10 Tips for your first Trip to Kennedy Space Center in Florida

We got to go to Kennedy Space center for the first time. We went on an excursion from our MSC cruise ship. Here are 10 tips for your first trip to Kennedy Space Center in Florida:

  1. 1. Plan Ahead: Check the Kennedy Space Center website for opening hours, and special events. The dates did change for the week that we were there.

  2. 2. Tickets: Purchase tickets online in advance to save time and avoid long lines. We bought them through the cruise line since it included transportation and we could leave quickly from the cruise ship.

  3. 3. Arrive Early: Plan to arrive early to make the most of your day and avoid crowds.

  4. 4. Visitor Complex: Start your visit at the visitor complex to explore the exhibits, attractions, and shows.

  5. 5. Bus Tour: Take the bus tour to see historic launch sites and the Apollo/Saturn V Center. You have to allot a certain amount of time for this. We did not have the time on our visit from the cruise ship but we could have if we didn't do much at the visitor center.

  6. 6. Astronaut Encounter: Check the schedule for astronaut encounters or other special presentations. We did not get to see this but we got to see them signing autographs.

  7. 7. Space Shuttle Atlantis: Don't miss the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, featuring the actual shuttle and interactive displays.

  8. 8. Weather: Be prepared for Florida's weather with sunscreen, hats, and umbrellas.

  9. 9. Interactive Exhibits: Explore the interactive exhibits, such as the Mars Rover and Shuttle Launch Experience.

  10. 10. Enjoy the Experience: Take your time to enjoy the experience and make memories with your family.

Have a fantastic time at Kennedy Space Center. I can't wait to get to go back.

A Swim Parents Guide to going to Districts for the first time: York, Pennsylvania Edition


Hey there swim parents. This year my daughter made Districts for the first time for winter swim. This experience was new to us and her. We both thought it was worth it in the end but here are some tips to your days easier. Are you gearing up for your first-ever swim meet at the York Swim Meet Districts in York, Pennsylvania? My daughter qualified for events for all three days. Yours may too. Each day was slightly different with different directions. We had to book our tickets early online for each day.

1. Pack the Essentials: Make sure to pack swim gear (caps, goggles, swimsuits), towels, snacks, water, chairs, and any necessary medications. We stayed at a hotel that was close to the event that our team recommended. Then the kids could get some extra together fun time.

2. Arrive Early: Plan to arrive at the meet venue at least 30 minutes before warm-ups begin. This will give you enough time to find parking, locate the pool, and get settled in.

3. Familiarize Yourself with the Schedule: Review the meet schedule in advance and make note of your child's events. This will help you plan your day and ensure you don't miss any of their races. They may run slightly early or late but it was available to watch online so we sent the link to our family an the times before it started.

4. Stay Organized: Keep track of your child's race times, heats, and lanes by writing them down or using a meet management app. This will help you stay organized and ensure you don't miss any of their races.

5. Respect other Parents: Remember that they are trying to watch their kids swim too. When you move around be mindful of them watching and recording.

6. Stay Hydrated and Fueled: Pack plenty of water and healthy snacks to keep you and your child energized throughout the day. There is a great snack stand but they don't have everything. They also earn money when you buy snacks from them.

10. Have Fun: Most importantly, remember to have fun. Swim meets are a great opportunity to cheer on your child, bond with other swim parents, and celebrate the sport of swimming.

I hope these tips help make your first swim meet experience a memorable one. Enjoy the York Swim Meet Districts and cheer loud for your swimmer.


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