New Hotels, Attractions & Festivals Coming To Florida In 2020

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It's the dawn of a new decade and with it, Florida is welcoming new festivals, attractions, hotels & resorts, theme parks and more for every type of traveller.

Here's a rundown of what you can expect:

  • In West Palm Beach, The Ben – Marriott’s new 208-room hotel – will open in JAN 2020 and offer guests a bit of Old Florida charm with a modern twist. There will be a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a rooftop pool with private cabanas, and downtown West Palm Beach’s only waterfront ballroom offering Intracoastal views.
  • The Ben, Autograph Collection by Marriott.

  • In the Destin-Fort Walton region, the festival season will be in full swing in 2020. If travellers are into celebrations of local food, beer and bourbon mixed in with live music and kid-friendly activities, the Shrimp ‘N Grit Festival will be held on 29FEB, 2020, while the Bourbon, Burgers, & Beer festival will take place on 19SEP, 2020.
  • LEGOLAND® Pirate Island Hotel, the first LEGO® Pirate themed hotel in North America, is set to open 17APR, 2020. Located in Central Florida’s Winter Haven, just 45 minutes from both Orlando and Tampa, the newest on-site accommodation at LEGOLAND Florida Resort will feature 150 fun-filled rooms (including four suites), a heated pool, hundreds of LEGO models, in-room LEGO treasure hunts, and exclusive character experiences -- all just steps from the entrance to the 150-acre theme park with its 50+ rides, shows and attractions.
  • The LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel.

  • Known the world-over for its NASCAR races, Daytona Beach is also home to over 60 renowned art, music and one-of-a-kind pop culture festivals, making it the ‘Festival Capital of Florida’, according to Visit Florida. Running from 8-10MAY, 2020, the 10th anniversary of ‘Welcome to Rockville’ will feature a star-studded line-up with the “World Center of Racing” at the backdrop.
  • Over on the Gulf of Mexico side, the Sports Coast will open the doors on the first-ever Florida Snow Park, which will provide a never-before-seen winter wonderland in the Sunshine State, including a snow play area complete with a tubing slalom. And then, coming 10JUL, 2020, Wiregrass Ranch Sport Complex, a brand new, 98,000 sq. ft. indoor sport event centre, will open. This state-of-the-art facility will include many sports courts, dance studios, a fitness centre, and event space for large banquets. Adjacent to the sports complex, the Residence Inn by Marriott is slated to open in 2021.
  • On Anna Maria Sound in Bradenton, Margaritaville's Jimmy Buffett-themed Compass Hotel will open. The six-storey, 123-room hotel will feature a free-standing Floridays Restaurant and Grill, oversized bathrooms with rainfall showers, smart TVs and luxury on-site amenities.
  • The first Compass by Margaritaville Hotels & Resorts property has broken ground
    in Anna Maria Sound, FL.

  • In Ocala, the World Equestrian Center -- largest equestrian and multi-purpose event complex in the United States -- moves toward its fall 2020 completion and JAN 2021 grand opening. The highlight is the 248-room, 5-storey luxury hotel with retail shopping, bakery, spa, unique food and beverage options, and more. The facility will accommodate multiple equestrian disciplines, expo & trade shows, weddings and other events.