Port Canaveral Kennedy Space Center Excursion Reviews
Out of this world!
A tour of the Kennedy Space Center was a great way to spend the day. It was timely, fairly organized and worth the trip. We got to see the orbiter Atlantis up close and saw a 3D movie about the Hubble Telescope (there is also one about the Space Station).
This excursion is a bit expensive, but worth it. There is a 30 minute, or so bus ride out to the center. The tour guides are informative. Take the bus tour at the center early since it takes up a lot of time. You'll see where all the old launch pad are. There are a lot of interesting artifacts, and the Angry Birds exhibit is fun for the kids. At the end, the entire cruise ship group has a private screening of the International Space Center movie in IMAX. Very cool!
This excursion is listed as being 7 hours and it really does take every minute of that. We left the ship just a bit after noon when we were cleared and reboarded almost exactly at 7:30. The ride the the KSC from the ship is not long -- 20 minutes maybe -- and the tour guide has lots of interesting facts to share on the way. The KSC is quite large and spread out, thus the amount of time needed there. One of the best exhibits is the Apollo/Saturn V center, and it requires riding the KSC shuttle bus to get there (and you can't just be taken straight there, they take you on the drive around the WHOLE property, by the launchpads and such). You need to allow at least 2-3 hours of your time for this whole expedition, including the movie/presentation at the Apollo center. (Keep an eye out for gators or other wildlife on the shuttle bus, and you'll probably see them. We did.) We also really enjoyed the Atlantis space shuttle exhibition, and the special IMAX showing of the International Space Station that was put on after closing time just for the Breakaway passengers.
My husband and I enjoyed the Kennedy Space Center much more than our teenage kids did. We think it's because we lived through so much of the space history - the first walk on the moon, the orbits around the earth, the shuttle programs, the Challenger disaster, etc. So the Space Center is much more relevant to us than it is to our kids. But we all agreed it was interesting trip and we were glad we went.
We chose the Kennedy Space Center, in Port Canaveral, as neither of us had toured it before. We were both impressed with the well-done exhibits and made it through as much as we could, skipping through some things to take in others. We'd need another day to see everything. I'd highly recommend it.
First we Went to Kennedy Space Center. We booked our tickets off a website for half the price that the cruise was offering. Keep in mind that to get to the space center on your own the best way is to rent a car for $50. if not the taxi is $50 there and $50 back. We ended up getting a really great guy who took us to town to exchange canadian money first and then to the space center and never charged us to go into town. he dropped us off and we picked a time to get picked up and the he took us to cocoa beach for no extra charge either.
The Space center was great. if you want to do everything i would suggest spending the whole day there. we didnt watch the imax movies which are 2 x 40 mins. and all we did was the tour and atlantis experience which took about 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
great time. I would go again.
The weather was miserable which added to the bad experience. We had a very disorganized tour and my husband and I actually got separated. The tour guide rushed through the exhibits and she was very hard to follow. The actual museum was very enjoyable though. We did enjoy the exhibits that we had time to see but wish we had a better, more organized tour guide.
Would have been a 5 but there was a water main break the night before and we could not go into the Atlantis part.
Interesting but not spectacular.
We did the Up Close tour that included a bus tour of the KSC grounds. Long tour (7 hours) but saw some really cool things.
We booked the VIP tour but it was cancelled so we did the regular tour. Very well organized and very entertaining.