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Buying Kennedy Space Center Single Day Tickets

Astronaut Encounter at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Astronaut Encounter at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offer a number of ticket options including single day tickets, launch day tickets, a range of “Special Interest” tours, overnight stays, summer camps and annual passes. Note that the “Special Interest” tours can be purchased separately or in conjunction with a normal single day ticket; i.e. single day admission is included in the price of the tour ticket.


Single day tickets vary depending upon whether you visit on a normal operations day or a rocket launch day. Note that not all rocket launches are open to the public as many occur outside of the normal operating hours of the Visitor Center.

All general admission tickets include the Space Shuttle Atlantis℠ attraction, IMAX® Theater 3-D Films, the Shuttle Launch Experience® ride, Heroes & Legends, general viewing for rocket launches (with exceptions), the Apollo/Saturn V Center, a general bus tour and other exhibits.

Note that the Dine with an Astronaut experiences are temporarily suspended

Kennedy Space Center Reservations

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic whilst capacity is limited, you cannot get into the Visitor Center without a specific date reservation if you have a single day ticket. Therefore you have to make an online reservation for each day you wish to visit.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Single Day Ticket options are:

On launch days you sometimes have to purchase a special launch day package to gain admission. This is typically when it is a launch that attracts a lot of attention such as a Falcon 9 Heavy or one of the human flight launches.

On other launch days there may be an additional charge to watch the launch from one of the viewing areas such as the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Launch Day ticket options are:

For admission to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, children under 3 are admitted for free and children between the aged of 3 and 11 may purchase a child ticket.

Children aged 12 and above must purchase an adult ticket.

Kennedy Space Center Ticket Information Pages

Kennedy Space Center Special Offers and Deals

Sometimes the Kennedy Space Center run special offer deals like discounting the price of a one day ticket. They often offer discounts to military personnel around certain times of the year like Veterans Day.

Right now they are no special deals.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Single Day Ticket Prices for 2021

These prices are subject to change and you can buy a ticket at the Kennedy Space Center; UK visitors can also purchase tickets at AttractionTix (links open in a new window).

Prices do not include local taxes and tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Kennedy Space Center Single Day Ticket Adult Child
Standard single day admission to Kennedy Space Center.
Discounts for seniors (55+) and Brevard County residents with valid ID, gate purchase only.
$57.00
plus tax
$47.00
plus tax
Kennedy Space Center Multi Day Ticket Adult Child
Multi day admission to Kennedy Space Center for one year
Includes a single free parking voucher to be used within 30 days of purchase but cannot be used on first visit plus 10% discount off admission tickets for up to six accompanying guests.
$82.00
plus tax
$67.00
plus tax
Dine with an Astronaut - NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE Adult Child
A buffet lunch with an astronaut from NASA’s Astronaut Corps and the opportunity to get autographs and have your picture taken.
Admission ticket also required. Spaces are limited and reservations are recommended.
$29.99
plus tax
$15.99
plus tax
Single day admission plus Dine with an Astronaut - NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE Adult Child
A single day admission plus dine with an Astronaut.
Special online or through Reservations price, normal gate price is $86.99. Admission ticket included. Spaces are limited and reservations are recommended.
$79.99
plus tax
$55.99
plus tax
Single day admission plus the KSC Explore Tour - NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE Adult Child
A single day admission plus the KSC Explore Tour.
Special online or through Reservations price, normal gate price is $82.00. Admission ticket included. Spaces are limited and reservations are recommended.
$75.00
plus tax
$59.00
plus tax
Single day admission plus the KSC Early Space Tour - NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE Adult Child
A single day admission plus the KSC Early Space Tour.
Special online or through Reservations price, normal gate price is $82.00. Admission ticket included. Spaces are limited and reservations are recommended.
$75.00
plus tax
$59.00
plus tax

All non US citizens must present a valid original passport to participate in the Early Space tour.

Curated story of NASA and the Kennedy Space Center Adult Child
A curated story of NASA and the Kennedy Space Center.
Admission ticket also required.
$9.00
plus tax
$9.00
plus tax
Kennedy Space Center Guided Tour Adult Child
A 3 hour walking tour of exhibits at the the Kennedy Space Center, guided by a space expert. Includes Heroes & Legends, Space Shuttle Atlantis and Astronaut Training Experience.
Admission ticket also required.
$20.00
plus tax
$20.00
plus tax
One Day Cosmic Quest Badge Adult Child
Play the Cosmic Quest interactive game throughout the Kennedy Space Center including real NASA missions. Game is designed for guests 8-12, but suitable for explorer of all ages.
Admission ticket also required.
$8.99
plus tax
$8.99
plus tax
Digipass Digital Photo Package Adult
Collect and share all digital photos taken at select locations at the Kennedy Space Center.
Admission ticket also required.
$40.00
plus tax
Photo Prints Package Adult
Photo Prints package includes 3 prints and digital copies of your selection from various photo spots.
Special online price, normal gate price is $35.00.
$30.00
plus tax

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Launch Day Ticket Prices for 2021

Back when admission to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex was free, you had to apply to NASA for special complimentary launch day passes where you could typically view a launch from the NASA Causeway.

These days you have to pay to enter the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and sometimes you have to pay extra to watch a launch. Not all launches from the Kennedy Space Center are open for viewing by the general public as the launch windows are sometimes outside the normal operating hours of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

There are five main viewing areas though not all are available on any specific launch, it depends upon the relative location of the launch pad to the viewing areas:

  • Main Visitor Complex (usually free)
  • Atlantis North Lawn (usually free)
  • Apollo/Saturn V Center (sometimes free)
  • LC-39 Observation Gantry
  • NASA Causeway

You can watch the launch from anywhere at the main visitor complex though the initial launch can be obscured by trees or other structures.

For most launches you can watch from the Apollo/Saturn V Center, sometimes for free and sometimes you have to buy a viewing/transportation ticket. Sometimes you can also purchase a special transportation ticket which allows you to watch the launch from the NASA causeway or the LC-39 Observation Gantry area. A general admission ticket to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is also required.

Generally transportation tickets can be purchased as an add-on to take you to the viewing area but for the most popular launches like the early SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy launches you cannot even get admission to the Kennedy Space Center without purchasing a special launch package.

Tickets for launch days are only offered for a limited time immediately prior to a launch and must be purchased in advance but bear in mind that the tickets are only valid for a particular mission. You will also have to pay UPS shipping charges.

For launches late in the day, you can sometimes get a limited admission ticket which is only valid after a certain time of day.

All launch transportation/viewing Kennedy Space Center tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE to another launch mission.

They are only valid for the specific mission. You should carefully check the cancellation terms and conditions prior to buying your ticket as once you board the bus to drive to the viewing area, the ticket is deemed to have been used even if the mission is then scrubbed.

With the launch viewing packages, they are also for one particular mission and there is a very specific scrub policy. You are well advised to read the scrub policy very carefully before purchasing your tickets. The more expensive packages also sell out very quickly.

Because there is no guarantee that a rocket will launch at a particular time or even on a particular day, you have to be prepared for disappointment. Back in the 1990s, it took us two goes to see a shuttle launch; on our first attempt the launch was delayed by several days (until after our holiday ended) but luckily on the second attempt it was only delayed for a few hours but that didn’t matter, it was well worth the wait.

Don’t forget that you can also watch a rocket launch from the nearby area outside of the NASA complex.

Kennedy Space Center Apollo/Saturn V Center Rocket Launch Transportation Ticket (select launches only) Adult Child
Transportation to the launch viewing area beside the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
Depending upon the launch, sometimes there is no charge. Does not include admission to the Kennedy Space Center which is required.
from free to $20.00
plus tax
from free to $20.00
plus tax
Kennedy Space Center LC-39 Observation Gantry Rocket Launch Transportation Ticket (select launches only) Adult Child
Transportation to the premium launch viewing near the LC-39 Observation Gantry area.
Tickets sell out fast so early online purchase is recommended. Does not include admission to the Kennedy Space Center which is required.
from $49.00
plus tax
from $49.00
plus tax
Kennedy Space Center NASA Causeway Rocket Launch Transportation Ticket (select launches only) Adult Child
Transportation to the premium launch viewing area on the NASA Causeway.
Tickets sell out fast so early online purchase is recommended. Does not include admission to the Kennedy Space Center which is required.
from $49.00
plus tax
from $49.00
plus tax
Feel the Heat Launch Viewing Package (select launches only) Adult Child
Admission to the Kennedy Space Center plus transportation to the launch viewing area beside the Apollo/Saturn V Center.
Includes two day admission to the Kennedy Space Center, access to the viewing area, a catered meal, complimentary commemorative souvenir, commemorative launch lithograph, badge, lanyard and digital photo.
$195.00
plus tax
$195.00
plus tax

Second day admission must be used with 30 days of the launch day.

Feel the Fun Launch Viewing Package (select launches only) Adult Child
Admission to the Kennedy Space Center plus launch viewing from the Atlantis North Lawn.
Includes two day admission to the Kennedy Space Center, access to the viewing area, a catered meal, complimentary commemorative souvenir, commemorative launch lithograph, badge, lanyard and digital photo.
$115.00
plus tax
$115.00
plus tax
Main Visitor Complex Viewing Package (select launches only) Adult Child
Admission to the Kennedy Space Center plus launch viewing from the Visitor Complex Atlantis South lot.
Includes two day admission to the Kennedy Space Center, access to the viewing area and a commemorative launch lithograph.
$75.00
plus tax
$75.00
plus tax

Alternative Tickets

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is also part of the package deals available with the Go Card multi attraction tickets. The Kennedy Space Center general admission ticket is available as part of the Go Orlando All-Inclusive Pass and Go Orlando Build Your Own Pass.