Florida Travel

Florida notes: Crayola Experience, Super Boat Grand Prix

The Crayola Experience, with 25 attractions, will open in Orlando July 1.
The Crayola Experience, with 25 attractions, will open in Orlando July 1. The Crayola Experience

▪ Orlando is getting another new attraction. The Crayola Experience opens July 1 at Florida Mall.

Crayola Experience will be a 70,000-square-foot hands-on experience based on creativity and crayons. It will have 25 attractions, many of them stations where children can create art, or interactive attractions, such as technology that makes a child’s drawing come to life on a computer screen.

The Crayola Experience will also have a cafe as well as a Crayola Store, which has already opened. Details: www.crayolaexperience.com/orlando.

▪ The St. Augustine Garrison will present a free living history exhibition in the form of a Changing of the Guard in front of Government House in St. Augustine on June 27, and again on July 25. The event will include a short presentation on the Garrison and its mission and some interpretation of 1740 life in St. Augustine. Details: http://hfm.club/garrison/cog.

▪ Wet ‘n Wild, an Orlando water park that opened in 1977, will close on Dec. 1, 2016. The park, now owned by Universal Orlando, will close not long before a new water park opens, on an as-yet-unknown date in 2017.

“The groundbreaking spirit that has defined Wet ‘n Wild will continue in the development of Universal’s Volcano Bay, a next-generation water theme park that reimagines what it means to be a water park,” Universal said in announcing the closure this week.

▪ Walt Disney World plans to demolish its speedway for an expansion of the Magic Kingdom parking lot. The speedway is currently home to the Richard Petty Racing Experience, which will be closing there this summer. The Exotic Driving Experience, also held at the speedway, closed after a fatal crash in April.

▪ The Marathon Super Boat Grand Prix rolls into the Middle Keys July 3-5, featuring powerful boats racing near the Seven Mile Bridge. Admission to view the boats and meet drivers and crews at the Race Village dry pits at the Florida Keys Marathon Airport will be free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days.

Race day is July 5, with the first race scheduled for 11 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m. The Gulf of Mexico race course runs parallel to the shoreline from Tranquility Bay Resort at MM 48.5 to the landmark Seven Mile Bridge, turning and finishing at Hyatt Place.