Southbank is a favorite haunt of both locals and tourists. Located in the heart of the city it was originally the site of Expo 1988. The main attraction is the artificial beach and children's playground. It is exactly like a lagoon out of a picture book with sand, lapping water and palm trees but without the jellyfish and crabs. An extra bonus for the shopaholics is that it is surrounded by boutiques, cafes and restaurants. There is always something happening with concerts, fireworks and other events. Every Friday night you can join in the latin dancing in the streets of Southbank and the markets that operate all day Friday and over the weekend. A short walk from Southbank is the Cultural Center which houses the Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art and the State Library. There is also a modern cinema with the cheapest movie tickets in town.