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Ideas for free and cheap dates in Broward

If you appreciate frugal fun, delighting your sweetie with a lovely inexpensive or free date is doable in Fort Lauderdale and the rest of Broward County.

Plenty of exciting events and interesting activities are free. Others are relatively inexpensive. With extra dollars in your wallet, splurge on sparkling wine, a fancy dessert, or other romantic indulgence.

Ideas for Free & Inexpensive Dates

Adore Art

Downtown Hollywood Mural Project/Photo Hollywood CRA

  • Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk events, usually 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. third Saturdays,  include tours, live entertainment and exhibits from artisan vendors. Especially interesting are demonstrations featuring artist  Daniel Pontet painting with his foot to rhythm of live drumming. 
  • Downtown Hollywood area offers an interesting outdoor display of artwork.  Downtown Hollywood Murals. About 30 are painted on structures in easy walkable route, read feature
  • Free entry at ArtServe featuring work of local artists in Fort Lauderdale
  •  Public Art 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…”
  • Coral Springs Museum of Art offers free entry Mondays – Saturdays,  9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5:30  p.m. Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays, 2855A Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs 33065, 954-340-5000,  website

Live Entertainment

Photo: Deposit Photos

Play Trivia

A variety of restaurants and pubs offer entertaining interactive Trivia nights, which are usually free to play, especially if you’re ordering drinks or something to eat.  Read Play trivia at restaurants & pubs

Photo/Broward Parks

Admire nature

Stroll among shady trees, rippling streams and singing songbirds.  Pick a path in a lush forest. Or perhaps you prefer salty air and surf. Pack a picnic. Entry for some parks is always free, and often parking is free. For those with fees on weekends, or everyday, entry is relatively inexpensive.  Use Broward Parks’ website & Florida State Parks website for information about different venues

For a romantic evening excursion, register for a Night hike , usually $5 per person.

Parks with inviting nature paths & scenic settings include these & others

  • Secret Woods, includes a boardwalk overlooking the New River, and assorted other nature walks, 2701 W. State Road 84, Dania Beach 33312,  954-357-8884, read feature
  • Fern Forest, features several nature paths, including its elevated boardwalk into cypress/maple swamp, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek 33063, 954-357-5198, read Nature Trails & Free Entry at Fern Forest in North Broward
  • Quiet Waters Park, includes a butterfly garden & nature path, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach 33442, 954-357-5100 
  • TY Park in Hollywood, includes tennis, picnic tables & a 2-mile paved path — primarily around a lake — for walking, running, biking & skateboarding, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood 33021, 954-357-8811, read
  • Hollywood Beach Broadwalk — lovely 2.5-mile length between waves rolling ashore and  shops, hotels & restaurants, read feature
  • Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk — delightful stretch along the New River from about Southwest Fifth Street east toward Federal Highway, incorporating Esplanade Park, read  feature Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale offers scenic setting for walks & outdoor recreation
  • Deerfield Beach Arboretum, Features native and exotic trees and plants from around the world. Includes flowering tropical trees,  palms, wetlands and others, 2841 W. Hillsboro Boulevard, Deerfield Beach 33442, 954-480-4494, free entry

Free Water Trolley

Step aboard. Rivewalk Water Trolley ferries riders to 8 points along scenic New River in Fort Lauderdale. It’s free. Read feature

Free surf, paddleboard & skimboard lessons in Deerfield

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

Shop

Ride The Rails

Step aboard and skip South Florida traffic. Tri-Rail is relatively inexpensive & offers $5 all-day fares on weekends.  The train  Tri-Rail offers $5 fares on weekends

Roller Skating

Artwork/Francisco Sheuat in Fort Lauderdale 

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Putt-putt & pitches

  • 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
    • $10 & $13 for driving range
    • batting cages  $2 for 25 pitches, $8 for 100 pitches
    • 950 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines 33028, 954-441-1333, website

Photo/Broward Parks & Recreation

Other frugal date ideas & deals

Free and cheap things to do in South Florida this week

Friday, August 19, 2022

Palm Beaches Restaurant Month

All Day | Discounted

Jupiter Hammerheads baseball

$6.00-12.00 | Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium

"Beauty & The Beast" discount

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

2-1 entry to Flamingo Gardens coupon

9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Discounted | Flamingo Gardens

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Display of model railroads in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Tropical Park

Free concert: SPAM Allstars and DJ Kumi

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Lummus Park

Sounds of Little Haiti

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | Discounted | Little Haiti Cultural Center

Live music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Water Taxi Sunset cruise with live entertainment

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | $20.00 | Intracoastal Waterway

Jam on percussion for free

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

Viernes Culturales (Cultural Fridays)

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Calle Ocho

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Free Friday Drum Jam

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

Live music at Grandview in West Palm

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Grandview Public Market

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Jamz: live music in Fort Lauderdale

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Mills Pond Park

Theater in Wellington is offering free tickets

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Wellington High School

Live Music at Doral Yard

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

Free outdoor family-friendly films

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

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU free every Saturday

All Day | FREE | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Palm Beaches Restaurant Month

All Day | Discounted

Jupiter Hammerheads baseball

$6.00-12.00 | Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium

"Beauty & The Beast" discount

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fade

Discounted | GableStage

$5 all-day fares weekends on Tri-Rail

5:00 am to 11:30 pm | $5.00

Plantation Farmers Market

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

Las Olas Oceanside Park Farmers, Antiques & Artisan Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

2-1 entry to Flamingo Gardens coupon

9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Discounted | Flamingo Gardens

Vintage Fair @ Festival Marketplace

10:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Festival Marketplace

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Park offers rides on model train

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $1.50-3.00 | Tradewinds Park

Display of model railroads in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Run Your Own Model Trains at Plantation Historical Museum

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

Free admission to Norton Museum of Art for Palm Beach County residents

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Norton Museum of Art

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

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

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

Woodstock Music & Art Fair

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Society Las Olas

Theater in Wellington is offering free tickets

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Wellington High School

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

Family Day

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | The Underline Urban Gym

Dania Pointe offers Bubble Bash

2:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Downtown Palm Beach Gardens free summer concert series

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Downtown at the Gardens

Rock n' Ride car show

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Tamarac Sports complex

Elevated vendor market in West Palm

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Grandview Public Market

Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk.

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Live music at Grandview in West Palm

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Grandview Public Market

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Theater in Wellington is offering free tickets

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Wellington High School

Live Music at Doral Yard

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

Night sky viewing with telescopes

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

Discount late-night movies

11:30 pm to 2:00 am | $5.00 | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Palm Beaches Restaurant Month

All Day | Discounted

"Beauty & The Beast" discount

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fade

Discounted | GableStage

$5 all-day fares weekends on Tri-Rail

5:00 am to 11:30 pm | $5.00

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

Vizcaya weekly farmer's market

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

2-1 entry to Flamingo Gardens coupon

9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Discounted | Flamingo Gardens

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Park offers rides on model train

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | $1.50-3.00 | Tradewinds Park

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

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

Farmer's Market at Village of Merrick Park

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

Summer Sunday Picnic Series

11:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

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

Free entry to Art and Culture Center of Hollywood

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood Art & Culture Center

Afternoon at the Cinema

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

Dania Pointe offers Bubble Bash

2:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Live music in Lake Worth

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Bryant Park in Lake Worth

Sunday on the Waterfront free concerts

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Tropical Sundays Live Music

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

Free concert: Mike Gerber Quartet

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Collins Park

Live music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade

$12 Adult Skate Night

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

Comedy Night at Nightlife Brewing Co.

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Palm Beaches Restaurant Month

All Day | Discounted

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fade

Discounted | GableStage

2-1 entry to Flamingo Gardens coupon

9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Discounted | Flamingo Gardens

$15 Mondays at Zoo Miami

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

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

Free group bike ride in Fort Lauderdale

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Tarpon River Brewing

Jam Session

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $5.00 | Arts Garage

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Sandbar Sports Grill

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

AMC Theatres discount Tuesdays

All Day | Discounted | AMC Theatres

Regal Theatres: Discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays

All Day | $5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas Multiple Locations

Palm Beaches Restaurant Month

All Day | Discounted

Regal Cinemas kids' summer movies for $2

Discounted | Regal Cinemas

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fade

Discounted | GableStage

2-1 entry to Flamingo Gardens coupon

9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Discounted | Flamingo Gardens

Display of model railroads in Plantation

10:00 am to 4:30 pm | FREE | Plantation Historical Museum

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

Market Tuesdays at CityPlace Doral

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | CityPlace Doral

Tasty Tuesdays with Food Trucks

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Amphitheater in Boca Raton

Food Trucks Tuesdays

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

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 Earth911.com. Send your cheap tips to her at info@fortlauderdaleonthecheap.com.

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