Fun Places to Go in Broward, Florida

by Luc Braybury
An aerial view of Fort Lauderdale, the seat of Broward County.

An aerial view of Fort Lauderdale, the seat of Broward County.

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Broward County, Florida, is the second most populous county in Florida, with about 1.75 million residents; it makes up one-third of the South Florida metropolitan area. The county seat is the large city of Fort Lauderdale, which hosts the bulk of the museums and public activities in the area. Broward County consists of 30 cities and towns and is one of the prime tourist destination spots in South Florida.

Flamingo Gardens

Flamingo Gardens, located in Davie, Florida, is a 60-acre botanical collection containing not only the region's largest collection of Champion Trees and hundreds of other indigenous and exotic trees, but also a butterfly and hummingbird garden, a tropical plant house, a free-flight aviary, a rare birds' habitat and a wildlife sanctuary containing otter, bobcat and panther habitats. The butteryfly gardens feature a host of flowering plants that attract dozens of species of butterflies and hummingbirds. The tropical plant house has an array of tropical plants on display such as orchids and calatheas. The free-flight aviary is home to one of the country's largest collections of wading birds. The Flamingo Gardens is a nonprofit organization that accepts donations for admittance.

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum

The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum is a nonprofit foundation that exists to preserve antique cars from the Packard Motor Company (PMC) from the early 1900s. In addition, the museum showcases the progress of the American automobile from its inception to the present. The museum itself is an 18,000-square-foot reproduction of a PMC showroom from the 1920s. It contains 22 working vehicles on display, dating from 1900 through the 1940s. Also on display are thousands of pieces of PMC memorabilia, such as hood ornaments, gear shift knobs, carburetors and more. Donations are accepted as admittance.

Museum of Art -- Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Art contains well over 21,000 square feet of display space, containing a collection of more than 6,000 pieces, including a constantly rotating display of new exhibitions from all over the country and the world. The art portrayed is from a variety of international artists, with a focus on the major cultures inhabiting South Florida and the Caribbean. The museum also hosts monthly activities, such as poetry and book readings, book signings, movie showcases and art festivals.

Museum of Discovery and Science

The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science is an 85,000-square-foot children's activity and discovery center, including both a museum with numerous permanent and rotating interactive science exhibits and a 300-seat IMAX theater, showing 2-D and 3-D movies. Exhibits include such topics as the "Runways to Rockets: Our Place in Aerospace" exhibit, which examines space travel, the "Living in the Everglades" exhibit, which seeks to educate the public on the Everglades ecosystem and its restoration, and the "Gizmo City" exhibit, which explores the science behind modern technology. Prices range from $7 for children and $9 for adults for IMAX shows up to $12 for children and $16 for adults for general admission tickets, as of August of 2011.

About the Author

Luc Braybury began writing professionally in 2010. He specializes in science and technology writing and has published on various websites. He received his Bachelor of Science in applied physics from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga.

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