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 Center, 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.
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.
Rocket Park Tour
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 in Building 9 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
Visit the iconic Christopher C. Kraft Mission Control and discover the Apollo Mission Control Center from which NASA led Gemini and Apollo missions, including the momentous first lunar landing mission as well as early space shuttle missions.
During some weekends and holidays, tour the current Mission Control where flight controllers monitor activities on the International Space Station.
Tour schedules and details
A NASA Tram Tour boarding pass is now required to take the NASA Tram Tour. There are two options to get your free boarding pass.
- Download our free Space Center Houston app, tap the "Join tram virtual line" button, select the tour you want to take, enter the number of people in your group, and reserve your virtual boarding passes.
- Visit the Guest Services Desk at the entrance to Space Center Houston, and a crewmember will reserve your boarding pass.
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.