Take An Unforgettable Day Trip to Space Center Houston

Add a little excitement and education to your vacation itinerary with a day trip to Space Center Houston. Located just a few hours from Crystal Beach, this attraction offers an extraordinary adventure into the world of space exploration, making it a perfect outing for families, space enthusiasts, and anyone looking to enrich their vacation with a unique experience.

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Driving from Bolivar Peninsula to Space Center Houston

Starting on the Bolivar Peninsula, the drive to Space Center Houston typically takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes. The route involves taking the ferry from Galveston, which is a scenic and fun experience. From Galveston, visitors can take I-45 North to Houston. Since Space Center Houston is on the southeast side of the city, it makes this an easy drive.

Saturn V rocket at Space Center Houston

What to Expect at Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston is a gateway to the fascinating world of NASA and space exploration. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Online ticket prices for general admission range from $24.95 for children ages 4-11 to $29.95 for adults. Here’s what you can expect during your visit:

1. Tram Tour of Johnson Space Center

One of the highlights of Space Center Houston is the NASA Tram Tour, which takes visitors behind the scenes at the Johnson Space Center. You’ll get an up-close look at mission control centers, astronaut training facilities, and the iconic Rocket Park, where the massive Saturn V rocket is displayed.

2. Astronaut Experiences

Visitors have the opportunity to meet real astronauts and hear firsthand about their experiences in space. These Astronaut Experiences provide unique insights and are incredibly inspiring for both children and adults. Choose between Breakfast with an Astronaut or Astronaut Mission Memories. These enhanced experiences are a little more expensive but do include general admission. It is worth a day trip to Space Center Houston for one of these special presentations. Be sure to plan ahead, as these are only offered on select dates.

3. Interactive Exhibits

Space Center Houston is home to numerous interactive exhibits that cover everything from the history of space exploration to the latest advancements in space technology. Highlights include the Space Shuttle replica Independence mounted on the original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, and the International Space Station Gallery, which offers a glimpse into life aboard the ISS.

4. Space Center Theater

The Space Center Theater offers films and documentaries on space missions, the universe, and more. These high-definition presentations provide an immersive way to learn about space science and exploration on one of the largest screens in Texas.

5. Mission Mars

This exhibit allows visitors to explore what it would be like to travel to and live on Mars. With interactive displays, models of rovers, and a real piece of Martian rock, it’s an engaging and educational experience.


Whether you want to take a break from the beach or are looking for an educational experience during your vacation, a day trip to Space Center Houston is a great activity to consider. It is an easy trip that offers a look into space exploration and history. Take the chance to captivate the imagination of everyone in your party.

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