Sleep Inn & Suites Ft. Lauderdale International Airport
1500 SE 5th Ave
Dania, FL 33004
Phone: (954) 874-1800
Fax: (954) 874-1818
The Anne Kolb Nature Center was named after a dedicated environmentalist from the region. Part of the 1500-acre (607.02-hectare) West Lake Park, one of the largest parks in Florida, you can find a variety of birds here, like the white ibis, osprey and peregrine falcon. Tour the mangrove wetlands by foot on raised boardwalks, by bike or by canoe. The nature center rents bicycles, while the park's marina rents canoes and runs guided trips. Visitors can also experience a 40-minute environmental boat tour.
This 55-acre (22.25-hectare) park is great for nature lovers, and contains lush vegetation, oak trees and boardwalks built over dunes. The Hollywood North Beach Park is also a haven for sea turtles, which often surface to the delight of visitors. Enjoy more than two miles of walking paths, picnic tables (some picnic areas are designed for large groups), a beach with lifeguards, and a 60-foot (18.28-meter) observation tower. Park amenities include rest rooms and snack shops.
Visit Holland Park for breathtaking views of West lake. Hike along the nature trails that wind their way through the lush landscape, or release the shutterbug in you as you savor splendid lakefront vistas from the observation tower. The park also features two pavilions, a bicycle path and boat ramps.
Jefferson Park offers Hollywood's locals a host of recreational and sports facilities. The park features a baseball field, tennis courts, bocce courts, a playground for young children and more. Visit the park for a fruitful day of outdoor fun.
Go Karts? Check. Bumper Boats? Check. Bowling? Check. Mini Golf? Check. The list goes on and on at this family-friendly amusement park, which also features thrill rides, laser tag, a rock wall, batting cages, and arcade games. There is plenty of fun to be had here for people of all ages. The park also has a cafe, and once had a large roller coaster, which has since been shut down.
Located next to Port Everglades John U. Lloyd Beach State Recreation Area, is a 251-acre animal lover's paradise. Nesting sea turtles come here annually to hatch their eggs, and part of the park is a protected zone for manatees. Visitors can bird-watch and explore the seaside forest to find more common varieties of animals and plants. Excellent fishing, swimming, canoeing and picnicking spots line the length of the park. A concession stand provides snacks and beverages to visitors.
T.Y. Whispering Pines Campground has 12 sites for tents and 48 for RVs. All RV sites feature electrical outlets, water, grills and picnic tables. Restrooms feature showers and laundry facilities. Campground amenities and activities include a swimming lagoon, fishing, boating, bike trails and bike and sports equipment rentals. The campground also provides free movies to its guests every Friday evening.
One of the prominent commercial ports in Florida, Port Everglades is a buzzing beehive of activity. The port is a receiving point for international ships and cargo as well as a point of departure for cargo ships. Also an important point for ships carrying in petroleum, the port is a major receiving for cargo ships carrying this essential commodity. Besides cargo ships, the port also is an embarking point for several cruises. See the website or call to know more.
Contact this organization for trilingual (English, Spanish and French) information on the Fort Lauderdale area prior to your visit or while you are in the area. The center provides information on area accommodations, sightseeing activities and events. They provide 24-hour travel assistance and advice and can also book discount cruise, scuba or cultural activity packages for you.
Oak Lake Park is a fine place to spend a few moments of solitude. The park features a playground for kids, a lovely lake and a pavilion. The community center at the park, with its lakefront patio, is available on hire for private parties and events. Take a stroll along the path, or settle down by the lake and observe the birds that gather there.
A 110-foot (33.53 meters) Pegasus rises, just off South Federal Highway, at the facade of Gulfstream Park and Casino. The magnificent winged creature is shown battling (and winning over) a large, equally formidable dragon. Towering over 11 stories, the sculpture is said to weigh somewhere around 473 tons (429,098 kilograms). Creators of the humongous, bronze and steel installation claim that it signifies the triumph of good over evil and therefore adds to the aesthetic value of the place. Although met with mixed emotions, the Pegasus Statue of Gulfstream Park can certainly not be ignored.
Secret Woods Nature Center is designated as an "urban wilderness area". Take a guided or self-guided nature walk through the woods. The New River Trail offers visitors a walk through the marsh where they can view fiddler crabs. To enjoy a hike down the broadwalk, take the Laurel Oak Trail. Get cocooned by pretty butterflies at the Butterfly Island. An interpretive nature exhibit is also available as well as educational classes. The park office is happy to assist with any park-related questions. Call for additional information.