A Day at Kennedy Space Center

Hello, there! Since I’m slowly coming out of my post-vacation/post-sickness fog, I thought it was time to start to recap some of our trip! In an effort to not just redo the same vacation that we took last year, Ryan and I agreed that we would spend a day at Kennedy Space Center. It’s an easy hour drive from Orlando, so it was the perfect day trip!

A Day at Kennedy Space CenterKennedy Space Center Rocket GardenNASA sign at Kennedy Space Center

Ryan thought he was really cool with his NASA shirt, ha!

I struggled a little to write this post because I learned so much during our visit to Kennedy Space Center. It’s hard to put into words! Neither Ryan or I had visited Kennedy Space Center since we were kids, so we weren’t exactly sure what to expect. You just can’t fully grasp or understand the magnitude of the space program until you make a visit. My head was somewhere else most of the day because I was feeling insignificant. Standing next to some of these shuttles and rockets and thinking about where they go, what they do and the people that they (sometimes) carry is a humbling experience. It also made me sad that John F. Kennedy created the dream of landing on the moon, and he never lived to see it happen.

JFK Fountain at Kennedy Space Center
 
We arrived bright and early shortly after the center opened for the day. It’s a good thing we did! There is so much to do and see that this easily is a half-day to full-day trip. Lucky for us, the weather was beautiful and the crowds were minimal.

Fun fact: did you know that the Kennedy Space Center countdown clock is one of the most-viewed timekeepers in the world, second only to London’s Big Ben? That’s just one of the several things that I learned during this trip!

Kennedy Space Center Countdown Clock
 
We decided to head straight to the bus tour of the NASA grounds and Apollo Center. If you’re planning a visit, I recommend that you do this first thing! Buses run around every 15 minutes, but the lines can get very long. Plus, this whole tour takes around two hours so you want to plan accordingly.

The drive around the NASA grounds was so interesting. You can’t even fathom how large the launch pads are! And, to think about the history and events that occurred here is mind blowing. I didn’t get any pictures from the bus because I was too busy looking at everything!

A tour of the Apollo Center is the last stop of the bus tour. From here, we were able to wander and explore for ourselves. I was eager to see or read about anything related to Apollo 13 for obvious reasons (hello, Tom Hanks movie circa 1995). It also was neat to see the spacesuits up close – one is still covered in moon dust. We even touched a piece of the moon! Spoiler alert – it just feels like a smooth rock. πŸ˜‰

Apollo Center at Kennedy Space CenterApollo Center at Kennedy Space Center
 
Another fun fact: Snoopy is the NASA mascot for space safety. How stinkin’ cute is he as an astronaut?

Astronaut Snoopy at Apollo Center Kennedy Space Center
 
Once we got back to Kennedy Space Center, we wandered a bit and made sure to pay our respects at the memorial.

Heroes and Legends Astronaut Hall of FameKennedy Space Center MemorialA Day at Kennedy Space Center
 
Then, it was time to head into the relatively new Atlantis space shuttle exhibit. The whole trip is worth it for this exhibit alone! We were in there for a little more than an hour, but you easily could spend two or more.

I actually was lucky enough to see Atlantis launch back in 2009, so I couldn’t believe that I now got to see the actual space shuttle! Pictures don’t do it justice – it’s unlike anything I’ve seen before.

Atlantis space shuttle at Kennedy Space CenterAtlantis space shuttle panoramic at Kennedy Space Center
 
It’s hard to explain the amount of detail that Kennedy Space Center provides in this exhibit. It walks you through almost everything whether it be technical, what the astronauts experience and so on. One of my favorite areas of the exhibit was different setups of how the astronauts sleep, prepare their food, and go to the bathroom (hey, it’s actually fascinating and requires a lot of training/practice!). Again, I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures because I was trying to absorb the ridiculous amount of information in front of me.

Ryan and I also tried our hand at some space shuttle simulators. All I can say is that I was not cut out to pilot a space shuttle landing!

Docking Station Simulator at Kennedy Space Center
 
I fully admit that going into this part of our vacation, I wasn’t overly excited. But, I was won over by the time we left! It’s a fascinating experience, and it’s incredible what all these people do and accomplish.

A Day at Kennedy Space Center entrance
 
If you’re visiting Florida and within an okay driving distance from the coast, I highly recommend a trip to Kennedy Space Center. You will learn so much, and it’s not something you’ll soon forget!

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  • Mes Voyages Γ  Paris

    Wow! This Keneddy space center seems so funny!!

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    MΓ³nica Sors

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  • Christina Sotherden

    You guys had so much fun! I love that even though you weren’t looking as much forward to this you ended up with a great time! I’d love to go back – I’m glad you put it on my radar – we used to go all the time – we had a second office location for our company close down there and my grandparents had a house close by so this was always a stop when we were little kids – it would be such fun and informational now though!

    • I really was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this day! It’s always fun to learn so much new information. It’s something I highly recommend for all of us now that we are older and can appreciate it more!

  • Astronaut Snoopy is the cutest ever! So glad you guys had fun and am totally craving that short weather & sunshine. Loving your white tennis shoes too!

    • I wish that weather would’ve followed us home! Those shoes are actually the C9 Champion brand from Target – I was skeptical since they were inexpensive, but I wore them every day, all day of our trip and my feet never hurt. I highly recommend them!

      • ohh awesome! Just added them to be cart for the next Target shoe sale πŸ™‚

  • What a fun trip! We visited the space center when my family vacationed to Florida when I was little. I’d love to go back and see it now! I think I would appreciate it so much more!

    • Yes, absolutely! I definitely didn’t understand or appreciate it when I was younger. It would be a fun trip when your boys are a little older!

  • Debra Stachelski

    What a great day you guys had, I think I’d like to go back someday! Such a fascinating place and such important work that has too often been forgotten these days.

  • What a cool day trip- I was suuuuper into space as a kid (nerd alert), so I would SO down for this! πŸ™‚

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • wow, i cannot imagine. i know nothing about nasa or the space program, i imagine i would be overwhelmed and feeling insignificant as well. KC absolutely has the same shirt and he would wear it if we went there, guaranteed haha.

    • Lol, I’m laughing – I was giving Ryan such a hard time about it so I’m glad my husband isn’t the only one. πŸ™‚

  • A

    What an awesome trip, I’ve never known anyone who went there before so I thought your post was so interesting.

  • I haven’t been to the Kennedy Space Center in years! Now I think I need to make a trip back, they have so many new things since I was there! Glad you guys had such a good time! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    • I seriously couldn’t believe how different it was from what I remembered – I probably appreciate it more now, too being older!

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  • Biana Perez

    For growing up in FL i can’t believe I never went to the Kennedy Space Center! So glad you guys were able to do a little bit of exploring to make it different from your last trip! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • So glad you enjoyed the museum. I love that about travel – that it gets you outside of yourself and reminds you how big and exciting the world really is.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • You know how excited I am for this post! So glad you guys made the day trip out there while you were here. Absolutely incredible place <3

    Green Fashionista

    • I’m glad we did it, too even though I didn’t think I would at the time! πŸ˜‰ such an awesome place close by to you!

  • So I’ve lived in Houston my whole life, and I’ve never actually been to the Houston Space Center before! I feel like it would be a worthwhile trip because you really do learn so much, like you said. It sounds like you had a great time exploring the Kennedy Space Center and taking a little break from Disney!

    • You definitely should take a trip there – I bet it’s just as neat as the one in Florida! It was a nice day trip and break from Disney, more of an adult crowd which always is welcomed after all the kids!

  • This all does sound so fascinating! I’m a sucker for a good museum / anything historical. I can imagine it would be crazy to be in the presence of things that have done so much! Glad you both enjoyed it:) Also, sweet shirt Ryan!

    • It really was an incredible day to just stare at some of this stuff and think about all it has done and seen. Like I said, I wasn’t exactly thrilled about this part of our trip in the beginning, but now it was my favorite part of our week! Haha, I will give Ryan your message. πŸ˜‰