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#4713357 - 04/01/18 03:40 PM Want to take my kids to see a launch @ Cape Canav.
Mantooth Offline


Registered: 07/26/15
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Loc: Southern Indiana
Like the title says; I want to take my 10 & 7-year-old down to Kennedy Space Center for a rocket launch. My plan is to make it a 3 day (2 night) trip. If their school gives them an excused absence; I'd like to catch a flight from Louisville to Orlando, rent a car for two days, get a hotel in Titusville, and get tickets for a decent spot. I'm not crazy about flying, and neither are my kids, but flying down and back in 3 days is the only way we would be able to do this. My plan is to fly Allegiant if possible. 2nd choice is Southwest.

I'd like to hear from anyone who lives around Kennedy, or from someone who has been to a launch. Input, recommendations, and feedback would be greatly appreciated.


Launch Calendar

Thanks in advance.
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#4713362 - 04/01/18 03:44 PM Re: Want to take my kids to see a launch @ Cape Canav. [Re: Mantooth]
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Are you prepared for a launch cancellation if you buy tickets, arrive and it gets pushed back a week at the last minute?
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#4713370 - 04/01/18 03:51 PM Re: Want to take my kids to see a launch @ Cape Canav. [Re: skyactiv]
Mantooth Offline


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Originally Posted By: skyactiv
Are you prepared for a launch cancellation if you buy tickets, arrive and it gets pushed back a week at the last minute?


I realize that's a possibility. My kids have never flown so the flight down and back should be its own adventure. I could always take them to the air or the law enforcement museum. There's also the option of touring Kennedy Space Center.
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#4713382 - 04/01/18 04:08 PM Re: Want to take my kids to see a launch @ Cape Canav. [Re: skyactiv]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
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Loc: Orlando, FL
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
Are you prepared for a launch cancellation if you buy tickets, arrive and it gets pushed back a week at the last minute?


I was going to post that but didnít want to have him second guessing his trip.

This time of the year the weather is nice, itís summer time when launches get rescheduled due to the weather. Kennedy Space Center takes the entire day to visit and walk around, that alone is worth the trip.

I did get to watch 7 space shuttle launches, I even called in sick a few times just to see it in person and experience it.

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#4713435 - 04/01/18 05:30 PM Re: Want to take my kids to see a launch @ Cape Canav. [Re: Mantooth]
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Can you see the landings there as well? The twin booster landings of the Falcon heavy test looked very cool.
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#4713437 - 04/01/18 05:32 PM Re: Want to take my kids to see a launch @ Cape Canav. [Re: Mantooth]
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I went when I was younger, pretty neat to see especially as a kid. They will like it.
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#4713446 - 04/01/18 05:41 PM Re: Want to take my kids to see a launch @ Cape Canav. [Re: Mantooth]
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My youngest and I watched Juno launch in the summer of 2011. It was so cool to see it arrive at Jupiter five years later.

Allegiant and Spirit have terrible reliability. Jet Blue is big in Orlando, as is Southwest.

I would strongly encourage you to plan another activity, since youíre already going down there. Universal Orlando is a lot of fun for kids that age, so is Disney. That way, if the launch delays, youíll have options.
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#4713490 - 04/01/18 06:49 PM Re: Want to take my kids to see a launch @ Cape Canav. [Re: Astro14]
Mantooth Offline


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Originally Posted By: Astro14


Allegiant and Spirit have terrible reliability. Jet Blue is big in Orlando, as is Southwest.



Jet Blue doesn't fly out of Louisville and Southwest is twice as much as Allegiant. I'm okay with a 30-minute delay if it saves me $600.
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#4713508 - 04/01/18 07:11 PM Re: Want to take my kids to see a launch @ Cape Canav. [Re: Mantooth]
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That sounds like an awesome thing to do with your sons!
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#4713546 - 04/01/18 07:53 PM Re: Want to take my kids to see a launch @ Cape Canav. [Re: Mantooth]
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I did it years ago with my grandson and he still talks about it 6 years later. Be sure and tour in the SPACE SHUTTLE and check out the massive engines. That alone is worth the trip to me. Ed
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#4713561 - 04/01/18 08:07 PM Re: Want to take my kids to see a launch @ Cape Canav. [Re: Mantooth]
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Do it Do it Do it.

I will forever regret not going down to FL to see the very last and final Space Shuttle launch. Once in a lifetime thing, missed.
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#4713562 - 04/01/18 08:07 PM Re: Want to take my kids to see a launch @ Cape Canav. [Re: skyactiv]
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Registered: 09/30/13
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Loc: Indiana
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
Are you prepared for a launch cancellation if you buy tickets, arrive and it gets pushed back a week at the last minute?


Happened to me twice.

Didn't ge to the extreme of buying tickets, but I happened to be in the area during the scheduled launches.
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#4713570 - 04/01/18 08:13 PM Re: Want to take my kids to see a launch @ Cape Canav. [Re: Mantooth]
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Ive watched hundreds of launches from Vandenberg AFB and then later Cape Canaveral. My dad worked on the missiles at Vandernberg, and later the Space Shuttle. My sister works for Space X. Try to get tickets for the launch pad if you can. If not, you can watch for free along the roadway for literally a 30 mile stretch from Titusville to Merritt Island to Cocoa Beach.

I went over a few weeks ago for the Space X heavy launch. Pretty cool.
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#4713619 - 04/01/18 09:09 PM Re: Want to take my kids to see a launch @ Cape Canav. [Re: LoneRanger]
Mantooth Offline


Registered: 07/26/15
Posts: 498
Loc: Southern Indiana
Originally Posted By: LoneRanger
Do it Do it Do it.

I will forever regret not going down to FL to see the very last and final Space Shuttle launch. Once in a lifetime thing, missed.


I'm pumped about doing. My wife (she's anti-airplane) is not. I thought we could video record portions of the trip and make a video journal for the kids to present to their classes once we come back. That should also help with getting an excused absence.
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#4713622 - 04/01/18 09:11 PM Re: Want to take my kids to see a launch @ Cape Canav. [Re: bubbatime]
Mantooth Offline


Registered: 07/26/15
Posts: 498
Loc: Southern Indiana
Originally Posted By: bubbatime
Ive watched hundreds of launches from Vandenberg AFB and then later Cape Canaveral. My dad worked on the missiles at Vandernberg, and later the Space Shuttle. My sister works for Space X. Try to get tickets for the launch pad if you can. If not, you can watch for free along the roadway for literally a 30 mile stretch from Titusville to Merritt Island to Cocoa Beach.

I went over a few weeks ago for the Space X heavy launch. Pretty cool.


I'd like to get tickets if I can. That might push us out later in the year since I've heard they can sell out pretty quickly.
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