Visiting Kennedy Space Center with Kids: Guide + Launch Day Tips!

If you are taking a family trip to Florida, visiting Kennedy Space Center with kids needs to go on your itinerary. This post will cover the best things to do, what to know before you go, and tips for visiting on a launch day!

Have your kids ever dreamed of being an astronaut? When our daughter was in preschool, she had her sights set on space. That is, until she read about the centrifuge all astronauts have to go through as part of training. She didn’t think spinning in circles at high speeds sounded very fun. Yet now, she is studying astrophysics in college and working on NASA-funded research.

Did taking her to Kennedy Space Center as a kid make an impact? Undoubtedly. While we can’t claim visiting NASA’s Kennedy Space Center with kids will set your child’s career trajectory, it can certainly instill and foster an interest in space travel, engineering, and science.

If you are thinking of taking kids to Kennedy Space Center, I say DO IT! And if you can’t make it to Florida, here are some other space museums and space centers to visit around the United States.

Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at Kennedy Space Center via

What is the Kennedy Space Center?

The John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is the U.S. launch site that has been used for every NASA human space flight since December 1968. I first visited KSC in maybe 1982…so things have certainly changed a lot since those early days and it continues to evolve with the next generation of space exploration now underway.

The main Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center is an expansive complex that resembles a modern-day theme park, especially with the recent opening of Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex. An included Kennedy Space Center bus tour will take you outside the Visitor Center to catch views of the legendary launch pads and to the Apollo/ Saturn V center.

How Long Should You Spend at KEnnedy Space Center?

For those that aren’t familiar with the KSC Visitor Center, they often make the mistake of assuming you can easily see everything in half a day. Not true! You will easily fill at least eight hours exploring the Kennedy Space Center. If you aren’t staying nearby to easily spend a full day, I would recommend staying overnight and purchase a two-day admission ticket.

Kennedy Space Center entrance

How Do You Get to the Kennedy Space Center?

The Kennedy Space Center is located on Merritt Island, and approximately halfway between Jacksonville and Miami at the heart of Florida’s “Space Coast.” It is easily accessible from the Orlando area and Port Canaveral, where many cruise ships dock. It is about an hour drive from Orlando, so it is definitely possible to do as a day trip if you are visiting Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando.

If you are visiting Kennedy Space Center with kids as a cruise ship excursion, you may want to arrange transportation in advance as my friend Kim visited recently from a cruise and had a hard time finding an Uber to get back to the ship in time.

For those staying overnight, I would recommend looking for accommodations in nearby Cocoa Beach, to combine your visit with a little beach time, a stroll on the Cocoa Beach pier, and possibly some surfing lessons.

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Visiting Kennedy Space Center with Kids: Know Before You Go

Girl in front of astronaut poster

KSC offers many different types of tours and experiences, so you will want to check out the website prior to departure to see what options are of interest to your family and fit into your timetable (and budget!)

You might want to purchase your tickets and book tours online to avoid the lines on-site, because if you are visiting around a school holiday or for one of the rocket launches, the lines will be massive! If you are unsure of your plans, there are self-service kiosks at the entrance if you know what you want.

There are also some amazing experiences you can enroll in such as Fly with an Astronaut, Kennedy Space Center Explore Tour, and the Launch Director Tour. These are all ticket enhancements for an additional cost, so you will want to plan ahead to plan enough time and budget accordingly.

My husband, a self-admitted space nerd, really wanted to splurge for a once-in-a-lifetime Astronaut Training Experience (ATX), which includes a half-day of astronaut training including riding simulators, and building our own rockets. Unfortunately, the timing didn’t work out for us though.


Another thing you might want to look at is whether or not a launch is scheduled. When we visited, a SpaceX launch was scheduled for the next day. We did catch a distant glimpse of the rocket on the active launch pad from our KSC Explore Tour (formerly the Launch Pad Tour), although the SpaceX rockets are so narrow it was nearly indistinguishable from the tower next to it.

We were bummed we couldn’t visit the day of the launch but it turns out it was scrubbed and pushed back to the following week anyway. If you are lucky enough to visit KSC on a launch day, be sure to follow my tips below.

Launch pad tour at Kennedy Space Center via We3Travel
KSC Explore Tour

Best Things to do at Kennedy Space Center for Kids

When you arrive, you will probably want to head in one of two directions, the Shuttle exhibit or the terminal for bus tours and the Apollo/Saturn V — as these are the biggest attractions at KSC. We went right over the to the 90,000 square-foot, marquee Shuttle exhibit, home to the actual space shuttle Atlantis.

Heroes & Legends

KSC rocket garden

When you first enter Kennedy Space Center, you will see the Rocket Garden, which has examples from NASA’s Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. This is part of the Heroes & Legends area, which includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, a Redstone rocket suspended overhead along with the Sigma 7 capsule, and a Gemini 9 capsule.

One thing I didn’t get to see on my visits was the Space Mirror Memorial, which is a tribute to NASA’s fallen heroes and is designated as a national memorial on the National Register of Historic Places. A shiny black granite slab is engraved with the names of 24 astronauts, including the crews of Apollo 1, STS-51L Challenger and STS-107 Columbia.

This area is also where you can join an Astronaut Encounter in the Universe Theater, but be sure to check the daily schedule when you arrive for times and which astronaut will be presenting. Astronauts are a mix of commanders, pilots, mission, and payload specialists who share their experiences during a live presentation and question & answer session. You may also visit the Astronaut of the Day at The Space Shop or Shuttle Express for his or her autograph. 

Shuttle: A Ship Like No Other Exhibit

On approach of the Shuttle exhibit, you are greeted with a full-scale, 184-foot space shuttle stack, including external tank and two solid rocket boosters. We were lucky and we walked right through to the first multimedia exhibit without a wait. KSC does a great job of moving people through, by starting with a short-film and then moving you on to another area to finish telling the story of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program.

Space Shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center via
Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit

The doors are then opened to reveal the Space Shuttle Atlantis, hanging in mid-air with the cargo bay open for viewing. Space Shuttle Atlantis features state-of-the-art multimedia presentations and more than 60 interactive experiences and high-tech simulators.

We had fun using touchscreen monitors to find the right speed to attaining low earth orbit, using Microsoft Kinect technology to accomplish a space walk mission, and operate simulations of the space arm.

It was easy to spend two hours in this exhibit alone…learning about the Hubble telescope, International Space Station, what life in space is like, and about all the decades of shuttle missions and astronaut heroes. We could even crawl through a space station model and kids can zoom down a slide that showcases how the shuttle glides in for a landing.

crawling through the International Space Station simulation

Once you finish with all these exhibits, you can partake in the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator. This is the crown jewel of the Atlantis exhibit. It looks like lines can sometimes be long, but again we were lucky and walked right up to the entrance. As throughout the exhibit, they do a good job of keeping waiting crowds entertained with interviews from actual astronauts.

They did such a good job of convincing us that the launch simulator is very like the real thing that my daughter got too nervous to go through with the simulator. We still could take part by watching the film and the closed-circuit camera into the simulation room to watch Daddy bouncing and shaking along with the rest of the participants. He loved it and I’m sure she would have too if they didn’t have such a dramatic build up.

After a quick lunch at the well-organized Orbit Cafe in the Shuttle exhibit, one of quite a few conveniently located options, we headed over to catch our bus tour.

Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour

Kennedy Space Center busses

The Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour is included with your admission ticket and takes you “beyond the gates” to restricted areas of the spaceport. On the way to the Apollo/Saturn V Center, this narrated tour takes you past the Vehicle Assembly Building or areas like launch complex 39B. The route can vary though depending on what is going on currently at the spaceport and upcoming launches.

The tour drops you off at the Apollo/Saturn V center, where you can stand under the largest rocket ever made, 363-feet long. Even if you can’t take a tour to a launchpad, everyone can catch the bus shuttle to the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

Saturn V Engines at the Kennedy Space Center via
Saturn V Exhibit

When you first enter, you view a short multimedia presentation about JFK’s goal of putting a man on the moon. From there, you enter into a viewing area overlooking the control center for the Apollo 8 mission and see what it was like to manage the mission here on land.

You can easily spend at least an hour at the Apollo/Saturn V center, taking in the show, touching a moon rock, and examining the Saturn rocket. Once you take the bus back to the visitor center you can fill your time with some of the other exhibits.

KSC Explore Tour

Launch Pad 39-A Flame Trench at Kennedy Space Center via
Flame Trench at Launch Pad 39-A

If you want to see more of the spaceport beyond the standard bus tour, you can add on the KSC Explore Tour to your ticket. The KSC Explore Tour takes a similar route to the standard tour, but it makes several stops for photo opportunities on the way to the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

When we took this tour back when it was called the Launch Pad Tour, it was a 90 minute tour that took you within the security perimeter fence of Launch Pad 39-A, the launch site for most space shuttle missions and Apollo moon launches.

We also passed by gigantic Vehicle Assembly Building and had drive-by views of Launch Pad 39-B (which is where the current tour goes). The highlight of the tour was the photo opportunities in front of the Launch Pad and up close to the flame trench.

Gateway: The Deep Space Complex

When you return to the main Visitor Center complex, there are still many exhibits to explore, including the new Gateway: The Deep Space Complex. This area explores the future of space travel, as well as what is happening right now in the space program. In the Gateway exhibit you can see:

  • The Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), that was launched in 2014 for Lockheed Martin’s capsule’s maiden voyage test mission
  • SpaceX Cargo Dragon COTS-2, which was the first commercial spacecraft to deliver and return cargo from the International Space Station in 2012
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Booster
  • Sierra Space Dream Chaser, which will be a reusable space plane
  • Mock up of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner capsule
  • The new Boeing space suit
  • James Webb space telescope holotube
  • and much more

KSC Spaceport

The KSC Spaceport motion theater ride features four different journeys: Cosmic WondersDaring ExplorersRed Planet, and Uncharted Worlds. Note that this ride has a height minimum of 39 inches, but there is a child swap option and an optional observation area.

Journey to Mars

Hannah and Mars Rover Exhibit at KSC

In this area, you can also learn more about the journey to Mars, the Mars rover program, and see the mockup of the newest concept vehicle, the Mars Rover Vehicle Navigator (MRVN.)

IMAX Theater

The IMAX theater at Kennedy Space Center is included with admission and shows space movies daily. These vary (we have seen a couple that were excellent) but are generally under an hour. There is even a snack bar for popcorn, candy, or drinks.

NASA also gives a persuasive sell to becoming a NASA engineer (worked for my daughter) at the recruitment center, I mean, Exploration Space exhibits.

Exploration Space at Kennedy Space Center via
Exploration Space — Recruiting Future NASA Workers

As you can see, it is very easy to fill a full day at the Kennedy Space Center, or maybe even two if you want to participate in some of the add-on enhancements. Read on if you are planning (or hoping) to visit Kennedy Space Center on a rocket launch day.

Tips for Visiting Kennedy Space Center on Launch Day

United Launch Alliance MUOS Launch

The MUOS 5 Atlas V rocket rises above the trees to the shouts and cheers of the crowd gathered on the grounds of the Kennedy Space Center, but it is many seconds before the rumble of the launch and vibration of the ground reaches us from the launch pad seven miles away. 

People of all walks of life are united in the excitement and wonder of the accomplishment of another successful space launch. There was a time when we got a little jaded and nonchalant about the space program, but the throngs of people visiting Kennedy Space Center on launch day shows that the innovations of SpaceX and United Launch Alliance continue to ignite an interest about space. For me, being there to see a live launch was definitely a dream come true.

Being there for a launch definitely taught me a thing or two, so I’d like to share with you my tips for visiting Kennedy Space Center on launch day.


There are a few different options when it comes to viewing a launch at a variety of price points and experiences. First, you can grab a spot at one of the many public viewing areas on nearby beaches and parks including: along the Indian River on U.S. Highway 1 in Titusville, the U.S. Space Walk of Fame, Port Canaveral, Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral, SR-A1A in Cocoa Beach, and the Cocoa Beach Pier. 

If you go this route, be prepared to get there a few hours early (or camp out overnight) for a prime spot. Alternatively, you can see the launch from the Kennedy Space Center itself. The rocket rises above a line of trees just across the road from the main entrance. Visitors pack the lawn beside the Atlantis and other viewing areas throughout the park. The only downside is that you will only see the rocket as it rises above those trees. 

If you really want a splurge for a dream-come-true experience, you can buy tickets to exclusive launch viewing areas within Kennedy Space Center. Locations can vary depending on launch but are generally available at the NASA Causeway, LC-39 Observation Gantry and Apollo/Saturn V Center. Each offers bleacher seating, live commentary and close up views. 

Tickets are available online for scheduled launches and if you want to do this, be sure to purchase tickets as soon as possible as they do sell out quickly. I would have gladly paid the extra for this if they were still available.

United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launch


If you are watching from the Kennedy Space Center, plan on arriving when the gates open if you are waiting for a morning launch. Expect long lines for parking and at the gate so be sure to buy your tickets online in advance to avoid queues.

Also, don’t bother waiting your turn for a selfie at the NASA globe outside the entrance…if you stop by later the crowds will be gone. You will want to head over to the viewing area 45-60 minutes prior to the scheduled launch window, more if you purchased those special viewing location tickets. If you want to find a place to wait in the shade, those spots are limited so you’ll need to stake your claim early.

Kennedy Space Center launch countdown timer


That Florida sun can be hot. You will want to bring water, a hat, and plenty of sunscreen…maybe even an umbrella for shade while you are at it. I seriously thought I was going to melt and protected my tiny slice of shade like a knight defending his castle.


If you are visiting the Kennedy Space Center on launch day, expect heavy crowds and a less-than-ideal experience. When we visited last, our wait for the Shuttle Launch Experience in the Atlantis exhibit was a short 5-10 minute wait. 

This time, we skipped it entirely because it was a good 1+ hour wait. Lines for busses will be longer, crowds in exhibits will be thicker, etc. It doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy your visit, but if this is your first time visiting, I would suggest one of two things. 

Either visit over two days…on the day of the launch and the day after. Or, view the launch from a nearby public site and then visit the Kennedy Space Center the next day. If those aren’t possible then by all means go and enjoy the experience and make the best of it despite the crowds.

A visit to Kennedy Space Center is a fantastic experience, especially for kids with a burgeoning interest in space and science. The ability to get hands-on with so many interactive exhibits, learn about the past, present, and future of the space program, and get to be in a place where launches still occur is just an unbeatable learning experience.


Tips for visiting Kennedy Space Center with kids. Plan ahead for your Florida vacation and make a day trip from Orlando or stay at one of the Florida beaches nearby but this is a must-see attraction for family vacations.

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Publish Date: April 14, 2023

29 thoughts on “Visiting Kennedy Space Center with Kids: Guide + Launch Day Tips!”

  1. 2/14/2020. Thank you very much for this informative page. I read everything and took my grandson to KSC last Saturday for his 7th birthday. We got there at about 1 pm and stayed till closing, which was 6 pm. (Check their site for their hours.) I had bought the Atlantis Annual Pass through AAA for both of us, (a $16.50 savings) as I knew there would be no way that we would be able to see and do everything. It pays for itself, either at KSC or at AAA. Just 2 visits will be a beyond break-even point and also not having to pay the $10 parking fee, is an added perc. (There is also the Explorer Annual Pass which costs more and offers more, but for now, the one I bought for us is perfect.) He bought a kid’s telescope in the gift shop, where he received a 10% savings as an Annual Passholder. The lanyard that was given with the ID is wonderful, too, as was the big Happy Birthday button that he was given when we went to turn in our vouchers and get our passes! We didn’t get a chance to eat there, but we would’ve had 10% off the food, too. The last time I was there was back in 2013 and there have been some wonderful additions. We only spent time in the Rocket Garden, the Space Shuttle Atlantis building, the light-up circles along the path, and upon leaving, the children’s play area across from the Rocket Garden. We were in no rush to take it all in, and I went along at his pace. He loved the slide and the crawl-through model of the Space Station. Also, he loved sitting at the controls of the cutaway of Shuttle Atlantis’ nose. The various simulations also had his interest, as well as the intro movies to seeing Atlantis. When we go back, we will do some things we didn’t get to, and I’m sure, he will want to do some things he already did on this first trip. It’s about 50 miles from home to there, so we are fortunate to live that close. Would be great to live even closer, but I’ll take it! Thanks again!

  2. We are planning to gift our 6 year old grandson with a future trip to the Kennedy Space Center on his birthday tomorrow. Since it is November now, is there a month that would be best for our visit? Or a month that is not a good one for a one day or two day visit? We have flexibility for timing.

    1. Sorry Suzanne, I’m just seeing this now. I would try to avoid school vacation weeks because it will be more crowded (keep in mind that many Florida schools have spring break in March.) I would also avoid summer if you can because of the heat, although so many attractions are inside that it won’t be as big of a deal. You may want to check the launch calendar and see if there is anything scheduled that you can plan a trip around (just keep in mind that they often get scrubbed or moved.)

  3. Iovanna Mcdevitt

    I have a trip planed with my husband a 2 year old daughter and we have not decided if we can go or not to the Kennedy Space center. Is she allowed in the attractions? is this a park that is not recommended for little ones? please help our trip is this weekend

    1. Sorry for the delay, I was out of WiFi coverage for a week. How did your visit go, did you decide to go?

  4. Hi, Thank you for the review. I am expecting to take my daughter there. she is just 5 and I am worried if a launch sight would be too loud for her. Is there a recommended age limit to see rocket launches?

    1. Hi Avantha,

      I’m not sure how loud it is at some of the paid viewing areas but if you are just in the main KSC complex, you are so far away from the launch site that the sound doesn’t even reach you for about 30 seconds and it isn’t that loud at all so you would be fine. It is a fun thing to watch and inspire curiosity.

      1. I eill probably be on at the main KSC complex. Thank you for the information. It helps a lot.


    Hi, Thank you so much for your write up of KSC. It is certainly helping my planning! I have two boys 7 & 9, in fact we are going for my older son’s 10th birthday. Reading through the reviews, I’m concerned the bus tour will be boring for them. They are curious kids and love facts, however, I’m not sure sitting on a bus will be all that much fun for them when they can be going to iMax movies and interacting with the exhibits. Can you tell me your thoughts: is it worth the extra money?


    1. Hi Patricia,
      From what I recall, you aren’t on the bus very long and we did see some alligators out the window. I think they have changed the tour from when I went and no longer visit the launch pad. Whether you do the tour or not, I’d still take the free shuttle over to the Saturn V building — my daughter says that was her favorite part! But maybe save it for the end of the day as there is plenty to do in the main area!

  6. I’m taking my 3 and 4 year old son who are OBSESSED with outer space this February, fingers crossed that things will go smooth!
    Do you need to reserve to have a meet and greet with an astronaut?

    1. You’ll love it! I don’t think you need reservations. Just check the schedule so you know when the presentations start and where and get there early to get close.

  7. Thank you so much for this post!! We went today with a 3.5 year old and he had a blast! We started at Atlantis and stayed there for quite awhile. He was a little bit bored with the movies, but loved the space shuttle and all of the exhibits. We had lunch in the cafe which was quite good. Turns out we probably could have brought our own sandwiches in, but it wasn’t worth it to us to try to keep things, cold etc. The rest of the day we went from exhibit to exhibit and he loved every minute. He even did a fantastic job in the Hubble IMAX movie. We thought the bus ride would be too much for him as he’s super young, but there was more than enough to fill his day without it. We’ll catch it next time. I was hesitant to bring him at such a young age, and your post really cemented our decision to go. Thank you!!!

    1. I am so glad it worked out and you had an awesome time. It is such a great place I feel like I want to encourage everyone to visit. Thanks for letting me know how it went!

  8. Hi,
    I looked through a number of blogs/sites about visiting the space center with small children and yours is by far the best! It is detailed enough to help me plan our visit. Our son is 2.5 but he is obsessed with outer space right now so I think he will enjoy it even if he doesn’t understand a lot of the information. Seeing a real rocket ship will be worth it. I will let you know how it goes with a preschooler.

  9. Thank you very much for all the info about the space centre. It’s very helpful. We will be going to Orlando soon and my eldest daughter who is 6 1/2 is crazy about space and everything about it. My youngest is 4 1/2 and we will probably take her as well; hope she’s not to young.

  10. A quick follow up to our KSC trip. First, this blog post was extremely helpful.

    We visited KSC on a Thursday morning after our Disney Cruise disembarked. We arrived right at 9 AM as they opened. I bought tickets for me and my oldest daughter (age 7) online through AAA at a $10 discount/ticket. However, my wife and youngest daughter (almost 3) decided at the last minute to come along with us and not go to the beach.

    We walked through the rocket garden first, had the kids sit in the Mercury capsule and all 3 of us sat in the Apollo Command Module. Then we went over to the Atlantis exhibit. No lines at all…in fact I thought it might actually be closed because there was no activity! The reveal of the shuttle was really breathtaking. I thought the liftoff movie noise might be a little too much for my 3 y/o but she really enjoyed it. Both kids really enjoyed the interactive exhibits. And while my 7 year old really got into it, my 3 year old found enough to be entertained which was a surprise.

    My oldest and I went to the Shuttle Launch Experience. Again, no line. And yes, they do a good job of trying to weed out riders. I’m not sure why. I felt so sorry for a mother and daughter from Spain who were riding with us…she seemed legitmately terrified because of the warnings. Luckily my daughter wasn’t as scared but I kept telling her it would be okay. In all honestly, the SLE is very fun and yes, a bit intense for someone young, but mostly it felt like a 3 minute back massage. It was very fun. Atlantis alone is worth the price of admission.

    Next we boarded the bus to go to the Apollo center. The girls both went to sleep on the bus, but my wife and I enjoyed the tour. At this point we decided we should just walk through the Saturn V exhibit as we were facing a long drive to get back home and I didn’t want to push a meltdown. We spent about 20 minutes there which was entirely too little, but meltdowns were averted and we got back on a bus to the visitor’s center.

    We were there about 5 hours and felt like we got our money’s worth. Even my 3 y/o was kept occupied enough for the rest of us to enjoy it. I’d echo your sentiments that it really should be for 7 y/o and up, but wouldn’t let a younger child prevent me from going.

    Next time…probably BEFORE our next Disney Cruise (yes we are already planning to go back) we’ll go to KSC again and try to explore the rest of the visitor’s center.

    Thanks again and great blog!!!

    1. Chris,

      Thank you for coming back and leaving such a thoughtful comment so that other readers can also judge for themselves what attractions might be a fit for their family. You really made my day and I appreciate it so much!! I’m also glad that you all had a great time. I was so impressed by our visit to KSC that I’m passionate about encouraging others to go.

      1. Hi – Just wondering if you just bought the general admission tickets or a different package. With all the different add on options I am not sure what would be best. I have a 7 year old. thanks for the advise!

        1. Hi Kirsten, when we went, we bought general admission tickets and added on the launch pad tour. It looks like they aren’t offering that particular tour any longer, which I do recall them mentioning that the launch pads would shortly be closed when we were there last December. Unless you see a tour that you absolutely must do, I think with a seven year old the general admission (or purchasing advance tickets online with AAA like Chris did) would be plenty. General admission includes the bus tour past the Vehicle Assembly building and launch pads to the Saturn/Apollo center. Between the Atlantis experience, the Saturn/Apollo building and all the other activities you will have more than enough to do for a full day at KSC. I hope that is helpful!

  11. ps – if your travels ever take you near Nashville, let me know and I’ll be happy to share some info about my hometown with you.

  12. Thanks so much for this review. I’m a space nerd and my 7 year old daughter is developing an interest in it too. So I really appreciate your review as it gives me some good ideas on things to do with her when we go in a few weeks (after a Disney cruise).

    One thing I remember about my visit there (30 something years ago) was the amount of hands-on activities for kids. Did you feel like there were lulls here and there in the exhibits or was there plenty to keep a young mind occupied all throughout? We will probably not do the extra hands-on tour as you guys did, but that certainly does look like a lot of fun.

    We’re tentatively planning on staying about 6 hours…does that sound like enough time for the basic tour and activities?

    Thanks so much. Great blog!

    1. Chris, thanks for coming by and asking these great questions. My daughter was 9 when we went and she loved it (but then again she has dreams of being an astro physicist). Without an extra tour, six hours should be enough to do almost everything and it is a great activity to tack onto a cruise. You may not get to see all the IMAX shows but there are tons and tons of hands on exhibits to keep kids interested. The Atlantis exhibit is a good place to start. It is so well done with a great video introduction before leaving you to explore. Kids will enjoy climbing through sections of the space station, sliding down a slide, using Kinect like displays to learn about gravity and pretend they are astronauts by practicing docking, etc. The complex is set up like an amusement park with different buildings, places to sit and hang out in between, cafes and snacks spread throughout the complex. For a physical break kids will also enjoy the Angry Birds exhibit and maze. There is also a free bus that take you down past the Vehicle Assembly Building to the Apollo/Saturn V building where you can touch moon rocks, see the original mission control, and walk under the old rockets. If you don’t do any extra shows there, visiting the Apollo building should only take an hour. I think it is great for kids, especially if they have an interest in space. Six hours is a nice amount of time to do most of the main attractions. 2-3 hours definitely wouldn’t do it justice. I hope you go and have a great time! If you do, let me know how it goes.

      1. Thanks so much! That makes me feel even better about our decision to go there. I’ll definitely pop back in to let you know how it (and the cruise) go in a few weeks.

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