Attractions 2019

NORTHERN REGION

Panama City Beach Sports Complex – Panama City Beach – Estimated to open summer 2019, the complex will offer visitors on ‘play-cation’ a place to enjoy multiple athletic pastimes including soccer, lacrosse, rugby, football, flag football, baseball thrilled to and softball. Specifically, the brand-new$37-million world-class sports complex will include dedicated tournament buildings, two stadium championship fields with seating for 1,500 and a 13-field complex made up of nine turf and four grass fields. Details of the opening including special festivities for Bay County residents will be announced closer to summer 2019.

 CENTRAL REGION

Old Town – Kissimmee – Old Town, Kissimmee’s beloved family fun destination, is thrilledto announce its grand re-opening on April 6, 2019 after two years of renovationand expansion. For over 30 years Old Town has charmed visitors with its uniquewalkable collection of shops, themed restaurants, rides, attractions and carcruises that harken back to an easier, simpler time. With themulti-million-dollar renovation and expansion, Old Town is bigger and better,while offering a more authentic, all-American feel than ever before. “Thisrefurbishment has solidified Old Town’s reputation as one of central Florida’smost popular ‘must-visit’ attractions,” said Thearon Scurlock, vice presidentand general manager of Old Town. “We are excited that Old Town hasembarked on a new era in its history and welcome both locals and tourists torediscover its simple pleasures and classic American fun.”

LEGOLAND Florida Resort – Winter Haven – Opening early spring 2019, THE LEGOMOVIE WORLD, created in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will feature three family-friendly marquee attractions, inspired by the characters and themes of the worldwide blockbuster THE LEGO MOVIE and THE LEGO MOVIE 2: The Second Part. These attractions will be THE LEGO MOVIE Masters of Flight, Unikitty’s Disco Drop, and Battle of Bricksburg. Buy your tickets now and be among the firs to experience THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD.

The Florida Holocaust Museum – St. Petersburg – Named one of the best museum shows of 2017 by the Chicago Tribune, Bill Graham and the Rock & Rock Revolution explores the extraordinary life of renowned concert promoter who fled the Nazis in Europe at age 11 before going on to help launch the careers of some of the biggest Rock & Roll artists of all time. Running through Feb. 10, 2019, the exhibition is the museum’s most pop-culture-focused exhibit, spanning an entire floor with Graham artifacts – including photographs, multimedia clips, memorabilia and a psychedelic light installation.

The Dali Museum – St. Petersburg – Beginning Dec. 15, 2018 – May 19, 2019, visitors to The Dali Museum can experience Magritte and Dalí – a first-of-its-kind special exhibition dedicated to the world’s two most celebrated surrealists, Renée Magritte and Salvador DalÍ. Showcasing carefully curated, exemplary pieces from Magritte’s and Dalí’s works, Magritte and Dalí pushes back the curtain to reveal what lies beyond the simple appearance of painted images. The two preeminent surrealists opened the mind to an alternative view of the world, constantly challenging reality. Following its presentation at The Dalí Museum, Magritte and Dalí will travel to the Magritte Museum in Brussels.

Museum of Fine Arts – St. Petersburg – Jewelry from the innovative French designer Jean Schlumberger – best known for his work at Tiffany & Co and worn by some of 20th centuries most glamourous women, including Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Jacqueline Kennedy – will be on display as part of an extension exhibition, Dec. 14, 2018 – March 31, 2019. The exhibition, Jewels of the Imagination highlights 129 eye-popping pieces collected by philanthropist and art collector Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon. In conjunction with Jewels of the Imagination, the MFA organized a complementary exhibition called Drawn to Beauty, which will explore Schlumberger’s process as an artist and designer.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay – Tampa – Continuing to solidify its position as Florida’s thrill leader, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced Tigris, a new triple-launch steel coaster and Florida’s tallest launch coaster, roaring to the park this spring 2019. An innovative experience, Tigris will catapult riders through an exhilarating array of looping twists with forward and backward motion, breath-taking drops, a 150-foot skyward surge, and an inverted heart line roll, all at more than 60 miles per hour. Tigris will race riders along more than 1,800 feet of steel track designed to mimic the awe-inspiring agility of the world’s largest and most powerful cat –the tiger.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – Titusville – The Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is getting a new addition: United Launch Alliance’s Delta II rocket. Following the launch of the final Delta II rocket in September 2018, it was announced by ULA CEO Tory Bruno that the last remaining backup rocket will make the visitor complex its home. Additionally, witness the return of human spaceflight at Kennedy Space Center.After nearly seven years, it is time for a new era of space exploration when astronauts will once again launch into space from American soil. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is producing the next generation of American spacecraft that will launch astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from Kennedy Space Center. Finally, NASA will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program that landed a dozen astronauts on the Moon between July 1969 and December 1972 and the first crewed mission – Apollo 8 – that circumnavigated the Moon in December 1968. Come check it out!

SOUTHERN REGION

BigShots Golf – Vero Beach – This brand new two-story, state-of-the-art golf recreation facility on U.S. 1 is a family-friendly destination with driving ranges, golf activities, games and some of the best burgers and pizza around in their full service restaurant and bar. 3456 U.S. 1, Vero Beach (772) 979-4653.

Vero Beach Museum of Fine Arts – New exhibit: Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement. Drawn from the outstanding collection of the city of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Victorian Radicals will bring together an extensive array of 145 works by pioneering artists — many of which have never been exhibited outside the UK—to illuminate this dynamic period of British art.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – Sarasota – In 2019, Marie Selby will continue to integrate the arts throughout the grounds and gardens with the Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise will explore the botanical world the artist encountered throughout his life in the 19th Century and feature original artwork by the artist along with exotic horticultural displays.

The Sarasota Museum of Art – Sarasota – A new contemporary art museum dedicated to global art since the 1960s, will open in December 2019. In addition to a full slate of exhibitions and educational events, the Museum will house a bistro, retail space and sculpture garden. Currently, the Museum is programming events and talks at their pop up space, The Works. 

Drive Shack – West Palm Beach – Opening spring 2019, Drive Shack’s West Palm Beach venue will be the golf-entertainment attraction’s second U.S. location. Accessing the latest in technology, Drive Shack brings a new level of play to the sport, with exciting interactive range games designed for players of all ages and skills; virtual courses allowing one to tee off around the world; and state-of-the-art golf equipment for enthusiasts looking to up their game. An all-in-one golf and entertainment destination, the 60,000 sq. ft., three-story complex will feature 96 expansive climate-controlled bays with lounge seating; signature restaurant and bar offering elevated dining along with craft beers, wines and cocktails; live entertainment and a classic arcade game center with unlimited free play. Ideal for social gatherings and corporate outings, Drive Shack West Palm Beach boasts indoor and outdoor meeting spaces for groups of 10 to 1,000. There is also the Drive Shack Academy, which offers fun social leagues, clinics and one-on-one instruction. 

The Norton Museum ofArt – West Palm Beach – West Palm Beach – A cultural icon in the destination since itsfounding in 1941, the Norton is set to debut its transformative $100 millionNorman Foster-designed expansion in February 2019. The expansion andrenovation, which began in November 2015, will further serve visitors byenhancing its 6.3-acre campus with an additional 12,000 square feet of galleryspace for exhibitions, an education center with two new classrooms and studentgallery, the 210-seat state-of-the-art Stiller Family Foundation Auditorium,the Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Restaurant (which includes a garden terrace), an adjoining9,000-square-foot sculpture garden, a 4,000-square-foot soaring Great Hall, andsix restored 1920s-era historic houses to accommodate an artists-in-residenceprogram and the Director’s home. The museum closed temporarily on July 16 andwill reopen on February 9, 2019, with eight new exhibitions and numerous worksof art from its collection – which include world-class examples of American,European, Chinese, and Contemporary Art and Photography – that have not been onview in more than two years.

SurfRanch Florida – Jupiter – Expected toopen in 2019, Surf Ranch Florida is an inland wave park planned by surf iconKelly Slater and the World Surf League (WSL). The park will be built on 80acres along Jupiter’s Beeline Highway in northwestern Palm Beach County. Theproject will have a 16.6-acre lagoon with man-made waves using Kelly SlaterWave Co. technology, a learning center, a clubhouse and a high-performance trainingcenter. The park will host local, regional and world-wide surfing competitions,which are expected to draw an estimated 50,000 guests annually. Slater and theWSL have already built a test facility in rural California.