Several South Florida attractions see upgrades

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

TRD MIAMI /
Sep.September 26, 2014 05:15 PM

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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