A Guide to Exploring Space Center Houston this Spring Break

We’re hoping to see plenty of space explorers this spring break. Want to make the most of your visit? Plan your mission accordingly. Here are some helpful tips so that you have the best experience possible while at Space Center Houston.

1) Before you arrive

Get your tickets early! Our online ticket store is quick, secure and easy to use.

Are you an educator? Bring you school ID and get in free as part of our Educator Appreciation Month.

Consider becoming a member. With a Space Center Houston membership, you can visit every day of spring break and the rest of the year, too. Get free parking, express entry and priority boarding on the tram. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member here!

2) Parking

With agencies from Japan, the European Union, China and India launching space missions, Earth’s orbit may be getting a little crowded. Our parking lot can get a bit crowded too. Here are a couple ways to keep your trip firing on all thrusters.

Get your parking ahead of time! We now offer prepaid parking. Just purchase your parking pass when you buy your tickets online. At our toll booths, show the attendant your prepaid parking ticket and breeze right through.

If our lot gets too full, you can also park at the Bay Area Park & Ride on Bay Area Boulevard and take a short bus ride to the center. This line runs weekdays.

3) Download the app

The best way to prepare for your adventure at Space Center Houston is downloading our new app. The free interactive mobile tour features an audio tour, GPS maps, selfie filters, augmented reality experiences, virtual reality lite and more!

Here’s everything you get with the Space Center Houston interactive mobile tour:

  • Location-Aware Audio Tour
  • Exclusive Space Center Houston videos
  • GPS-enabled maps
  • Daily and special events calendar with built-in notifications
  • Space Center Houston selfie filters
  • Interactive augmented reality experiences
  • Virtual Reality Lite experiences

4) Plan your day

There’s always something new at Space Center Houston. This spring break, we have many special opportunities to enhance your experience.

See special performances by the U.S. Army band. The 82nd Airborne Chorus will be performing at 4 p.m. March 11 at Independence Plaza. The Six String Soldiers will be playing at 2 p.m. March 12 at Independence Plaza.

All week, there will be daily appearances by astronauts in Rocket Park as part of our Astronaut Mission Memories series. These short briefings will let you hear from a real space explorer as they talk about what it was like to journey beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

We will also have special astronaut presentations in Space Center Theater all week, before and after our Lunch with an Astronaut series.

Got kids with you? Check out our special Pop-Up Science Labs all week. These interactive, hands-on workshops will let your kids explore science and engineering in fun and educational ways.

Tram lines getting long? Don’t worry, we run our trams all day long. Catch one of these performances first and then take your behind-the-scenes NASA tour.

5) Dining options

Exploring space can be hungry work. We have a few more options than Mark Watney had on Mars.

Our Zero-G diner features tasty meals, delicious Coca-Cola® beverages, beer and wine. Try some chicken tenders, pizza or some Korean BBQ at one of our many food stations. Need a place to rest while you eat? Additional seating will be available in Independence Plaza and on the Zero-G patio.

The Launch Pad will be open in Independence Plaza so you can enjoy a snack underneath our massive shuttle carrier aircraft. There will also be coffee and pastries available at The Point near the front entrance.

If you want to make your meal really special, try a Lunch with an Astronaut. This casual event gives you the opportunity to hear first-hand stories from a NASA astronaut while enjoying a delicious lunch prepared by our in-house catering staff.

Explore our visitor information page for more tips and advice to help plan the perfect space adventure.

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