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Festive places in South Florida for Insta-worthy photos

If you appreciate taking your own interesting holiday photos, South Florida offers some wonderful, whimsical, and festive displays. Adorable selfies. Pose with pals.

Broward, Dade and greater Palm Beach offer lots of opportunities for impressive Instagram-able pictures.

Photo/Dania Pointe

Snow and Snowmen


Dania Pointe plaza offers free outdoor activities with a winter vibe. Snow flurries with holiday tunes and snowmen formed from Florida-style snow. Free entry Feature: Snow flurries and snowen at Dania Pointe Plaza


Snowfalls are offered at various venues including  Dadeland mall and Dolphin mall. Free entry. Feature: Tree lightings, Santa events in Miami

West Palm

The Square in West Palm Beach hosts a holiday attraction that includes snowfalls and a lights show. The Square is a shopping, dining and residential neighborhood at 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm. Light shows and snowfalls are 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., with extra entertainment and events occasionally. Free entry. Feature: Holiday snowfalls & lights at The Square in West Palm


Photo: city of West Palm Beach

Sit inside an ornament

Holiday in Paradise on the waterfront in West Palm features lots of distinctive features, including an impressive 35-foot sand sculpture shaped as a tree. The attraction includes a lighted ferris wheel, fountain with dancing waters and array of photo ops, including other sand sculptures and an ornament featuring a seat. Free entry. Feature: West Palm Beach’s ‘Holiday in Paradise’ dazzles


Tropical Snowman

Photo/Las Olas Oceanside Park


Olas a dashing 40-foot snowman is available for pictures on A1A and Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Free entry.

Across the street, Las Olas Oceanside Park offers photo ops, including an festive ornament entryway, 3000 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale 33316.  Free entry. Feature: Holiday fun for all at Las Olas Oceanside Park.

Photo/Las Olas Oceanside Park


Manatee friends

Photo/Manatee Lagoon an FPL facility

Manatees offer a Florida flavor for holiday photos or anytime photos. An indoor replica of the delightful animals is featured at Manatee Lagoon, 6000 N. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach 33407. Free entry.

Feature: Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach offers interactive exhibits & it’s free

Delightful bridge in Japanese garden

A petite red bridge poised in a Japanese garden is a lovely place for photos. It’s at Miami Beach Botanical Garden, with lots of other picturesque places. 2000 Convention Center Drive. Feature: Miami Beach Botanical Garden is free.

Other venues and events with photo ops

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