Category: South Florida
The South Florida Guide
South Florida... the home of beautiful weather, beautiful people, and beautiful beaches.
But, let's face it, unless you're on vacation, you're looking for more than just ambiance. You want things to do, unique restaurants, places to meet new people, and maybe a few discounts along the way as well. So, we're gathering up the latest and greatest happenings in your area from event calendars to sporting events, newcomer tips, and ways to stretch your budget while getting out more than ever.
So, South Florida includes...?
There's not an official place called South Florida. It takes into consideration several locations on the southeast quadrant as it's an easy commute from Fort Lauderdale to Miami and back. Other cities include Pompano Beach, West Palm Beach, Hollywood, Boca Raton, and Coral Springs.
Sports? Check, check, check, check
South Floridians are treated to the "big four" of professional sports. There's the NFL's Miami Dolphins and the NBA's Miami Heat. The Miami Marlins covers Major League Baseball, and the Florida Panthers attract the warm weather NHL fans.
Florida on Film
Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Graceland, and Million Dollar Listing are just a few of the television shows being filmed in South Florida. It's also been the home of many big screen productions like The Birdcage, Caddy Shack, Ace Ventura, and Scarface.
It doesn't matter if you live in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Coral Gables, Lauderhill, Boca Raton, or in any other South Florida community, you're sure to have a theater venue within a short drive. You'll also have easy access to music venues, comedy clubs, and plenty of things to do each week.
History, art, science, and children's museums are also just a few parts of the widespread arts and entertainment community in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and throughout South Florida.
More Entertaining Seats are All Around You
Sometimes we get into a routine and we stick to what we know best. When it's the weekend, we binge watch our favorite Netflix show. Or, maybe we'll get really adventurous and go out to dinner and a movie. Half of the time, the movie gets bumped for our comfy sofa.
But, when you go out and see a really good musical or you catch a hilarious comedian that you see a few months later on Comedy Central, don't you remember those times?
Broadway in Fort Lauderdale and Miami
Broadway is alive in Fort Lauderdale at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on 5th Avenue. The event calendar is consistently updated with new shows and performances. If you're closer to Miami, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County has you covered as well. Recent shows have included Hello Dolly! and Les Miserables.
The Music Scene
South Beach isn't the only area that's cranking up the volume with its music venues. Rock and heavy metal prevail at the Culture Room, Revolution Live is heavy on rock, and you'll find some of the biggest names in music at Seminole Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.
Museums.. Take the Family or Go Alone
It's always nice to have plenty of museums in the area. Many of them happen to be great places to take the entire family and are typically affordable and, sometimes, even free. But, if you want to venture off on your own or you're new in town and haven't met people to accompany you yet, a museum is an ideal outing.
South Florida offers museum venues that cover the gamut from art to science, as well as something just for the kids.
7D Max Theater at the Museum of Discovery and Science
The Museum of Discovery and Science is located on 2nd St. in Fort Lauderdale and also has an IMAX theater as well as a 7D Max multi-sensory theater. A motion simulator combined with a projection screen will have you soaring.
Art is Everywhere
If you're looking for art museums, you'll have your choice throughout the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas. The Pérez Art Museum is in Miami, the NSU Art Museum is in Fort Lauderdale, and the Bass is in Miami Beach. The Bass offers special programs like Family Day, Art for Kids, Films, and Lecture series.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game.. and Other Matches Too
It doesn't matter if you like baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, jai-alai, or rugby. If you're in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, you're sure to find a game or match. The area boasts teams in the four biggest professional sports as well as minor league and amateur clubs.
NFL - Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins date back to 1966 when they started in the AFL (American Football League). They've been a member of the NFL since 1970 and captured two Super Bowls under Head Coach Don Shula in 1972 and 1973, as well as the attention of fans across the country. Dolphins games are played at Hard Rock Stadium.
NBA - Miami Heat
The Miami Heat turns up the heat in South Florida as three-time NBA Champions. The first win came in 2006 under Head Coach Pat Riley, the current team's President. In 2012 and 2013, the Heat grabbed back-to-back victories. Their home court is American Airlines Arena.
MLB - Miami Marlins
Formerly known as the Florida Marlins, the team has been part of Major League Baseball since 1993. Four years later in 1997, the Miami Marlins earned their first World Series ring, and a second followed in 2003. After years of sharing quarters with the Dolphins at Joe Robbie Stadium, the team moved to Marlins Park in 2012.
NHL - Florida Panthers
The sun may be shining but the BB & T Center in Sunrise is the place for NHL hockey action, even if the fans are sporting shorts and flip-flops. The Florida Panthers were inaugurated in 1993. The team has yet to win a Stanley Cup Championship, but it has won divisional titles in the 2011-12 and 2015-16 seasons.
The Best Beaches in the Area
If you live in South Florida, you may have already established a favorite beach. It may be the one closest to your home or where your family and friends tend to go for gatherings. If you're a surfer, then you know exactly what you're looking for, and probably stick to the same spot.
There are a few beaches that tend to make most of the top ten lists, though. So, if you're looking a newcomer, a tourist or just looking for a new spot to claim, you've got plenty of options.
Delray is the calm and serene beach that you'd choose if you're looking to meditate, read, or just take in the beauty of your surroundings. It's one that you'd want to photograph as it's been converted to numerous postcard images.
Mid-Beach in Miami
If you're too cool for South Beach, Mid-Beach may do the trick. It's a vast departure from Delray Beach with a hotel-lined boardwalk, clubs, and plenty of party action going on, day and night.
Hobie Island Beach Park in Key Biscayne
While you may want to head over to the island community for Key Biscayne for a day anyway, Hobie Island Beach will accommodate your furry friend as well. It's a popular dog beach with shallow water and plenty of shade so Muffin won't get too overheated.
So Much Deliciousness - South Florida Dining
If you're visiting South Florida, it's always good to have a few recommendations. But, even if you live there, you couldn't possibly keep up with all of the restaurants sprinkled through the region. Of course, there's seafood and Cuban food that the area is famous for, but there's also every cuisine imaginable and in every price range.
It doesn't matter if you're a lifelong resident, you know you enjoy that beautiful sunshine. You've got plenty of outdoor cafes and dining options. But, the ambiance is elevated even more when you're by the ocean.
Banana Boat is a mid-price range Fort Lauderdale institution. It's been in the area since 1971. Banana Boat is known for its seafood like baked tilapia stuffed with crab, but you can't beat the views as well. It's in Boynton Beach and offers snapshot-worthy views of the Intercoastal Waterway.
Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival
Are you a foodie or just addicted to your favorite Food Network shows and want to see the celebrity chefs in person? You're fortunate if you're in South Florida in February as the annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival gives you the opportunity to see stars and satisfy your taste buds.
More than 60,000 people attend the Festival. It offers more than 100 different events that aren't just limited to South Beach. They're all over Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The list of talent who attends and puts on the demonstrations is almost as long as the one for the attendees. Giada De Laurentis, Rocco DiSpirito, Guy Fieri, and Tyler Florence are just a few of the chefs turned celebrities that you can see live and in person.
The South Florida Miscellaneous
Food is a necessity
Publix Supermarkets is one of the biggest employers in South Florida with nearly 40,000 people on the company payroll.
Entertainment everywhere you turn
Fort Lauderdale's Arts and Entertainment District combines shows and experiences all in one area. It hosts the Broward Center for Performing Arts, the Museum of Discovery and Science, the Fort Lauderdale History Center, NSU Art Museum, and the Florida Grand Opera.<
Miami is just as entertaining
The Wynwood District in Miami combines art and dining all in one place with more than 70 museums and galleries.
Unwanted number one position
Miami is the number one spot most vulnerable to hurricanes. The city has a 16% chance of annual impact. The city in the second position is the neighboring community of Key West.