My boyfriend and I had the ability to visit the space center while in Houston for the weekend. We bought tickets online the day before (plenty of availability) and parking and entering was very easy with the mobile tickets.
In my mind, the space center is broken out into 3 “sections” the inside of the main building, the external yard next to the main building, and the tram tours. The inside of the building contains many exhibits, including one about Mars, the international space station, and the starship gallery. All of them are worth checking out, but the starship gallery one was my favorite. I was impressed at the number of items that had that were real, and actually used in space, it was really cool!
The outside contains a mocked-up shuttle, an actual shuttle carrier, and a Space X rocket. We did not have time to visit the outside during our visit.
There were three different tram tours offered during out visit. The white tram tour takes you to the actual apollo mission control center where you watch a short film and see what the room looked like during the lunar landing, which was really awesome. The blue tour takes you to the astronaut training facility where you can look down on the entire facility via a catwalk. On the way back, they drop you off at the Saturn 5 building for you to explore on your own pace, and take a shuttle back when you are ready. The red tour is just a shuttle to the Saturn V building. We took both the blue and the white tour which was a highlight of our trip, actually getting to see these places was amazing!
All the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful, and everything actually seemed to be well organized. The app made booking tram tours and getting around very easy. When visiting, please listen and be respectful, so many people not following basic instructions was disheartening, especially when visiting the Apollo Mission Control Center, the entire area is a national historic site and is fragile. Please be respectful so people can continue visiting this site.
We spent 5 hours there and were able to see all the inside exhibits and do both tram rides, but after that we ran out of time. We also didn’t take time to eat while visiting. I would recommend an entire day here if you want to see everything and not feel rushed. Each tram tour (blue and while) are 1 hour long.