Upon arrival at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Gray Line guests will receive an exclusive welcome from an astronaut that will give them some hints and tips to enjoy their day! The Astronaut Meet and Greet is an added bonus only for riders of Gray Line transportation, however, please note this is a complimentary added bonus that can't be guaranteed, but that happens most days.
Then, you'll have the morning to explore the Visitor Center Complex. SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS is the world’s most comprehensive attraction devoted to the space shuttle; it brings visitors nose-to-nose with the priceless Atlantis spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before – with payload bay doors open as if it were floating in space. More than 60 interactive, touch-screen experiences and high-tech simulators invite guests to “be the astronaut,” bringing to life the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program as well as the complexity of the engineering marvel that launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station (ISS). Guests can conduct a virtual EVA or extravehicular activity; practice docking to the ISS; extract cargo from the payload bay; create sonic booms and glide to a landing on the Re-entry Slide; experience the sensation of floating in space; explore a high-fidelity replica of the ISS; virtually mate Atlantis to the external tank; kick up a virtual chemical reaction to launch the shuttle; get an “X-ray view” of Atlantis’ interior; experience an orbital sunrise; strap in to the sights, sounds and sensations of a shuttle launch; take the helm at the shuttle cockpit, and much more. This is the best expansion Kennedy Space Center has ever offered and gives you yet another reason to come visit.
Your time in the Visitor Center is yours to enjoy independently, so you can see what is important to you. We recommend seeing an IMAX movie - feel like you're walking on the moon or visiting the space shuttle on one of these 3D movie experiences.
During the lunch period, you will enjoy the Dine with an Astronaut lunch, which is served buffet style. During the delicious meal, you will have an up-close and personal opportunity to speak with an astronaut and hear personal stories from one of NASA’s best. You can even have photos taken together to remember the experience forever!
Lunch has many options, something for all tastes, and includes desert plus sodas, iced tea, water and coffee. You have to eat lunch at some point during the day, so this is definitely the best option available on complex!
Following lunch, you can ride the NASA Bus Tour. Tour restricted areas, walk beneath the massive Saturn V rocket and touch a piece of moon rock - definitely something not to be missed.
After taking the bus tour, sit back and enjoy an IMAX movie, walk around the incredible rocket garden, ride the shuttle launch experience to outer space, dress up like an astronaut or have space ice cream!
This is a great day that is truly out of this world!