From LAX, Delta, American, United and Virgin America offer nonstop service to Orlando, Fla.; US Airways and Southwest offer direct service (stop, no change of planes) and Continental and Southwest offer connecting service (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $298.
Kennedy Space Center is about 60 miles from Orlando.
THINGS TO DO
Kennedy Space Center, http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily except Christmas and certain launch days. (The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m.) Tours run about ever 15 minutes. Admission tickets cost $41 for adults and $ 31 for children 3-11 and are good for entrance for two days within a week. The "Lunch With an Astronaut" program costs $22.99 adults and $15.99 for children, plus tax, on top of admission tickets.
Airboat Rides at Midway, 28501 E. Colonial Drive, Christmas, Fla.; (407) 568-6790, http://www.airboatridesatmidway.com. A one-hour airboat ride costs $35 for adults and $25 for children 3-11.
THE NEW LAUNCH
The earliest the next launch of the space shuttle Discovery can take place is Feb. 3. Space shuttle Endeavour is now scheduled for April 1. For information: spaceflightnow.com, http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com and http://www.space-coast.com.