Common Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Field Trips

A field trip ticket includes more than 400 things to see and do at Space Center Houston, including many exhibits, two films, four live shows, several artifact galleries, Independence Plaza, the NASA Tram Tour and more. There are two virtual-reality rides that are not included (additional $5 and $7 per ride per person).
Prepayment is required at least one week prior to your trip to receive the discounted rate.
Space Center Houston accepts school checks (payable to “Space Center Houston”), money orders, credit cards or cash. No personal checks or purchase orders are accepted.
Yes, everyone needs a ticket to enter the building. You will receive one free ticket for each 20 tickets you purchase. You can use these tickets for your teachers or chaperones. Bus drivers may obtain a complimentary ticket at the Information Desk upon arrival.
Yes, additional tickets may be added at any time. Please call +1 281-283-4755 to increase or decrease the ticket count.
Additional tickets may be purchased on the day of your visit if there is not adequate time to mail the payment. Additional tickets must be purchased in one payment.
Yes, Space Center Houston offers the convenience of shipping. Shipping fees will apply. Contact reservations at +1 281-283-4755 for more information.
The parking fee is waived for school buses and charter buses.
You are welcome to explore Space Center Houston from opening to closing on the day of your field trip. We recommend arriving as soon as the center opens to have the best experience.
No, seating for all films and shows is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
We cannot reserve a time slot for any group for the NASA Tram Tour. Trams usually depart every 20-60 minutes and last approximately 90 minutes. Please check the daily schedule at the Information Desk on the day of your visit.
The NASA Tram Tour is the only part of your day that will be guided as part of your admission ticket. Touring inside the center is self-guided. Please use the Map and Guide to plan your day. Audio tours are available for an extra charge at the Information Desk. If you wish to schedule a guided tour of Starship Gallery there will be an additional charge of $3 per student with a $60 or 20-student minimum. To schedule a tour, please contact our reservation specialists at +1 281-283-4755 or email
Outside food is not allowed inside the center. We do have a covered picnic area adjacent to the guest parking lot which is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The covered portion seats approximately 75 people and the perimeter seats an additional 50. Coolers must remain on buses. Lunches should be stored inside your buses until it’s time to eat. If your bus will be leaving, please arrange a time for them to return to obtain your lunches.
You may add a satisfying lunch option to your field trip ticket for a discounted price of $8.95 each or you may choose the $10 meal option. A delicious beverage is included with every meal. All meal tickets must be redeemed by 3 p.m. on your date of visit.
You will receive one ticket that will serve as your admission ticket and your meal ticket. The ticket will be scanned upon arrival and returned to each person to be used in Zero-G Diner for their meal ticket. This ticket cannot be replaced if lost. We recommend chaperones collect the tickets after entrance and redistribute them to students once inside Zero-G Diner.
No, but you may add a meal-only ticket to your order for your driver to be used with the complimentary admission ticket he will receive at the Information Desk.
Space Center Houston’s requires all students be under the direct supervision of at least one adult chaperone for every 10 students at all times. Students without chaperones will be denied access to Space Center Houston’s attractions and gift shops. This rule pertains to all students, regardless of grade level or age.
Large backpacks and large bags, or any other item that does not fit in the lockers available for rental, will not be allowed inside the center. All bags are subject to search upon entering the center.
Click here for a Space Center Houston Map and Guide to plan your day. You also can get a Map and Guide at the Information Desk during your visit.
Prepaid tickets are good for one year for a future visit. If your group is not able to reschedule, you must contact Reservations to obtain a refund request form. This form must be completed, signed and received in the Reservations office no later than two weeks after your scheduled visit date. If you received your tickets in the mail, you will need to return them with the completed and signed form. Refund requests received after two weeks will not be honored.