Fort Lauderdale Family Attractions
Museum of Discovery and Science
DESCRIPTION: Over 200 hands-on exhibits of science and technology are neatly organized in an 85,000 square foot venue. Once you enter, the enormous Great Gravity Clock is the center of attraction. The museums’s other major exhibits include Runways To Rockets allowing guests to take a simulated trip to the Moon or Mars. Florida Ecoscapes and Discovery Center for Children are fantastic for kids seven and under. Guests can also pet alligators, turtles and friendly iguanas. Rounding out the edutainment experience, AutoNation IMAX theater seats 300 and features a digital audio system that delivers crystal clear sound through 42 speakers as you watch immersive Hollywood movies on a 60-foot wide x 80-foot high screen.
ADMISSION: Adults $15, Seniors $14, Ages 2-12 and Military $13, Age1 & under enter Free; separate price for IMAX tickets
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-6p
ADDRESS: 401 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL MAP
PARKING: garages and paid lots nearby
DESCRIPTION: Open since 1988, fascinating attraction allows guests to walk through an aviary that looks like a tropical rain forest and is filled with some two thousand caterpillars and multicolored butterflies. Outside the aviary, landscaped gardens accent a small pond, a gift shop and a pavilion containing mounted specimens of exotic insects and more butterflies from around the world.
ADMISSION: Age 12+ $25; Ages 3-11 $20; Age 2 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 9a-5p; Sun 11a-5p
ADDRESS: 3600 West Sample Road, Coconut Creek, FL MAP
PARKING: free onsite
Miramar Regional Park
DESCRIPTION: This 173-acre park consists of 4 football/soccer fields and 2 cricket grounds. It has 2 playgrounds and 1 medium,3 large, and 1 pavilion for for birthday parties, family barbeques, and corporate picnics. It also has 2 full size basketball courts, 1 volleyball courts, and an art exhibit area. Soon 2 baseball fields, 2 soccer fields, and the Aquatic Complex open. Families to cool off in the interactive water playground and beach area that resembles Castaway Island. The pool has swimming lanes and a dive well. Future phases will add pavilions, professionally lit tennis courts and paddle boats and canoes.
ADDRESS: 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, FL MAP
PARKING: plentiful free parking lot
WEBSITE: Miramar Regional Park
Tropical Adventure Cruise
DESCRIPTION: Stretch out on a lounge chair to view stunning beaches, mangrove estuaries and oceanfront mansions, while the kids discovered the pirate’s lair below. Staffed by an amiable crew, this boat is outfitted with an air-conditioned interior and nice restrooms
ADMISSION: Adult $25; Ages 3-16 $13; Age 3 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 1p and 5p departures
ADDRESS: 410 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL MAP
PARKING: lots nearby
DESCRIPTION: Located one of the oldest botanical gardens in in South Florida, the park consists a large free-flight aviary featuring wading birds, a crocodile lagoon, river otter and bobcat habitats. A Florida citrus grove adds to the sounds of exotic birds chirping in this lush tropical setting. Visitors can take a narrated tram tour or walk paved paths to see the grounds.
ADMISSION: Adult $17; Age 65+, Active Military and Student w/ID $13.60; Ages 4-11 $8.50; Ages 3 and under enter Free; Tram Ride: Adult $4; Ages 4-11 $3; Ages 3 and under enter Free
DAYS & HOURS: Oct-May Daily 9:30a-5p, Jun-Sep Tue-Sun 9:30a-5p
ADDRESS: 3750 South Flamingo Road, Davie, FL MAP
PARKING: Free on premises
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1998, this venue seats 25,000 for concerts, over 20,000 for basketball events and nearly 20,000 for Florida Panthers Hockey. It also hosts the visiting circus and large touring events. It was previously known as the Broward County Civic Arena, The National Car Rental Center and the Office Depot Center.
ADMISSION: Varies by event
DAYS & HOURS: Varies by event
ADDRESS: 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise, FL MAP
DESCRIPTION: Remember go-karts, bumper cars, bumper boats, laser tag, batting cages, miniature golf, arcades and climbing rock walls? Explore them again with your kids in attractions that never grow old. This attraction moved from Dania Beach to Boca Raton.
ADMISSION: Free admission, but play cards range from $25 to $100; AAA and Military discounts apply
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 10a-9p, but opens later in the Winter season
ADDRESS: 3100 Airport Road, Boca Raton, FL MAP
PARKING: Free on premises