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Ideas for fun & entertainment New Year’s Day in South Florida

Ring in the New Year with fun and entertainment. South Florida offers a wide variety of places to play and sights to see. Lots are free or relatively inexpensive. Some popular attractions offer discount opportunities.

New Year's Day 2024

Fern Forest. Photo/Broward Parks & Recreation

Parks

Delight in the outdoors at a local, regional or state park. Take a nature walk. Swing on swings. Pack a picnic.

Some parks offer free entry, others feature a relatively low fee.

Skating, Fort Lauderdale

Las Olas Oceanside Park in Fort Lauderdale is featuring an outdoor synthetic ice rink amid the palms.  Purchase tickets online. Prices are $15 – $20 with an extra $2.50 fee.

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Holiday Lights

Perhaps you want to linger in the holiday vibe. Free displays include: 

North Broward

‘Deck The Halls' residential holiday lights & displays in Coral Springs offers addresses and photos of an array of decorated homes

Plantation

Free festive walk-up display of holiday lights and decorations in Plantation

North Miami

Enchanted Place North Miami  is a neighborhood holiday display at 1800 NE 137th Terrace, North Miami 33181

Holiday Lights & Events With Fees include 

Davie

Garden of Lights attraction at Flamingo Gardens in Davie. The evening event is included with regular entry fees to Flamingo Gardens, or for Garden of Lights only, entry fees are $15 – $20

South Miami

The Berry Farm Winter Festival and Berry Bright Winter Nights  is $9 for ages 3-12 and $11 for 13 and older. Tax and fees are extra. The Berry Farm is at 13720 SW 216th St., South Miami. The attraction features photo ops, hayrides, bounce floor, lumber playground and other things to do.

Miami

Magic City Casino features a holiday attraction 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. with vendors and entertainment. Entry is $10 for ages 13 and older and $5 for ages 3 – 12. Tax and fees are extra.  The venue is at 450 NW 37th Ave, Miami

Coral Gables

Fairchild NightGarden at  Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Entry fees are $20 to $40.  Parking is free. Fairchild Garden is at  10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables 33156

Shopping

Plenty of businesses, retail stores and plazas are open, including

  • Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop, flea market with indoor & outdoor vendor booths and a Ferrari museum,  3291 W. Sunrise Boulevard, Lauderhill 33311, 954-791-7927
  • Festival Marketplace, Indoor venue with independent shops & vendors, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. January 1,  2900 West Sample Road, Pompano Beach 33073, 954-979-4555

Party

Free New Year's Day block party is 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Julia & Henry's, 200 E. Flagler St., Miami.

Attractions in Broward County

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  • Xtreme Action Park indoor arcade and recreation venue in Fort Lauderdale, is open 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.,  954-491-6265, 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale. The venue includes mini golf, virtual reality and lots of other things to do.
  • Water Taxi in Fort Lauderdale  Regular adult fares are $35, $30 for seniors and military, $15 for kids 5-11. After 5 p.m., regular fares are $20.
  • Butterfly World, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek 33073. Discount opportunities are offered. Feature: Butterfly World: $5 off & other discounts
  • Downtown Hollywood Murals is a free outdoor exhibit with paintings on buildings and sidewalks.
  • Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale, 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale 33312, is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fees for non-members are $22 for ages 2-12, $27 for adults and $25 for seniors. The venue offers a $3 discount for Broward, Palm & Dade residents with identification. Purchase tickets online.  
  • Flamingo Gardens botanical garden and wildlife attraction, 3750 S. Flamingo Road, Davie.  Flamingo Gardens offers  discount opportunities and Garden of Lights attraction.

Attractions in Palm Beach County

  • Silverball Arcade is at 19 NE Third Avenue, Delray Beach 33483, 561-266-3294; regular entry fees are $15 – $20, which includes game play.
  • Boomers Boca Raton, recreation park, 3100 Airport Road, Boca Raton 33431, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. January 1, 954-347-1888 

Attractions in Miami-Dade County

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Tri-Rail

Tri-Rail train runs in  Palm Beach, Broward and Dade. Weekend and holiday rates are $5

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Kids read to dogs during 'Furry Tales' at Miami libraries

FREE | Miami-Dade Public Library System

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Guided nature hike, Jupiter

9:00 am | FREE | Riverbend Park, Jupiter

Delray Affair art festival

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Delray Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Animal Feeding: Aquatic Turtles, Boynton Beach

2:15 pm | FREE | Green Cay Nature Center & Wetlands, Boynton Beach

Animal feedings at nature center, WPB

3:30 pm | FREE | Okeeheelee Nature Center, West Palm Beach

Pop-up Biergarten, Wellington

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Town Center Promenade, Wellington

Fluffy's Food Trucks in Coconut Creek

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Coconut Creek community center

Live entertainment at Plantation Walk

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Plantation Walk

Food truck gathering

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Tropical Park, South Miami

Art After Dark: Live performances, tours, workshops, Fridays at The Norton, WPB

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $5.00-10.00 | Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach

Smorgasburg Miami weekly street fair with music

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Lincoln Road Mall, Miami Beach

Tunes 'n Trucks in Sunrise

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Sunrise Athletic Complex

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Free live music series at The Square, WPB

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | The Square, West Palm Beach

Free outdoor movie and food trucks in Tamarac

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Caporella Park & Aquatic Center

Friday Night Sound Waves free concert

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Jai-Alai, spring season, Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Magic City Fronton, Miami

Jam on percussion for free

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | South Florida Center for Percussive Arts

Moonlight concert series at The Barnacle

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-20.00 | Barnacle Historic State Park

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Free Music Under the Stars in Pompano Beach

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Pompano Beach Great Lawn

South Beach Jazz Festival with LeNard Rutledge Quintet

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Lincoln Road Mall at Euclid Avenue, Miami Beach

Free live music series at The Betsy Hotel

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | The Betsy Hotel

Broward College Dance Ensemble at Bailey Hall

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Bailey Hall in Davie

Night Hike in North Broward, reservations required

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | $5.00 | Fern Forest Nature Center

Free film at pool in Fort Lauderdale

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Bass Park Fort Lauderdale

Viernes Musicales in Fort Lauderdale

7:30 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Riverland Park

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Free outdoor films in Hollywood

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood ArtsPark

Free Live Music

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Books and Books Coral Gables

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Farmers markets & vendor fairs

FREE | Broward, Dade & greater Palm Beach

Kids read to dogs during 'Furry Tales' at Miami libraries

FREE | Miami-Dade Public Library System

Plantation Farmers Market

8:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Volunteer Park Plantation

Earth Day beach sweep, vendors & entertainment in Fort Lauderdale

8:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Sensory Friendly Saturday

9:00 am to 11:00 am | FREE | Miami Children's Museum

Delray GreenMarket

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Old School Square, Delray

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

BSO Shred-A-Thon & Prescription Buyback

10:00 am to 1:00 pm | FREE | Oakland Park city hall

Free shredding & prescription disposal for Broward residents in Oakland Park

10:00 am to 1:00 pm | FREE | Oakland Park city hall

Earth Day Celebration, Boynton Beach

10:00 am to 1:00 pm | FREE | Centennial Park, Boynton Beach

Earth Day with beach cleanup in Hollywood

10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Marine Environmental Education center

BAM Festival

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU free every Saturday

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Free Family Fun Day

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | HistoryMiami

Free Museum of Art admission for WPB residents & military Saturdays

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach

Delray Affair art festival

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Delray Beach

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sawgrass Mills

Free film: Sea Turtles of the Palm Beaches

10:30 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

PAMM free day with family activities

11:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Train rides, petting zoo, hayrides in Davie

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-15.00 | Marando Farms

Celebrate Black Stories with Kid Flicks, Coral Gables

11:00 am | FREE | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Science Stories for age 5+, Boca Raton

11:30 am | FREE | Sugar Sand Park, Boca Raton

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami

Riverwalk International Food Festival in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk

Family Day on Aragon, Coral Gables

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

MENAfest cultural celebration in Opa-Locka

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Sherbondy Park, Opa-Locka

Pride Festival, Miami Beach

12:00 pm | FREE | Lummus Park, Miami Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Adventures of the Three Mess-Keteers, Downtown Miami

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm | FREE | Miami-Dade Main Library

Downtown Palm Beach Gardens free outdoor music series

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Downtown at the Gardens

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum, Miami-Dade

Afternoon: Free live music series at The Square, WPB

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | The Square, West Palm Beach

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

1:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Alligator feedings at nature center, WPB

1:00 pm | FREE | Okeeheelee Nature Center, West Palm Beach

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Free magic show for kids in Weston

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm | FREE | Weston Regional Park

Salsa Fest in Hollywood

2:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood ArtsPark

Free magic show for kids in Weston

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Weston Regional Park

Chopin for All concert, Fort Lauderdale

3:00 pm | FREE | Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Pop-up Biergarten, Wellington

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Town Center Promenade, Wellington

Free Liberty Plaza jazz series, Miami Beach

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Liberty Plaza, Miami Beach

Free Jazz in the Park, Biscayne Park

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Ed Burke Recreation Center, North Miami

Live entertainment at Plantation Walk

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Plantation Walk

Dania After Dark Street Festival: Blues and BBQ

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania City Hall

Live Music on the Plaza

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | CityPlace Doral

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Doors Tribute concert in Jupiter

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Seabreeze Amphitheater, Jupiter

Trivia nights in Broward

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

Free live music series at The Betsy Hotel

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | The Betsy Hotel

Laser Evenings at Frost Science

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | $8.00-10.00 | Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Broward College Dance Ensemble at Bailey Hall

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Bailey Hall in Davie

Free outdoor film in Weston

8:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Weston Regional Park

Free New World Symphony WALLCAST Concert

8:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | New World Center, Miami Beach

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Night sky viewing with telescopes in west Broward

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Fox Observatory

Free Live Music

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Books and Books Coral Gables

Free Screening of "Saltburn"

8:00 pm | FREE | Bill Cosford Cinema

Discount late-night movies

9:00 pm to 11:30 pm | $5.00 | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Farmers markets & vendor fairs

FREE | Broward, Dade & greater Palm Beach

Pinecrest drive-up Farmer's Market

8:00 am to 2:00 pm | Pinecrest Gardens

Palmetto Bay Farmer's Market

8:30 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Coral Reef Park

Tamarac Farmers Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Veterans Park Tamarac

Bowling deal at SparZ lanes in Davie

9:00 am to 11:00 am | Discounted

Vizcaya weekly farmer's market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Las Olas Oceanside Park vendor market

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Car Show in Pompano Beach

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Festival Marketplace, Pompano Beach

Delray Affair art festival

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Delray Beach

Deering Seafood Festival: discount

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Deering Estate

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sawgrass Mills

Free film: Sea Turtles of the Palm Beaches

10:30 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Train rides, petting zoo, hayrides in Davie

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | $0-15.00 | Marando Farms

Farmer's Market at Village of Merrick Park

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | Merrick Park

Celebrate Black Stories with Kid Flicks, Coral Gables

11:00 am | FREE | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Pride Festival, Miami Beach

12:00 pm | FREE | Lummus Park, Miami Beach

Miami Beach Pride Parade, Miami Beach

12:00 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade, Miami Beach

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Shark & Stingray Feedings, Delray Beach

1:00 pm | $10.00 | Sandoway Discovery Center, Delray Beach

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum, Miami-Dade

Free tour of historic Biltmore Hotel

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Biltmore Hotel

Live Indian music at Bailey Hall in Davie

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm | FREE | Bailey Hall in Davie

Family Sundays at Dania Pointe with entertainment & games

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | Dania Pointe

Market on the Plaza

2:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | CityPlace Doral

Downtowner Chamber Music Concert Series by Orchestra Miami

2:00 pm | FREE | First United Methodist Church of Miami

Live entertainment at Plantation Walk

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Plantation Walk

CMX Classics discount film

3:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $6.00-7.00 | CMX Cinemas

Chopin for All concert, Coral Gables

3:00 pm | FREE | Granada Church, Coral Gables

Free concert: Classical Collaboration, Boca Raton

4:00 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | Mizner Park in Boca

Dancing by the Sea

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Anglin Square

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade, Miami Beach

Tropical Sundays Live Music

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

$12 Adult Skate Night in Fort Lauderdale

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Free live music series at The Betsy Hotel

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | The Betsy Hotel

Salsa dance class

9:00 pm | FREE | Ball & Chain

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