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New attraction and hotel boosts Florida’s Space Coast tourism

salute_to_brevard_900x600-4656144Delaware North has operated Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex since 1995. It features exhibits and displays, historic spacecraft and memorabilia, shows, two IMAX theaters and a range of bus tours of the spaceport.

Delaware North this summer debuted the visitor complex’s latest 50,000-square-foot attraction Gateway™: The Deep Space Launch Complex.

With a focus on the present and future of collaborative space exploration, guests to Gateway can experience the interstellar travel of tomorrow while celebrating everything happening right now within the space program. It features a showcase of NASA and commercial spacecraft hardware with immersive displays, as well as a “journey” through space and more.

“We have always viewed our role here at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as telling the NASA story,” said Delaware North CEO Jerry Jacobs Jr. “And not just telling the story but bringing the epic story of the U.S. space program to life. The past, the present and the future.”

“‘Space Tourism’ used to be a science fiction concept, but the evolution of technology has made it a reality,” Jacobs said. “Gateway is designed to allow guests to imagine the space travel of the future, while celebrating what is happening right now in the space program and space exploration.”

To provide more comfort and convenience for Space Coast visitors, Delaware North opened the Courtyard by Marriott Titusville – Kennedy Space Center hotel earlier this year.

kscvc_2-3188987The hotel is just 6.4 miles from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The five-floor hotel features 152 guest rooms, a large outdoor resort-style pool with a children’s section, cabanas and a bar; a ground-floor Bistro featuring a bar and outdoor seating.

The signature feature is the rooftop deck with a bar and restaurant called The Space Bar, offering an elevated experience and views of the Indian River, as well as Merritt Island and Kennedy Space Center. The rooftop bar offers unobstructed view's of the space center’s launch complexes, 39A and 39B.

“We’re also hopeful the hotel will make for longer and more convenient visits to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex,” Socha said. “We’re proud to have worked with our NASA partners to add many memorable and educational attractions in the last decade.”