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Space Center Houston
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US$24,95*
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Space Center Houston Admission
Ranked #27 of 335 things to do in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Space Center Houston is one of Houston’s top attractions, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston’s first Smithsonian Affiliate and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee. The center features more than 400 space artifacts as well as numerous permanent and traveling exhibits, attractions and theaters related to the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human space-flight program – all for one admission price. The experience is designed to engage adults and children alike. Known around the world as the home of NASA Mission Control, International Space Station Mission Control and astronaut training, guests are taken behind the scenes to see NASA Johnson Space Center. Space Center Houston is open every day except Christmas day.
Useful Information: Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

I grew up with the shuttle program and always wanted to go to the NASA space center and need out. For my 8 year old, there are plenty of interactive displays to break the monotony of the of the educational setting. The lines for the tours can be long but worth it for those that love the history of NASA.

Thank Adam F
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Do it!

Go Early.

Discounts are only available at box office, NOT on-line.

Do the Tram Tour First.

Red Tram: Astronaut Training/Experimentation & Rocket Park (Most Popular)
Blue Tram: Historic Mission Control Room and Building & Rocket Park (Most Educational and Historical) You can do both, if you do...do red first. You can by-pass the Blue Tour Rocket Park on the back end since you already did it on the Red Tour.

You can easily spend the whole day here.
Food is expensive. Sneak in your own or go out to your car. There are many restaurants in the surrounding area. Afterwards, we went to a nice Mexican place nearby for early dinner. Los Ramirez Mexican Restaurant, which I also recommend.

This is a must-do tour.

2  Thank cdrake3460
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Worth a visit. Fun, educational and good value for money. Make sure you chat to he various staff around of all ages, some have some great stories, some a few made up ones, but still interesting.

Thank Jonesy_Chelmsford
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

My husband and I did the level 9 tour a few days ago, for which we payed $360. Our tour guide, David, was not from NASA, had never worked there before becoming a tour guide, and spent most of the time talking about how he watched the space program on TV as a kid. He exclusively spoke about space missions that occurred before 1975, only about the US space missions and only about male astronauts. There were few facts, mostly anecdotal stories or perhaps made up stories, like the statement that the US space program cured breast cancer by identifying the one protein that causes cancer, and his conclusion that we are therefore close to curing all cancer thanks to the space US space program. As a scientist, I knew at that point that I payed a lot of money to be fed a bunch of BS by someone who still refers to astronaut families as "the astronaut and his wife". At the end of the tour, another attendee called him about about his US centric and sexist behavior, and his answer was that he "misses the good old days". There was another tour guide that day, and she gave a great overview of mission control to both groups, so opt for her. As for my husband and I, we were really disappointed. We felt we didn't see much and didn't know much about the tour other than that David had never left Texas in his life and that he is not someone who would like us or our friends. We cannot recommend this tour for that price.

4  Thank Frank N
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

My husband had conference at Houston which I attended the tour which offered by the conference to Houston space center. During this trip I saw Houston control center where they operate when man first step to moon, saw astronauts under training, get into space shuttle and it’s carrier. Not only that but also hear the talk from Jerry Ross ( the astronauts who had most spy walking experience up to day). Great place to learn how those rocket scientist did their work. The extra bonus is to see the longhorn cow. If you are lucky, you probably see rabbit or deer at the site. I love their visitor center and would like to stay there longer.

Thank tanje1
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