Party Venues in Broward County, Florida

by James Roland

When you're looking for a party venue in Broward County it's natural to think of the beaches, hotels and restaurants of Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. However, Broward County is also home to unique museums and nature centers that will not only make party space available to you but also lend character and flair to your event.

Anne Kolb Nature Center

The Anne Kolb Nature Center in Hollywood is a 1,500-acre coastal mangrove wetland. It has an exhibit hall, trails, an amphitheater and a banquet hall. The banquet hall is more than 6,000 square feet and is popular for weddings and other celebrations, as it holds almost 300 people. The party space features men's and women's dressing rooms, a caterer's kitchen and an outdoor courtyard. You will have to hire your own caterer for your event.

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum

The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum doubles as a reception hall, and its atmosphere transports guests to another time. The 18,000 square-feet museum is filled with more than 20 Packard automobiles, including roadsters, passenger cars and limousines, all in working order. An early 20th-century bar imported from France makes the space popular for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and events with a speakeasy theme--or any theme related to the time between 1900 and 1940. You will have to hire a caterer; the museum can refer you to a caterer whose waitstaff dress in period costume.

Old Davie School Historical Museum

The Old Davie School Historical Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1918 and is the oldest school building in Broward County. Choose this as your party venue and you have a choice of using the old schoolhouse or the Seminole Chickee Hut outside, which is a patio with a huge grass-covered roof, similar to a tiki hut. The museum hall seats up to 200 guests. Rental includes table and chairs as well as setup. The hall is popular for many different types of events. You will have to hire your own caterer.

Fort Lauderdale History Center

The Fort Lauderdale History Center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The main building of the Center is a two-story building that was a hotel from 1905 until 1955. The front and back lawns each accommodate up to 200 guests and an inside dining hall has room for 50 seated guests or 125 standing guests. The Center is used for everything from Sweet 16 and Quince Anos parties to weddings. Hiring your own caterer is required.

About the Author

James Roland started writing professionally in 1987. A former reporter and editor with the "Sarasota Herald-Tribune," he currently oversees such publications as the "Cleveland Clinic Heart Advisor" and UCLA's "Healthy Years." Roland earned his Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Oregon.

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