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Several South Florida attractions see upgrades

From otters to tigers, owners are spending millions to draw more visitors

September 26, 2014 05:15PM

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Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Discovery and Science and Flamingo Gardens in Davie

Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Discovery and Science and Flamingo Gardens in Davie

Several popular South Florida attractions are making significant upgrades in an attempt to attract more visitors.

For instance, at Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Discovery and Science, a roughly $2 million renovation to the AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater is underway and will soon finish, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

“We’re going to open up Oct. 10 [instead of Oct. 13],” Marlene Janetos, spokesperson for the museum that attracts about 400,000 visitors annually, told the newspaper. “We’re going to end up with a new giant screen, new luxury seats, new powerful surround system and a digital projector to complement our 15.70 film projector.”

At Flamingo Gardens in Davie, a new otter exhibit featuring a hurricane-proof house is in the works and expected to open by spring 2015.

“[The otters] already have a home but we’re trying to build a better one and make it as nice as the black bear exhibit,” managing director Keith Clark said.

And in Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is completing work on its new $1 million Malayan Tiger River exhibit and breeding center, said Brian Luongo, director of facilities and design. [Sun-Sentinel]Christopher Cameron

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