NASA’s Kennedy Space Center – Cape Canaveral (Orlando Area), FL
We got a late start to Kennedy Space Center, but were glad to find that they reduced their rate in the afternoon. We just missed the last bus to the launch pad the day before an Atlantis launch! There were still plenty of things to see.
New in 2007, the Space Shuttle Launch Experience was an A+ attraction. Even though it was quite busy the day before the launch, the wait wasn’t very long at all. The simulator actually raises you to a 90 degree angle and shakes you like the real thing. On its own it was worth the price of admission.
Next to the simulator is a full size replica of the space shuttle you can go inside to explore.
Also notable was the 3D IMAX movie of the International Space Station. It felt like you were really there! It uses the same 3-D technology the new movie Avatar uses, which is a bit more realistic than the old fashion red and blue cardboard glasses.
After the movie, of course we had to stop at the gift shop and stock up on souvenirs.
The next day we saw the shuttle launch from the airport. Hopefully we’ll be able to come back before the end of the program to whitness it closer.
State Road 405 East
Cape Canaveral, FL 32899