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
- Eat your favorite foods. Restaurants open in South Florida for dine-in or takeout options
- Ride a train. Tri-Rail offers $5 all-day rates holidays and weekends. The railroad runs from Miami-Dade to West Palm Beach with stops in Broward. Information about Tri-Rail, including routes and shuttles to and from stations, call 954-783-6030 or 800-874-7245 Feature: Tri-Rail offers $5 fares on weekends
- Delight in the outdoors with a nature walk, a picnic or toss a Frisbee. Florida State Parks, entry fees are usually about $6 per vehicle with at least 2 people. Fees for pedestrians and bicyclists are usually about $2. Lots of local parks are open, including splash pads and playgrounds. Other parks: South Florida’s scenic parks and natural areas, plenty are free
- Watch live webcams at beaches and other public places in South Florida
- Download free digital movies, e-books, workshops, lessons & music from Broward libraries, greater Palm Beach libraries, Dade libraries
- 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
- Watch a light show synchronized to holiday tunes. Free Symphony of Lights display at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., shows on the hour. 901 S Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach 33009
- Play. Lots of local parks are open, including Welleby Park in Sunrise 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. November 24, with splash pad and dog park. Entry is free. In Tamarac, entry is free for Waters Edge Park features a splash pad and Story Trail. Feature: Waters Edge Park in Tamarac
- Snap a selfie with a dapper 20-foot beach snowman. Olas is on display at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Feature: Holiday events & beach snowman at Las Olas Oceanside Park in Fort Lauderdale
- Travel by water. Water Taxi in Fort Lauderdale is running about 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with a discount rate of $20 per person.
- Relax oceanside with live music 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. at Hollywood Bandshell, and it’s free, weather permitting. Beach parking rates apply. Hollywood Bandshell is part of Hollywood Broadwalk offers oceanfront venue for walking, rollerskating & live entertainment
- Appreciate art. Downtown Hollywood Murals features about 45 murals on buildings and sidewalks in easy walkable route. Information about the artwork and artists is online
- Shop. Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop, flea market with Ferrari museum, 3291 W. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale 33311, 954-791-7927
- Jump on your bike. Free & inexpensive bike routes in Broward
- Broward Parks Some natural areas and other venues are always free. For others, especially regional parks, weekend & holiday entry fees are $1.50 for 6 and older.
- Broward Fair at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, with entry at $5 and ride wristbands $30 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. and after 8 p.m. it’s $10 entry and $40 ride wristbands. 901 S Federal Highway, Hallandale
- Riverwalk is ideal for romantic walks and photo ops. Entry is free, with fees for parking.
- Hollywood Broadwalk is an oceanfront venue for walking, skating and entertainment. Entry is free, with fees for parking.
- Beach 33009. Feature: Broward County Fair offers entertainment and discounts
- Fair at Margate November 18-December 4
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.