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Thanksgiving weekend in South Florida: More things to do!

If you’re out and about, some parks, restaurants and assorted attractions are open for fun, entertainment and food on Thanksgiving Day in South Florida. Some activities and sights are free or relatively inexpensive.

Of course, if you have Friday off as well, most of these options are also available – so take a look at our list below and plan your long holiday weekend!

Things To Do On Thanksgiving Day 2021

Sightseeing & entertainment

(Photo courtesy of Water Taxi)

Picnics & nature walks & recreation

 Riverbend Park. (Photo courtesy of Palm Beach County Parks)

Shopping & Dining

  • Restaurants open in South Florida either for dine-in or takeout options
  • Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop, 3291 W. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale 33311, 954-791-7927, website
    • iconic flea market
    • free Ferrari museum
    • on hold until further notice — drive-in movies, $7 per person

Free online entertainment from South Florida

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