Day 11 Thursday 20th August- “When you look at the stars and the Galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system” Kalpana Chawla 

Kennedy Space Center/ Daytona Beach, Florida.

Space and astronauts and the likes of is not something that I’ve always really been interested in. But this morning when we rocked up in our cool contiki coach, I was pretty excited about what I was about to learn about this incredible place.

First off we wandered around checking out a few historical things about NASA.


After wandering around for a little while in the historical side of the Kennedy Space Center, a few of us headed over to the Atlantis exhibition.

Atlantis is the first space shuttle made by an engineering and science team at NASA back in 1985.

At the exhibition we watched a video on the history of Atlantis and then walked into the exhibition room where the space shuttle now lives.

I got to sit in a seat with the control panel for a space shuttle. OK so maybe it is more of a kids thing, but it was cool 🙂

Last but not least, the shuttle launch experience was at the end. A space shuttle stimulator where you sit in a space seat and ‘take off into outer space’

Anyone thinking of going to the Kennedy Space Center, I say definitely do it. There is lots to see and do there, and their are shuttle tours around the grounds as well, but we only had four hours there so didn’t really get to see and do everything that there is to be done.

After lunch, we headed to the capital of NASCAR, Daytona Beach 🙂

Unfortunately, due to the Daytona 500 being on, we couldn’t do the tour around the track that contiki usually offers as an optional.

When we arrived at Daytona Beach, I walked up to the post office to send a box of things to Canada, as my suitcase was just becoming too heavy.

A few others went parasailing over the beach and the rest of us got into out togs and checked out the beach and the hotel pool 🙂

We had an included dinner at the hotel, a bbq buffet followed by a few drinks around the pool until late into the evening before packing up and getting ready for the next day.

Next stop- Miami, Florida!


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