Visit to the Space Center Houston: timetables, ticket prices and how to get there

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Space Center Houston is the official visitor center of NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The Johnson Space Center is home to Mission Control and American astronaut training, and hosts over 1 million visitors annually.

Opened in 1992 and located in Houston Texas, it is a leading science and learning center of space, with various educational programs for all ages. AND one of the best attractions and things to see in Houston, but also from Texas.



The center houses more than 400 space objects, permanent and traveling exhibits, attractions, live entertainment and theaters dedicated to preserving the history of the American space flight program.

Although the John F. Kennedy Space Center of Cape Canaveral in Florida is more famous and visited, thanks to the proximity to tourist cities such as Orlando o Miami, Space Center Houston is certainly an interesting place to visit and not to be missed on a trip or vacation to Texas. The visit will be a useful and fun experience for the whole family.

Main attractions

Exhibition of objects and spacecraft

The spacecraft gallery is a major attraction in the center and tells the story of American space flight. The exhibit includes three spacecraft, moon rocks and interactive experiences.

Independence Plaza

Space Center Houston is home to the one-of-a-kind Independence Plaza Exhibition Complex. This historic attraction is the only space shuttle replica in the world mounted on the first aircraft to carry space shuttles and the only place the public can enter both vehicles.


The trams for the downtown tour

The public can only visit Johnson Space Center via the Houston Space Center outdoor tram. The tour includes Building 30 (home to Historical Mission Operations Control Room 2 and Chris Kraft Mission Control Centers), Building 9 (Spacecraft Model Installation Site), and Rocket Park with the restored Saturn V Rocket.


Mission Mars

The Mission Mars exhibit opened in January 2017 and was developed with the help of NASA. It focuses on the work NASA is doing to plan a future trip to Mars.

Opening Hours

The Houston Space Center is open every day of the year except for major American holidays: Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday of November), Christmas (December 25) and New Year (January 1).

The opening hours are variable. Depending on the days, the opening can be at 09:00 or 10:00 in the morning, while closing at 17:00 or 18:00.


Ticket prices

Adult ticket (12 years and older) - $ 29.95

Ticket price for seniors (65 and over) - $ 27.95

Child ticket (ages 4 to 11) - $ 24.95

Children (aged 3 and over) enter for free

How to get to the Space Center Houston

If arriving from the city of Houston by car, the travel time will be approximately 30 minutes. You can also reach the Space Center from Houston by public transport, but the journey is quite long, about 1 hour and a half. Ample parking is available if you arrive by car, the daily rate is $ 5.


Official Website: www.spacecenter.org

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