Five tips for visiting Space Center Houston

Download the FREE Space Center Houston app.
The app allows you to book NASA Tram Tour boarding times, listen to a location-aware audio tour, view GPS-enabled maps, experience interactive augmented reality and virtual reality, and much more.

Get there early, plan to stay all day.
With over 400 things to see and do, you can easily spend all day at Space Center Houston. Expect crowds on weekends, holidays, and during the summer. During busy times, Space Center Houston extends open hours, check the Space Center Houston app or visit for current operating hours. Pack a picnic lunch or choose from one of the dining options at the Food Lab.

Don’t have all day, plan a shorter visit.
If you don’t have all day available, don’t worry, Space Center Houston has suggestions for shorter visits.

Book your boarding time for the Tram Tour.
You can use the FREE app or visit the Guest Services Desk when you arrive at Space Center Houston. Plan to take the tram tour early in the day, as the open-air tram can get warm as the afternoon progresses. The tram tour, one of the most popular attractions at Space Center Houston, allows visitors to get a behind-the-scenes look at human space exploration on-site at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). Inside Rocket Park, visitors will find one of the three remaining Saturn V Rockets along with smaller rocket engines. At the Astronaut Training Facility visitors see mockups of space vehicles used to train astronauts for current missions and, perhaps, see the next generation of space exploration vehicles. At the iconic Apollo Mission Control Center, visitors will discover Mission Control for the Gemini, Apollo, and early Shuttle missions. The Mission Control Center was recently restored by the City of Webster, using period-correct furnishings, from the roses in front to the correct ashtrays.

Independence Plaza
The shuttle replica, Independence, and the original 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905, are on public display in Independence Plaza. With over 11,000 flight hours the 231.3 foot Boeing 747 carried the fleet of space shuttles 223 times and is the largest intact artifact from the shuttle program. Independence Plaza is the only place in the World where visitors can enter both vehicles.

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