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NASA – Kennedy Space Center – Florida

The wonder of exploring the universe and space flight is something that never fails to intrigue everyone. You can guarantee that no matter what age or gender this statement is true, and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is about the closest most of us can get to exploring space travel.

Museums, exhibits, tours and thrill rides are all part of a visit and you are even offered the chance to have lunch with an Astronaut.

The Main Visitor Complex:  This is where you will arrive, park up and purchase your tickets if you’ve not already got them. Upon entering the complex you will find various attractions including, the Astronaut Hall of Fame, the Rocket Garden which is a collection of past space rockets of all shapes and sizes, IMAX theater offering amazing 3D shows and Space Shuttle Atlantis the ride, a launch simulation which is a must do attraction. This main complex is also where you will be able to board a bus for your included tour which will take you out to see some amazing close up sights and a stop off at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Whilst at the main complex you will also be able to experience many dinning options and shop for souvenirs in the vast shop.

Apollo/Saturn V Building: Only accessible by taking the included tour, the building is really the main and largest exhibition of the whole complex and you should allow a decent amount of time to see all it has to offer. Home to an amazing array of exhibits including a full size Saturn rocket, Moon buggy, Apollo capsules and hundreds more genuine space exploration artifacts.

The Saturn center is also jam packed with interactive exhibits and experiences which are an absolute must especially the launch control simulation. Whilst at the center try and find time to speak to the staff, you will find that many of them are retired engineers from the space programs and have a vast wealth of knowledge to share.

The NASA Visitor Complex included tour: The most basic of tours offered but still a must, if you fail to take this trip you will miss the main exhibits offered at various stops along the route.

The tour starts off by exiting the main Visitor Complex, going though the security gates and entering the main NASA site. From here you will take a slow drive passing the Vehicle assembly building and onto the Saturn Building. You will leave the bus at this point and spend as much time as you wish exploring the exhibits and once your finished, you can re board one of the frequent buses at your leisure for the return trip. Whilst on the tour bus you will be show information videos and the drivers will point out all sort of interesting things including the wildlife. Look out for rockets which may be standing on the launch pads. SpaceX currently use the original Shuttle pads and these are often view able whilst on the bus.

Dinning and shopping at the Kennedy Space Center: The complex offers a selection of snack bars within both the main visitor area and the Saturn building as well a few restaurants. The opportunity to dine with an astronaut is also offered but this must generally be booked in advance. The are several areas where souvenirs can be purchased but the main offering is the large shop close to the entrance where you can buy everything from space food, clothing, memorabilia and souvenirs to take away with you.

Optional Tours, Extras and Events at the Kennedy Space Center:

Whilst at the Visitor Complex there is often the opportunity to take extended tours which will get you even closer to things such as the launch pads and the Vehicle Assembly Building. Tickets can also be brought for upcoming events such as viewing areas for Rocket launches, dinning opportunities and other special events.

Obviously, this is a working and operational complex and tour offering, extended tours and events are always subject to change.

Getting to the Kennedy NASA Visitor Complex:

Located west of Titusville across the Indian River the Visitor complex is accessed by crossing the NASA causway on the NASA Parkway. Only 10 minutes off the I95.

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Cocoa Beach Florida Visitors Guide

Cocoa beach, east of Orlando, is one of Florida’s original holiday destinations. A popular beach day for holiday makers visiting and staying at the theme parks in Orlando, Cocoa is within easy reach of International Drive and the Theme Parks and provides the legs with a little rest from walking many miles around Disney etc.

Cocoa Beach Walkway Florida - TravelammoMiles of beautiful golden beaches, reliably warm waters in summer and plenty of space makes this the perfect beach for a family day out. Be your wish to make the most of laying in the sun, having a game of beach volleyball or even a refreshing swim in the ocean you will find plenty on offer. If your looking to buy lunch in the area and not bringing a picnic with you then there a plentiful small restaurants, snack bars and during the summer season concessions available on the beach.

Ron Jons Surf Shop Cocoa Beach - TravelammoNot being a large resort type beach you will find like many of Florida’s east coast beaches, the beach runs along the main road separated only by modestly sized hotels. Along the main strip you will find your usual selection of small shops, petrol stations and restaurants all be it most are a decent walk from one another. You will however find there are a little more grouped together at the main beach entrance where you will also find the world famous Ron Jon Surf Shop which is located one block further back on the A1A/N Atlantic Ave.

Cocoa beach lying just to the south of Merit Island, Home of the Kennedy Space complex and Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, forms part of Florida’s space coast and offer the perfect place to watch a rocket launch. See here for launch schedule.

Getting to the beach by car you wold usually arrive, if coming from more than 20 miles away, via the US Hwy 520 from the I95. The 520 will lead you all the way across the many causeways finally leading to US A1A/North Atlantic Avenue. Cross directly over to E Cocoa Beach Causeway and onto Ocean Beach Blvd.

Parking: Once on Ocean Beach Blvd you will find plenty of beach side parking lots both on meters and attended. Spaces are usually always to be found although the busier the day the further away from the pier in either direction you may have to travel.

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