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Things To Do Outdoors in South Florida, plenty are free

Savor the outdoors. Especially when South Florida weather is delightful. Pick your favorites. Art fairs. Festivals. Picnics. Parades. Nature walks. Holiday festivities. Live entertainment. Outdoor films.

Free outdoor events include

Other outdoor events, relatively inexpensive

Parks  & Natural Areas

Parks and natural areas offer fresh air and open spaces for relaxing strolls, invigorating nature walks, flying kites, reading, playing tennis and tossing Frisbees. Each park offers its own flavor, features and amenities. Some are along the ocean. Others are lush forests.

For many venues, entry is free or relatively inexpensive.



Libraries loan free equipment for birdwatching in Broward

Outdoor Attractions

  • Flamingo Gardens in Davie features otters, flamingos and other wildlife habitats, among lush botanic gardens, read  feature, entry fees with discount opportunities
  • LEGO exhibit at Mounts Botanical Gardens in West Palm Beach, read feature
  • Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, features free-flight aviaries with butterflies and birds, read feature, entry fees with discount opportunities
  • Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, entry fees with discount opportunities, gardens-only entry is $10

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Outdoor Displays

  • Free outdoor exhibit featuring kinetic sculptures.  Display: 100 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach 33435
  • Free StoryWalk display at natural area in Boca
  • Art In Public Places display,”Walking Sticks With Stories To Tell” Northwest 27th Avenue and Northwest Sixth Street  in the Sistrunk neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale, Description: “…vividly hued freestanding sculptures that reflect the West African traditions of the linguist staff, ornamental hairpin, Adinkra symbols and kente cloth colors, Walking Sticks with Stories to Tell embraces the rich cultural heritage of West Africa…”
  • Downtown Hollywood Murals — free outdoor exhibit

Mini golf & batting

AllGolf @ CB Smith Park in Pembroke Pines includes 2 18-hole mini golf course & a driving range, fees for miniature golf are $9 Mondays to Fridays, $10 Saturdays and Sundays for   18 holes, $2 extra for 36 holes, free for ages 4 & younger, 950 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines 33028, 954-441-1333, website

  • batting fees —  $2 for 20 pitches, use bats for free with ID

Outdoor movies in Hollywood

Free family-friendly films outdoors in ArtsPark on Hollywood Boulevard and Federal Highway in Hollywood. Bring lawn chair or blanket, movies are usually 8 p.m. Fridays, verify on Hollywood website

Other outdoor movies & drive-ins

Read Drive-in & Outdoor movies

Shopping Outdoors

Free surf, paddleboard & skimboard lessons in Deerfield

Island Water Sports offers free lessons 7 a.m. Saturdays. Participants need to pre-register online or via phone. Read feature

Cars on Display

  • Dream Car Classic, downtown Hollywood, usually 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. first Sundays, 1900 block of Hollywood Boulevard, 33020, free entry unless registering a vehicle, which is $20, 954-825-1027, website

Other ways to enjoy the outdoors






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