The U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, showcases a fascinating and comprehensive collection of rockets, missiles, boosters, and space memorabilia. On display are capsules and space suits used over the years in NASA missions and a mock-up of Saturn V, the 363-foot rocket that helped launch astronauts to the moon. There's also a full-size mock-up of a space shuttle and a lunar rover vehicle that features tires made of piano wire to ensure that they would be able to withstand extreme temperatures.
Kids can journey to Mars and attempt the Mars Climbing Wall. At Kid Cosmos, would-be astronauts under the age of eight can crawl around the space station with an adult. They'll also enjoy the space shuttle simulator, where kids can experience the feeling of traveling through space.
Journey to Jupiter offers a thundering sound system and a chair that lurches and rolls as if the visitor is rocketing through space. The Center's remarkable Space Camp program for children under 18 years old offers hands-on experience in space and aviation. Kids use state-of-the-art simulators to learn about space missions, rocket building, and robotics.