Upon arrival at the Kennedy Space Center, your Gray Line tour guide will take the guests over to the Space Shuttle Atlantis for a brief highlights tour of the facility, before leaving the guests to enjoy their day at their leisure.
At the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, you will learn everything about space travel. During the narrated NASA bus tour, you will find yourself standing inside the launch control room and looking at an actual Saturn V rocket-the largest rocket ever to fly! You can also take pictures of the shuttle launch pads. With a little luck, you might even see a space shuttle there!
Also at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, enjoy the Shuttle Launch Experience. This simulator ride debuted in May 2007. It replicates the sights, sounds and feelings of a shuttle launch, an incredible journey of launching into space and orbiting Earth aboard a Space Shuttle. Guest Crew members strap in and go vertical for launch in a one- of-a-kind motion-based simulator, the only realistic simulation of a launch ever created. The 5-minute experience sequence culminates with a breath-taking view of the Earth.
The world’s most comprehensive attraction devoted to the space shuttle, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Space Shuttle Atlantis brings visitors nose-to-nose with the priceless Atlantis spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before – with payload bay doors open as if it were floating in space. More than 60 interactive, touch-screen experiences and high-tech simulators invite guests to “be the astronaut,” bringing to life the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program as well as the complexity of the engineering marvel that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station (ISS). Guests can conduct a virtual EVA or extravehicular activity; practice docking to the ISS; extract cargo from the payload bay; create sonic booms and glide to a landing on the Re-entry Slide; experience the sensation of floating in space; explore a high-fidelity replica of the ISS; virtually mate Atlantis to the external tank; kick up a virtual chemical reaction to launch the shuttle; get an “X-ray view” of Atlantis’ interior; experience an orbital sunrise; strap in to the sights, sounds and sensations of a shuttle launch; take the helm at the shuttle cockpit, and much more.
Why not choose to stroll through a real-size space shuttle, look at a moon rock or try space ice cream? This is a day of fun for the whole family!
The tour also includes a 30-minute airboat ride to discover the beauty of the swamps. Look for exotic plants, flowers and wildlife such as the main inhabitant of the swamp.... the alligator! We transport you over to the St. Johns River where you will board the airboat for 30 minutes of high-speed adventures gliding across the waters.
From nature to space this tour offers something for everyone.
ITENERARY: Schedule is subject to change and the airboat can be in the morning en-route to KSC if necessary
Departs Orlando at approx. 08:00
Arrive KSC Visitor Complex at approx. 09:00
Depart KSC for the airboat at approx. 15:15
Arrive Airboat Farm at approx. 15:45
Depart Airboat Farm at approx. 16:30
Arrival Orlando approx. 18:00
THINGS GUESTS NEED TO KNOW OR BRING:
SERVICES AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: Stroller and wheelchair available. Electronic Translator Systems available for hire.
PERSONAL ITEMS: Camera, film, video recorder. Bug spray is recommended for Summertime in the swamp.
DRESS CODE: Casual, comfortable, and cool
Hard-side coolers, luggage or other large bags, fire arms of any type, ammunition, pepper/mace sprays, knives, box cutters or like items, daggers and similar edged weapons. laser pointers, large beach-type umbrellas, on-property cooking or grilling items, any other sharp/pointed items are not permitted at the KSC Complex.
Guests must note that The Visitor Complex has magnetometers similar to an airport. Please be prepared to have your personal items inspected.
All timings are approximate and subject to change. Food and drinks are included only when noted in the inclusions. No other food or drink is included within the tour product and guests are advised to take money to purchase them as necessary. Gratuities are not included for the tour guides or drivers. Many guests often ask us what a normal gratuity is, and we regularly state $2 per person for the tour driver and $2 for the guide. Gratuities are not mandatory but are encouraged upon receipt of good service.
Wheelchair Bound Guests
If you require a wheelchair, please be sure to tell us. There are 2 forms of wheelchairs: collapsible manual chairs, and non-foldable electric wheelchairs. It is very important to know what type of chair you will be travelling with. There are multiple vehicles with wheelchair lifts and these can normally accommodate wheelchair bound clients; however, the vehicles need special reservations. Be sure to confirm this with us at time of booking, as we need to ensure the vehicle is available when you would like to take the tour.