"The Greatest Space Adventure On Earth", only an hour outside Orlando.
Since 1968, this location on Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral, is NASA's primary launch center of human spaceflight. On this 144,000 acres you will find around 700 facilities and buildings, including the Vehicle Assembly Building where they stack NASA's largest rockets, the shuttle landing facility, the control center and so much more. Before Kennedy Space Center became what we know it as today, it was used by the military since 1949, when they began performing launch operations. By 1959, the Department of Defense handed over the Missile Operations Directorate and thousands of personnel to NASA to become the Launch Operations Directorate.
Learn all about space travel on your visit to Kennedy Space Center. Visitors can experience a shuttle launch, see a close up view of Atlantis space shuttle, meet astronauts, visit a rocket garden and much more! Kennedy Space Center has hours worth of entertainment for everyone including 2 Imax theaters and tours of restricted areas of Kennedy by bus. Visit the website for more information before your visit and to purchase advanced tickets.