Coronavirus Comeback

Texas' favorite space-themed attraction reopens after COVID-19 grounding

Texas' fave space-themed attraction reopens after COVID-19 grounding

Space Center Houston
Space Center Houston is back. Photo courtesy of Space Center Houston

This pandemic summer has been marked by closings, but one popular Texas destination has achieved liftoff with a highly anticipated reopening.

Space Center Houston, the state’s favorite space-themed amusement attraction, is now welcoming visitors once again. The galactic destination opened to the public on July 19.

Masks are required for all visitors and guests must pre-register online before attending. While hands-on exhibits are  closed (to limit exposure), most permanent exhibits remain open, and the tram, which shuttles visitors to the spacecraft, is still operating.

New safety protocols include the following, according to the center:

  • Special hours for vulnerable populations from 9 am to 10 am on Tuesdays.
  • New timed admission tickets for staggered entry to the museum. All guests, including members,  must have a timed admission ticket. While children under three years old receive free admission, they still need a timed admission ticket. Guests can select tickets for every hour from when the center opens until 2 pm. 
  • A NASA Tram Tour virtual boarding pass will allow guests to choose a boarding time via our free mobile app.
  • A one-directional flow through the galleries.
  • Plexiglass shields at ticket counters.
  • A new touchless entry with self-scan turnstiles.
  • A new concierge tent of crew members ready to support guest entry.
  • Increased hand sanitizer stations.
  • Touchless credit card transactions. 
  • Waived parking fee for a limited time.

“We have come to the realization that this pandemic is going to be with us for many, many months to come,” said William Harris, president and CEO of Space Center Houston, in a statement. “So we have to learn how to go on with our lives in a way that we minimize risks to ourselves and others.”

Summer vacationers can put Space Center on their Houston-area travel list, along with the newly opened crystal lagoon and Jimmy Buffett-inspired Margaritaville resort. While you're in the area, decompress at Brazos Bend State Park, just named one of the best state parks in the nation; and pony up a few extra bucks to stay at the swanky Post Oak Hotel, which Travel + Leisure just crowned one of the best hotels of 2020.