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Kennedy Space Center

Visit the space launch headquarters of NASA and you may see a rocket catapulted into the stratosphere.

The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is NASA’s space launch headquarters. In 1969, Apollo 11 lifted off from here and put the first humans on the moon. Unmanned rockets are now launched regularly. Check ahead to see if your visit coincides with one of these dramatic events.

KSC covers 140,000 acres (57,000 hectares), an area six times the size of Manhattan. Housed in various outlying hangar-like structures are many of the main attractions, including the photographic exhibits depicting the construction and use of the earliest launch pads for the large and heavy manned space shuttles.

Start your day at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where tour buses depart every 15 minutes. These self-guided tours are included in your admission price, so hop on and off the bus at your convenience. Ride past a space shuttle launch pad and stop at the Apollo/Saturn V Center to see a moon rocket. Make advance reservations for a guided tour led by a trained space expert.

At the KSC Visitor Complex Rock Garden, marvel at the size of the spacecraft soaring into the sky, including early rockets that made space exploration possible. Climb aboard more modern models to see the astronauts’ living quarters. On the Shuttle Launch Experience, interactive simulators provide a virtual trip into space, with veterans of the U.S. space program available to discuss your flight when you land. See videos from the manned International Space Station, orbiting Earth since 2000.

Travel through time at the United States Astronauts Hall of Fame where you’ll see artifacts and exhibits regarding those who first explored space. Play the zero-gravity Gravball and experience the Mission to Mars 3-D motion simulator.

Talk to a veteran space traveler at Lunch With An Astronaut. Book in advance for this 1-hour experience, which has an extra cost.

Arrive early in the morning to ensure plenty of time to see the exhibits, take a tour and watch one of the IMAX films, which are included in your admission price. Guided tours have extra fees. Dedicate a day to fully enjoy the unique experiences of the Kennedy Space Center.


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Waterfront 10br Titusville Resort Home w/ Pool
Waterfront 10br Titusville Resort Home w/ Pool

Waterfront 10br Titusville Resort Home w/ Pool

, Titusville
     
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    Situated in Titusville, this vacation home is close to Spell House, Pritchard House, and Emma Parrish Theatre. Local attractions also include U. S. Space Walk of Fame and North Brevard Historical Museum.

    Casa Coquina Del Mar Bed and Breakfast $115
    Casa Coquina Del Mar Bed and Breakfast

    Casa Coquina Del Mar Bed and Breakfast

    4010 Coquina Avenue, Titusville
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 198 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is 3.5 mi (5.7 km) from Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum and within 12 mi (20 km) of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Playa Linda Beach is 15.7 mi (25.3 km) away.

      Bay Towers Titusville
      Bay Towers Titusville

      Bay Towers Titusville

      2825 S. Washington Avenue, Titusville
         
        1.7
        of 5, from 3 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Titusville, this condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Spell House, Pritchard House, and Emma Parrish Theatre. North Brevard Historical Museum and U. S. Space Walk of Fame are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Inn at Kennedy Space Center
        Inn at Kennedy Space Center

        Inn at Kennedy Space Center

        4951 S Washington Ave, Titusville
           
          3.3
          of 5, from 32 reviews
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          Located in the heart of Titusville, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from American Police Hall of Fame and Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Enchanted Forest Sanctuary and Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum. Spell House and Pritchard House are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Best Home Stay in Kennedy Space Center Titusville
          Best Home Stay in Kennedy Space Center Titusville

          Best Home Stay in Kennedy Space Center Titusville

          , Titusville
             
            0.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in the city center, this vacation home is close to Spell House, Pritchard House, and Emma Parrish Theatre. Local attractions also include U. S. Space Walk of Fame and North Brevard Historical Museum.

            Three Oaks Motel $93
            Three Oaks Motel

            Three Oaks Motel

            707 South Hopkins Ave, Titusville
               
              2.3
              of 5, from 17 reviews
              2.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Titusville, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Pritchard House and Emma Parrish Theatre. North Brevard Historical Museum and U. S. Space Walk of Fame are also within 10 minutes.

              Budget Motel $64
              Budget Motel

              Budget Motel

              612 S Washington Ave, Titusville
                 
                2.9
                of 5, from 67 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Pritchard House and Emma Parrish Theatre. North Brevard Historical Museum and U. S. Space Walk of Fame are also within 10 minutes.

                Travel Inn of Titusville $69
                Travel Inn of Titusville

                Travel Inn of Titusville

                7503 S. US Hwy 1, Titusville
                   
                  3.2
                  of 5, from 112 reviews
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Titusville, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, American Police Hall of Fame and Museum, and Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Spell House and Pritchard House are also within 9 mi (15 km).