Tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center

Don’t miss Space Center Houston’s most popular attraction, the NASA Tram Tour. This is your chance to go on site at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) and get a behind-the-scenes look at human space exploration. The NASA Tram Tour is included in your admission to Space Center Houston.

What happens at NASA Johnson Space Center?

Located on 1,600 acres, JSC is the training base and home to our nation’s astronauts and the site of Mission Control, where a talented cadre of flight controllers support the work of our women and men in space.

JSC has served as a hub of human spaceflight activity for more than half a century. It is home to the nation’s astronaut corps, the International Space Station mission operations, the Orion Program, and a host of future space developments. The center plays a pivotal role in enhancing scientific and technological knowledge to benefit all of humankind.

The experience

There are multiple experiences that you may enjoy based on which iconic locations you want to visit and the amount of time you have available.

On the NASA Tram Tour, you will be guided through different historic JSC locations. Every tour has the option to visit Rocket Park, where one of only three of the remaining actual Saturn V rockets is displayed, along with other rockets that propelled space exploration.

Astronaut Training Facility Tour
Walk an elevated path through the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility where NASA astronauts train for current missions and where scientists and engineers are developing the next generation of space exploration vehicles.

Mission Control Center Tour
Crews are working diligently to restore Historic Mission Control. This national historic landmark will reopen to the public in early 2019. Learn about the extensive efforts to restore Historic Mission Control for the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing in 2019 and how you can help.

During some weekends and holidays, tour the current Mission Control where flight controllers monitor activities on the International Space Station.

Campus Tour
If you have a limited amount of time, we offer a shorter 30-minute option of the NASA Tram Tour. A knowledgeable Space Center Houston guide will drive you through the JSC campus as you learn the history of JSC and where the future of human space exploration is happening. This shorter tour has an optional stop at Rocket Park, which requires an additional 30 minutes.

Tour schedules and details

Please note that during peak seasons the NASA Tram Tour experience may differ and departure times may vary seasonally.

The last tour departs two hours prior to the center closing. Click here to view our seasonal hours.

This is an open-air tram tour which could be interrupted due to inclement weather. Please monitor weather conditions and plan accordingly. The tram tour visits working government facilities which are subject to availability and can temporarily close to visitors without notice.

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Frequently asked questions

There is very limited access to restrooms during the NASA Tram Tour. Please visit the restroom facilities at Space Center Houston before boarding your tram.
No, there is not a place to purchase food or beverages during the NASA Tram Tour. Please purchase and consume any snacks or beverages before the tour as food is not allowed on the NASA Tram Tour. Only beverages with closed lids (such as water bottles) are allowed on the tour.
No, strollers are not allowed on the NASA Tram Tour. Please leave your strollers in the stroller parking area adjacent to the tram tour queue.
Yes, the NASA Tram Tour is wheelchair accessible, but please be aware there is limited capacity on each tram.