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Readers’ Favorite Free Things To Do in South Florida

Tons of free entertainment and activities are offered in South Florida, and readers enthusiastically provided some of their favorites.

It's interesting to see what other South Floridians enjoy. It offers valuable ideas for residents and tourists who appreciate wallet-friendly fun.

These favorites were provided by readers when they entered a previous drawing for a free boat excursion. Their ideas are well-worth repeating.

Photo/Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale

Attractions

Reader: “Our favorite thing to do right now is visit the free trains exhibit at Plantation Historical Museum. My 2yo (and I) loves seeing the train displays and talking to all the nice train conductors.”

Related feature: Plantation Historical Museum offers free entry & running model railroads. Please note — Trains exhibit in Plantation was offered previously. A model train exhibit is offered at library: Free trains exhibit in Pembroke Pines

Reader: “The free Miami botanical gardens is my favorite free thing to do in South Florida.”

Related feature: Miami Beach Botanical Garden is now free

Reader:  “My favorite free activity in Miami is visiting all the museums and getting the 4 person pass at the Miami Dade Libraries. Especially during the summertime. We’ve visited the Children’s Museum, Frost Science Museum, the History Museum, Perez Art Museum and even The Fruit and Spice Museum. It’s a great way to say good times with our son and friends.”

Related feature: Free vouchers for museums, attractions at the library

Photo/Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach, an FPL eco-discovery venue

Other attractions with free entry opportunities:

 

Fern Forest. Photo/Broward Parks & Recreation

Parks & Nature

Reader: “My favorite free thing to do is take a walk or exercise at one of our many parks. I have 3 parks very close to me and just to get to some of them, I get to walk along a canal filled with fish, turtles, ducks, etc. The wild parrots are my absolute favorite!”

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Beaches

Plenty of readers adore South Florida beaches. 

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Hollywood bandshell. Photo/Hollywood CRA

Free entertainment: Live music & outdoor movies

Reader: “My favorite free thing is Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell. So much fun!!!”

Reader: “We love the Hollywood Beach Bandshell free concerts!! Love to listen, enjoy and Dance with locals & tourists! Some amazing artists!”

Related feature: Free live music at Hollywood Bandshell

Reader: “My favorite thing that I’ve done using Miami on the Cheap has been watching a free outdoor family-friendly film with my family.”

Related feature: Free family-friendly films in Hollywood

Reader: “Free music Jazz on Las Olas free music on Fort Lauderdale beach free music (in downtown West Palm Beach)”

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Vendor markets

Reader: The most fun and splash we have is on the free farmers markets. Especially the one at Pinecrest Gardens on each Sunday is our favorite one. Smoothies, fresh bread, cookies, BBQ, lime juices, and on and on, delicious! It is a wonderful way to dive into Miami’s local diversity of cultures and food!

Reader: “My favorite free events around Miami, Aventura, Liberty City, Little Haiti and North Miami is to shop at the various free farmers and vendor markets. I also have loved attending free live music in Wynwood and Gulfstream, especially when the crowd breaks in a line dance. Relaxing and fun.”

Related feature: Farmers markets & vendor fairs 

Biking

Reader: “Best free thing to do in South Florida is bike riding on the Atlantic trail way overlooking the Everglades.”

Reader: “My favorite free thing to do in south Florida is biking on the Rickenbacker Causeway to one of the beaches at Bill Baggs State Park, having lunch at the Lighthouse Cafe and watching the friendly local raccoons eating out of the garbage cans before heading back over the big bridge at dusk as the skyline begins to glitter.”

Reader: “I live in Miami and my favorite activity is running. I run everywhere in Miami: Key Biscayne, South Beach, Kennedy Park. I also enjoy biking under the underline.”

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Other fun

Reader: “My favorite free thing to do in South Florida is attend various festivals where there is no admission. Like Starlight Musicals, Food Truck Wednesdays, etc. – and various free kids events that we take our family to. We all have a good time for relatively cheap.”

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Outdoor dining: Free events with food trucks

Reader: “My favorite free thing to do in Miami is to look at the skyline. If you drive to Key Biscayne, you can park and have this fabulous, cosmopolitan view.”

Other Free Things To Do

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Free entry to museums with bank card

All Day | FREE | South Florida Museums

Farmers markets & vendor fairs

FREE | Broward, Dade & greater Palm Beach

Plantation Farmers Market

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

Sensory-Friendly Science Saturdays for age 5+, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 10:00 am | FREE | Sugar Sand Park, Boca Raton

DIY workshops for kids at participating Home Depot stores

9:00 am to 12:00 pm | FREE | Home Depot stores

Delray GreenMarket

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Furever Friends Pet Expo

10:00 am to 12:00 pm | FREE | Tamarac Park

Gold Coast Museum free first Saturday

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Free Fun First Saturday, Boca History Museum

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum

Free Museum of Art admission for WPB residents & military Saturdays

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach

Las Olas Art Fair

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Boulevard

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

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

Free Carnaval on the Mile

10:00 am to 10:00 pm | FREE | Miracle Mile

Free film: Sea Turtles of the Palm Beaches

10:30 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Palmetto Bay Village Picnic

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Coral Reef Park

Science Stories for age 5+, Boca Raton

11:30 am | FREE | Sugar Sand Park, Boca Raton

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

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

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Free tour of historic Doc Thomas House

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm | FREE | Doc Thomas House, Miami

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

1:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Acoustic music & open mic jam, Coconut Creek

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | North Regional Library

Youth Music Festival, Miami Gardens

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Free tour of historic Doc Thomas House

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Doc Thomas House, Miami

'A Matter of Black Lives' featuring Nicole Yarling in Fort Lauderdale

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | African American Research Library

305 Day Official Celebration

3:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Wynwood Marketplace, Miami

Jazzin in Lauderhill

4:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | West Lark Park

McBride Plaza Free Concert Series

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | McBride Plaza

Free movie night at Tea & Poets, South Miami

5:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Tea & Poets, South Miami

Free live music in Margate

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Margate sports complex

Cultural Saturdays at Dania Ponite

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Free 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

Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew revisit Talking Heads

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood ArtsPark

Free live music series at The Betsy Hotel

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | The Betsy Hotel

Free Screening of "Cars 3"

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Picnic Park West

Live Music at Doral Yard

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

Night sky viewing with telescopes in west Broward

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

Free Live Music

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Books and Books Coral Gables

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Free entry to museums with bank card

All Day | FREE | South Florida Museums

Farmers markets & vendor fairs

FREE | Broward, Dade & greater Palm Beach

Tamarac Farmers Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Veterans Park Tamarac

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Dream car classic in Hollywood

10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Hollywood

Las Olas Art Fair

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Boulevard

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

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

Free Carnaval on the Mile

10:00 am to 10:00 pm | FREE | Miracle Mile

Free film: Sea Turtles of the Palm Beaches

10:30 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Free live music at Jazz Brunch in Fort Lauderdale

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk

Weston World Fest

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Weston Regional Park

Gifford Lane Art Stroll

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Gifford Lane

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Bluegrass festival and acoustic jam

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Greynolds Park

Free tour of historic Biltmore Hotel

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Biltmore Hotel

Family Sundays at Dania Pointe with entertainment & games

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | Dania Pointe

Florida Grand Opera "Hit Me With Music"

3:00 pm | FREE | Miami Beach Bandshell

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade, Miami Beach

Tropical Sundays Live Music

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

McBride Plaza Free Concert Series

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | McBride Plaza

Jai-Alai, spring season, Miami

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Magic City Fronton, Miami

Free 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

Free live music series at The Betsy Hotel

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | The Betsy Hotel

Salsa dance class

9:00 pm | FREE | Ball & Chain

Monday, March 4, 2024

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

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

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Free Noche de Arte

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | InterContinental Hotel

McBride Plaza Free Concert Series

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | McBride Plaza

Food Trucks in Hollywood

5:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood ArtsPark

Free Improv class every Monday in Palmetto Bay

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Palmetto Bay Library

Free live music series at The Betsy Hotel

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | The Betsy Hotel

Free group bike ride in Fort Lauderdale

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

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Sandbar Sports Grill, Miami-Dade

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Free yoga at library in Plantation

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm | FREE | West Regional Library

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Tasty Tuesdays with Food Trucks

5:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Sunset Cove Amphitheater, Boca Raton

Food Truck Tuesdays at Haulover Park

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

McBride Plaza Free Concert Series

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | McBride Plaza

Free live music series at The Betsy Hotel

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | The Betsy Hotel

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Noon Tunes in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Stranahan Park

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Food Trucks In Volunteer Park

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Volunteer Park Plantation

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Pelican Harbor Marina

McBride Plaza Free Concert Series

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | McBride Plaza

Free New Music Miami Festival

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Wolfsonian-FIU

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

New Music ISCM Festival

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Wolfsonian-FIU

Free live music series at The Betsy Hotel

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | The Betsy Hotel

Comedy Night at Pub 52

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co., Miami-Dade

Comedy Night at Exit One Taproom

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Exit One Taproom, Miami-Dade

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Sunny Days/Starry Nights at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale with free entry

11:00 am to 7:00 pm | FREE | NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Jazz at Jackson, Miami

12:00 pm | FREE | Alamo Park, Miami-Dade

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Pop-up Biergarten, Wellington

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Town Center Promenade, Wellington

Free GOGO MOAD Family Day

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus

Wolfson Market & Movie, Miami

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus

Food Truck Thursdays at Highland Oaks Park

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Highland Oaks Park

McBride Plaza Free Concert Series

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | McBride Plaza

McBride Plaza Free Concert Series

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | McBride Plaza

Free Thursdays at PAMM: Backroom Sessions

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Night Market, Boca Raton

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Sanborn Square Park, Boca

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Live music at Doral Yard

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Free live music series at The Betsy Hotel

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | The Betsy Hotel

Friday, March 8, 2024

Free admission, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Guided nature hike, Jupiter

9:00 am | FREE | Riverbend Park, Jupiter

Outdoor Marine Aquarium Feeding, daily, Boca Raton

12:30 pm to 12:50 pm | FREE | Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Boca Raton

Loggerhead Marinelife Center: Fish Feeding Talks

1:30 pm to 12:00 am | FREE | Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Juno Beach

Public Walking Tour, Manatee Lagoon, WPB

2:00 pm | FREE | Manatee Lagoon, Palm Beach

Pop-up Biergarten, Wellington

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Town Center Promenade, Wellington

Fluffy's Food Trucks in Coconut Creek

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Coconut Creek community center

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Tropical Park, South Miami

McBride Plaza Free Concert Series

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | McBride Plaza

Register & play chess for free on 'Queens Night Out,' West Palm

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Fern Street Chess Park, Downtown West Palm Beach

Smorgasburg Miami weekly street fair with music

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Lincoln Road Mall, Miami Beach

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Barbie event & movie in Hollywood

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood ArtsPark

Free outdoor movie and food trucks in Tamarac

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Tamarac Park

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

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

Screen on the Green movie, WPB

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Ruby Gillman: Teenage Kraken (PG), WPB

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Jai-Alai, spring season, Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Magic City Fronton, Miami

Jam on percussion for free

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

Moonlight concert series at The Barnacle

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-20.00 | Barnacle Historic State Park

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Free live entertainment in Pompano

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Pompano Beach Great Lawn

Telescopes at Fern Forest in North Broward, phone to verify if event is on

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Fern Forest Nature Center

Free live music series at The Betsy Hotel

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | The Betsy Hotel

Live Music at Doral Yard

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

Free outdoor films in Hollywood

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

Free outdoor film in Weston

8:00 pm to 10:30 pm | Weston Regional Park

Free Live Music

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Books and Books Coral Gables

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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