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Several years ago, our family was blessed to visit the Space Center and to participate in their Lunch with an Astronaut program. We enjoyed that day so much and have talked about it many times since. Back in November, I was able to take Ian to hear Captain Scott Kelly speak at the Hershey Theater. Afterward, we all got to talking about the space program and how important it is to us as Americans.
It seemed like such a long drive to the Space Center this time, but we got there and were ushered in through the brand new entrance (I think it had just opened that day!) We had to stand in line at Will Call for a very long time in order to pick up our tickets); but, once we got them, we were excited to start our day. Our first stop was the new Heroes and Legends exhibit.
Everything at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is SO well done! We were so impressed with this new exhibit and really could have spent much more time in there, but there is SO MUCH to see and do there and we had a lot more on our agenda for the day.
When you exit the Heroes and Legends exhibit, you find yourself overlooking the Rocket Garden. This garden is so beautiful and it was even more so with the gorgeous sunshiny blue sky behind it!
Our next stop was to the Journey to Mars exhibit. In this exhibit, we very much enjoyed the live presentation and learning about what NASA has planned for exploring Mars in the future. This exhibit also has a lot of interactive games and simulators that the boys really enjoyed checking out.
By this time, we were all hungry and went in search of lunch. We were very pleased with the offerings at the Orbit Cafe. The boys all enjoyed burgers, while I decided on Macaroni & Cheese with Pulled Pork. Everything was delicious! They certainly know how to efficiently run a cafeteria! We were so impressed with the ordering system and the way the orders were fulfilled! They could teach Disney a lesson or two! Next time, I’m definitely getting a made-to-order salad (it was fun to watch them mixing them up as people placed their orders).
After lunch, we decided to take the Bus Tour. On our last trip to the Space Center, the bus tour took us out to the launch site, where we were able to get out and look around and see where the rockets and space shuttles are launched. This time, we weren’t able to go there before there was one on the launching pad, scheduled to blast off the next morning. We did pass the Vehicle Assembly Building, which is a really amazing site to see!
We were dropped off at the Exploring the Moon exhibit where we all enjoyed learning more about the Apollo Space Program. Ian and I had just watched Apollo 13, so that part was especially fascinating to us to see up close and personal.
We took the bus back to the Visitor Complex. Right near the unloading zone is the incredible Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit. This is probably one of my favorite exhibits on
I could spend hours just in this exhibit alone. There is just so much to see and do and take in!
Thi also enjoyed shopping in the gift shop – he brought home a nice NASA shirt to help remind him of this very special day!
We were utterly exhausted by this point and decided to call it a day. I feel like, no matter how many times we visit here, there is still so much more to see and do. I think, next time, we will try to do an overnight trip to the area, complete with 2 days at the Space Center.
If you have never been, I highly encourage you to go! Not only is the space program fascinating, but the Visitor Complex is just so nice! I remember visiting back in the 80’s with my little brothers. Oh my goodness, there is just so much more to see and do there now. It’s definitely worth the price for the amazing experience that it is!
Thi really enjoyed it too! He told us that in Vietnam they don’t really hear much about the space program. It’s not something he was even very familiar with. Yet, with his love of higher level math, I can definitely see him pursuing a career in the space program! Who knows?! The sky’s the limit, right?
Thank you, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, for your beautiful facility! We will not soon forget our day spent with you and hope to come back again soon!
***This post made possible by the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. ***