One of the most intriguing attractions in the region, this diversion focuses on things that fly. Butterflies take center stage. Learn how they grow, what they eat and how to lure them into your garden. Part of Tradewinds Park, Butterfly World includes a breeding laboratory, butterfly museum, and insectarium with displays of unusual insects and butterflies from around the world.
Water is a major focus of this park, as the name suggests, so you'll find plenty of fun activities during a visit here. Among the most unusual is a water skiing training center where you can rocket around attached to a mechanical tow rope - no need for a boat. In the 430 acres (174.01 hectares) of space here, you can also go canoeing, paddle boating, swimming, windsurfing, camping, picnicking, bicycling and miniature golfing. Or you can just revel in this pretty park that is, indeed, quiet.
The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum has an amazing collection of cars from the first half of the 20th Century. Parked here are Packard automobiles, the oldest of which is the Packard Model 18 Speedster from 1909. Although the last Packard model was produced in 1958, a chance to marvel at these legends of luxury makes a trip to this museum worth every dime.
The Link Trainer Building in Fort Lauderdale, Florida became the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum. It is of great importance, having served as one of the 257 air stations in World War II. It aims at the preservation of national as well as international naval air artifacts in a way that educates the public. The museum was dismantled in 1998 and relocated to its current location in 1999. The research library offers a great deal of knowledge via more than 3000 volumes touching various aspects of history.
Dating back to 1921, this historic two-story, 35.4 acres (14.16 hectare) waterfront house was once the winter home of artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife Evelyn. The Bonnet House is serenely elegant and preserved amidst the urban expansion of Fort Lauderdale Beach, which is what makes the land so special. Mrs. Bartlett, who died in 1997, gave the estate to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation in 1983 to keep the property unchanged. Several concerts and events are held here throughout the year, and the house is available for private events such as weddings. Named for a waterlily that once inhabited the property, the Bonnet House is open year-round for guided tours.
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.
The Sample-McDougald House is a monumental home in the Pompano Beach vicinity in Florida. It is also famously referred as the Sample Estate or Pinehaven. It accurately traces the Colonial Revival style of architecture. The house is ably preserved and historically nurtured by the Sample-McDougald House Preservation Society Inc. The house site is registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
Bailey Contemporary Arts Center in the Creative Arts District of Pompano Beach houses a dozen studios and art galleries for exhibitions and an open space for interaction among the artists and the visiting public. Artists, ceramicists, painters and photographers are offered studio space at the center .Workshops and monthly exhibitions allow visitors to get an insight into the process of creating various pieces of art and facilitate the spread of cultural awareness.
Built during the early 30s by William L.Kester, the Kester Cottages are a set of historic houses located in the heart of Broward County. The houses are anything but extravagant are were constructed using techniques that required a lesser amount of wood and other resources, offering a master class in economical building methods. There is also a history museum located on the site. Tours are conducted by appointments only.