Frequently Asked Questions

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What is included with Daily Admission? 

Daily Admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex includes the KSC Bus Tour along with Apollo/Saturn V Center, Space Shuttle Atlantis®, and the Universe Theater featuring many shows daily including: Astronaut Encounter, Mission Status Briefings and Eyes on the Universe: NASA’s Space Telescopes. All other exhibits and attractions are also included: Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, Shuttle Launch Experience®, 3D space films in the IMAX® Theater, Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted, the Rocket Garden, the Space Mirror Memorial and Children’s Play Dome. Admission tickets are valid for one day.

What is NOT included with Daily Admission? 

Tickets may be purchased for add-on enhancements at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: Cosmic Quest, Special Interest Bus Tours, Dine With An Astronaut, Astronaut Training Experience® (ATX) and Mars Base 1. Advance online purchase of add-on enhancements is recommended. Add-on enhancements may sell out through online ticket purchases before the scheduled date. 

What is the advantage of purchasing tickets online before my visit? 

Tickets may be purchased before your visit on; however, ticket prices are the same whether purchased online or in person. Online ticket purchases are valid for 120 days from the date you choose for one visit. Tickets may be printed at home or picked up at Will Call at the entrance to the visitor complex. Visitors with printed tickets may proceed directly to the turnstiles at the entrance. 

How long does it take to see and do everything at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex?  

This full-day experience requires a minimum of eight hours, not including travel time, to enjoy all attractions at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. For add-on enhancements, in addition to all exhibits, attractions and films, such as Special Interest Bus Tours and Dine With An Astronaut, we recommend a Multiday Admission or annual pass. Arrive at the 9 am opening time to make the most of your visit. The last KSC Bus Tour departs from the visitor complex 2.5 hours before closing time. Please note that tour availability and routes may be altered at any time due to operational requirements. Multiple bus tours are not recommended.
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Is there a fee for parking? 

A parking fee must be paid before entering the parking area.

Motorcycles $5
Automobiles $10
Oversized vehicles, motor homes or RVs $15

Is transportation available from Orlando to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex?

The visitor complex does not provide transportation to and from Orlando. For suggestions regarding Orlando transportation options, please call the reservation office at 1.866.737.5235. Gray Line Orlando and Florida Dolphin Tours offer bus tours from Orlando only.

Can I bring in my own food or beverages?

Food and beverages packed in small, soft-sided coolers are permitted. Glass bottles or containers are not permitted. Beer is for sale at select locations and no outside alcoholic beverages are permitted. For security, all bags are subject to search.

Are weapons allowed inside the Visitor Complex?

No weapons of any kind are permitted inside Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, including those belonging to off-duty law enforcement. Please leave items secured within your vehicle to expedite your entry into the visitor complex. 

What will I see on the KSC Bus Tour?

The KSC Bus Tour is the only way to access the restricted areas of America’s Spaceport, Kennedy Space Center. The tour includes a drive-by of the Vehicle Assembly Building and historic launch pads. All bus tours conclude at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, featuring an actual Saturn V moon rocket and real moon rocks along with other Apollo program artifacts and attractions. The KSC Bus Tour and Apollo/Saturn V Center are included in daily admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Please allow at least two hours for the KSC Bus Tour. Frequent shuttle buses return visitors to the main complex. Multiple bus tours are not recommended. Learn more about the Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour and the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

Will I see genuine spacecraft on display?

Kennedy Space Center is home to many historic and current space exploration vehicles, including the actual space shuttle Atlantis, a Saturn V moon rocket, a SpaceX Dragon capsule in NASA Now, a Boeing CST-100 Starliner test vehicle in NASA Now, the Apollo 14 Kitty Hawk capsule in Apollo Treasures Gallery, the Mercury Sigma 7 capsule, the Gemini 9 capsule in Heroes & Legends and the rockets of the Rocket Garden.

How can I see a rocket launch?

The visitor complex offers the closest available public viewing opportunities for rocket launches taking place at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Kennedy Space Center. Learn how to see a launch and check the launch calendar to see if a rocket launch coincides with your visit. Launch date, time, and viewing opportunities are subject to approval by NASA or the U.S. Air Force based on safety requirements. Launch schedules can be affected by technical and mechanical issues as well as range operations and weather, either in advance or at the last minute. We do not schedule rocket launches!

Why is there a charge for admission? Aren’t these artifacts funded by U.S. taxpayers?

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is operated for NASA by contractor Delaware North. The complex is supported entirely by revenue generated from parking, admission, food service and merchandise. The complex does not receive any government funding from U.S. tax dollars. The ongoing stewardship of priceless NASA artifacts on display at the visitor complex, as well as its ongoing operation, development and maintenance, are funded solely by visitor-generated revenue. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the visitor complex participates in a certified outreach program that allows venues across the country to share Smithsonian collections. We have 50 objects on long-term loan from the National Air and Space Museum, including items in the Treasures Gallery at Apollo/Saturn V Center.

A member of my group may need special assistance. Where can I pick up a Guest Accessibility Pass?

The Guest Accessibility Pass (GAP) helps our crewmembers know you and your family/group may require assistance with sensory sensitivities while at the visitor complex. It can be picked up at the Information center, to the left of the main entrance. While the GAP will not guarantee immediate or priority bus/attraction entrance, it will help you obtain assistance from staff should you need it.

Are animals allowed in the visitor complex?

All animals that qualify as service animals are welcome at the visitor complex. A service animal is defined as a dog or miniature horse that is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. Guests who use service animals must retain control of their animals at all times. View the park map during your visit for dog walking locations throughout the park. For guests with pets, the visitor complex offers a free on-site, air-conditioned pet kennel. Learn more about the pet kennel before your visit.

What does a “Phase 2” for inclement weather mean?

You may hear the visitor complex call a “Phase 2,” meaning lightning is present or imminent in the immediate area. In the event of inclement weather at the visitor complex, including cloud to ground lightning, all guests will be asked to seek shelter or remain indoors until the storm passes. For your safety, please respect all weather warnings and the recommendations of our associates while touring the visitor complex.

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Children interacting with touch panels in the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit.


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