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Kennedy Space Center Ultimate Experience: Dine with an Astronaut and Up-Close Tour with Transport from Orlando

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Kennedy Space Center Ultimate Experience: Dine with an Astronaut and Up-Close Tour with Transport from Orlando

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Witness the epicenter of American space exploration on a trip to the awe‐inspiring Kennedy Space Center from Orlando. While away the hours exploring rocket exhibits such at the massive Saturn V, participating in simulations, taking in stellar IMAX films and more at this world‐class visitor center. Your unlimited access pass includes lunch with a veteran astronaut and is great for the whole family!
  • Day trip to the Kennedy Space Center from Orlando including lunch with an astronaut
  • Ride aboard a Space Shuttle for a simulated Shuttle Launch Experience
  • View IMAX screenings for a virtual trip to the International Space Station
  • Have lunch with a veteran member of NASA's Astronaut Corps
  • Learn how space vehicles are assembled during an Up-Close guided tour
  • Round-trip transportation by bus from selected Orlando hotels included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This Kennedy Space Center tour includes lunch with a veteran NASA astronaut.
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IMAX films, all shows and exhibits
Kennedy Space Center Tour of NASA's Launch Headquarters
Private guided tour of the fantastic Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Lunch with an astronaut
Kennedy Space Center Up-Close tour
Local taxes
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Gratuities
Food and drinks (unless specified)

Departure Point

7769 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34747, USA

Departure Time

7:30 AM

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Departure Point

1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA

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7:30 AM

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Departure Point

8707 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821, USA

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7:30 AM

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Departure Point

6125 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

Departure Time

7:30 AM

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Departure Point

7600 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

Departure Time

7:30 AM

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Departure Point

8747 International Dr #103, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

Departure Time

7:30 AM

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Returns to original departure point
Discover the science of space travel on an exciting visit to Kennedy Space Center. Your full‐day excursion begins with early morning pickup from designated Orlando locations.

Upon arrival at the KSC Visitor Complex, explore the Early Space Exploration exhibit featuring stories and artifacts from the first manned US space flights, or hop on the NASA bus for a quick trip to one of the other mind‐blowing exhibits. Disembark at the Rocket Garden to view the first NASA rockets or crawl into an original space capsule for the ultimate (cramped) astronaut experience.

Continue to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where you’ll relive Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon, touch a moon rock, and get a close‐up view of the giant Saturn V rocket—the largest rocket ever made at 363 feet (110 meters) tall!

Next, head to the IMAX Theater for a complimentary viewing of IMAX® A Beautiful Planet or Journey To Space 3D. Relax and enjoy first‐hand accounts of space travel before heading on to your next stop.

Your space adventure includes two phenomenal bonus features: an unforgettable lunch with a veteran NASA astronaut, where you can get an autograph and ask your burning space questions. Then, take an expert guided tour of the Vehicle Assembly Building to view where shuttles are built.

Between stops, pass by the space shuttle launch pad, the countdown clock at Press Site, and the NASA Causeway. Explore the center at your own pace, engage in savvy interactive displays, remember fallen astronauts at the Astronaut Memorial, and take needed snack breaks (own expense) in the Rocket Garden or Orbit Cafe.

At the end of your tour, a coach will return you to the departure point in Orlando.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
After pickup from your selected location, it’s just a 45-minute drive by bus from Orlando to the Kennedy Space Center. When you arrive, embark on a space adventure from the Visitor Complex as you explore the many world-renowned exhibits. With your admission ticket, enjoy an IMAX movie screening of IMAX® A Beautiful Planet and Journey To Space 3D. Visit the Rocket Garden to see the Redstone, Atlas and Titan rockets that first put NASA astronauts into space. Or, climb aboard Mercury, Gemini and Apollo capsules – and experience the cramped quarters America's astronaut pioneers endured. Short of becoming an astronaut, there’s no better way to catch a glimpse of Kennedy Space Center than on a self-guided tour, included with admission. With NASA buses departing every 15 minutes from the Visitor Complex, you can get off the bus and spend as much time as desired at each location. First, take a NASA bus for a drive-by view of the space shuttle launch pad and experience the historic Apollo 8 send-off. Then, head to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where you’ll witness Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon. Here, walk under a massive Saturn V rocket, one of only three in existence, and marvel at its 363-foot (110-meter) height. Your ultimate experience also includes lunch with a veteran member of NASA's Astronaut Corps – talk with an astronaut and get an authentic autograph! Additionally, you'll receive a guided Kennedy Space Center Up-Close tour of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), led by a trained space expert. Visit inside to see firsthand where space vehicles were built, and walk along the edge of the Transfer Aisle as you learn about NASA’s latest space exploration program – Space Launch System (SLS). On you journey you will see many of America's space program icons including the countdown clock at Press Site, a crawler transporter used to move Apollo moon rockets, and the Operations and Checkout building where the astronauts depart from to travel to the launch pads. Your guide will also take you to the NASA Causeway, A/B Camera Stop and back to the Apollo/Saturn V Center before return coach transport to your Orlando hotel. Please note: may not have an abundance of time to spend at each stop due to multiple exhibits.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
In the Apollo/Saturn V Center, relive the wonder and excitement of the Apollo era in this one-of-a-kind exhibit that celebrates the unprecedented achievement of putting a man on the moon and the joy that was realized in that moment around the world. Also, take a bus tour past some of the most iconic NASA landmarks. Meet a veteran NASA astronaut at the Astronaut Encounter Show. Visit the impressive Rocket Garden, featuring the first rocket to break free from gravity, and honor NASA’s fallen heroes at the 'Heroes and Legends' exhibit featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®. Then learn more about what it takes to explore Mars at Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Space Shuttle Atlantis
The journey starts in the Atlantis theater with a close-up view of Space Shuttle Atlantis and more than 60 interactive exhibits. It's a moving celebration of humankind’s greatest achievements. Then in the Shuttle Launch Experience, discover the sights, sounds and feelings of a real Space Shuttle launch. Buckle up and get ready for launch in a one-of-a-kind, custom-designed crew cabin.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Tickets to view a launch are not included with this tour and must be purchased separately
  • Stroller and wheelchair rentals available on site
  • No backpacks, large bags, coolers, of food allowed inside the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex
  • The Vehicle Assembling Building (VAB) will be closed until 2017, but is able to be observed from outside
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Post COVID-19 Safety Updates - We politely request that you refrain from taking this tour should you start displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you are at a high risk of contracting the disease. All driver/guides will be required to wear masks. Face masks are recommended but not mandatory, so please bring your own if you wish to wear one. The size of the vehicle used will be adjusted based on the number of passengers to allow for social distancing and all safety guide lines regarding vehicle sanitation will be followed.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Sightseeing Orlando
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kennedy Space Center Ultimate Experience: Dine with an Astronaut and Up-Close Tour with Transport from Orlando?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Kennedy Space Center Ultimate Experience: Dine with an Astronaut and Up-Close Tour with Transport from Orlando.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kennedy Space Center Ultimate Experience: Dine with an Astronaut and Up-Close Tour with Transport from Orlando?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Kennedy Space Center Ultimate Experience: Dine with an Astronaut and Up-Close Tour with Transport from Orlando.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kennedy Space Center Ultimate Experience: Dine with an Astronaut and Up-Close Tour with Transport from Orlando?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Kennedy Space Center Ultimate Experience: Dine with an Astronaut and Up-Close Tour with Transport from Orlando.

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  • "You should either drive yourself to give extra time, or they need to stay until 6 when it closes to bring you back." See review
  • "Just take the standard entry and make your own way." See review

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star-5
Very good experience
Maskoen
, Feb 2020
The weather during I visited was so hot (for me) and sunny. So it mde me jusf a little sleepy. But the attraction so wonderfull
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank You For Your Feedback!! I am happy to hear that you had a wonderful time on your Kennedy Space Center Tour. Please Keep us in mind for your next tour
star-3
Great tour, poor treatment
wandamenchi
, Nov 2019
The tour itself was ok but did not get enough time with the astronaut. Time for 2 questions only. This was the whole reason for doing this tour. The no change/cancelation policy is robbery. I booked one ticket then my grandson was a later addition to my trip so I wanted to add him and change the day - not cancel, just change the day. After many emails and calls, City Tours kindly swapped the days for me. We came all the way from New Zealand to do this.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
I am sorry to hear of your disappointment. The Dine with the Astronaut space is limited to a certain amount of people per day however, there can still be a large amount of people at one time. This is something we will certainly pass on to our Kennedy Space Center contact.
star-3
Organised tour with Lunch, Kennedy Space Centre
Selena_C
, Jul 2019
Buffet lunch duration of 1 hour however did not have enough food prepared. When our table was called to go up for food there was harfly anything left. My wife and I missed out so our son got something to eat. Talk by an astronaut during the break, followed by pic afterwards. Then 2 hours guided bus tour. We advise that we would not do this again, we would most likely do our own thing. We missed seeing so much, waiting for others, toilet breaks, bus had no air conditioning. Was a good day but over priced. Just take the standard entry and make your own way.
star-1
Dishong Family
James_D
, Mar 2019
Have problems with the Reservations, they were made for the wrong day, but the lady that help us was very good. She work with the Space center people and got thing fixes. She did a very nice job, because of her I will use Viator in the future to book my Florida trips.
star-3
Too much for one day.
Michelle M
, Nov 2018
Kennedy is amazing, and we enjoyed the lunch with the astronaut. Food was much better than I would have guessed. BUT we went straight from lunch to the bus tour. The bus tour ended at 3:30 which gave us just enough time to get back to the main terminal to get our pictures and then get them autographed to be back at the bus by 5pm. You should either drive yourself to give extra time, or they need to stay until 6 when it closes to bring you back.
star-5
The tour was great. We had an...
Cathleen M
, Mar 2018
The tour was great. We had an amazing day with very well informed guides. There is so much to see and do we could have spent another day. The lunch with the astronaut was very cool. Mark Lee was very gracious about answering questions and and his presentation about this experiences as an astronaut on the Space Shuttle was very informative. I would recommend this tour especially for those travelers with kids who might want to become involved in space exploration. 2 small negatives.....the pick-up times from Orlando are not especially accurate and the movie shown on the bus trip back was horrible!..better to sleep if you can.
star-5
This was an awesome tour so much to see...
Colin H
, Jan 2018
This was an awesome tour so much to see and do wish the day was longer.
star-4
Thought this was going to be cheesy...
Charmaine N
, Jan 2018
Thought this was going to be cheesy forgive me but my daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt it was worth the time and money. The astronaut we met was very well spoken and exciting to hear his stories. The food itself was pretty standard for a buffet but my daughter, who is a picky an eater as they come, still went back for seconds so it wasn't bad at all.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing to see the Space centre up...
Cliff_P
, Nov 2017
Amazing to see the Space centre up close, really enjoyed the day!!
star-5
Mind blowing day at Kennedy. So...
Rebecca C
, Oct 2017
Mind blowing day at Kennedy. So inspiring, especially lunch with the astronaut

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