After St. Augustine, our next Florida stop was Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. This was an ideal place for our family to visit along this trip, as it combines entertainment with education!
Make sure you plan to spend the whole day here as there is a lot to take in! We went on a Saturday (which equates to lots of people) so we waited in long lines just to get on the Space Center bus tour.
It’s on the tour that you can view the launch pads, the vehicle assembly building and the crawler transporter before getting off to visit the Apollo/Saturn V center.
Wow! There is so much to learn here and the exhibits are amazingly interesting!
After the tour, we headed to Atlantis and the Shuttle Launch Experience.
In this building there are a lot of interactive things that the kids enjoyed doing! This fun slide was a big hit for everyone.
Space Shuttle Atlantis showcases the historic spacecraft that tells the story of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program.
Kade and I opted out of doing the Shuttle Launch Simulator Experience, while the others couldn’t wait to go experience what it felt like to actually blast off in a shuttle. With over 60 interactive exhibits and simulators in this building, we kept ourselves quite busy while we waited on them.
The Rocket Garden just inside the park entrance is awesome! It’s here that you can travel back in time and history experiencing the very rockets that first put NASA astronauts in space. You can even climb aboard Mercury-Redstone, Gemini and Apollo capsules – and get an idea of the cramped quarters our astronaut pioneers endured, as you can see mine doing here.
With your admission ticket to KSC, you can also visit the Astronaut Hall of Fame. You are able to visit the Hall of Fame anytime in the following 6 days after your initial entrance into the Space Center. We headed here the next morning so we would be fresh and ready for more learning.
There are some interactive games and simulators here as well. This was the kids favorite and I think everyone else in the building could tell that as well!