Enjoy a Spring Break in South Floridian on ANY Budget

Spring Break is kicking off and here are 10 of our favorite South Florida MUST-DOs that won’t break the bank.


1. Learn to Surf or Paddleboard:

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Join Island Camps at Island Water Sports every Saturday morning at 7am for Surf and SUP lessons. Lessons are entirely FREE. From the best surf and paddleboarding coaches in South Florida, to free use of the boards and paddles, you will not have to dish out a penny. They only ask that you pre-register online at http://www.islandcamps.com/free-lessons/

OR, if you have a grom aged 5 and up they can join Island Camps for an unforgettable Spring Break at Surf or Skate Camp. Our Spring Surf School in Boca Raton is March 18th – 22nd. Join us in Deerfield Beach for Surf Camp, March 25th – 29th. And, join us for Skate Camp held March 18th – 22nd and March 25th – 29th. Register at IslandCamps.com


2. Visit Our Local Sea Turtles:

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With March 1st being the official start of turtle season, it’s the perfect time to enjoy our favorite locals. 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. Enjoy the Florida Surfing Museum:

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Island Water Sports is honored to display 40 Years of South Florida Surf & Skate History at the Florida Surfing Museum. Join us Sunday, March 10th for the opening party from 5-9pm. Enjoy free drink and appetizers… and enter for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind Wave Tools twin fin surfboard.

The Cottrell family has sorted through thousands of photos, newpaper clippings, contest posters and family memories to bring you the best moments in Island Water Sports history.

The installation will be on display now through March 19th at Elizabeth Ave Station, 1400 Elizabeth Ave, West Palm Beach.


4. Explore a Nature Trail:

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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


5. Enjoy an Underwater Snorkel Trail:

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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.


6. Stroll Through the Gardens:

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Just down the street, Deerfield Beach has its own peaceful corner known as the Deerfield Beach Arboretum. Filled with a variety of gardens filled with plants around the world, there are several ways to get more out of your Arboretum experience. There is a free tour every Friday at 10:00 am and the first Saturday of the month at 10:00 am. Also, guided tours are available, for a modest fee.

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.


7. Become a Maker:

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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.


8. Feed a Stingray:

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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.


9. Reach for the Stars:

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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

 


10. Discover Mermaids:

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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.