|NASA - Rocket Scientist Capital of the World. Unfortunately, they don't know how to do a website for visitors!!!! OMG!!!!! Elsie mentioned how neat it is and also Patrick works there (He's the "Voice of NASA" on their TV Station), so we decided to see it. We actually went a day earlier than planned and spent the night in a Walmart Parking lot across the main road into the NASA area. Cool snake was outside our window the next morning... glad we saw it before we walked outside.... at least 7-8 feet long!!!!
Well, as tourists, we like to visit stuff and be able to find it - without causing an accident. Their website talks about everything but basic info on the tour. Geared towards kids, for sure. The road leading to NASA is about 5 lanes going both ways. As we are approaching what we think should be an entrance area, we are trying to see a sign (ANY SIGN!!) indicating a right or left entrance!!!! AS a large RV, it isn't too easy to change 5 lanes in 10 feet.... Not one sign indicating the entrance. Finally, we notice 2 jets up on pedestals on our left - of course! "Assuming" that is the entrance, we had no more than 100 yds to swing across all the lanes and make a LEFT. Incredible!!!! The website had no info on RV parking... as we approach the booth (guess they charge for parking!?!?!)we find out they do have a good spot for RV's.
Inside, it is very geared towards kids..... the big "ride" is the Tram Tour of NASA. The line was 2 hours long. We called and asked if they had tour "times" - oh no, it changes daily.... NOT!!!! After waiting in a line for 2 hours, we see why it takes so long for the line to move..... the operators have NEVER been to an amusement park... OMG..... they take forever to load about 5 tram cars... then you sit there and WAIT..... meanwhile, it is starting to drizzle and the temp has dropped about 20 degrees in 1 hour... can you tell how much fun we are having!?!?
The Tram goes out into the streets of NASA, the driver is narrating into a system worse than a drive-in restaurant, and drives what seems forever to a building that has all kinds of neat stuff inside - shuttles, arm training, stations, etc. We get back into the Tram and drive forever on the streets (remember it's raining and freezing now!!!) to a large building that houses a rocket ship on it's side.... neat, but really cold now!!!!!
Finally, we get back and warn those in line.....
We did get to go up into a shuttle cockpit though inside the visitor (amusement) center. That was pretty neat.
Between the website, lack of entrance signs, freezing in line and not really seeing much, it wasn't a really "good" day!!! Sorry NASA..... Get a tourist to design your website and signage and visit Disney World to see how to move people on and off Trams!!!