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As much a part of Orlando's culture as Mickey and Minnie, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is another alternative to the city's crowded theme parks. Though it's about 46 miles east of downtown Orlando in Titusville, Florida, the space center is worth a visit, especially for those with an interest in NASA history. Items and exhibits found on-site include the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, NASA's former launch countdown clock, a garden with various rockets, astronaut training simulators and the space shuttle Atlantis. You can also take a tour of the property's facilities, watch space-themed IMAX movies or even have your photo taken with a real astronaut.
Space enthusiasts and families alike will enjoy exploring the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Most former visitors said the site offers tons to see and do, especially if you're looking to kill some time on a rainy day. However, some wished standard tickets (which include one day of access for $40 per child and $50 per adult) weren't so pricey. Since this attraction will take most of a day (if not multiple days) to explore, it may be worth spending an extra $20 to $25 for a multiday ticket. With this upgraded ticket, you'll enjoy a year of unlimited visits, plus free parking during your first visit, a keepsake lanyard and discounted admissions for up to six members of your party.
No matter which ticket you choose, you'll have access to a bus tour, IMAX films, a viewing area for rocket launches (when scheduled), an astronaut meet-and-greet and most of the property's exhibits and experiences. Multiple shops (including the world's largest store with space memorabilia), restrooms, a buffet restaurant and seven casual eateries are available as well. Public transportation between the attraction and Orlando is not offered, but you can drive and park in the on-site lot for a fee. The facility is open from 9 a.m. to 6, 7 or 8 p.m. daily. For more information about visiting hours, exhibits, tickets and special events, check out the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's website.