Fifty years ago this summer, Neil Armstrong took his daring first step on the surface of the moon, paving the way for future space exploration. States across the U.S. are celebrating the Apollo 11 mission that carried the first people to the moon, in 1969. Here, three can’t-miss spots for space explorers at heart.
Head to Cape Canaveral’s Kennedy Space Center to see where the Apollo 11 mission launched. “Guests from around the globe will be able to relive the experience at the site where it all began,” says Rebecca Shireman, public relations and communications manager at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. In the revamped Apollo/Saturn V Center, visitors can soak up the immersive exhibitions and stand in awe under a Saturn V rocket—just like the one that propelled Neil Armstrong into space on his moon-landing mission. Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island; 855-433-4210; admission, $52
Ohio is honoring the state’s aviation pioneers (a list that includes Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and the Wright brothers) by mapping out an eight-stop lunar-landing anniversary road trip. “Along the way travelers will see the small towns, homes, museums, and exhibitions that show how Ohio’s many aviators dreamed of flight and made those dreams come true,” says TourismOhio director Matt MacLaren. Highlights include the Armstrong Air and Space Museum, in Wapakoneta (the town where Neil Armstrong was born), and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), in Columbus, where road-trippers can catch a screening of the documentary Apollo 11 and launch rockets from a nearby park. 1-800-282-5393
From the anniversary of the blastoff, on July 16, through the mission’s conclusion, on July 24, Space Center Houston has a schedule of events that honor all things Apollo. “We hope the moon-landing anniversary sparks curiosity and motivates people of all ages to join the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) pathway,” says president and CEO William T. Harris. Visitors can tour the restored interactive mission-control room, explore science and engineering in hands-on labs, and take part in a Thought Leader Series with NASA specialists. 1601 NASA Pkwy., Houston; 281-244-2100; admission, $30
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- Published: July 2019