Is Kennedy Space Center Open During A Government Shutdown?

Out of all the theme parks in the United States, Kennedy Space Center gets a unique question that no other park does. “When there is a United States federal government shutdown, does Kennedy Space Center close for business?”

That’s actually a pretty fair question considering that NASA is a government agency of the United States. And during a government shutdown, about 95% of NASA workers have to stay home until a funding/budgetary consensus is made and they can return to work.

However, Kennedy Space Center (the park – not the NASA facility) is not actually operated by the federal government. Instead a company called Delaware North actually operates the park and since Delaware North isn’t a branch of the United States Government, the park still operates *almost* as normal.

Photo by Josh Young

The only thing Kennedy Space Center does not offer during government shutdowns is special interest tours. These are up-close tours that give guests a more specialized and deeper dive into space exploration. However, the bus tour included with regular admission to the Apollo/Saturn V center are still in operation during government shutdowns!

Hopefully this is a bit of interesting bit of “trivia” you can share with friends!

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