5 hour private tour with lunch by the sea, guided by your friendly space expert
This 5 hour private tour gives you an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the exciting history of space exploration guided by a real space expert. You will drive to the Johnson Space Center where NASA trains the astronauts and operates the US human space exploration programs. You will get an up close view of the Space Shuttle plus an guided tour of an actual Saturn V rocket used to send our astronauts to the moon. Your guide will explain everything you see and answer all of your questions in a way that you will easily understand.
Then, you will go to the Kemah Boardwalk for lunch at one of the lovely seaside restaurants. You will have some time after lunch to enjoy a relaxing stroll along the waterfront, play some amusement games or go on the exciting thrill rides before returning to your hotel.
Your guide will pick you up and drop you off at a local area hotel within 10 miles / 16 km of the Space Center. This tour can be customized for other pick up and drop off points.
The usual pick up time is 10 am, with a drop off at 3 pm. You are welcome to arrange alternate pick up and drop off times with your guide.
Your guide may change the order of this itinerary.
1. Pick up by private van or sedan car at your local area hotel.
2. Drive to the NASA Johnson Space Center.
3. Photo stop at the Space Shuttle. Your guide worked on this engineering marvel for 17 years.
4. A short drive to the Rocket Park.
4. Visit the Mercury/Redstone and Little Joe rockets.
5. Visit an actual Saturn V rocket that launched the Apollo astronauts to the moon. It's the full length of a football field… very impressive!!
5. Drive to the Kemah Boardwalk area for lunch at your choice of waterfront restaurants.
6. Take a leisurely stroll by the sea, enjoy some amusement games, or go on the exciting thrill rides.
7. Board the van at the Kemah Boardwalk main entrance.
8. Drive back to your local area hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick up outside the main entrance of your local hotel... within 10 miles / 16 km of the Space Center. Look for a silver Town and Country van. Your guide will be wearing a red NASA baseball cap.
End location: Drop off at your local area hotel (within 10 miles / 16 km of the Space Center). You may make advanced arrangements with you guide for an alternate drop off location such as the the Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) or the Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH). The extra charges for alternate drop off locations will depend on the additional time and distance involved.
Duration: 5 hours
Tour times may vary depending on traffic and weather conditions.
Transportation Method: 2012 Chrysler Town & Country passenger van
The van is large enough to carry 6 guests comfortably.
Your private tour price includes the friendly, helpful services of a real space expert as your guide plus transportation in a clean, safe, comfortable van or sedan car. The tour starts with your pick up at outside your local area hotel main entrance (within 10 miles / 16 km), goes to the NASA Johnson Space Center Rocket Park, and ends with a drop off outside your local area hotel.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 $USD - Lunch at one of the seaside restaurants in Kemah typically costs $12 to $20. The Kemah amusement rides cost $4 to $6 each, or $25 for an all ride day pass. You will be able to pay with any major credit card or cash.
General admission tickets to the Space Center Houston are included in the tour price.
Lunch at the restaurant in Kemah will be at your own expense. Prices for lunch are typically $12 to $20 per person plus taxes and tips. All major credit cards are accepted, along with cash ($USD).
For an additional charge, you can add a visit to the huge Baybrook shopping mall or a drop off at one of the Houston area airports. Please coordinate your alternate pick up and drop off locations with your guide who will set up a customized tour that meets your specific needs. You will be able to pay the additional charges for these add ons in advance using the on line system.
If desired, your guide will be happy to suggest hotels, restaurants, shopping venues, ground transport and airline flights that fit your needs and your budget, and will gladly adjust the details of your tour.