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February 10, 2012 11:20 ET

Families Flock to Orlando for Kid-Friendly Fun -- But There's More to the Area Than Theme Parks

NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Offers Orlando-Area Attractions for the Young -- and the Young at Heart

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL--(Marketwire - Feb 10, 2012) - Each year, millions of people visit Orlando attractions, like Walt Disney World®, Sea World® and Universal Studios®, for a little family-friendly fun -- making Orlando one of the country's top vacation destinations. However, for those willing to leave the world of theme parks behind -- adventure of a different sort awaits.

With Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and several other Orlando-area attractions just a short drive away, visitors can spend the day (or a few) exploring the sites that lie just outside "The City Beautiful." Here, along Florida's "Space Coast," visitors will find one-of-a-kind destinations that appeal to the young -- and the young at heart, including:

  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. America's largest spaceport and the only place on Earth where you can tour NASA launch areas, meet astronauts, train in spaceflight simulators and even watch a rocket launch.
  • Brevard Zoo. Meet more than 550 animals, including alligators, giant anteaters, cougars, eagles, river otters, kangaroos and primates.
  • Ron Jon Surf Shop. Hailed as the world's most famous surf shop, Ron Jon's boasts more than 52,000 square feet of boards, bikinis and clothing.
  • Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Built as an overlay of Kennedy Space Center, this 140,000-acre refuge is home to American bald eagles, alligators, manatees, bobcats, armadillos and more. It's also a great place to hike and play on the beach.
  • Cocoa Beach Pier. Home to restaurants, bars and boutiques, Cocoa Beach Pier offers live music and entertainment 800 feet over the ocean.

For details on the top Orlando attractions, as well as those found on Florida's "Space Coast," visit the Kennedy Space Center website.

About Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is located just east of Orlando and is the gateway to a working space center and one of Florida's most popular destinations. It's a 70-acre arena of inspirational, educational and entertaining experiences. More than 1.5 million visitors annually tour Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex opens at 9 a.m. Closing times vary by season. The Visitor Complex is open daily except December 25 and certain launch days. Admission includes the Kennedy Space Center Tour, Shuttle Launch Experience, 3D IMAX® space films, Astronaut Encounter, STAR TREK™ LIVE, Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted and all exhibits. Admission also includes the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, featuring historic spacecraft and the world's largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia, open from noon until 6 p.m. daily. Parking, wheelchairs, strollers and pet kennels are free of charge. Admission is $43 + tax for adults and $33 + tax for children ages 3-11. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Commander's Club Annual Pass is $56 + tax for adults and $46 + tax for children ages 3-11. For information, call 877-313-2610 or visit

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