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We know there is a LOT to fit into your Orlando vacation, which is why we’ve designed this classic combination that twins the essential excitement of the Kennedy Space Center with the thrills of an airboat ride and the chance to enjoy some of the real, natural Florida.
It may seem strange to combine the high-tech world of the KSC with the rural nature of airboating, but the fact is the Space Center is surrounded by conservation areas and wildlife refuges, so there is a strong link between the two, and you will get the full effect of ultra-modern and natural all on this one tour! But if you’re only interested in the KSC, then you might simply prefer tickets to Kennedy Space Center, or perhaps you’d prefer our Kennedy Space Center Dine-With-Astronaut Experience.
It all starts with a gentle drive out to Brevard County where the first part of your adventure awaits on the St. Johns River. Here, on the longest river in Florida, your airboat captain will showcase the natural splendours of Central Florida with an unforgettable ride on one of these unique, flat-bottomed crafts that are powered by a giant propeller.
Skimming along the river and its surrounding wetlands at up to 45mph, you will catch glimpses of alligators, turtles and other wildlife that make the river their home, including the state’s abundance of birdlife, from egrets and herons to eagles and ospreys.
After your nature experience, it’s time to head to the home of One Small Step For Man and a complete immersion in the world of NASA and its astronauts.
You will have the rest of the day to explore the Visitor Center and soak up the vast array of exhibits and presentations that provide the full lowdown on the past, present and future of the space program as it gears up for a return to the moon, and on to Mars.
If you’re looking for even more fun and memorable options during your stay in Florida, you might also like to check out our Tours in (and from) Orlando, and our Orlando Private Tours.
Be sure to visit the superb Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit for one of the most emotional tributes to the former earth orbiter, as well as the Shuttle Launch Experience and a host of hands-on opportunities. If you have any further questions about this KSC and airboat ride experience, please get in touch!
Officially referred to as “Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex”, this brand-new exhibit is included in the price of your ticket. It is an exciting look at the future of deep space exploration while also shining a light on the incredible work that is being done in the present. Ever wondered how we’ll travel between solar systems? This is the best place on the planet to find out!
The Gateway exhibition space is huge and it is packed with real spacecrafts and technologies used by NASA to get people and equipment out into space and back again. Here are just a few highlights of what you can look forward to in the KSC’s new Gateway attraction:
ORION EFT-1 CAPSULE
SPACEX CARGO DRAGON COTS-2
SIERRA SPACE DREAM CHASER®
BOEING CST-100 STARLINER MOCKUP CAPSULE
LOCKHEED MARTIN SPACE HABITAT
ROBOTIC SPACE EXPLORERS INTERACTIVE WALL
And so much more!
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