U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville

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Must see · Observatory · Science Museum
See authentic rockets and artifacts, experience G-forces and weightlessness, and pose questions to NASA experts at U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Billed as "Earth's largest space museum," it opened in 1970, so everyone could have the opportunity to be an astronaut for a day. You can peruse exhibits, explore Space Shuttle engines, and watch dome screen and high-definition 3-D presentations. Various rides and simulators add to the fun. Our Huntsville route builder website makes visiting U.S. Space and Rocket Center and other Huntsville attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • As a child, I watched Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon with awe. Although already an adult, I noticed when Space Camp opened in 1982. While the vast majority of these programs are for children and...  more »
  • Great representation of the development of the U. S. Space program! This was my second visit (first was about 5 years ago). Several of the core exhibits remain the same, but it was still a...  more »
  • My family and I visited while we were on vacation. We were members with the ASTC Passport Program through a museum in FL, so our admission was free. We spent about five hours there and could have stayed longer because there was so much to see. With four kids all under age 10, it was challenging to take in and read all of the information presented with each exhibit due to their excitement and urgency to see everything as fast as they could so we will have to come back again when they are more attentive. Be prepared for lots of walking indoors and outside. I encourage you to check out one of the science shows. Our kids loved that they were able to be picked as volunteers during the show. We were pleased with the amount of choices they had for lunch and thought the prices were reasonable. My kids favorite part was the simulator ride and rode it twice. According to them, it’s worth the wait in line because it was different each time. They change the video simulation every hour, I believe. Overall, I think that people of all ages will be impressed by this place due to their multiple rockets, planes and pieces of history on display, exhibits about the current technology we are using, and being able to learn more about future endeavors into space. Even if you don’t consider yourself well versed in space history, I believe you will walk away amazed and grateful you took the time (and money) to visit.
  • They're long, hard, and full of technology! Fantastic piece of memorabilia and history. Place is amazing and in my opinion a bargain at $25 for basic admission. The people there are amazing and love what they do and have a passion for it. Ask any employee and they will explain something to you.

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