Space travel is amazing to me. I love science fiction, exploration, and the idea of extra-terrestrial life.
That means that a trip to Orlando, Florida includes a visit to the Kennedy Space Center. Maybe more for Patrick and I than for the kids, but hey, it’s a FAMILY vacation so everyone should enjoy it, right?
During our very busy week in Florida this attraction was the least busy place we went to. It was also the first, so we didn’t realize at the time how un-busy it really was!
The only thing we did that made it feel busy was get into the lines for the IMAX 3D movie and the virtual launch. Both were amazing, and neither was actually a long wait. After the viewings there was always another display of cool stuff to look at.
We did not take the bus tour out to the actual launch site at Cape Canaveral. If we were planning another visit, that would definitely be on the itinerary. As it was we filled the whole day with very cool space learning!
My favourite thing about all the displays at Kennedy Space Center is that so much of it was actually used, and came back from space. That just blows my mind. Seeing the space shuttle Atlantis, with the Canadarm and everything, is pretty mind boggling. They put the International Space Center together with that thing. And now here I am, looking at it back on Earth!
The girls had just as much fun as we did. I loved seeing the amazement on their faces when they learned new facts, or realized people actually sat in these little pods and were blasted into space.
Of course, no trip to an attraction is complete without ice cream or some other sweet treat. This was the first of many sweet indulgences in the afternoons!
Kennedy Space Center, quite frankly, is amazing. There is so much history and innovation on display, as well as so much hope for the future. I know Disney gets all the hype as an Orlando attraction, but I think visiting Kennedy should be on everyone’s Florida travel list!
If you are not heading to Florida, but find yourself closer to Washington DC, check out this great post by Karen at Are We There Yet Kids. She shares a fabulous day her family had at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian museums are somewhere I would LOVE to take the family. I think they would be a week’s trip all on their own!
(We also visited LEGOland Florida, and Walt Disney World on this trip.)
Let me know if you’re planning a trip to Kennedy – or have you been? I’d love to hear about your trip. Share with me in the comments!