A 14-acre plot in Brevard County could soon find new life as one of Central Florida’s newest attractions. The Port Canaveral Aquarium is a $100 million venture that will offer 130,000 square feet of new construction. Florida Today reports that the general contractor hopes to break ground in 2024 and complete the venture by 2027 at the latest.
As of September 2021, the venture had committed more than $30 million toward its $100 million goal. The aquarium will focus on various natural waterways in the area, including the Indian River Lagoon. It will also have indoor and outdoor exhibits that intend to immerse visitors “in the thrill of science, adventure, and exploration.”
The aquarium will also tell the region’s history, including its space exploration ventures, sport fishing, shrimping industry, and beaches. It will also offer information about the St. Johns River, the longest river in the state of Florida.
The aquarium will also incorporate the nearby Banana River that will showcase dolphins and manatees in their native habitats. The East Coast Zoological Society of Florida, Inc. is the owner, and HHCP Architects Inc./Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock Architect is the designer.
The Port Canaveral Aquarium address isn’t confirmed at this time. However, it’s located in Port Canaveral, Florida, 32920, in Brevard County.