What is it?:
If you’ve ever watched Apollo 13 and they say “Houston, we have a problem.” – this is where that message was broadcast to. It’s where astronauts train before going into space, where NASA does research as well as flight control. More on what they do here.
GO! – Although I’m biased. We have a family member who works there (on the design of the astronaut suits!) and we got an insider’s tour including a tour of the Neutral Buoyancy Lab. They used to include the NBL in the Level 9 Access tour but it doesn’t look like they offer it to groups of less than 20 anymore. Check before you go because it’s definitely worth it.
Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5
Pros: Great place to learn about space, rockets like the Saturn V and NASA’s plans for the future. The NBL is absolutely awe inspiring.
Cons: It can be a little boring for younger children.
Tips & Fun Facts:
- Get there early to avoid crowds.
- If you have time, make a trip out to Galveston after your visit. It’s only an additional 45 minute drive.
- The Neutral Buoyancy Lab has a full-scale mock-up of the International Space Station in a 40ft deep pool that the astronauts train in. There are over 6 million gallons of water in that pool!
- Be sure to check out the Saturn V rocket – it’s gigantic!
Time of Year of Review:
Mid-late March 2019
10:00AM – 5:00PM Most of the year; Hours longer during the summer.
Kids 3 and younger: Free
Kids 4-11: $24.95
Adults (12+): 29.95
Seniors (65+): $27.95
Is a part of the Houston City Pass.
Where is it?:
Neutral Buoyancy Lab: