RFA’s Complete Guide to the Kennedy Space Center

The Kennedy Space Center is an absolute sensation. It’s not only one of the best tourist spots in Florida; it is also one of the best tourist spots in the United States — perhaps in the solar system…

Visit where the Apollo rockets were launched, where history was made, and where we take one giant leap into the future. It is the perfect tourist destination for anyone interested in astronauts and space exploration, making it a fantastic family day out!

Keep scrolling to learn more, or click on our article about some of the most amazing facts about KSC. Start planning your visit to the Kennedy Space Center!

The Purpose of this KSC Guide

Other than the official Kennedy Space Center website, we want Real Florida Adventures to be the top place on the internet for all things KSC.

We want to help, so if you have any questions about our Kennedy Space Center Tours or information in this guide, please feel free to contact us. We have a friendly team of experts waiting to help you have the best time possible in Florida!

The Difference When Visiting KSC with Real Florida Adventures

Here at Real Florida Adventures, it’s our privilege to take thousands of tourists each year to the Kennedy Space Center. Our guides look after guests, which means that they aren’t just waiting in the minibuses. We get to see the amazement on everyone’s faces on each Kennedy Space Center tour!

If anything in this guide inspires you to explore KSC with Real Florida Adventures — the top-rated Florida tour company 😉 — check out our Florida Tours in and From Orlando, especially our #1 Kennedy Space Center Tour.

Where is the Kennedy Space Center?

First off, let’s find where on planet Earth the Kennedy Space Center is located… This vast complex of buildings, rockets, and other space-travel paraphernalia can be found on the relatively large Merit Island just off the east coast of Florida, close to Orlando.

KSC Location: Merritt Island, FL, United States

Approximately 50 mins away from Orlando by car, the Kennedy Space Center has been dazzling guests since 1 July 1962. It is easy to find by car, but it is even easier if you opt for our Transport from Orlando to Kennedy Space Center.

If you’re looking for a shuttle to the KSC, no one has more experience than Real Florida Adventures! Whether you’re a tourist not used to driving on US roads or you just want to relax and look out the window, our Orlando to KSC shuttle takes the pressure off driving to the Kennedy Space Center.

Getting from Orlando to Kennedy Space Center couldn’t be easier than with Real Florida Adventures. Please get in touch if you have any questions about our transport or tour packages.

Is Cape Canaveral the Same as the Kennedy Space Center?

Perhaps you’re wondering what the difference is between the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral. Both places are very famous for their contribution to space exploration.

While Cape Canaveral and KSC are often spoken about interchangeably, they are on separate islands that are side by side. So your confusion is completely understandable. Merritt Island is closer to the Florida mainland, then it is separated from Cape Canaveral (another island) by the Banana River to the east.

Both Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island are owned by NASA and are there to serve the space program, but they serve different purposes. The Kennedy Space Center is where the space shuttles launched from — including the world-famous Apollo rockets.

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) is where the various unmanned rockets and satellites are launched from — including probes to other planets. Cape Canaveral is mostly closed to the public, but there are some historical sites that you can tour at select times of the day. Cape Canaveral is still active, with various other organisations leasing its use from NASA.

Where Do You Get Kennedy Space Center Tickets?

Buy tickets to the Kennedy Space Tickets here, with us. Real Florida Adventures has been selling tickets, transport, and tours to KSC for many years.

Of course, there are other ways to get tickets for KSC, but our range of transportation, tours, and tickets means that there’s something for every kind of visitor. Our customer-first approach is focused on quality, value, safety, and integrity.

If you’d like to know more about us, read our About Us page. In fact, rather than taking our word for it, read our TripAdvisor reviews, where we are the top-ranked tour operator in Orlando.

The Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour

The Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour is a rite of passage for all visitors to the complex. Climb aboard the air-conditioned, very comfortable bus and receive a complete overview of the various buildings, vehicles, machines, and other structures that comprise the KSC.

The signature KSC bus tour is perfect for getting a sense of the Kennedy Space Center as a whole, and you get to see some truly legendary things that you would not have time to explore on foot alone, including Launch Complex 39B, and the Apollo/Saturn V Center, with its recreated moon landing and awesome full-size Saturn V rocket. For some, the highlight is the massive Vehicle Assembly Building — the 8th largest building in the world.

Discover ‘Heroes and Legends’ — the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

For many, it is the people behind the rockets and space shuttles that inspire awe. If this sounds like you, then the Astronaut Hall of Fame will likely be the highlight of your time at the Kennedy Space Center.

This excellently designed and curated space pays homage to the great heroes and legends that have played their part in humanity’s greatest endeavor: to leave our planet and explore the moon, the planets of our solar system, and beyond.

This exhibition doesn’t just tell you more about the real people behind the legends, it also includes items and artefacts that also played a part in their stories. Explore the history and future of the space age through the heroes that have made it all possible.

What Can You See and Do at the Kennedy Space Center?

There is so much to see and do at the KSC after you have completed the bus tour. If you want to see everything, you will have to hussle. But that’s why this guide should hopefully help you figure out which areas and exhibits to prioritise.

There are lots of incredible activities at the center, which is why we always recommend a full-day tour. You’ll need a whole day to fully appreciate everything on offer!

The Gateway exhibition space features real spacecraft and technologies used by NASA throughout history — and now. If you’re most interested in the spacecraft at KSC, then this will likely be your highlight!

There are regularly updated exhibitions so we can’t say with certainty what to expect at different times of year (depending on when you read this). But here are some of the things you can look forward to:

  • The Gateway Exhibition
  • Gravity-defying Shuttle Launch Experience
  • The Heroes & Legends Center (described above)
  • The epic IMAX theater
  • And so much more!

Planning Your First Family Trip to the Kennedy Space Center?

If you’re planning your first family trip to the Kennedy Space Center, we sincerely hope this guide has spurred you on and perhaps even helped you out with some useful information.

In our view, little else in Florida can offer families as good and memorable a time as a day out at the Kennedy Space Center. Kids and adults alike are inspired and awed by the out-of-this-world achievements of NASA, its scientists, engineers, astronauts, and the thousands of other people who have made the impossible possible.

If you’re not sure which of our KSC tour options are right for you, we’d like to summarise them below.

The #1 Kennedy Space Center Tour

KSC Ticket + Tour Guide + Transportation

  • Transportation from Oralando to the Kennedy Space Center
  • A full day’s tour of the KSC
  • Transportation back to Orlando at the end of the day
Private Kennedy Space Center Adventure

KSC Ticket + Tour Guide + Private Transportation

  • Private transportation from Orlando to the Kennedy Space Center, meaning you don’t share with people you don’t know
  • A full day’s tour of the KSC (this isn’t private as the center is open to everyone)
  • Private transportation back to Orlando at the end of the day
Kennedy Space Center & Airboat Ride

KSC Ticket + Tour Guide + Transportation + An Airboat Ride

  • Additional authentic Florida experience on an airboat
  • Transportation from Oralando to the Kennedy Space Center
  • A full day’s tour of the KSC
  • Transportation back to Orlando at the end of the day
Kennedy Space Center Dine With Astronaut

KSC Ticket + Tour Guide + Transportation + Chat with an Astronaut

  • Transportation from Oralando to the Kennedy Space Center
  • A full day’s tour of the KSC
  • Transportation back to Orlando at the end of the day
  • Meet and talk to a genuine astronaut

Transport Only to KSC

  • Transportation to the Kennedy Space Center
  • This option is idea for people who already have tickets but need a safe, easy, and good value way to get there
Kennedy Space Center Admission Tickets

Tickets Only to KSC

  • Tickets into the Kennedy Space Center
  • The perfect option for people who are happy and confident to drive to the KSC