Jungle Island, Museum of Discovery and Science planning significant expansions

Tourists and families in South Florida will be able to enjoy all-new experiences at both Jungle Island in Miami and Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale in the coming years.

Jungle Island has announced a complete overhaul to their popular family destination after a $60 million sale that will add family-friendly attractions and all-new experiences that will help beat the heat throughout the year.

“This acquisition is the beginning of a new chapter for the park, and will redefine Jungle Island as South Florida’s preeminent eco-adventure destination,” said Jungle Island’s President John Dunlap.

According to the Miami Herald, “the multi-million dollar project will herald in a three-part renovation and expansion that at its completion in two years will include zip lines, children’s adventures, water slides, a massive lagoon for swimming and water sports and a private beach club. The enhancement will also bring upgraded restaurants, a renovated banquet area and new animal adventures.”

The zip lines are already set to debut this summer, with the rest of the expansion to take place over the next two years as they seek to make Jungle Island a must-vist for everyone, including cruise ship passengers who visit Miami on a daily basis at nearby PortMiami. Plans may also include a hotel in the future to take advantage of what is expected to be significantly increased attendance.

“We are going to make this place, which has a tremendous potential, a great destination for both tourists and locals,” Arnaud Sitbon, president and co-founder of ESJ Capital Partners told the Miami Herald after they completed their deal to take over ownership of the iconic South Florida park.

Over in Fort Lauderdale, the popular Museum of Discovery and Science is also planning their own $35 million extensive makeover, with plans to expand into nearby Broward Blvd. The project was approved by the city in late March with an estimated completion by 2018.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, the museum’s outdoor “science park” will feature educational exhibits, including one that will allow participants to build a roller coaster and another with giant levers for children to interact with. Entry to the new expansion will be included with regular admission.

It’s fantastic to see two new expansion projects that will enhance and enrich two fun family-friendly destinations and we can’t wait to experience it for ourselves!

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