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'Buffet' of tourism experiences at new visitor center

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The center officially opened to the park Monday morning. The center officially opened to the park Monday morning.

The Florence-Lauderdale Visitors Center and Tourism Office officially opened to the public Monday, creating another stop on the ‘must-see, gotta-do' list in Alabama.

More than 100 guests were on-hand Monday morning for the grand opening of the facility. Located in McFarland Park, the new visitor center shows off just a little of what the Shoals has to offer.

From a music ‘hive' to artifacts, the new center covers a little bit of everything – and if they don't have what you are looking for, they can point you in the right direction.

Local and state leaders hope the new facility will become a special place for both visitors and community members alike.

"I think the most interesting thing of this facility is it shows the wide diversity of the different kinds of visitor experiences," said Tourism Director Lee Sentell. "Whether you're interested in music, outdoor recreation, food, history, Native American history – all of these elements are on display so people can pick and choose. This area is sort of like a great big buffet of visitor experiences."

The new center cost nearly $2 million and was paid for by the area's lodging tax.

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