Space Center Houston, Houston

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Must see · Specialty Museum · Museum
Fulfill your dream of becoming an astronaut and traveling through space at Space Center Houston. The NASA facility features dozens of hands-on, interactive exhibits and artifacts dedicated to human spaceflight. Take part in astronaut simulations of landing on the moon and walking in space, or tour the center’s collection of spacecrafts from U.S. missions, including the Saturn V. Don’t miss a chance to take a tour of the NASA control center. Look into purchasing a Houston City Pass for discount tickets to the Space Center and several other museums in the area. You can plan Houston trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • Be ready to spend here ~5 hours if you want to see everything. I recommend you to register online or be at the Space centre till noon to have an great opportunity to have tram tour. There are cool...  more »
  • Mission Control and several other areas are closed due to COVID. My trip was with an 11 year old who hasn’t been exposed to much of the history involving space exploration. Luckily our day was one....  more »
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  • The space center itself is great! Tons to do, see, learn about, etc. The organization of their tram system is a huge disappointment. It has several staging area where you have to get off one to get on the next, so this creates a couple lines and waiting if you are trying to get from point A to C as you have to get off at B and then wait I'm line again. I'm guessing their is some rationale as to why their first tram doesn't have two separate lines, one going to point C and one going to point D with a drop-off and pick-up at point B, or just a loop that keeps going., so that way you can just ride the tram to any stop without getting off. They also wait until the tram is completely full and try to fill every seat, trying to convince families to separate.... This adds 5 to 10 minutes for the loading for a 1 to 2 min tram ride..... Just load until everyone available is on, don't squish, and get the thing moving, as it takes a lot less time to get moving quickly and get back than to spend so much time making sure every seat is full. Lastly, it's almost 100 degrees in Houston with almost 100 percent humidity... Please add water stations for the safety of guests and please get your vending machines fixed so people can at least purchase bottles of water while they wait 30 min to an hour in the heat for a tram (once again, the trams just sit at each station for a long time before moving, not sure why... Took us almost 1.5 hours from the time we got in the first tram to our destination ). This is NASA, where some of our most brilliant minds work and a showcase to many foreign visitors to our country. With that said, the basic convinces and processes need greatly improved. Still, fun place, but I won't come back for a while.
  • Please urge other patrons to visit during weekdays. I'll be sure to follow my own advice in the future. This museum isn't simply about making money, it seems to care about preserving American culture and scientific innovation before turning-a-buck. Much like the Smithsonian air and space museum but is also home to an active operations area. Well worth the visit. The kids truly enjoyed it.

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