Summer is right around the corner. Here are our favorite, affordable ways to get out and enjoy a South Florida Summer.
18 Ways to Enjoy a South Florida Summer
on ANY Budget
1. Learn to Surf or Paddleboard:
Join Island Camps at Island Water Sports every Saturday morning at 7am for Surf and SUP lessons. Lessons are free and boards can be used at no cost. They only ask that you pre-register online at http://www.islandcamps.com/free-lessons/
2. Visit Our Local Sea Turtles:
Learn about sea turtles with a free visit to the nonprofit Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach or our own Gumbo Limbo in Boca Raton. The state-of-the-art centers and hospitals are dedicated to endangered sea turtles, their rehabilitation, and research. Special tours, beach programs and kid camps also are available for a small fee.
3. Bowl a Strike or Two:
Some bowling venues in Broward are participating in Kids Bowl Free programs. Register online for whichever venues you prefer, or all of them. The program typically allows two free games of bowling per day on eligible days. The rules and valid ages vary with each venue. For renting bowling shoes, standard fees apply.
- Strikers Family Sportscenter 8500 NW 44th St, Sunrise 33351, 954-749-1400 offered 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. week days, based on availability, June 1 to August 31. On days you want to bowl, it’s recommended you phone first and ask about availability. Registration is online
- Sawgrass Lanes 8501 N. University Drive, Tamarac, 954-722-2700, is offering two free games of bowling per day, eligible days and times. The free games are based on availability. Phone first the days you want to bowl. The free bowling is offered April to October, except Saturdays. Registration is online.
- Wow Alley weekdays to October 31, 5891 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek 33073, Reserve lanes, 954-380-8600. Register online
4. Catch a Movie:
Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse offers $1 kid movies at 10 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Click here to see movies and find participating theaters. Regal Summer Movie Express offers $1 kids movies starting June 13 at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Paragon Theaters free kids movies show at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting June 13 through Aug. 17.
Check out all the deals below:
- Discounts at 2 movie theaters in Davie Tuesdays
- $5 Tickets Tuesdays for AMC Stubs members and Save 20% on AMC Theatres Stubs Premiere membership to June 10
Davie theater offers summer kids’ movies for $1, or $5 for 10 movies June 11 to August
$1 kid flicks this summer at Regal theaters in South Florida June 5 to August 15
- Free family-friendly movies in Hollywood most Fridays
- Village Design free family-friendly outdoor films, 600 Breakers Ave., Fort Lauderdale 33304 most Fridays. Wine, popcorn & refreshments for sale. 305-717-8403
- Free movies in Pompano Beach, usually first Fridays
- Free family-friendly films in Tamarac including “Despicable Me” June 1
- Pompano’s free dive-in movie series including June 15, August 10
- Free family-friendly films in Weston park
- Free outdoor movie in Coconut Creek
- Broward libraries show free movies occasionally at library branches, loan DVDs and offer access to free movies online. Information is on the Broward Library website
5. Enjoy a Local Museum:
Are you a Bank of America customer? If so, get free entry of the first full weekend of each month to many museums throughout our area with the Bank of America Museum on Us program. The American Museum of Cuban Diaspora also offers free entry on the first full weekend of each month with a Merrill Lynch credit or debit card.
Miami Children’s Museum in Miami offers free entry on the third Friday of each month, compliments of Target. The Museum Pass Program offers free entry to the Frost Science Museum and 11 other museums with a Miami-Dade County Library Card. Also, save 10 percent on museum memberships during Museum Month in May, too.
Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach offers free admission throughout 2018.
6. Explore a Nature Trail:
Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve in West Palm Beach is free to visit. This unique ecosystem features trails through 23 square miles. of wetlands. Naturalist-led programs include canoe and kayak trips, family dipnetting and off-boardwalk “swamp tromps” suitable for all ages. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, at 13026 Jog Road in Delray Beach, is free and open to the public. Wakodahatchee, part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, features a three-quarter mile boardwalk that offers spectacular viewing of many species of wading birds. Fern Forest
7. Head on a Safari:
Zoo Miami is participating in the Summer Savings Pass, which offers unlimited visits to the attraction along with Lion Country Safari, Museum of Discovery and Science and Miami Seaquarium. Passes are $58 for adults and $48 for kids ages 3-12.
8. Enjoy an Underwater Snorkel Trail:
Stop by Island Water Sports to grab a mask and snorkel and jump in anywhere along our South Florida Coast to see our incredible marine life. If you are looking to take a quick road trip, consider visiting Phil Foster Park, at 900 Blue Heron Boulevard in Riviera Beach. It is home to the world-famous Underwater Snorkel Trail. Beginners and experienced divers can see an abundance of sea life exploring the artificial reef. It spans a two-acre area in 6 to 10 feet of water. There also is a beach, playground, fishing, kayak rentals and more.
9. Take Them Out to the Ballgame:
The Miami Marlins offers freebies and ticket deals, including 50 percent off seats on Tuesdays and free entry for seniors 65 or older on Thursdays. Click here to see the deals.
10. Catch a Butterfly:
11. Stroll Through the Gardens:
If you are in West Palm, be sure to visit the Society of the Four Arts Botanical Garden. It is free to visit and features native plants that thrive in Florida. Theses beautiful gardens were designed in 1938 and are maintained by the Garden Club of Palm Beach.
12. Become a Maker:
The Creation Station at Broward County’s main library in Fort Lauderdale offers free classes and musical tutoring, access to state-of-the-art computers, 3D printers and virtual reality equipment. There also are stations at the Northwest Regional Library in Coral Springs and at the Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library in Pompano Beach.
13. Feed a Stingray:
Feed sharks and stingrays at the Sandoway Discovery Center in Delray Beach and get free entry in June and July by signing up for a Palm Beach County Library Adventure Museum Pass. The Flagler Museum, Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and South Florida Science Center and Aquarium are among 12 museums participating in the annual program.
14. Dance to Some Live Music:
The Sunday Jazz Brunch is an ideal way to relax and enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s scenic Riverwalk. This free, live, outdoor concert series brings the area’s best local jazz artists. Listen to the music on three different stages on the first Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Starlight Musicals kicks off June 8th at Holiday Park . The free Friday night concerts start at 7 p.m. and run through Aug. 10th.
Each Tuesday head to the Main Beach Parking Lot located at 149 SE 21st Ave from 7-9pm.Wear your dancing shoes and bring your beach chair for a fun evening under the stars. “Johnny Vincent” will be playing for your entertainment.
Places to enjoy live music
- Deerfield Beach Free beach dances most Tuesdays, weather permitting
- Fort Lauderdale Free Sunday Jazz Brunch in Fort Lauderdale, the first Sunday of most months, except April
- Pompano Beach, Old Town Untapped events are free in Pompano, most first Fridays of the month
- Bands perform at free events in Pompano Beach usually second Fridays of the month
- Pompano, free music performances some Saturdays or Sundays at Festival Marketplace, 2900 West Sample Road, Pompano Beach 33073, 954-979-4555
- Free unplugged music jamming at Secret Woods park, fourth Sunday of most months
15. Catch a Fish:
During National Fishing and Boating Week, most states offer free fishing days. These are days where anglers are allowed to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. Florida’s free fresh and saltwater fishing days are the Second Saturday and Sunday in June (freshwater) and the
First Saturday and Sunday in June (saltwater).
16. Reach for the Stars:
Located on the A.Hugh Adams central campus of Broward College is the Buehler Planetarium & Observatory. This fascinating facility is one of the most advanced planetariums in South Florida with its Zeiss M 1015 projector and its modern digital audiovisual equipment. You’ve seen the sand and the sea; now see the stars sprinkled across the Ft. Lauderdale sky. One of few free attractions in the area, the Buehler Planetarium & Observatory enables visitors to spend an evening gazing at the majestic night sky through a collection of high-tech telescopes. From glowing moons and flashing stars to the vivid orbs of planets, the views are truly spectacular and, on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings, completely free.
On Saturday evenings at dusk, the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association opens the Fox Observatory at Markham in Sunrise – and it’s free. The group also hosts the free “An Evening With the Stars” program at Fern Forest in Coconut Creek on a quarterly basis. Also, take advantage of the community nights at Florida Atlantic University’s observatory.
17. Splash in Space:
Kids of all ages are invited to Splash under the stars at the Splash Adventure water park at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. Get wet on Fridays, June 8 & 22, July 6 & 20, and August 3 & 10 from 6-10 p.m. for just $6 per person.
18. Discover Mermaids:
Experience B Ocean Resorts world-famous Mermaid show. This historic gathering place allows guests to B Social and peak through our porthole windows into the resort pool to enjoy Medusirenas Mermaid Show.