Things to do in Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Venture just outside Hollywood to neighboring Fort Lauderdale, Miami and South Beach and there's near-endless forms of amusements including golf, luxury shopping, beautiful beaches and seductive nightlife.The Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Hotel in Hollywood, Florida offers a central location close to the best things to see and do in South Florida.
Downtown Hollywood & the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk- Downtown Hollywood, Florida is home to top-rated restaurants, sightseeing, unique shops, nightlife, and exciting entertainment. A great way to see the sights is aboard the Hollywood, Florida Trolley, which is the best way to catch fast rides around town and see all the major attractions.Highlights of Downtown Hollywood include the ArtsPark at Youngs Circle & the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood. The Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, named one of America's "Top Beach Boardwalks" by Travel & Leisure in June 2010, is a 2.5 mile paved path along the Atlantic Ocean that is ideal for walking, jogging and biking.
There are dozens of restaurants and shops that line the broadwalk if you are looking for waterfront dining or seaside treasures. For the kids, you will discover three oceanfront parks with playgrounds, one of which boasts an interactive water play fountain. To learn more about fun things to do in Hollywood, Florida, visit www.visithollywoodfl.org/attractions.aspx.
Water Taxi- The Water Taxi is a fun, fast way to explore South Florida. Hop on for express service aboard a boat that makes 16 stops throughout Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale year round.
Traveling by water offers rare glimpses of sprawling mansions on private islands and is a delightful way to see the waterways. Plus, dolphins are a or go to watertaxi.com for more information.
The Village At Gulfstream Park- The Village At Gulfstream Park is an exceptional new luxury shopping and dining experience in Hallandale, Florida. Boutiques include Liapela Modern Baby, Claudio Shoes, Martier, Lilly McKay, as well upscale home goods retailers like West Elm, Crate and Barrel, The Container Store, Z Gallerie, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma and Bang & Olufsen. Restaurants include Texas de Brazil Brazilian Steakhouse, Cantina Laredo, III Forks, Yard House, Blu Sushi and American Pie Brick Oven Pizza. For more details about shopping and dining at the Village At Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida, visit www.thevillageatgulfstreampark.com
Port Everglades- Port Everglades is the largest passenger Cruise Port in the world with the recent arrival of Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas. Each year, millions of visitors arrive at Port Everglades to depart on major cruise lines like Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International. To learn more about the cruise lines that depart from the
Aventura Mall- The Aventura Mall is located in its namesake, Aventura, Florida and offers a luxury retail experience that includes fine department stores like Bloomingdale's, Sears, Nordstrom and Macy's. Leading retailers located at Aventura Mall include Anthropologie, J. Crew, Donald J Pliner, Calvin Klein, Coach, Apple, Gymboree and Ann Taylor, plus a choice of delicious restaurants. To view a directory of shopping and dining at Aventura Mall, visit www.aventuramall.com/.
Mardi Gras Racetrack and Gaming Center- Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach, Florida is known for having one of South Florida's best poker rooms, and is home to a wide variety of gambling and amusements. The Mardi Gras Casino features Vegas-style showgirls, slot machines, greyhound racing, bars and restaurants, and much more. To learn more about fun things to do at Mardi Gras Casino, visit www.playmardigras.com.
Gulfstream Race Park & Casino- Gulfstream Park Thoroughbred Race Track and Casino has been a highlight on the Florida scene since the first race in 1939. A historic race ground, Gulfstream Park is the home of the $1,000,000 Florida Derby, one of the most important preparatory races leading to the Triple Crown. The elegant Hallandale Beach, Florida track has recently undergone a spectacular renovation, which included the addition of a casino in 2006. To learn more about Gulfstream Race Park & Casino, visit www.gulfstreampark.com
Hollywood, Florida Golf- A world-class golf destination, the Hollywood, Florida and the greater Ft. Lauderdale/ Miami areas are home to dozens of golf courses. Whether you decide to stick to Hollywood country clubs or venture to Miami for a go round at the Doral Golf Resort's world-famous Blue Monster Course, you'll find the ideal golf course for all levels in Florida. Check out a few of our favorite local picks.
Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood/Miami, Florida Golf Courses
- Diplomat Golf Resort in Hallandale, Florida
- Hillcrest Golf & Country Club in Hollywood,Florida
- The Club at Emerald Hills in Hollywood,Florida
- Orangebrook Golf & Country Club in Hollywood,Florida
- Hollywood Beach Golf & Country Club in Hollywood, Florida
- Grand Palms Hotel & Golf Resort in Pembroke Pines, Florida
- Flamingo Lakes Country Club in Pembroke Pines, Florida
- Country Club of Miami in Hialeah, Florida
- Doral Golf Resort, Blue Monster Course in Miami, Florida
Florida Everglades- The Florida Everglades are one of the world's largest and most extraordinary wetlands. Located in Southern Florida, the Everglades wetland comprises a system of ecosystems that includes sawgrass marshes, cypress swamps and mangrove forests. Taking an airboat through the Everglades is one of the most popular ways to see this natural wonder. To learn more about attractions at the Florida Everglades, visit www.florida-everglades.com/.
Anne Kolb Nature Center- Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood, Florida stretches for more than 1,500 acres and is home to an extensive mangrove ecosystem. Start your exploration of the splendors of Anne Kolb Nature Center by viewing a 10-minute movie inside the nature center that offers an informative overview of the park. Then hit the outdoor trails that surround the park, rent a kayak or take a guided pontoon boat tour. To learn more about fun things to see and do at Anne Kolb Nature Center, visit www.broward.org/PARKS/WESTLAKEPARK/Pages/AnneKolbNatureCenter.aspx.
Sawgrass Mills Mall- Sawgrass Mills Mall is Florida's largest outlet mall and the second-largest mall in the state. Home to more than 300 places for shopping and dining, the Sawgrass Mills Mall is home to well-known retailers and luxury brands alike. Shop for outlet deals at places like the Burberry Factory Outlet, Guess Factory Store, PUMA Outlet, Kenneth Cole Company Store, Coach Factory Store, Escada Company Store, and the Polo/ Ralph Lauren Factory Store.
Restaurants include The Cheesecake Factory, Rainforest Café and P.F. Chang's China Bistro. For more information about shopping, dining and entertainment at Sawgrass Mills outlets, visit www.simon.com/mall/malldirectory.aspx?id=1262