Miami Wilds Water Park Expected To Begin Construction In 2021

A water park called Miami Wilds could soon begin construction near Zoo Miami.

In November, Miami-Dade commissioners voted to award $13.5 million in funding towards the project. The developer of the project will spend another $99 million at a minimum, bringing the total development cost to $112.5 million.

Miami Wilds will include:

  • Water Park – Approximately 20 Acres: Developers say it will be a best-in-class water park with a lazy river attraction, wave pools, slides, kiddie pools and a beach area (estimated cost of $43 million).
  • Family Lodge Hotel – 200 rooms on approximately 4 acres: The boutique hotel has an estimated cost to build of $52 million.
  • Retail – Approximately 3.5 Acres: The retail and restaurant village will have between 15,000 and 25,000 square feet of space. Cost to build is $4 million.
  • Parking – Parking and drop off areas for 4,206 cars and 90 buses (including for Zoo Miami). Estimated cost to build is $13.5 million, paid for with the taxpayer grant.

Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2021, with opening in the fourth quarter of 2023.

Once it is open, nearly 525,000 guests a year are forecast to visit the park.

An earlier plan for a much larger 20th Century Fox theme park for the site has been scrapped.

ProParks Attraction Group of Orlando has been hired to manage the park. The company also manages Island H2O Live in Orlando.

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Anonymous
10 months ago

Considering this project is being built the preferred spot where the endangerd Florida bonneted bat lives, and considering alternative attempts of creating a living space for the bat have not been successful, I’m worried about this project. I’m fearful it’s going to put the Florida bonneted bat closer to extinction: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article246495100.html

Anonymous
10 months ago

LOL… bat soup caused Coronavirus

Let them go extinct

Anonymous
10 months ago

The fact it’s called “Miami Wilds” only makes it that much worse

Anonymous
10 months ago

The loss of 20th Century Fox was a major blow to our economy. See if you can come up with a way to bring in much needed cash flow to South Florida with the bats and the beatles. Please try. Let’s advertise the habitat and see how many people will come and spend money here on taxis, hotels, car rentals, and restaurants when they come to see the bats and the other creatures. We really need to grow up here…

Anonymous
10 months ago

As if you couldn’t do both things, it only you tried. Protecting the environment and promoting job-creating business is not exclusive, this is not a zero-sum game. This type of mentality will lead humanity (and the bats, beetles and other critters) to doom.

Anonymous
10 months ago

The bats are not found exclusively in Miami-Dade. They are found throughout South Florida. Collier and Lee county have significant land set aside for conservation which happens to be filled with slash pine, a preferred nesting site for the bats. Would it preferable to not develop Miami, a major metropolitan area already, or push development further in the more rural areas of South Florida? I am all for conservation, but there always seems to be a lack of pragmatism with the most vocal critics.

The pragmatic approach I would try is to stipulate that the developer purchase tracts of land in one of South Florida’s more rural areas where the bats live and donate it existing protected lands.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Of course you can have both! Where would you have them built the park if not there? The Everglades? Nope. Environmentalists would scream. Virginia Key? Nope. Just ask the residents of Key Biscayne about Seaquarium expansion. There is NEVER someplace good enough for something like this (or casinos). Simple minded people are afraid of change. As for your attack on my lack of sensitivity towards the environment, I can tell you that in the early 70s I received a letter from then president Richard Nixon and the head of the newly created EPA, congratulating me on my environmental community awareness project when I became Florida’s youngest Eagle Scout. I’ve been aware of our planet’s predicament way before you were a tiny sperm in your father’s scrotum.

Anonymous
10 months ago

I’m sure The American Dream mall will generate far more money than a 20th century fox park would. Not to mention all the companies relocating here. We’ll be fine lol

Anonymous
10 months ago

Who really cares? I dont! Fuck a bat I rather the water park!

Anonymous
9 months ago

loser

Anonymous
10 months ago

Bats are a critical part of the ecosystem and this cant be understated or ignored. Doing so and you will eventually see the ramifications in the near future. Sadly, Florida is lacking in critically endangered species protection while also leading the nation in disruptive invasive ones.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Should have been the earlier bigger version.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Miami always loses.

Dan
10 months ago

Agreed. We’ve deperately needed a roller coaster park here. Doesn’t make sense for South Floridians to drive up to Disney/Seaworld/Universal Studios/Busch Gardens. It would be great for the local ecoomy as it would create so many new jobs.

Shawn Kouri
10 months ago

I definitely agree because look at what happened to Boomers. .

Shawn Kouri
10 months ago

We lost Boomers in 2012 or 2013 and went out of business. In its place is a retail strip center. I don’t know why they closed. It was very popular among families with kids.

Anonymous
10 months ago

This is a good complimentary project to the zoo, which draws close to 1 million visitors in a normal year. Location off the turnpike gives easy access for tourists going to keys or Everglades National Park. And locals no longer will have to travel to West Palm to go to Rapids Water Park. This park should be far superior.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Only on TNM do people complain about parking for a water park out in suburbia. Yeah, even if tracks to the west carried a commuter service who’s going to take a train in their swimming trunks and inflatable tube?

Anonymous
10 months ago

Is the Metromover going to be extended here?

J.M.
10 months ago

bUt WhAt ABoUt BiKe LaNeS

Anonymous
10 months ago

Great location next to the zoo, this should be a massive draw cant wait to check it out!!

Shawn Kouri
10 months ago

Oh Em Gee. I can’t wait until it’s built

Anonymous
10 months ago

Its not meant for you. But it won’t bring much tourist revenue either.

Anonymous
10 months ago

This will happen about the same time metro rail is expanded. Hint: Don;t wait around 40 or 50 years for it. Move to a city/county that gets things done for its residents and local businesses.

Anonymous
10 months ago

A damn bug killed a multimillion dollar project with millions of dollars a years spent in the area and hundreds of jobs!

Anonymous
10 months ago

Si. Only in Miami. Disney tried to negotiate with us before as well, sadly, they didn’t have as much patience as Beckham seems to have and split when the leaders of our banana republic showed their lack of foresight.

Azarius
10 months ago

Really need a south Florida Disney park

Lucio
2 months ago

Disney never involved

Dan
10 months ago

Why was the 20th Century Fox Themed park scrapped?

Anonymous
10 months ago

Beetles in the pinelands.

Lucio
2 months ago

Disney now owns 20th Century Fox

Anonymous
10 months ago

Pro park does not manage Island H20 Live in Orlando. It is my understanding that they no longer manage the Orlando park and were replaced with the people that own the Rapids in West Palm.

J.M.
10 months ago

Sure, why not?

Anonymous
10 months ago

Kind of sad that taxpayers got stuck with the bill for parking. Why is everything in this darned city/county always parking parking parking.

Anonymous
10 months ago

because public transit sucks and our elected officials refuse to expand Metro rail locations

Anonymous
10 months ago

Next time we have an election, get off your ass and vote them out…if you can actually vote.

Anonymous
10 months ago

There are 12,000 parking spaces in the 125 acre parking lot at Disney’s Magic Kingdom alone. Do some math (take out a calculator cause I doubt you can do it without one). 12,000 x entrance ticket to the park. Assuming two people per car? EVERY DAY FOR 365 DAYS PER YEAR. You still don’t think our economy can use that kind of money? Foolish mumble jumble.

Anonymous
10 months ago

that’s great news, i thought it had been canceled

Anonymous
10 months ago

Pata sucia hotspot

Anonymous
10 months ago

Only in Miami-Dade is a subsidy for parking given.

Anonymous
10 months ago

We can get a Water Park but no Resort Casino for grownups to go to?

Anonymous
10 months ago

I’d rather go to a water park than a casino and I’m 46.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Me too

Anonymous
10 months ago

Oh, well, because of what YOU like, that means the rest of us grownups and adult visitors shouldn’t have a Resort Casino in Miami to go to?

Anonymous
10 months ago

Oh well, because of what YOU like, that means that the rest of us grownups and adult visitors should troll endlessly for a Resorts Casino (what happened – Genting stopped paying you to mention Genting?) and not appreciate this water park project?

Anonymous
10 months ago

I’m a grownup.. I don’t entertain dumb remarks from kids. Grownups and adult visitors can use a Resort Casino about now. Anyone who want’s to go to a Water Park can go until you drown in one for all I care, nobody’s stopping you!

Anonymous
10 months ago

I didn’t write the comment, but I will defend it. The person is not saying he/she is against the park at all. Just understands the economic benefits of a casino as well. I doubt Genting is paying any of here to do their marketing. If they were, they deserve what they got. Did you go to college?

Anonymous
10 months ago

Thanks man… you get it. Say you would like a Resort Casino in Miami to go to and you get attacked with knives, arrows, and bullets by these over stuffed chair sitting, TV remote control gripping, slipper wearing, boring day loving, don’t want you to have any fun either, fatass self centered sandwich eaters.

Anonymous
10 months ago

I hope you lose your rent money and internet connection money in a Resorts Casino and move back in with Mommy.

Anonymous
10 months ago

And I hope you don’t get mad at some thirty year old man for looking at your eight year old daughter in her swim suit or your little boy in his swim trunks at this Water Park.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Is that what’s on YOUR mind when you hear water parks, looking at kids in swimwear?

Anonymous
10 months ago

Do some people worry about a Catholic Priest and their kid?

Anonymous
10 months ago

Yeah you did, and stop defending yourself

Anonymous
10 months ago

I won’t go to either one, but I won’t oppose them either. Greater Miami…2.5 million people with hillbilly mentalities. World class? LOL.

Anonymous
10 months ago

They really mean “Third World Class.”

Anonymous
10 months ago

leave it to you to interject that resorts casino junk yet again on an unrelated thread

Anonymous
10 months ago

Read above.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Oh wait…the casino stuff bothers you, but do you complain when all the political BS gets posted?

Anonymous
10 months ago

Oh wait, the casino troll SHUT UP!

Anonymous
10 months ago

Sheesshh.. if you’re a grownup and desire something else to go to like a Resort Casino, then you’re just a casino troll who needs to SHUT UP!

Oh well, I guess a Ferris Wheel and Water Park is all the city need and us grownups outta be thankful for that then.

Anonymous
10 months ago

No. You have no idea many concessions have been granted to Disney and Universal by Orlando. They have made it back (as well as many, many business owners) dozens of times over. Tourist moneys make the economy strong. This in turn makes infrastructure upgrades possible. Construction work and many, many service industry jobs. Don’t even go to the “low paying jobs” BS. I bet we have more that a few people who would take them. We lost a bunch of money when 20th Century Fox left. I wonder if the bats and beetles appreciate it.

Anonymous
10 months ago

How many people have been left behind by Disney or Universal since corona? Just like a cold hearted corporation, thousands were fired or let go, with zero concessions made to rehire Their workers gave their lives for pre-pandemic profits but now they’re just suffering corporations trying to survive. Sucks to be you, Orlando workers. You talk about service industry upgrades, but what happened to the thousands that were there before? Left dry, ignored, swept aside.

Anonymous
10 months ago

CEOs and upper management have done fine. Still been paid. But everyone who worked to make that happen? Sucks to be you. File unemployment and Governor DeSantis will take care of you. Ha!

Anonymous
10 months ago

You’ll be lucky to get your state maximum of $275/wk. All you real estate brokers imagine what living on $275/wk means. Actually $247 after Federal taxes.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Miami winning! (slow eyeroll)

Anonymous
10 months ago

Thumbs down all you want, but think about it as you drove your $400/mo lease to your kid’s $7000/mo charter school. What are you paying for? Convenience or luxury? Wouldn’t public transit for all of us be better?

Anonymous
10 months ago

OMG!!!! Grow up and get a job please. I can afford the lease AND the tuition because I worked hard, and stepped on idiots like you on my way up.

Azarius
10 months ago

They can’t just like normal people but we’re “lazy” smh

Anonymous
10 months ago

If you were a business owner instead of a bleeding heart pinko socialist (lol, sorry I just had to), you would do the same thing kid. In a few more years when you leave mom and dad you might get economics.

Anonymous
10 months ago

What will be happen with the families that are living right now beside Miami Metro ZOO? Some one has stopped to think about them? The situation with rental and buyer homes in Miami are abusive with the prices. Where they will go to move? It is more important a water park than to built homes with an accessible price to rental or to buy?
I am agree with to built the park, but it is necessary do it in this specific place? It is necessary send more people to street looking for a place to live? I think than in Miami they can find more another places where to built.

Anonymous
10 months ago

They can move to Star Island.

Anonymous
10 months ago

I don’t think that option could be available. More with the rental price of the new community Las Mareas to the other side of Metro Zoo entry. One apartment 1/1 $ 1600. Totally abusive.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Supply and demand. It’s simple, if the market for $1600 apartments is there then the market price will reflect it. If there are less and less people willing to pay $1600, then prices will go down.

I am not saying this is the case with your personally, but what I see all to often are people that feel entitled to renting a brand new apartment for a price they deem “affordable”. There are plenty of cheaper apartments in Miami but they do not come will all the bells and whistles that the new places have. If people want to live in the new apartments, maybe review spending habits and possibly skip the $400 car lease.