I visited the Kennedy Space Center recently, and was really impressed with all of the new additions to the park. They now have a really cool interactive Star Trek exhibit, where you can take a picture on the bridge of the USS Enterprise and see all of the beautifully made costumes from the early Star Trek days until today. There’s also a hilarious live Star Trek show that’s lots of fun to watch. It’s a great integration of the show’s futuristic sci-fi themes with the real modern space technology, and it’s fun to see how many things they imagined on the show are a reality now!
The Star Trek theme carries over into the KSC gift shops, with a great selection of Star Trek merchandise. I’ll tell you right now, if you have a son or daughter that’s a big Star Trek fan, you won’t be able to get out of the store without buying them a Tribble and a pair of Spock Ears! They also have costumes from the show and even adorable baby onesies that look like something an infant Captain Kirk would wear.
Space Shop is the main gift shop at KSC Visitor’s Center, and they carry an impressive array of the usual souvenir items and some great toys, including limited edition NASA Lego kits and some cute Hello Kitty astronaut toys.
One of the must-have souvenirs that your kids are sure to beg for is the Freeze Dried Ice Cream, just like the kind astronauts eat in space! It’s a great gift to take home, since it’s easily packable and very unique, plus it’s delicious, especially the Mint Chocolate Chip flavor!
The upstairs part of the Space Shop contains unique and collectible space memorabilia. You can take home your own real meteorite for just $29.99, or if you’re a BIG space fan, there’s a poster signed by all of the Moonwalker astronauts for $4,800.
I really liked the Glass Eye Studios Celestial Series paperweights, which depict the planets in handmade glass. The Kennedy Space Center gift shops have an interesting, appealing array of merchandise, making it a perfect place to find great souvenirs for all of your space fans back home!