8 hour private tour guided by your friendly pace expert
This 8 hour private guided tour gives you an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the history, current programs and future plans for space exploration. Your guide, "Rocket Man" Bill, is a real space expert who will explain everything you see and answer all of your questions in a way you will easily understand. You will get an in depth guided tour of NASA's Johnson Space Center which is the most popular tourist destination in Houston. This is where NASA trains the astronauts and operates the US human space exploration programs. You will see the actual hardware used to go to the moon, touch a moon rock, go inside a space station, visit Mission Control and see how we operated the Space Shuttle. Your guide will pick you up and drop you off at one the Houston area airports (either HOU or IAH). Or, you can be dropped off at any Houston area hotel.
1. Pick up by private van at the airport.
2. Drive to the Space Center Houston.
3. View an excellent movie introducing NASA's vision for human space flight.
4. Visit the Starship Gallery, touch a real moon rock and walk through an actual space station.
5. Go inside the Space Shuttle at Independence Plaza. Your guide worked on this engineering marvel for 17 years.
6. Take a tram ride through the Johnson Space Center.
7. Visit Mission Control and see the live, real time operation of the International Space Station.
8. Visit the Rocket Park, including a guided walk around an actual Saturn V rocket that launched the Apollo astronauts to the moon. It's the length of a football field…very impressive!!
9. Personal time for lunch, souvenir shopping, and wandering around spacesuits and spacecraft.
10. Gather at the main entrance and get ready to board the van.
11. Drive back to the airport or your Houston area hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick up at one of the Houston area airports - either IAH or HOU. Please meet your guide outside the baggage claim area. Look for a silver Town and Country van. Your guide will be wearing a red NASA polo shirt and a red NASA baseball cap.
End location: Drop off at the airport or your Houston area hotel. You may make arrangements with your guide to add a stop for dinner or a mall shopping trip after the space center tour. Extra charges will apply for these added stops.
Duration: 8 hours
These times can be adjusted to fit your flight schedule.
Times may vary due to traffic and weather conditions.
9:30 am Pick up at one of the Houston area airport.
10:30 am Start your guided tour at NASA's Johnson Space Center.
5:30 pm Drop off at the airport or your Houston area hotel.
2012 Chrysler Town & Country 7 passenger van
The van is large enough to comfortably carry 5 guests plus 2 pieces of checked luggage per person. Extra luggage or oversized luggage may require some bags to be stored in the passenger seating area.
Your private tour price includes the friendly, helpful services of a real space expert as your guide plus transportation in a safe, comfortable van. The tour starts with your pickup at the airport, goes to the Space Center, and then back to the airport or your Houston area hotel. Your private guided tour of the Space Center Houston includes a tram tour through NASA's John Space Center and narrated visits to NASA's Mission Control Room, the Rocket Park, Starship Gallery, Shuttle Independence Plaza and much more. There will be ample free time for lunch and souvenir shopping at the Space Center Houston. For an additional charge, you can customize this tour to include a stop for dinner at a restaurant of your choice.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 $USD - Per person for lunch, snacks and drinks, not including souvenirs. Space Center Houston has 2 souvenir shops and a large food court. You will able to pay with any major credit card or cash.
Lunch at the Space Center food court will be at your own expense. Prices for lunch are typically $7 to $15 per person, plus drinks. You can pay with any major credit cards or cash.
For an additional charge, you can add a shopping trip to the huge, new Baybrook Mall, or go to a restaurant of your choice for dinner after the space center tour. Please coordinate these additional tour features and the extra charges with your guide in advance. Your guide will create a custom tour to meet your specific needs, and you will be able to pay the additional charges 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 itinerary accordingly.
As a condition of service, all guests (or their legal guardian) riding as a passenger in my vehicle will be required to read and sign a liability release on boarding the vehicle.
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Rocketman Bill knew his stuff. Fabulous day.