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Visiting Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Prior to our cruise we visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  I had been as a child and had good memories, it seemed to be something Daughter would love.

The normal cost to visit is $50 for adults and $40 for children but we received our ticket for free.   I will write that information in its own post and link it here.  Parking for a car is $10. The normal operating hours are 9am – 7pm.  https://stretchingittotravel.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/free-tickets-to-kennedy-space-center-in-florida/

 

We arrived promptly at 9am and picked up our tickets at the will call window.

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We knew we should start with events that are on a schedule so we hit the I-max movie first that was included in our admission.

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Then we looked at a couple of displays while waiting for our bus tour to take us out to the launch pad areas. We climbed the gantry to see a launch pad in the distance.

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The bus tour took us out to the observation areas and then the Apollo Center.

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We finished out our day at the Rocket Garden.

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When we visited they had not quite completed the display area for the space shuttle. That is now included in your visit.

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To be honest for the $140 plus parking it would have cost us I would have been VERY disappointed.  I know they have huge displays to upkeep and the bus tour adds to the cost, but really $140?  It was not as cool as I remembered it as a child.  Our visit lasted about 5 hours and we did not purchase any extra tours.

 

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Free tickets to Kennedy Space Center in Florida

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We visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida prior to our cruise. I had heard about the possibility of receiving free tickets, and free is better than paying $50 for a adult.  So I did some reading on the internet and it seemed to be a legit program.  We gave it a try and received a letter by mail that we could pick up our complementary tickets on our date at the will call window.  My husband wasn’t sure it would really work but we visited Kennedy Space Center for the $10 parking fee.  We did not pay $50 for an adult and $40 for a child. This saved our family $140 on our vacation!

This is how we did it but they no longer offer this program……

 

Email your local congressman exactly six months prior to the tour date requesting up to four tickets for your family.

My email read something like this:

Dear Congressman ___________,

I was told that I could contact you in regards to free tickets to Kennedy Space Center at Port Canaveral, FL. My daughter which is 11, my husband and I are going down there September 25-30 for a cruise for my daughter’s birthday and thought this would be an excellent learning experience fro my daughter. Any opportunity I can find to further her education in a fun atmosphere, I am very interested in. The three of us would like to visit on September 26th if possible.

Thanks for your help!
Sincerely,

 

Here is what is included in the tickets:
Tickets may be picked up any time after 9:00 a.m. on the day of the tour. The Center opens at 9:00 a.m. The bus tours begin running at 9:45 a.m., and run every 15 minutes. Tour passes will be held at the Visitor Center and should be picked up as soon as possible, but no later than 2:00 p.m., to ensure that you do not miss the tour. These tickets include:

• Admission to the Main Complex, including all exhibits and shows

• Bus tour, which includes the LC-39 Observation Gantry, International Space Station Center and the Apollo Saturn V Center

• Opportunity to see both IMAX Movies

• Visit to the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, which includes the museum of personal artifacts and interactive activity floor simulators

• A second day free for use at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® – must be used within seven day

 

Here is a website to find your representative: http://whoismyrepresentative.com/

 

Too bad they no longer offer this as an option.  It was a great way to visit and they also are not members of the ASTC passport program.

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