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Things to do Thanksgiving Day in South Florida, plenty are free

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


Things To Do On Thanksgiving Day 2022


South Florida


Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden


  • WinterNational Thanksgiving Day Parade is 10 a.m. November 24 with a route from Northeast 6th Avenue along 125th Street to Northeast 12th Avenue, North Miami 33161, with floats, dancers & music.
  • Santa’s Enchanted Forest is open 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. at Hialeah Park, 3100 E. Fourth Ave., Entry is $42.99 & $34.58 for kids and seniors.
  • Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami.  It’s open  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thanksgiving, with entry by 2 p.m. required, 305-251-0400, regular entry is $22.95 for ages 13 and older and $18.95 for ages 3 to 12. Tax is extra.
  • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road 33156, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with entry fees $24.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors, $15.95 for students, $11.95 for ages 6 to 17, free for kids younger than 6 and for members.
  • Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 33132, 305-434-9600, is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thanksgiving. Fees are $22.95 for ages 4-11, $29.95 for adults, free for 3 and younger, website,
  • Magic of Lights Homestead, Homestead Speedway, 1 Ralph Sanchez Speedway Blvd. Holiday drive-thru experience is 6 p.m. -10 p.m., 866-409-7223, fee is $20 per vehicle. Feature: Magic of Lights
  • Miami-Dade Parks many are open. Phone your favorite park to verify. Holiday parking rates, $7, where applicable.
  • Biking  in Miami-Dade
  • ‘A Bridge of Light’: A free outdoor sculpture exhibition in Downtown Miami

Photo/Sunrise Parks & Recreation



Photo/Downtown Delray Beach

Greater Palm Beach

  • Palm Beach County Parks most are open Thanksgiving, with free entry.  Some indoor facilities and amenities may not be open
  • Storywalk exhibit at Pondhawk Natural Area in Boca Raton & other parks feature pages of a book displayed along a path. Free entry and free parking.
  • Palm Beach county natural areas
  • The Square in West Palm Beach hosts a holiday attraction 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. November 12-December 31 that includes snowfall and lights display. The Square is a shopping, dining and residential neighborhood at 700 S. Rosemary Avenue, West Palm Beach. Entry is free. Parking fees apply. Rates after 5 p.m. are usually $5 weekdays and $6 weekends.  
  • Delray Art Trail offers a website that includes information about outdoor sculptures and other public art displays in the downtown area.


 Riverbend Park. Photo/ Palm Beach County Parks


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