Are you needing to get out of your house?
It’s hard to keep up with what’s open and closed in South Florida.
I’ll keep you informed of the latest scoop so you can have a little fun this summer.
Keep checking back for updates!
What’s Open In South Florida
Lion Country Safari
Drive-Through ONLY now open!
Lion Country Safari is situated on nearly 600 acres of natural area and home to over 1,000 animals.
A recent study has shown that people can experience measurable benefits to both their mental and physical health by spending time in immersive, naturalistic areas with and around animals.
Lion Country Safari’s drive-through safari park fulfills these criteria and is an outdoor recreation activity consistent with social distancing guidelines.
With no contact admissions, daily capacity limits, mobile preserve audio tour and guide, and additional protocols for providing a healthy and safe environment for our staff, guests and animals, we are excited to open.
Gift Shop: Our Outpost gift shop (outdoors) will be open daily starting 5/30/20 from 10:30am – 5:30pm. Guests must wear masks and maintain social distance. Cash & credit card purchases are accepted. Located at the front entrance to Safari World.
Food & beverage options available outdoors daily. Credit cards only.
Reduced Admission: Pre-paid tickets $17, plus taxes and fees per person (no other discounts apply). Annual passes accepted daily.
No Contact Entry – Tickets must be pre-purchased & presented upon arrival.
Weekdays: 9:30AM-5:30PM (last car admitted into the preserve at 4:30PM).
Weekends: 9:30AM-6:00PM (last car admitted into the preserve at 5:00PM)
Print-at-Home “Jambo Guide”.
Stream Audio Tour through website upon arrival.
Guests must stay in vehicle at all times. Pets and soft-topped vehicles (ex. convertibles, Jeep
Palm Beach Zoo
Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society invites its Zoo members to a member-only pre-opening week June 1-4 from 9 AM – 5 PM.
In accordance with Florida Phase 2 reopening guidelines and Governor DeSantis’ recommendations, the Zoo will admit a limited number of guests to its 23-acre fully outdoor venue.
- The Zoo will be operating normally with a few notable exceptions for the member preview:
- Capacity will be limited
No tickets or memberships will be sold on-site during the member preview.
- A one-way path will be designated throughout the Zoo in the Florida Wetlands, Tropics of the Americas and The Islands.
- Certain exhibits will be closed or roped off including the carousel, train, observatory, cafe, aviary, butterfly garden and bronze statues.
- Hand-sanitizer stations will be available throughout the Zoo.
- Animal talks and animal experiences will not take place at this time.
- Strollers and wheelchair rental is not available
guests are encouraged to bring their own.
Guests to the Zoo are asked to:
- Refrain from visiting if they are in a high-risk category for COVID-19 complications, are not feeling well or have a fever.
- encouraged to wear masks
- utilize hand-sanitizing stations
- maintain a six-foot distance from other groups.
During the member preview, Zoo staff will continue enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols for all shared surfaces and restrooms and will be wearing masks.
Zoo entry will be touch-free for members. The chlorinated splash pad in Fountain Plaza will be active during the preview week with social distancing recommendations at six feet.
Food service will be:
- available at the walk-up window adjacent to the cafe and at food carts in the Fountain Plaza.
- Tables will be spaced along the pathways and on the cafe deck, at least six feet apart.
- Sharing of tables with other groups is discouraged.
How to attend:
Current Zoo Members – Welcome back! Upon arrival and to expedite entry, members should have their membership card and photo ID ready at the time of entry. Only the named person(s) on the card and the number of guests allowed by that membership level will be allowed to enter the Zoo.
No individual tickets will be sold on-site. If the membership card is unavailable, Zoo staff will look up the membership information, which may take additional time. Entry is not guaranteed and will be closely monitored to provide ample space for social distancing.
Become a Zoo Member before you visit- Community members who would like to attend the preview can purchase or renew an expired membership on the Zoo’s website at www.palmbeachzoo.org/membership. Be ready to show proof of purchase at entry.
Entry is not guaranteed and will be closely monitored to provide ample space for social distancing. Palm Beach Zoo will fully open to the public Friday, June 5.
TICKET INFO: Purchase your tickets in advance for touch-free entry on the Zoo’s website: www.palmbeachzoo.org.
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
OPEN: Operating with a limited capacity, Science Center members will be admitted May 22, 23 and 24 with all guests welcomed Memorial Day (May 25) and beyond.
Existing members will receive a 3-month extension to make up for time lost, and then some.
All guests and staff MUST wear masks when indoors (excluding guests 2 and under), and visitors are asked to bring their own as none will be available onsite. Everyone will be asked to practice social distancing, staying 6 feet apart with extensive signage and floor decals to help.
Science Center educators will be performing live shows daily at the brand-new Cox Amphitheater located outside on the Fisher Family Science Trail. Shows will feature liquid nitrogen, combustion, pressurization and other favorites all summer long. Guests are invited to bring their own picnic blankets and lunch.
COST: The pricing structure for re-opening will be $11.95 for adults, $7.95 for children, over 3, $9.95 for seniors and members and babies under 3 being free. Those prices include miniature golf on the Conservation Course.
The updated pricing reflects a limited opening of exhibits. This first phase of reopening includes the aquarium, Science on a Sphere, select statues from Hall of Heroes, the Science Trail, miniature golf on the Conservation Course and programming in the new Cox Amphitheater.
For more information on Science Center programming, call 561-832-1988 or visit www.sfsciencecenter.org.
LOCATION: South Florida Science Center is located at 4801 Dreher Trail N in West Palm Beach, FL.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
OPENING: Tuesday, June 2. Public hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In consideration of the safety of visitors and staff, the Museum will follow CDC guidelines regarding capacity limits and six-foot social distancing, as well as have created a robust cleaning and sanitizing schedule.
Masks will be required to be worn at all times while inside the Museum Building and Japanese gardens.
Frequent sanitation of high contact areas will be routinely performed, and guests are encouraged to use the hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the Museum.
Visitors will be required to use credit and debit cards for museum entry and at the Museum Store, as cash transactions will not be available.
Members will have their digital membership cards scanned to ensure a contact-free check-in.
Areas open for public visitation will include the Roji-en Japanese Garden, Bonsai Exhibit, Cornell Café (with limited services), and the Museum Store (with limited capacity). Garden paths will be one-way only, and guests are encouraged to follow proper social distancing. Professional photography must be scheduled in advance through the museum’s facility rentals department.
The museum’s galleries, exhibitions, theater, Seishin-an Tea House, and Yamato-kan will remain closed at this time. All public programming will remain suspended through September 30, 2020.
In the event of inclement weather, visitors will be required to wait in their vehicles until conditions subside and they are permitted back into the museum and gardens.
For a contact-free experience, take a self-guided garden audio tour at morikami.org/tours.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is located at 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach.
For more information, call (561) 495-0233 or visit morikami.org.
Sandoway Discovery Center
You’ll have access to our coral tanks and reptile room, our new and improved shell room, animal encounters and our outside butterfly garden, plus so much more.
The health and safety is still our number one concern, so we do have some new guidelines in place in order to ensure a fun and healthy experience for everyone.
- Sandoway will be operating at 25% capacity.
- Tickets are available online only for a contactless experience.
- There will be no interactive exhibits or touch-tanks at this time.
- The Children’s Room will be closed to the public.
- All visitors are required to wear masks while in the center.
- Please note that the restroom will be closed.
COST: Tickets are $6.00 Adults. Kids Free. Buy Tickets.
Operating HoursTuesday – Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM Sunday -12 PM – 4 PM Closed Mondays and all major holidays.
The Sandoway House is located at 142 South Ocean Blvd. in Delray Beach, FL.