Attractions and Things to Do
Experience the thrill and wonder of space exploration when you choose hotels near the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center/NASA. The awe of galaxy exploration is at your fingertips when you visit. Young and old alike will love this unforgettable and unique experience. Exhibits include the historic Apollo flight documents, as well as simulated space craft and prototypes for you to view.
Named “Mission Control,” the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is responsible for training astronauts from both the USA and from countries around the world. It consist of 100 buildings stretched across 1,620 acres. In addition to being the site of astronaut operations, the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center also houses the former Lunar Receiving Laboratory, where the first relics of lunar samples are stored when they were returned from the first space exploration missions. Building Two of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center used to house the visitors center, but it moved to the Space Center Houston in 1994. It is now the headquarters for the planning and training of the astronaut corps for space flight and safety.
The Space Center Houston is nearby and facilitates guided tours and exciting events, such as meet an astronaut Friday, and other rotating special events sure to enhance your experience. There is an on-site restaurant, so don’t worry about where to have lunch. Starbucks is nearby if you need a great cup of coffee during your day of space discoveries. At the end of that busy day, hotels near the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center/NASA wait to welcome you home to pools, on-site restaurants, and cozy guest accommodations.
The Space Center Houston has a tram system that will offer you a guided tour of the facility, and it is a great alternative to walking long distances to see all that the vast 1,620 acres has to offer. Getting to the Space Center from your hotel near the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center/NASA is most convenient with a rental car. Parking is reasonable, and the public bus system adds about 25 minutes to your commute, so it may be a little too long a trip for some travelers. The public bus system does, however, have a stop right by the facility so you have options in terms of your transportation.
If you are staying in a nearby hotel, such as the Courtyard by Marriott Houston NASA/Clear Lake or the Extended Stay America Houston-NASA-Johnson Space Center, you will enjoy a less than five-minute drive to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in addition to great amenities.
Comfortable shoes are a must on this trip to Houston. Visiting the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston requires a fair amount of walking even with the tram tours, so be sure you pack them because you won’t want to miss out on all the spectacular events. Also, be sure and look into the Houston City Pass when you are buying your admissions tickets. You can save a little if you plan on visiting multiple tourist attractions, such as the Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, the Children’s Museum, or the Museum of Fine Arts, in addition to the Lyndon B Johnson Space Center. The City Pass is valid for nine days and you will not have to wait in long ticket lines. Talk to the staff at hotels near the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center/NASA to see if they have the City Pass for sale at the front desk.