The South Florida Science Center And Aquarium Is Getting A Mini Golf Course And Nature Trail, Perfect For Learning More About Our Home

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by Ileana Llorens Mar 11, 2016 01:09 PM

Your days at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium are about to get way more entertaining. 

A new 18-hole miniature golf course and nature trail will add to the center's "backyard" expansion, bringing even more activities to the West Palm Beach family destination over the next year. 

Construction on the mini golf course began last week.

UPDATE: — The golf course officially opened to the public on Nov. 14, 2016.

In addition to providing families with an interactive outdoor activity, the “Conservation Course” will feature plaques at each hole that will inform visitors about animals or plants native to the Everglades, such as the blue heron, flamingo, American Alligator, sand hill crane and more. 

If you think the course will only provide entertainment for the kids, think again. The project was designed by Jim Fazio and Gary Nicklaus, relatives of two local golf icons (perhaps you’ve heard of them?), to appeal to both children and serious adult golfers. There will even be a professional and amateur putting tournament at the end of each year. 

Tickets to enjoy the mini golf course—expected to be completed in May—will be $5 for members and $7 for non-members, in addition to the cost of admission to the Science Center. However, a representative said there is discussion about eventually giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy the course separately. 

A new nature trail, scheduled to open in spring 2017, is also expected to educate and entertain visitors as it winds through the 4.5-acre backyard of the Science Center. 

The Forever Florida Nature Trail will ultimately feature about 25 interactive exhibits, such as the Human Sundial, where visitors can learn how to tell time by the position of their shadow, and a gem-panning station. 

Of course, as we know from living in South Florida, accessibility to water is a must. A misting station will help guests cool down during those hot summer days, while a deck addition to the roughly quarter-mile trail will allow visitors to spot local wildlife amid dense vegetation. 

As an added bonus, guests will have a good view of the bird shows held by the neighboring Palm Beach Zoo—and officials hope that's just the beginning. 

“Eventually we hope to work with the zoo to build a bridge and pathway connecting both institutions so that visitors can spend the entire day with us," Science Center CEO Lew Crampton said in a release. 

Check out some renderings of the golf course and trail below: 

South Florida Science Center

South Florida Science Center

(Renderings courtesy South Florida Science Center)

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