NASA Langley Open House FAQs

What is the cost of the event?
Admission and parking at the event are free.

Where should attendees park and will there be handicapped-accessible parking available?
Please go to Event Parking tab on this website.

Can we bring in picnic lunches and drinks?
No outside food or beverage can be brought on to NASA Langley, but there will be vendors selling a variety of food and beverages at reasonable prices.

Is alcohol permitted?
No. No food or beverage of any kind can be brought onto the center. Alcohol will not be sold or permitted on site.

Is the event family-friendly?
Yes! There will be interesting activities and options for visitors of all ages. Our Kids Zone is particularly suited to young visitors.

Lactation and baby-changing stations are located in the Building 2102/Integrated Engineering Services Building.
A variety of food options will be available throughout the day, including kid-friendly options.

Are there other things nearby for visitors to do?
Yes. The Hampton Roads area of Virginia offers many entertaining and educational options for visitors. Within 10 miles of NASA Langley, there is the Virginia Air and Space Center, the Mariners Museum, the Virginia Living Museum, the Hampton History Museum and Buckroe Beach. In nearby Poquoson, visitors can enjoy the annual Poquoson Seafood Festival taking place the same weekend. With approximately 40 miles, guests can visit Yorktown, Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg historic sites; stroll the boardwalk at Virginia Beach; visit the Norfolk Zoo;

Are Segways and scooters allowed at the NASA Langley Open House?
No. The NASA Open House is primarily a pedestrian event, although there will be circulation bus service available to help visitors reach some of the tour stops.

Restroom availability? Handicap accessible? Electronic scooters?
Restroom facilities are available in approximately half of the buildings featured during the Centennial Open House. In addition, portable restroom will be available for your use throughout the event, including a number of handicap-accessible ones. Restrooms that can accommodate electric scooters are located in the Integrated Engineering Services Building (2102) and guest staff can provide directions.

Can pets or service animals be brought on to NASA Langley for the Open House?
No pets are allowed. Only designated service animals are permitted.

Are there photo restrictions?
Unless noted in the area, there are no photo restrictions.

Can you leave anytime? Can you come back if you leave?
You may leave at any time and re-enter after you leave, but bear in mind traffic will likely get heavier as the day goes along. NOTE: The Langley Open House coincides with the annual Poquoson Seafood Festival weekend.

What items can be brought onto NASA Langley? Will bags be searched?
In order to keep our guests safe, ALL bags may be inspected as you come through entry points and all individuals are subject to search. To keep delays to a minimum be mindful of what you bring with you.

The following items are not permitted and may be confiscated:
  • Ice chests or coolers
  • Large bags (bags larger than a large purse or diaper bag), duffle bags, briefcases
  • Backpacks
  • All weapons (regardless of permit) including: firearms, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), walking sticks (except for handicap use) and all other items that the security team deems dangerous. Any confiscated items will not be returned.
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Pets (other than service animals)
  • Glass containers
  • Bicycles, roller skates, roller blades or skateboards
The following items are permitted:
  • Cell phones, tablets
  • Small fanny packs and purses
  • Cameras and camcorders
  • Camera Bags may be searched upon entry
  • Umbrellas and sunshades
  • Wheelchairs
  • Baby bags and strollers, if attending with an infant or small child.
  • In general, this is designed to be a family-friendly environment. Accordingly, our security procedures allow baby bags and strollers. While all bags will be screened, our staff understands that baby bags will contain water or formula.

Smoking (cigarettes and e-cigarettes)
Smoking is not permitted at NASA Langley.

Are foreign nationals allowed?
Yes, this event is open to the public.

What happens if it rains?
This event will occur rain or shine. Only severe weather would be a cause for cancellation. In the event of such and occurrence, a notice will be placed on this website, all NASA Langley social media accounts and will be forwarded to local media outlets for distribution.

To learn more about Langley’s Centennial and to stay abreast of details related to the upcoming Open House, visit: