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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

Sunday, January 29, 2023

2-for-1 entry for NSU Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale

Discounted | NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Tamarac Farmers Market

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

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Boca Raton Fine Art Show

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Sanborn Square Park

Miami/Coral Gables Festival of the Arts

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Downtown

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

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

Free Kinetic Art Exhibition in Boynton Beach

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Boynton Beach Arts & cultural center

45th Annual Everglades Bluegrass Festival

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | $5.00-35.00 | Greynolds Park

My Hollywood Pride street festival

1:00 pm to 6:00 pm | Downtown Hollywood

Free Family Day at Bass Museum of Art

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Bass Museum of Art

Closing Ceremony for the Miami International Ballet Competition

3:30 pm | FREE | Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade

Tropical Sundays Live Music

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

Ignite Broward outdoor lights & projection art displays

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Esplanade Park

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

Comedy Night at Nightlife Brewing Co.

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Salsa dance class

9:00 pm | FREE | Ball & Chain

Monday, January 30, 2023

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

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

Free group bike ride in Fort Lauderdale

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

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Sandbar Sports Grill

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Tasty Tuesdays with Food Trucks

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Amphitheater in Boca Raton

Florida Panthers & Sunrise Hockey Festival

5:30 pm | FREE | Flamingo Park in Sunrise

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Garden tour

10:00 am | FREE | Society of the Four Arts

Noon Tunes

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm | FREE | Stranahan Park

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

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

Comedy Night at Pub 52

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Comedy Night at Exit One Taproom

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Exit One Taproom

Thursday, February 2, 2023

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

12:00 pm | FREE | Alamo Park

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

Live music at Doral Yard

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

Friday, February 3, 2023

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

First Fridays @ 5 concert in Boynton Beach

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Boynton Beach Amphitheater

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Tropical Park

Downtown Delray Art Walk

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Delray Beach

Free Gallery Night entry

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Old Town Untapped in Pompano

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Bailey Contemporary Arts

Rock The Park in Plantation

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Plantation Central Park

Lake Worth bonfires offer free music and fun

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Lake Worth Beach & Casino Complex

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

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

Jam on percussion for free

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

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

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 | ArtsPark

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Gold Coast Museum free first Saturday

All Day | FREE | Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Free entry to museums with bank card

All Day | FREE | South Florida Museums

Free live music at Jazz Brunch in Fort Lauderdale

FREE | Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk

Plantation Farmers Market

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

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

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

Free Zumba in Wellington

10:30 am to 11:30 am | FREE | Mall at Wellington Green

Tri-Rail Fun Day in Dania

11:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Tri-Rail Station in Dania

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

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

Fantasy Theatre Factory Black History Month show

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm | $5.00 | Sandrell Rivers Theater

Heritage Fest 2023

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Heritage Fest 2022

3:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

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 symphony Wallcast at SoundScape

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Live Music at Doral Yard

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

Night sky viewing with telescopes

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

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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