Bahia Honda State Park - Keys - In the Lower Keys, the 524-acre Bahia Honda State Park is in the final stages of a full restoration. The Sandspur area on the park’s north side is undergoing a $2.96 million restoration of its mile-long Sandspur Beach, its 24-campsite Sandspur campgrounds, a 155-car parking area and two shower towers at the day-use area. Completion scheduled for early 2021.
Babcock National Golf & Country Club - Punta Gorda - In case you missed it, February 2020 marked the grand opening of the first golf course community in Babcock Ranch, America’s first solar-powered town. Babcock National offers 18 holes set in idyllic scenery, pristine fairways and strategically placed bunkers. The Gordon Lewis designed course has multiple tee lengths and the layout caters to experienced players as well as beginners.
Centennial Park - Fort Myers - A new amphitheater is currently underway to transform part of Centennial Park to be used for outdoor concerts that will allow for social distancing. The space is expected to be ready for use by summer 2021.
Lovers Key State Park - Fort Myers - Peppered with beaches and mangrove forests, Lovers Key State Park is set to open a brand new Welcome and Discovery Center.. Set to host music performances, lectures and other events, the new center will include an exhibit hall, picnic area and outdoor discovery areas for educational programming, as well as large glass walls that open up to large observation decks. To open in spring 2021.
Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum - Fort Myers - Set in the “Seashell Capital of the World,” the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020 with a $6 million expansion. The new permanent exhibit “Beyond Shells: The Mysterious World of Mollusks” transforms the visitors’ experience and connects them to the little-known live animals that contribute to the ocean’s stunning shells. The bright new space features 11 aquariums that showcase cold and warm water species, like octopuses, squid and nautilus. Visitors duck into a pop-up bubble for a 360-degree look at mollusks and fish, and immerse their hands in two engaging 15-foot touch-pool experiences.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens - Sarasota - On view exclusively at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus from February 13-June 27, 2021, Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden Goes Pop! will showcase the legendary Pop artist’s take on several staples of the public imagination: Claude Monet’s paintings of his garden and surroundings at Giverny. The display of these large-scale, rarely seen artworks will be accompanied by a complete transformation of the Downtown Sarasota campus’s 15 acres into Monet’s garden at Giverny as imagined through the aesthetic of Lichtenstein.
Sailfish Sands - Martin County - The new attraction will replace the former Martin County Golf Course, and after a complete redesign, promises to bring a new golfing experience to the lovers of this traditional sport. With a championship 18-hole course and one of the few reversible courses in the United States, Sailfish Sands is definitely out of the ordinary. The walkable, regulation, 9-hole reversible golf course is sustainable, fun, and particularly designed to help grow the game. The course will be able to be played clockwise or counterclockwise on specific days, and features tee boxes that can accommodate kids, senior citizens, as well as seasoned and new golfers. Sailfish Sands will also have a 13-acre driving range with low level lights for evening play and interactive LED targets that will take the practice routine to a whole other level. With all these opportunities for golfers and non-golfers to get engaged, Sailfish Sands is the perfect destination for golfers, families, and friends to get together and enjoy the game of golf.
Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center - Hutchinson Island - Situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon, the 57-acre parcel is one of Martin County’s top attractions, housing the Society’s headquarters, extensive nature trails, 750,000-gallon Game Fish Lagoon, Sea Turtle Pavilion, Children’s Activity Pavilion, Sea Star Touch Tank Pavilion, Rays on the Reef Ray Pavilion, and the Frances Langford Visitors Center. The Coastal Center will be expanding in 2021 with the opening of the brand-new Ocean EcoCenter. The components of the expansion will engage the community in ways that were never possible. The new Ocean EcoCenter will further enable visitors to understand and protect Florida's coastal ecosystems while expanding the Society’s mission through interactive exhibits, play-based learning activities, and educational programming. The facility will include a dedicated indoor classroom space and an Ocean Deck that will be used for lectures and special events. In addition to the new Ocean EcoCenter, the center will also add Lagoon Bridges to carry visitors to the island and give a unique point of view of the facility, and the gift shop will be expanded from 300 square feet to 1,100 square feet.
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science - Miami - The largest exhibition about flying reptiles ever mounted in the United States, Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs opening May 15, 2021 will highlight research by scientists and leading paleontologists around the world and features rare pterosaur fossil casts from Italy, Germany, China, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Brazil. The exhibition, organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, includes life-size models, captivating videos, and interactive exhibits that immerse visitors in the mechanics of pterosaur flight, including a motion sensor-based interactive that allows you to use your body to “pilot” two species of pterosaurs through virtual prehistoric landscapes. The exhibition features dozens of casts and replicas of fossils from the American Museum of Natural History collection and from museums around the world, including the cast remains of an unknown species of giant pterosaur unearthed in Romania in 2012 by scientists working in association with the American Museum of Natural History.
Superblue Miami - Miami - Located in the Allapattah neighborhood directly across from the Rubell Museum, Superblue Miami transforms an unused 50,000 square foot industrial building into a centrally located cultural resource for the South Florida community and visitors to the region. Superblue Miami enables the simultaneous presentation of multiple, large-scale and interactive works that immerse and engage visitors as part of the art itself. A dedicated programming and event space supports Superblue’s robust year-round schedule of talks, performances, workshops, and family programs, as well as event rentals. Opening Spring 2021.
Markowicz Fine Art - Miami - Markowicz Fine Art, a paramount art gallery in the heart of the Miami Design District, showcasing an array of international artists, is presenting new art collections by both French-Brazilian Pop Art couple Léo & Steph, and Parisian photographer J. Leo. Both exhibitions mark the U.S. debut of both artists, now exclusively showing at Markowicz Fine Art.
Florida Sports Hall of Fame moving to MIDFLORIDA Event Center - Port St. Lucie - In partnership with the City of Port St. Lucie and Treasure Coast Sports Commission, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame Foundation is moving its Hall of Fame from the Central Florida Visitor Information Center in Davenport, FL to the MIDFLORIDA Event Center in Port St. Lucie, opening in February 2021.
Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) - Fort Lauderdale - MODS is delighted to announce that it will reopen for weekends only beginning Saturday, December 5, 2020 with limited hours. MODS will be open to the public on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. throughout the month of December and will resume daily operations starting with the annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration on Thursday, December 31, so families, mark your calendar!
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale - NSU Art Museum will present a major retrospective exhibition of fashion designer Anna Sui from February 27 - September 19, 2021. With over 100 looks, The World of Anna Sui explores the glamorous and eclectic world of one of New York’s most beloved and accomplished designers and invites viewers to step inside Sui’s imagination to discover her creative process and the diverse influences that contribute to her signature aesthetic sensibility. The World of Anna Sui is organized by the Fashion and Textile Museum, London and is curated by Dennis Nothdruft.
Paradise Coast Sports Complex - Naples - The Paradise Coast Sports Complex entered the first phase of its opening when it hosted its first tournament, FBU’s Top Gun Showcase, in July. When fully open, the complex will feature 19 full-size artificial turf fields and a 3,500-seat stadium, making Southwest Florida the home of one of the greatest sports facilities in the country. The entirety of the project will be open in late 2021. As an established destination for youth sports, the new complex will enhance Collier County’s appeal as a year-round tournament and event destination.
Venice Shark Spotting - Venice - This interactive public art installation features bronze sculptures of 10 shark species native to the area’s waters. The roughly 10-inch-long sculptures are permanently installed in different locations throughout downtown Venice. A bronze plaque in Centennial Park informs visitors of the family-friendly exhibit and invites them to search the avenues to find all 10 sharks. The native shark species — living and prehistoric — pay homage to Venice’s longstanding and beloved moniker as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World.” Now open.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center - Juno Beach - Situated on one of the world’s most densely nested sea turtle beaches, the center features an on-site hospital, a research laboratory, educational exhibits and aquariums. The 27,500-square-foot addition will not only double the center’s hospital capacity and research laboratory, but also significantly enhance its educational efforts with interactive experiences. Visitors will enjoy more than six times the amount of educational programming, a new Marine Life gallery, interactive exhibits and a new auditorium, a large-scale event and symposium venue for up to 400 guests, and a large outdoor ocean-view café. Additionally, LMC announced a two-million dollar-for-dollar matching gift toward the expansion. This matching gift will help the center raise critical funds to deploy the world’s most advanced clean-water filtration system at a sea turtle hospital. The leading filtration system will provide quarantining, filtration, heating and chilling for each individual hospital tank and patient regardless of water quality or environmental conditions. Expansion expected to be completed in fall 2021.
Maltz Jupiter Theatre - Jupiter - The largest regional theater in the southern half of the U.S. – first established in 1979 as Burt Reynold’s Dinner Theater – is moving forward with its $30 million expansion. The expansion will include a long-awaited Broadway-scale stage that allows the theater to qualify for a pre-Broadway or national tour development production, three floors of state-of-the-art production facilities with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, an innovative dining experience, expanded conservatory and lobby, redesigned entrance and second theater space. Opening late 2021.