If you’re doing the Orlando theme park vacation plan, you might want to take a day off and see something else besides oversized cartoon characters. The answer is just 1 hour away at the Kennedy Space Center which totally family friendly.

It is very difficult to not take a full day to visit the facility. So much is covered, even in the basic gate admission. Speaking of which, there are Adult Admissions and Child Admissions for kids 3 – 11. There are also discounts for Active Duty U.S. Military, Seniors 55 and older, and residents of Brevard County with up to 6 guests (requires valid ID)

Your Basic Admission gives you access to the shuttle bus system that takes you from the NASA Visitor Center to the LC-39 Observation Gantry, to the Apollo / Saturn V Center and back to the NASA Visitor Center. Your ticket also gets you into all shows, exhibits and IMAX movies, plus entry into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (which is located on the road into the NASA Visitor Center.

The basic admission may be used for a second day if used within seven days of original purchase. ID is required.

To this ticket you can also add the “Lunch with an Astronaut” option. For families with larger kids, this might be a good deal. For small kids, not so much. The daily luncheon is a great way for your kids to experience a positive encounter with an accomplished adult that helps drive home hard work, dedication and a good education are key elements to success.

The luncheon program has a question and answer session, mission briefing plus personal stories of space travel told by one of the 300 or so people who have actually experienced space flight. Lunch With an Astronaut” is offered daily at 12:30 p.m. (seating is at 12:15) and tickets must be purchased before hand. Seating is limited and unless purchased in advance of your visit, they may sell out.

Other meal options

There are several cafeteria style food options at both the Saturn V Complex and the NASA Visitor Center. Meals are a little more in cost than a typical fast food restaurant.

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