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Don't get too exited about the Space Centre. Some years ago, I drove for a couple of hours from Orlando and joined a tour around the centre. The tour lasted about 2 hours and it is suffice to say that I was totally bored with what was being presented.To be driven round in a bus to be shown in the distance where a particular rocket took off from was not my cup of tea. Still, as they say, it takes all sorts.
I think that you do need to have an interest in space and the Space Program to appreciate all the information they throw at you. It is very educational. Where else can you touch a moon rock and meet/lunch with an astronaut? History was made here and you can't see what is shown here anywhere else in the world. On our last visit, we saw an eagle's nest with baby eagles in it and some alligators sunning themselves along the side of the route.
Just walking in the entrance, gives me a sense of pride being an America. Tourists visit from all over the world. I think that the Japanese seem to be the most enthralled by what they see.
The new Atlantis exhibit is great. There is a ride inside called The Shuttle Launch Experience that offers a sense of what it feels like at liftoff. If it were up to my husband, he would spend all his time in the building. Just seeing the huge Atlanis up close with all its bruises and imperfections from its travel through space is impressive. He also loves all the simulators.
The IMAX shows are fun, too. We always try to see the two movies even though we have already seen them each several times. The outdoor Rocket Garden is nice to explore.
Get off the bus at the Apollo/Saturn exhibit and visit the firing room before entering the huge hall. There are plenty of other smaller exhibits around the complex. Before you leave, a visit to the Astronaut Memorial s very moving. My grandson bent down to pick up some wrappers so they wouldn't detract from the serenity of the memorial. One of the boys must have read every signage explaining the exhibits all around the complex. We didn't have time to see the 3-D movie that day but how could we rush him along.
The Astronaut Hall of Fame is preparing to move onsite now. You used to have to travel to visit it although it was included in the admission price. Again, if you are not awed by space exploration and rocket launches, I would suggest you visit a Disney Theme Park or the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge instead or even take a Space Coast River Boat Tour instead.
My two grandsons, though, loved it. They were visiting us from London and it was the one place that they really wanted to see besides Legoland. It was hard to get them out of the huge gift shop. They bought freeze dried Astronaut ice cream and models of the space shuttle.