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Space Center Houston Tours

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Space Center Houston
Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, offers visitors some out-of-this-world experiences. Watch astronauts train for missions, touch a real moon rock, and tour NASA’s control center. Anyone with an interest in aeronautics and space will appreciate Space Center Houston’s interactive exhibits, presentations, and attractions that dive into the past, present, and future of our universe. 

The Basics
Space Center Houston is one of Houston’s top attractions. During a self-guided tour, ride a tram on a Space Center orientation, see fascinating exhibitions of full-size rockets and moon rock samples, and marvel at a life-size space shuttle replica and the real Apollo 17. The Lunch with an Astronaut program lets families dine with a real-life astronaut and hear a firsthand account of what space is like. Kids can take a break from science and play at the Kids Space Place while parents relax.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • While everyone will appreciate the offerings at Space Center Houston, the attraction is especially worthwhile for families.  
  • Plan to arrive at the center right when it opens—you can easily spend the entire day here.
  • Take the tram tour first: Not only does it help you get oriented, but lines can get long and the non-air-conditioned trams get very warm by the afternoon.
  • Consider a guided tour of the space center with a sightseeing tour of Houston.

How to Get There
Space Center Houston is about a 30-minute drive or a 90-minute bus ride from downtown Houston. There is ample paid parking at the center.

When to Get There
The Space Center Houston is open year-round, except for Christmas Day and some other major holidays. Hours are generally 10am to 5pm, though these subject to change; check the website’s calendar.

Can’t-Miss Experiences at the Space Center Houston 
While there are myriad points of interest within the Space Center Houston, there are a few must-do experiences. The NASA tram tour takes visitors to the iconic Apollo Mission Control Center, where all space shuttle missions and activity onboard international space station assembly flights are directed. The tour also visits the Saturn V Complex at Rocket Park to see an expendable rocket used by NASA’s Apollo and Skylab programs. The Starship Gallery, another must-see, is home to the world’s largest collection of moon rocks, plus space hardware like the Mercury-Atlas 8 Faith 7 capsule, the Gemini V spacecraft, a Lunar Roving Vehicle Trainer, the Apollo 17 command module, the Skylab Trainer, the Apollo-Soyuz Trainer, and an original Goddard rocket model. 
Address: 1601 NASA Pkwy, Houston, Texas 77058, USA
Hours: Weekdays 10am–5pm, weekends 10am–6pm
Admission: Online: Adults US$29.95
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8 Tours and Activities to Experience Space Center Houston

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Space Center Houston Admission Ticket

Space Center Houston Admission Ticket

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Due to added safety precautions, you will need a timed ticket to enter and can reserve your time after you book, using the instructions on your ticket. The award-winning Space Center Houston is one of Houston’s most popular family attractions and takes visitors behind-the-scenes of the NASA Johnson Space Center. Filled with interactive exhibitions, multi-media displays, cutting-edge technology, and fascinating space artifacts, there’s something to amaze and entertain all ages.
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  • 1 day
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.95
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$24.95
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Houston CityPASS

Houston CityPASS

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Maximize your time in the spectacular city of Houston with an indispensable Houston Mobile Ticket. Your mobile ticket includes free admission to five of the city’s premier attractions, including the Downtown Aquarium, the Space Center Houston, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Enjoy free entry to two additional attractions of your choice and choose from a variety including the Museum of Fine Arts, home to more than 60,000 artworks, or the Houston Zoo; Kemah Boardwalk All-Day Ride Pass or the Children's Museum of Houston.
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  • 30 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.00
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$64.00

NASA's Space Center plus Houston's Official City Tour

NASA's Space Center plus Houston's Official City Tour

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Hitting Houston's top attractions couldn't be easier than on this double-decker sightseeing tour. See top sights around the city like parks, landmarks, and historic districts, and then head to the official visitor center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center for a self-guided tour.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$83.07
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$83.07
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Private Tour of NASA Space Center Houston Guided by a Real Rocket Scientist

Private Tour of NASA Space Center Houston Guided by a Real Rocket Scientist

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This is an in depth, 6 hour private tour of the Space Center Houston which is the most popular tourist destination in Houston. Your guide is a real rocket scientist and an experienced space expert who will explain everything you see and answer all of your questions in a way you will easily understand. The tour provides an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the history, current programs and future plans for space exploration. This is where NASA trains the astronauts and operates the US human space exploration programs. You will see the actual hardware used to fly our astronauts into space, touch a moon rock, go inside a space station, go inside the Space Shuttle, visit Mission Control and tour the massive Saturn V rocket used to fly to the moon. This interesting and fun tour is suitable for all ages - seniors, youth and children mature enough to enjoy the wonders of space flight. Transportation to/from the Space Center can be arranged. Please contact your guide for details.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$497.95
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$497.95
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1-Day Mexico Gulf+NASA Tour (Houston departure) (X1)

1-Day Mexico Gulf+NASA Tour (Houston departure) (X1)

We will make our first stop to Battleship Texas, took part in some of the most significant naval battles of the 20th century during both world wars. Then go for San Jacinto Monument, the world's tallest masonry column. The most important part of the day is NASA Space Center. We will go to the Space Center for Tram tour to Rocket Park, see the control center, astronaut training center, space shuttle.
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  • 1 to 10 hours
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$60.00
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7-Day Texas Tour ( Houston departure ) ( APH7 )

7-Day Texas Tour ( Houston departure ) ( APH7 )

1. In-Depth sightseeing within most of attractions. Get to know why everything is bigger in Texas or Texas size. 2. Hotel breakfast included every day, enjoy the breakfast before we start the tour. 3. Learn the spirit of “Cowboy culture”, enjoy the world famous “Rodeo”, have a taste of “Texas Steak”. 4. Guests will have a chance to see the NBA games. 5. Visit Rice University, University of Texas at Austin. 6. Gulf of Mexico Dolphins Cruise、NASA Space Center. 7. Texas State house and military museum. Departure date Wednesday, Thursday D1 Hometown-Houston (Airport-pickup) D2 Houston In-Depth Tour D3 Houston-Fort Worth D4 Fort Worth-Dallas D5 Austin-San Antonio D6 San Antonio-Houston D7 Houston City Tour Departure date Friday D1 Hometown-Houston (Airport-pickup) D2 Houston-Fort Worth D3 Fort Worth-Dallas D4 Austin-San Antonio D5 San Antonio-Houston D6 Houston In-Depth Tour D7 Houston City Tour
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  • 7 days
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$788.00
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Price varies by group size

3D Printer Factory Tour plus 2 ft Tall Rocket!

3D Printer Factory Tour plus 2 ft Tall Rocket!

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re:3D is a fully open source, collaborative company with a social mission focused on breaking through the limits of 3D printing and creating actionable solutions to recycling plastics. At our Houston Headquarters, you will learn how 3D printing works, see how large-format 3D printers get made, touch and feel 3D prints from around the world and be able to ask questions of experts in additive manufacturing. re:3D was founded by ex NASA employees and is housed in the former home of Wyle Laboratories where equipment for the International Space Station was constructed. For groups larger than 15 people, please reach out to us directly.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$30.77
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$30.77
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Taking safety measures

Ultimate Houston Self-Driving Audio Tour

Ultimate Houston Self-Driving Audio Tour

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Welcome to Houston’s self-guided driving audio tour! As you drive, you’ll see everything that makes Houston special, from historic districts to stunning parks and, of course, the famous Space Center! This self-guided audio tour allows you to explore Houston with maximum flexibility and value. Here's how it works: Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app, enter password, & download tour. Start at the first stop and follow the instructions! Stick to our route and speed limit for the best experience. Recommended: purchase one tour per car. Everyone can listen at the same time! Uncertain Travel Date? The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking! This is not an entrance ticket to attractions along the route. Check pandemic rules and opening hours before your visit.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$8.00
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$8.00
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Private Full-Day Houston City Tour, NASA Space Center and Kemah Boardwalk Dinner

Private Full-Day Houston City Tour, NASA Space Center and Kemah Boardwalk Dinner

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See Houston's top attractions on a full-day tour in a climate-controlled vehicle, that combines a sightseeing tour with visits to the NASA Space Center and Kemah Boardwalk. Start with a 1.5-hour city tour that covers landmarks such as Minute Maid Park, The Toyota Center, and River Oaks. Next, take a tram tour of the NASA Space Center and have free time to browse the exhibits. Finally, go to Kemah Boardwalk for dinner (own expense) at your choice of restaurant. Includes snacks, dinner appetizer, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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$99.00

Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Space Center Houston hours of operation?
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Space Center Houston hours of operation: Weekdays 10am–5pm, weekends 10am–6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Space Center Houston tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Space Center Houston can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 8 Space Center Houston tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Space Center Houston 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Space Center Houston costs USD 24.95. Guided Space Center Houston tours start around USD 24.95 per person. See all 8 Space Center Houston tickets and tours on Viator.
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