Common questions

Review the most commonly asked questions about Space Center Houston school visits below.

A field-trip ticket includes more than 400 things to see and do at Space Center Houston, including many exhibits, three films, four live shows, several artifact galleries, Independence Plaza, the NASA Tram Tour and more. There are two virtual-reality motion simulator rides that are not included (these rides cost an additional $5 and $7 per ride per person).
Prepayment is required at least one week prior to your trip to receive the discounted price.
Space Center Houston accepts school checks (payable to “Space Center Houston”), money orders, credit cards or cash. No personal checks or purchase orders are accepted.
Yes, everyone needs a ticket to enter the building. You will receive one free ticket for each 20 tickets you purchase. You can use these tickets for your teachers or chaperones. Bus drivers may obtain a complimentary ticket at the Guest Services Desk upon arrival.
Additional tickets may be purchased on the day of your visit if there is not adequate time to make a prepayment. Additional tickets must be purchased in single transaction to receive the discount.
Yes, Space Center Houston offers the convenience of shipping. Shipping fees will apply. Contact reservations at +1 281-283-4755 for more information.
The parking fee is waived for school buses and charter buses. Individual vehicles for teachers or chaperones are charged $5 per vehicle.
You are welcome to explore Space Center Houston from opening to closing on the day of your field trip. We recommend arriving as soon as the center opens and spending around five hours exploring the center to have the best experience.
No, seating for all films and shows is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
We cannot reserve a time slot for any group for the NASA Tram Tour. Trams usually depart every 20-60 minutes and last approximately 90 minutes. Please check the daily schedule at the Guest Services Desk on the day of your visit.
The NASA Tram Tour is the only part of your day that will be guided as part of your admission ticket. Touring inside the center is self-guided. Please use the Map and Guide to plan your day. Audio tours are available for an extra charge at the Guest Services Desk. If you wish to schedule a guided tour of Starship Gallery there will be an additional charge of $3 per student with a $60 or 20-student minimum. To schedule a tour, please contact our reservation specialists at +1 281-283-4755 or reservations@spacecenter.org.
Outside food is not allowed inside the center. We do have a covered picnic and park area adjacent to the guest parking lot, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The covered portion seats approximately 75 people and the perimeter seats an additional 50. Coolers and lunches should be stored inside of your buses until it’s time to eat. If your bus will be leaving, please arrange a time for it to return to obtain your lunches.
You may add a satisfying lunch option to your field-trip ticket for a discounted price of $8.95 or you may choose the $10 meal option. A delicious beverage is included with every meal. All meal tickets must be redeemed by 3 p.m. on your date of visit.
You will receive one ticket that will serve as your admission ticket and your meal ticket. The ticket will be scanned upon arrival and returned to each person to be used in Zero-G Diner for their meal ticket. This ticket cannot be replaced if lost. We recommend chaperones collect the tickets after entrance and redistribute them to students once inside Zero-G Diner.
No, but you may add a meal-only ticket to your order for your driver to be used with the complimentary admission ticket he or she will receive at the Guest Services Desk.
Space Center Houston requires every 10 students to be under the direct supervision of at least one adult chaperone at all times. Students without chaperones cannot enter Space Center Houston’s attractions and gift shops. This rule pertains to all students, regardless of grade level or age.
Large backpacks and large bags, or any other item that does not fit in the lockers available for rental, will not be allowed inside the center. All bags are subject to search upon entering the center.
Click here for a free Space Center Houston Map and Guide to plan your day. You also can get a free Map and Guide at the Guest Services Desk during your visit.
Prepaid tickets are good for one year for a future visit.