Enjoy Kennedy Space Center, Cosmic Quest and Chat with an Astronaut in Cocoa Beach, Florida
Cocoa Beach has been called the quintessential beach town, and with a plethora of opportunities for fun under the sun, it's no wonder! Florida’s beautiful Space Coast, its other nickname, is the perfect place to ride a wave, explore the shore, ramble down the 800-foot boardwalk of the Cocoa Beach Pier and check out Ron Jon Surf Shop - just to name a few options! Then it's a countdown to blastoff at the Kennedy Space Center, a chat with an astronaut, and admission to Cosmic Quest, an interactive game experience featuring real NASA missions!
Inspiration comes standard with your admission to the iconic Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The center is organized into Mission Zones where attractions and tours are grouped by chronological era, from the dawn of space exploration to current and ongoing missions. Explore the exhibits so you can get an up-close, hands-on feel for the story of humans in space. Celebrate the pioneers of NASA’s early space programs, and go behind the gates and get access to historic launch sites and working spaceflight facilities on Kennedy Space Center Bus Tours. Learn about the race to the moon, and how what began as a space race between two world superpowers fostered inspiration about perseverance, ingenuity and destiny. Now, witness the size and scale of the Saturn V moon rocket, and feel the emotion of the Apollo era with a captivating collection of experiences. Stand in awe of an American icon at the permanent home of the actual space shuttle Atlantis. Then, strap yourself in for liftoff at the Shuttle Launch Experience®. Thirty years of NASA's Space Shuttle Program comes to life in this Mission Zone. Then learn about NASA missions, from where we are now to where we're going next!
What better way to culminate your exploration of space than by hearing a firsthand account about life in space from a veteran NASA astronaut! Make the most of every moment during this engaging chat with an astronaut, which includes a sampling of food and beverages, personal presentation, a signed portrait gift and an open question and answer session. The following day your NASA dreams will come to life at Cosmic Quest, where you participate in an interactive game experience featuring real NASA missions! As a Cosmic Quest Trainee, you will learn how to launch a rocket, redirect an asteroid, build a Martian habitat, and work with Robonaut - a real robot onboard the International Space Station.
Seek the comforts of home while you are away at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront hotel, located on its famous namesake beach. Just an hour's drive east of Orlando and south of Daytona Beach, the Hilton puts you near all the attractions and activities of Cocoa Beach. Discover nearby activities such as surfing, boogie boarding, tanning, biking, kayaking and swimming. Spend the day at Brevard Zoo for a wide range of wildlife encounters, take a stroll at the Cocoa Beach Pier or just unwind and relax under the sun at the beach. Make sure you also plan a visit to Ron Jon Surf Shop, Port Canaveral, Patrick Air Force Base, the Victory Casino Cruises and the popular Orlando theme parks. All guest rooms at the Hilton feature the renowned Hilton Serenity bedding to help ensure a restful stay. Plus, you’ll find amenities such as WiFi, a coffee maker, a mini-refrigerator and complimentary HBO.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Hotel may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. Blackout dates: Apr 2-5, Jul 2-5. Chat with an Astronaut operates on specific days of the week and at specific times. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required. Travel is valid for 18 months from date of issue. Chat with an Astronaut and Cosmic Quest may be substituted with equal or similar experiences.