We drove into Huntsville, Alabama and saw a rocket. I quickly realized this was the place where my sister attended Space Camp. A simple check with our OMSI ATSC passport, the decision was made — side trip tomorrow! Luckily we had a few places in mind. We landed at Parnell Creek in Woodville, AL, a great campground located 19 miles up Highway 72.
After a round of s’mores we headed to bed ready for the next day’s adventure. Next morning – Surprise – a beautiful day! Time to visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
There are plenty of things to see on the way into the center, like this etched concrete sign.
We learned about Werner von Braun. German rocket scientist. Aerospace Engineer. Space Architect. “Father of Rocket Science“. This display was his office at Nasa while director of NASA from 1960 to 1970. One fascinating display showed the sketches of his 15-year-old self. The Boy found that amazing. One boy’s imagination turned into a reality and changed our world.
The center hosts travelling exhibits. What luck! The exhibit today was Black Holes! If you remember from our review of Supercharged Science, my son has become fascinated with black holes this year, The Boy was BESIDE himself. The minute we stepped into the area he was gone. Reading. Exploring. Touching. Seeing. Loving every minute of it all.
The beginning of the exhibit the kids were able to print a Black Hole Explorers card. They used these with each display. This card is an electronic digital journal including the videos that they saw during the exhibit.
The next exhibit was an Army-weapons display. I though The Boy would enjoy it…but nah, he wanted to go back to the Black Holes exhibit. We finally had to tell him move on!
Many hands-on fun exhibits for the kids to see.
Free interactive-simulations. The Boy just couldn’t watch his sister try to land the shuttle.
Future Moon Walkers?
The park includes 2 buildings, 2 rides, a rocket park, largest shuttle replica and an overwhelming number of learning opportunities. Here are a more of our favorites:
The Rocket Park
The beginning of the Saturn V Rocket
Actual rock from the Moon!
Feeling what it was like to travel to the moon.
Rock climbing Mount Olympus on Mars!
Visit the Center
Location: One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Alabama 35805
Hours: Seven Days a Week, 9:00am-5:00pm
Cost: There are many different pricing combinations. Click here for complete information.
This is a member of the ASTC Passport program. We were able to get free admission, but not discounted movies.
We were pleasantly surprised to learn that the center offered a complimentary kennel for pets.
Complimentary with paid admission
Lock provided. However, ID is held until lock is returned.
Located in area beside building underneath shade of large trees.
Size is large enough to hold a large-sized dog.
Must bring water, toys, etc. for dog.
Concrete flooring, dividers between kennels.