It's already been a big year for new attractions in South Mississippi and lots more fun is on the way.
More than $135 million in building permits were issued for the first 6 months of 2018 and the largest project are all family attractions.
Leading the way is a $51 million construction permit for the Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport. Drone footage provides an overhead view of the progress that can't be seen by those driving past the site along U.S. 90.
Among the indoor and outdoor exhibits will be the "Gulf Tunnel," a 30-foot long tube that will surround visitors with sea life. The aquarium is expected to open in late 2019 or early 2020, according to the attraction's website.
Other big-ticket family attractions permitted to begin construction this year are $14.7 million for a new performing arts center on Tucker Avenue in Pascagoula and $6.5 million for the new Premier Cinema at Edgewater Mall in Biloxi. It is expected to open in time for Thanksgiving and the holiday movies. Also coming to the mall early next year is Sky Zone Trampoline Park, which will have large windows so people passing in the mall can see the fun inside.
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