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Florida Guide > Dining

Lunch with an Astronaut

Kennedy Space Centre will always be one of our favourite places in Florida. It brings the Shuttle Launches to life when you see all the vast pieces of equipment used to get these amazing vehicles off the ground.

Cape Canaveral is a nice steady drive towards the east coast just north of Orlando. We usually go towards Melbourne and then drive up the coast and stopping off for either breakfast or lunch depending on what we have planned for the day.

For lovers of the Space Program, this is one of the best experiences you can get whilst in Florida. We’ve been to Kennedy Space Centre many times over the years and still find it fascinating just being amongst the rockets and the history behind it all.

So for something different, we noticed that they did the Lunch with an Astronaut, expecting it to be overpriced, overbooked and just booked in advance enough, we decided to call and find out.

To our surprise, the cost was quite reasonable and they did have places available. Although not many but enough to get us all seated together. So we tried it on our last trip to our vacation home in Kissimmee as a special treat for our boys and ourselves. We are so glad we did…

Priced at around $40 for adults and $30 for children, this is probably the only time you will ever get up close and personal with a real astronaut. We met Story Musgrave, who entertained and talked to us about his missions to space, including all the work he had done helping to develop the Space Shuttle and all its safety systems.

All this while we stuffed our faces and he just chatted away like it was second nature. The best bit was when Joshua, one of our Twin boys, aged 6 at the time asked Story “What does it feel like in Space?" Well I think he got a little more than he had bargained for when Story explained to him how it felt, the sounds that you can hear, including some sounds from earth. Well I won’t spoil the surprise, if you want to know more then you really should go and visit.

You also get an autographed photo of the Astronaut that you are having lunch with, and during the three course lunch, you can ask him any questions about his life, his life as an astronaut and his work with Nasa.

The food is a buffet style luncheon menu, suitable for most people. The staff are very helpful and will also clear away your table for you! Along with the lunch, soft drinks are also served whilst you quiz them over their adventures.

Once the lunch is over, you are free to have your photograph taken with your Astronaut and then wonder around the gift shop before carrying on with your day at the Kennedy Space Centre.

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