Sawgrass Recreation Park offers all kinds of nature-oriented and historic activities. Take an airboat tour of the Everglades, see a replica of an Indian village or visit the wild animal exhibit. RV camping facilities are available on the grounds. The half an hour airboat ride will take you on an insightful tour of the flora and fauna in the Everglades.
This massive park was Hugh Taylor Birch’s donation to the state of Florida. Birch came to Florida in the latter part of the 19th Century and promptly fell in love with the area. He eventually purchased more than three miles of oceanfront property in the little town of Fort Lauderdale. More than a century later, Fort Lauderdale is now a busy metropolis, and Birch's land thrives as a wildlife preserve and botanical wonderland. A number of animal and plant species have found a safe home here. Visitors are free to hike or bike the designated trails, canoe around the lagoon, take a dip in the ocean and visit Birch's home. Excellent camping facilities can also be availed here.
Located to the southwest of Fort Lauderdale, on Broward College campus in Davie, this modern, state-of-the-art facility teaches about the universe amid academic surroundings. The Buehler Planetarium & Observatory provides matinee and evening shows for adults and children, as well as science classes and lectures. After evening shows, guests can personally view the heavens through the telescopes located in the observatory. See their website for prices and further information.
This overwhelmingly expansive complex, that began as the Thunderbird Drive-in Theater in 1963, has grown over the years to offer guests more than just a film viewing experience. A farmer's market, a 14-screen drive-in movie theater, a games arcade and food court are just a few of the other attractions and activities found at Swap Shop. For the shopaholics, of course, this is the paradise you may never want to leave, as this is one of the largest flea markets in the entire state, perhaps in the country!
Cinema Paradiso is a non-profit organization and independent arthouse that showcases excellent films from around the world. With its art digital projection and comfortable stadium-style seating, the movie-watching experience is heightened. In order to make the experience more enjoyable, they offer a selection of staple movie food and beer and wine to go with it. From lighthearted stories to dark thrillers, the screening of non-conventional cinema is a tribute to this art form and the out-of-the-box movies entertain you and make you reflect at the same time. Check out the schedule on their website in order to catch some exciting and interesting movies.
With a backdrop of water and the view of the stars twinkling above, the Hollywood Beach Theatre certainly offers an unique stage setting. This open-air venue by the sea features entertaining and cultural events on a regular basis. Concerts and festivals are held here, including the Turkish Festival, Candy Cane Parade, and the Hollywood Beach Latin Festival. With a capacity to hold 500 guests, this theater certainly offers an amazing experience to its visitors.
ArtServe situated in the busy East Sunrise Boulevard is a getaway for Fort Lauderdale's artistic and creative minds. The various temporary and permanent exhibitions at this wonderful art gallery features work by talented underground as well as popular artists. Sketches, paintings, photographs, amazing sculptures and murals amongst many others is what you can expect at ArtServe. Every Tuesday is open mic night where you will get to witness raw and unfiltered comedy as well as music performed by artists in the neighborhood. Apart from these, classes in dance, stand-up comedy, performing arts, visual arts, music, acting, photography and wellness are offered to people of all ages.
Get together with friends for a pint of beer at Original Fat Cat's. An evening here is well spent with over 76 varieties of bottled and tap beer to choose from along with some delicious appetizers and snacks. The night gets livelier with performances by local artists.
Located at the Museum of Discovery and Science, AutoNation IMAX Theater has stadium seating and a five-story-high screen for your viewing pleasure. Seated in the sloping seats, audiences are placed close to the screen, resulting in a larger-than-life movie-watching experience. Sit back and relax with popcorn and a soda from the refreshment stand. For film times, ticket prices and further information, please see their website.
Savor Cinema, formerly the Cinema Paradiso is the home-base of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF). The theater features comfortable stadium seats and a good sound system. It also has a canopied courtyard and a cafe with three bars. Showcasing only art movies year round, it is a great place for those who love creative cinema. The theater offers rental facilities for hosting private and corporate events as well.
Located south of Las Olas Boulevard, this complex is home to several unique destinations for aquatic sports enthusiasts. The museum houses a large collection of aquatic Olympic memorabilia, including Mark Spitz's starting block (used in the 1972 Olympics) and Johnny Weissmuller's medals. The Tripp Family Art Gallery and Henning Library and Archives are dedicated to chronicling and memorializing great performances in swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming.