Johnson Space Center

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Facility:Johnson Space Center
Description:3-2-1-Blast Off! Take the Award Winning Astronaut Audio tour will at the Johnson Space Center, which will help guide you through the Space Center Houston exhibits. Develop a true insight into the real space pioneers who made the dream a reality. Walk with people who have dedicated their life to exploring space. Audio tours are offered for adults and children. Be sure to check out the Space Center Theater, the Blast Off Theater, the Astronaut Gallery, the Feel of Space and many more exciting exhibits! There are lots of educational programs available as well - see the website for details.
Address 1:1601 NASA PARKWAY
Address 2:
Zip Code:77058
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Hours:10am - 5pm weekdays. 10am - 7pm weekends.

Extended hours throughout the summer and some holidays.

Admission:Adults: $18.95
Children: (4-11) $14.95
Seniors: $17.95
Parking: $5.00

Check the website for a website-only discount!

Telephone:(281) 244-2100
S. Donald, Co-op Member
I wish I could give this place more than 5 stars!!! My parents live in the Houston area, so we purchased a membership and it was worth every penny. Yes, the tram tour is very informative and you get to see astronauts and the areas where they train (depending on the time and missions planned), but the best part is inside the main building. In the center area is space for ever-changing displays. One time the kids were able to climb inside a giant spider web, put on bungee harnesses and bounce to the rafters, and swing on a trapeze just to fall on a giant air bag. Another time there were simulators where they could design their own Jupiter probe and find out what makes up Saturn's rings. The permanent displays are exciting, too. Become mission control or a member of the Shuttle crew and communicate through headsets, try to dock the shuttle, or see how heavy things are on different planets. There are live talks, demonstrations, and more. To top it all off, outside you can walk the entire solar system from the sun to Pluto set up to scale so you can really appreciate how far away the outer planets are compared to the rest. We've been at least 4 times and can't wait to go back!
Shannon G., Co-op Member
Recently I took my two girls ages 3 and 5 to the Johnson Space Center (NASA). We had a really good time. I feel like the girls learned some but not sure how much due to thier ages. I think they would have got more out of it if they were a little older. The Star Wars event looks like it is a lot of fun. I will take them back again when they are a little older. I do think the Johnson Space Center is more for kids 7 and older.
Elizabeth B., Co-op Member
A great learning opportunity for the kids! We got to explore Independence Plaza and the space shuttle. They also had a mythbusters exhibit that was really hands on that the kids absolutely loved. We purchased the membership instead of individual tickets to allow for us to come back all year. In addition, the membership allows you to save in the food court and gift shop. Oh, and the gift shop has a lot of STEM activities that you can take home to continue the learning. It was a great way to wrap up our space exploration and robotics unit.
D. W., Co-op Member
I had a mediocre experience at the Space Center, but there were a few reasons why. We attended on Homeschool Day, since tickets were discounted. It was very crowded, which meant that all the fun attractions inside had long lines, so we didn't get to experience those fun things that other reviewers mentioned. We took the tram ride around the campus. Our main tour guide was very grouchy and scorned our group multiple times for "talking too loudly" in the buildings. Our group was 90% adults, and he was referring to some mild, whisper conversation while walking up flights of stairs. On the tram ride, be prepared to climb 4 flights of stairs. I had a 3 month old baby with me and I didn't know about this, so I didn't bring my baby carrier with me. Oops! They discourage you from using the ancient elevators, saying it takes a long time, and is only for handicapped people. I will go back again, not on homeschool day, and will skip the tram ride.
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