The world's largest space attraction features dozens of interactive exhibits surrounding Apollo, Mercury, and Space ... More
US Space and Rocket Center
The world's largest space attraction features dozens of interactive exhibits surrounding Apollo, Mercury, and Space Shuttle spacecraft. Rockets developed in Huntsville range from the Army boosters that put America's first satellite and astronauts in orbit to NASA's Saturn V moon rocket and the Space Shuttle. The U. S. Space & Rocket Center is the only place in the world where you can stand under a full stack - the Space Shuttle, external tank and two rocket boosters.
i loved g froce it was fast 5o mp i loved how the seats moved to to the top the space shoot goes realy high in the air dont sit in the middle it feels like your falling out i got a ordit ball and the imax movie the huddle the dream is still alive is so cool i love to go again
We got there after a long drive with a large group of small children planning on a picnic as soon as we arrived. The picnic area is situated at the very back of the facility and you have to carry everything inside and then through the crowds to get there. Once at the picnic area, it's on a black paved asphalt area with no shade at all next to a grove of trees which would have been a better place. I would never plan on having a picnic at this place ever again as it is very user unfriendly for groups or anyone else.
We went here with three kids ages 4-12. It was very interesting and fun. My youngest (a boy) loved all the military vehichles and rockets. The full Saturn rocket hanging in the building is AWESOME. Hard to believe those astronauts went to the moon in that tiny little part on the end!
Also, seeing the space shuttle up close was really cool. My older girls loved the space food from the gift shop.
Upon arriving in Huntsville, one can easily find the Center due to the HUGE Saturn V rocket towering over 300 feet into the air. I remember seeing this rocket as it blasted the Appollo astronauts into space in the late 60's but never imagined it was that huge! Very impressive. Really makes the current space shuttle pale by comparision. I also found all the exhibits inside to be quite interesting and entertaining. They really have some one-of-a-kind artifacts. The place is like a section of the Smithsonian Air & Space museum.
If you are a space enthusiast, I would recommend the USSRC. It is the largest space center on the planet. There are many different exhibits to see and learn about. There are also several rides to simulate weightlessness, G-forces, and a Mars trip. There is also and IMAX theater. It was a very fun experience for me and I highly recommend it to others.
I actually went to Huntsville to attend Space Camp in 1997 and 1998. Although this program may look costly to many people, it is well worth the price. I received my first trip as a gift. I loved it so much that I began saving money from my part-time job as soon as I got home to return the next year.
Even adults can partake in Space Camp programs. There are weekend long camps and a few week long camps every summer. I finally returned to the place that I love in 2007 as an adult camper. There is also a parent/child weekend camp that adults can attend with a child ages 7-11. I will say this: if you do attend the weekend camps, there is a whole lot crammed into the little time that you have. Do not expect to sleep too much!
Our family is very interested in the space program, so we made a side trip to Huntsville. From the start, we were a little disappointed. First, the bad news:
The ticket receipt was stapled to a map of the facility, a nice touch, but it was a copy that was many generations from the original. Once we entered the museum, we encountered a uniformed guide and asked him about an attraction at the facility, but he could not help us. It wasn't a hard question at all; it was something we eventually figured out by exploring. There were quite a few displays that had inadequate text or no text at all. One of the upstairs galleries contained virtually nothing. One restroom had a missing fixture and others could have used a thorough cleaning. Guiding signs were, in my opinion, far too lacking. The food court is best avoided. There were two trailers outside with space station mock-ups, but as was the case throughout, there were no signs for the visitors and the displays looked as if they had very much been around. The toilet seat from the mock space station's rest room lay on the floor.
The good news:
There are some great displays and many are hands-on. This museum appeals to the adolescent visitor and to the adult. The outdoor displays are impressive and the free rides are fun. There are fun spots for photos with space equipment, but one was an example of the rest of the place. The Apollo mock-up is great for pictures with up to three guests, but one of the headrests is missing, so it isn't a comfortable pose.
The Liberty Bike from Orange County Choppers was a work of art.
I would return only if I happened to be passing nearby or if there is a major renovation. We enjoyed our time there, but it was not at all as good as it should have been.
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