Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse has a storied and aristocratic history. The lighthouse has been usurped by the exclusive Hillsboro Club, which limits access to the lighthouse proper. However, a fantastic view is available from Hillsboro Inlet Park, which is free and open to everyone. This is great place to spend an afternoon with a good book, or perhaps take the kids for a bit of fun at the children’s playground. Enjoy the view of Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse, a historic landmark that was built through congressional legislation in the early 1900s. This lighthouse completed a system of lights along the Florida reefs that assisted mariners on their long journeys and onto the next port. The Hillsboro Preservation Society has worked tirelessly to maintain both this lighthouse structure as well as the mechanisms inside. By 2000 renovations on the lighthouse had rendered it in full working order, and in 2003 a ceremony was held on to celebrate the historic landmark's inclusion on a postage stamp.
Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse & Park
2700 North Ocean Boulevard
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
At The Urban Farmer there are many ways to enjoy sustainable, fresh food. You can either utilize their delivery service, where The Urban Farmer’s grown goods are delivered right to your door, or they will assist you in maintaining a garden of your own. They even allow you to buy shares of land on the premises where you can maintain your own fresh crops under the tutelage of the staff at The Urban Farmer. They’ll even help you maintain a home garden thanks to the many innovative products and gardening equipment. You can also visit the market and simply shop for your fresh produce, thanks to the Patio Market. They also sell prepared items, including homemade hummus, local honey, gluten free cakes and cookies, as well as various nut-butters and fresh eggs.
The Urban Farmer
3195 North Powerline Road
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
Sometimes flea markets are at the mercy of weather outside. But an indoor space is just one of the great things about Pompano's Festival Flea Market Mall. No matter what what’s going on outside, inside Festival Flea it’s always cool. Just about everything you can ask for is available here. From clothes to hand bags and other accessories, even practical items like office supplies and house wares are on sale at Festival Flea Market. There are many jewelry sellers occupying Festival Flea Market, offering many awesome and rare finds that you couldn’t come by anywhere else. The diversity of the merchandise here is really the greatest draw. There is a little something for everyone, making Festival Flea Market a great place to spend the afternoon just browsing for a great find or some hidden treasure.
Festival Flea Market Mall
2900 W. Sample Road
Pompano Beach, FL 33073
Kids can unlock their imaginations at the Young at Art Museum. Located right off of Route 84, the Young at Art Museum is a place where creativity is explored. Check out the ArtScapes exhibit and visit the Cave, where you can see examples of primitive art. Connect with nature at GreenScapes, learn about words and music at WonderScapes and see traveling exhibits at the Knight Gallery. Lots of schools and groups come to the museum, and it is also a great place to host a party that all kids will enjoy. Kids can be creative by signing up for one of the studio art classes, and the family can also go to the family workshops! Young at Art Museum is open seven days a week.
Delray Beach, FL 33446
There’s plenty to do in South Florida, but sometimes you just need to go to a place where you can let your kids go wild. Sugar Sand Park, located in Boca Raton, has been one of the most popular places for family fun in the region for over a decade, and the best thing about it is that it’s completely free. This 156-acre park is loaded with things to do, from winding nature trails that will put you face-to-face with some of Florida’s most fascinating wildlife to the awesome Children’s Science Explorium, a hands-on discovery museum designed for kids ages 5 – 12. The outdoor Science Playground is a massive three-story wooden structure complete with water features that will keep your little ones running around like crazy. A classic carousel on-site is only a dollar to ride, and Sugar Sand Park has some of the cleanest bathrooms in the country.
Sugar Sand Park
Boca Raton, Florida 33486
If you think boulder-hopping rocks, you’ll love Coral Cliffs. Novices and hardcore rock-jocks alike gravitate to this Fort Lauderdale climbing spot to have fun and get a great workout while developing balance, strength, agility and mental concentration. The staff provides professional instruction for all skill levels, including beginner, intermediate and expert, with a wide variety of routes and challenges depending on your skill set. They’ve also got the only simulated ice climbing wall in the state of Florida, plus more than 87 top-roped routes, 25 lead routes, bouldering climbs, ice climbs, overhangs and slabs, all of which change on a weekly basis to keep members on their toes. Classes, membership packages and monthly specials are part of the deal, plus you can schedule special events like birthday parties and team building workshops.
Hot and sweaty is the name of the game at Bikram Yoga Fort Lauderdale, where classes take place in a hot room to encourage detoxification and muscle flexibility. The healing, restorative, strengthening and invigorating qualities of this yoga style are well known, plus it’s also known to help encourage mental clarity and spiritual calmness. The same 26 postures and two breathing exercises are completed in each 90 minute class, with each one stretching and strengthening muscles, ligaments and joints and preparing the body for the next posture in the series. Students are advised to arrive 20 minutes prior to each class, wear light clothing and bring drinking water. Classes take place daily. See Bikram Yoga Fort Lauderdale's website for times and prices.
Ready for some serious fun? Head to Fort Lauderdale's Funderdome, an indoor play center where kids and non-kids alike can have a blast. The bright, modern space encompasses almost 9,000 square feet of state-of-the-art, interactive play activities, all spread out in a clean, colorful, safe environment that’s fun for kids of all ages. Activities include slides, basketball, laser-tag, a ropes course and more, with offerings appropriate for ages 6 months to 16 years of age. When it’s time to refuel, head to the café and grab a bite from their menu of kid-friendly, healthy options. A variety of pricing plans and memberships are available and special events like birthday parties can also be arranged. Funderdome is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.