An hour east of Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center is, forgive us, out of this world. The place has justifiable widespread appeal—exhibits are as thronged with first-graders and tweens as they are with senior citizens. On the center’s grounds you’ll find the space shuttle Atlantis, the Saturn V rocket, simulated lift-off experiences, and rocks from the moon that you can touch. Set aside a full day to explore the fascinating exhibits, which chart all the historical moments of the race to space, up to the developments of today. Book in a lunch with one of the astronauts on-site—the enquiring minds of your mini explorers will thank you.

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