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Indoor events and places to go when it’s hot & rainy

Rainy days and hot days in South Florida offer an opportunity to focus on indoor fun. Be a tourist in your in your town and savor fresh sights, attractions and things to do. If you're on a budget, various venues offer free or inexpensive entry, and some offer deals.

It's a good idea to phone a venue first to verify it's open.

Free things to do


ArtServe, Fort Lauderdale

, which features exhibits of work by local artists and a shop with items for sale.  ArtServe, 954-462-8190, is at 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale


Plantation Historical Museum offers free entry to browse exhibits & occasional free events, including trivia games.

A model train exhibit is featured.

Plantation Historical Museum 954-797-2722, is at  511 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation 33317.

Photo/Manatee Lagoon an FPL facility

Riviera Beach

Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach features indoor exhibits and outdoor areas overlooking the water. Feature: Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach offers exhibits, tours & webcam for free.

Coral Springs

Coral Springs Museum of Art offers free entry, 2855A Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs 33065, 954-340-5000,  website

Photo/Broward Library in Fort Lauderdale


Lots of local library branches  in greater Palm Beach and Broward offer workshops, films, live entertainment, puppet shows and other fun activities. Some branches offer high-tech equipment that is free to use.  Information is on Broward and Palm Beach area library websites.

DIY workshops

Participating Home Depot and Lowe's stores offer occasional free DIY workshops for kids and adults.


Marine Environmental Education center, MEEC, in Hollywood offers educational exhibits and entry is free. Donations are accepted.

MEEC is a partnership of Broward Parks and Recreation and Nova Southeastern University.

The oceanside venue  is usually open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays at Hollywood North Beach Park, 4414 N. Surf Road, Hollywood 33019. It's a good idea to phone ahead, 954-357-5125, to ensure the venue is open the day you are venturing out.

Other inexpensive fun & deals

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Patti Roth

About Patti Roth

Patti Roth, the editor of Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap, scouts out state and national deals, discounts and coupons for our readers, finding the real deals and presenting them in an easy-to-read format. A veteran newspaper and magazine writer and a longtime South Florida resident, she has written for The Miami Herald, The Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Travel and Life, E Environmental Magazine, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, US Architecture and Send your cheap tips to her at

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