Ride

Your tour to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex promises an exciting day for the whole family. Learn all about space travel on your visit to this amazing institution. During the narrated NASA bus tour, you will find yourself standing inside the launch control room and looking at an actual Saturn V rocket, the largest rocket ever to fly. You can also take pictures of the shuttle launch pads. With a little luck, you might even see a space shuttle there! Also at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, enjoy the Shuttle Launch Experience. This simulator ride began in May 2007 and replicates the sights, sounds, and feelings of a shuttle launch. Feel the incredible journey of launching into space and orbiting Earth from an astronaut's point of view. Guest Crew members strap in and go vertical for launch in a one-of-a-kind motion-based simulator, the only realistic simulation of a launch ever created. The 5-minute experience sequence culminates with a breath-taking view of the Earth. After the bus tour, sit back and enjoy an IMAX movie. Be sure to check out the new 3D IMAX Magnificent Desolation. Why not choose to stroll through a real-size space shuttle, look at a moon rock or try space ice cream? This is a day of fun for the whole family. Your tour includes a 30-minute airboat ride to discover the beauty of the nearby swamps! Look for exotic plants, flowers and wildlife including the most famous inhabitant of the swamp — the alligator.

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What people are saying about Merritt Island

Time in KSC is limited for everything it offers, but on a half-day tour it's normal that you don't have time for everything. Still, I would do the same again with the airboat. It may not be the Everglades but it was a lot of fun and we saw native flora and fauna.

Airboat tour was very fantastic. Lots of different birds and hunkering big alligators. . Great way to start the trip. Then onto Kennedy Space Center. Nothing like it and such a part of America’s history a must see for everyone.

Excellent venue; fun to see the different attractions. Besides all that, we saw an actual shuttle take off of one Elon Musks rockets—fantastic.

Space Center was amazing. Airboat Tour was short but fun.

fab day out just not enough time to see everything.