16 Can't Miss South Florida MEGA Parks

South Florida teems with recreation since we have such temperate weather all year long.  Local county governments have provided locals and tourists alike with pretty awesome amenities to enjoy at their public parks.  Playgrounds, grassy open fields, sports facilities and even waterparks make play time in South Florida easy and accessible.  Some parks are super parks with all sorts of amenities all in one place.  These MEGA parks could keep you and your family occupied all day and have you coming back for more over and over again!

We've selected 16 of South Florida's most awesome parks for recreation. South Florida is a hot bed of attractions catered to providing year round enjoyment for families but many of these things are geared to separating you from your cash.  County parks give you the biggest bang for your buck and are sure to deliver a good time!  Here are sixteen of the must visit places while living in or visiting South Florida.

Broward Mega Parks

C.B. Smith Park (Pembroke Pines)

C.B. Smith Park is located in Broward County in Pembroke Pines, Florida, and is a nice place to see while in the South Florida area. This 300-acre park is one of Broward County’s most diverse parks and was voted as a favorite park in Broward county. Paradise Cove Water Park is a seasonal feature at CB Smith Park that is generally open from March to October.  Paradise Cove includes some truly exhilarating play areas: Parrot's Point, a 12-inch-deep pool with two small waterslides and other interactive play elements designed for ages 5 and under; Sharky's Lagoon, an 18-inch-deep pool with three waterslides (83, 98, and 125 feet long) and other interactive play elements; Crazy Creek, a 410-foot-long meandering tube ride with interactive play elements along the route.  A brand new set of 4 curley-que tall waterslides are being installed and will be called the "Paradise Pipeline". In addition to the fun water park available, this park has a huge variety of activities. Fishing, tennis, mini golf, batting cages, basketball, horseshoes, playgrounds, bike rentals, and volleyball are just some available activities.  Can't get enough?  Pitch a tent and camp there at their popular campground!

Topekeegee Yugnee Park (T.Y. Park)--Hollywood

Topekeegee Yugnee is a Seminole Indian phrase meaning “meeting or gathering place,” and is a large park located in Hollywood, Florida in Broward County. This 138 acre park lives up to its name with many shaded areas, open picnic areas, a large open field for family fun, and a gazebo which may be rented out for weddings and other events.  If you are interested in interacting with nature, try renting a johnny boat, kayak, canoe or paddleboat at the Marina for up to 4 hours.  Fishing can be done from the shore of the lake, from rental boats, and from the fishing pier.  T.Y. Park has camp sites for RV’s and others for tents so you can stay the night.  The gem of the park is the seasonally open Castaway Island Water Park.  

Central Broward Regional Park (Lauderhill)

Home to majoy international Cricket competitions, Central Broward Regional Park is loved by the locals for it's water park!  Located in Lauderhill Florida, this Broward County mega park is a multipurpose facility, with many family fun activities. This park serves seven of Broward’s 31 municipalities and is the only one capable of hosting large cricket competitions in its 5,000 seat field house. There is also a main field which can be used for concerts, sporting events and other large, special events. There are tons of other sporting fields and court. The water park is opened seasonally.

Holiday Park (Fort Lauderdale)

Holiday Park of Ft. Lauderdale boasts 91 acres of fun with it's colorful playground, large tennis center and the War Memorial Auditorium. The auditorium frequently hosts a diverse variety of shows as well as local high school graduations. This is a great park if your family is into sports with it's lighted ball fields, Jiummy Evert Tennis Center, gym and recreational center.  There are also playgrounds, sports fields available, shuffle board and racquet ball courts. 

Quiet Waters Park (Deerfield Beach)

Located in Deerfield Beach, Quiet Waters Park has so much to offer. With well over 400 acres to enjoy, your family will be sure to have a good time. Quiet Waters is most known for it's Splash Adventure water playground and it's Ski-Rixen waterski/wakeboarding feature.  If you get tired of the water, there are many activities to be had on dry land. The most fun may be the mountain bike trails.  You can even rent GoPro cameras to take along on the trip.  Quiet Waters offers adorable tent cabins to rent for family overnight camping so you can take your time to enjoy all the amenities.  This is the site of the annual Renaissance Festival that takes place in February each year.

Coral Springs Sportsplex

The Coral Spring Sportsplex in Coral Springs, Florida is a large complex with many available sports fields and activities available. The main arena hosts shows and concerts throughout the year including monster truck rallies and demolition derbies. There are also tennis courts and an ice hockey rink. Bring along your furry family members to enjoy the popular Dr. Steven G. Paul Dog Park.  No matter what sport you and your family are interested in, you can play it here. If it's a hot Florida day, bring along your swim suit and enjoy the Aquatics Complex there as well!

Tradewinds Park (Coconut Creek)

Where do you begin?  There is so much to do at this North Broward park in Coconut Creek, Florida. This is one of Broward’s largest parks.  It's so large it's split in two!  On the south side of the park there is disc golf course, a fishing lake, athletic fields and Butterfly World which is famous around the world. On the north side there are horse stables which offer guided rides and pony rides. There is also an educational farm and steam train rides. The educational farm teaches many different farm related activities and always has something to offer all members of the family.

Vista View Park (Davie)

Another one of Broward County’s mega parks, the 272 acre Vista View Park, is located in Davie, Florida. There are eight large covered shelters perfect for family gatherings and picnics. There are several basketball courts, two playgrounds and a horse corral. The most unique thing about the park is the available landing strip designed for radio-controlled airplanes and glider planes. There are also camp sites for primitive camping and fishing docks. This is a place where a family could vacation for several days, or locals could visit over and over and not run out of fun things to do.  If your child is a Florida flat-lander, he or she will especially enjoy all the hills at the park for rolling and running.

Palm Beach Mega Parks

Okeeheelee Park (West Palm Beach)

Okeeheelee Park is found in West Palm Beach Florida, in Palm Beach County. There is so much to do at this park. Five lighted baseball fields, exercise area, a public golf course, BMX courses, boating and fishing areas, and mountain biking. Inside the golf course is a pro shop, equipment rentals and sales and a concessions stand for all the drinks and foods you may need. There is also a nature center with an outdoor classroom and nature trails. You can also rent bikes, canoes and kayaks at the rental concessions center. Okeecheelee is one of the top parks in Palm Beach County and aims to please families of all ages and sizes with the multitude of available programs.

Burt Aaronson Regional Park (Boca Raton)

With 850 acres in Boca Raton, Florida, this Palm Beach County park, is a great place for anyone to visit. The park has an amphitheater, a golf course, a nature center and even a water park and recreation center. The water park (Coconut Cove) has several slides, a lazy river and splash pools designed for all ages. The golf course has 27 holes of lush landscaped areas. There is so much the park has including boat docks, biking and hiking trails, exercise areas, fishing, and a large dog park. With available parking for RV vehicles, this is a place where families from all over can come to visit. 

Miami Dade Mega Parks

A.D. Barnes Park (Miami)

Located in Miami, Florida, A.D. Barnes Park is a natural paradise filled with fun family friendly amenities.  You could easily spend more than a day exploring all the park has to offer. The 65 acre park is covered in lush verdant old growth plants and trees.  The park's pool is open year round and features learn to swim programs.  In addition to the pool, there are basketball courts, picnic shelters, fitness zones, trails, and playgrounds.  When visiting the A.D. Barnes Park, be sure to also check out the Sense of Wonder Nature Center where you can access 15 acres of wildlife and plants and a fishing lake. See the bird and wild critter sanctuary or even decide to go camping! 

Amelia Earhart Park (Hialeah)

Amelia Earhart Park is a large 515-acre park located in Miami-Dade County just north of Hialeah. The park contains over 8 miles of bike trails. There is a small village where visitors can learn about milking cows, horseshoeing, and sheep-shearing. There is also a petting zoo and fishing dock. There is also Earhart Hall which can be rented out for large family functions. Next to the hall are the crop fields which grow a large selection of vegetables and sunflowers. There are tons of available activities for everyone to enjoy.

Tropical Park (Miami)

Built in 1979 over an old horse track in Miami, Florida, Tropical Park sees over 1.5 million visitors per year. This park offers great amenities like bike riding, walking trails, and running and jogging. There is also fitness courts and a boxing center to keep in shape. There is a full-service equestrian center here, with stables for rent, vehicle hook ups, bathroom facilities and more. The center is rented to host rodeos, concerts, dog shows, and corporate events. It can hold up to 5,000 people and is a great place for families to visit.

Crandon Park (Key Biscayne)

Crandon Park is located in Miami-Dade County in Biscayne, Florida. There are few native Miamians who have not visited Crandon at some point in their lives. The site of the former Zoo, this park is not only HUGE but also is steeped with local history.  With something for everyone, the park offers a beautiful beach, tennis and golf facilities and awesome ecological adventures. Take an eco-tour, or visit several of the outdoor learning centers and learn of some of South Florida’s unique wildlife and plant life. There is a preserve located in the park which gives visitors a look into the past of South Florida’s wilderness and animals and plants of the area. The two mile long beach is amazing and has been named one of the top 10 beaches in the nation for several years. There are concession stands, picnic areas and an amusement center with Carousel. Crandon Park is a beautiful place where families are able to spend hours and days here.  You'll find yourself coming back for more!

Monroe Mega Parks

Big Pine Key Community Park (The Florida Keys)

A great park located in Big Pine Key, Florida, this place has all the amenities you would expect from a mega park. Boating, fishing, canoeing and kayaking are just some of the available water sports available. There are some great eco-tours available for families from everywhere. There are also soccer and baseball fields, and available basketball and tennis courts. This beautiful ocean front park, located in Monroe County, also has a great skate park, kid’s playgrounds and racquet ball courts. The path down to the beach is quaint and the beach itself is clean and pretty. There are also nearby rental places where you can acquire many things to do in the water itself. This is a great destination for families of all ages, and fun for sports enthusiasts and lazy beach goers alike.

Key Largo Community Park (The Florida Keys)

Another one of Monroe County’s mega parks is Key Largo Community Park located in Key Largo, Florida. It is one place that is worth a lengthy visit. This place was built with families in mind. They offer a huge assortment of activities including playgrounds, ball fields, a skate park, tennis and volleyball courts, and is home to the Jacobs Aquatic Center. To the local families who visit often, this place is known as the JAC and it is a three pool complex with much to offer. There is an Olympic size pool with eight available lanes and the second pool is set up for water polo. There are several professionals on hand to ensure safety and proper techniques are met. There is also a large pool for the kids with a giant pirate ship, waterfall, water slides and water cannons that blast streams at water out over the pool. A wonderful place with so many activities designed for family fun.


Mega parks are much larger parks which offer families a chance to visit these places and spend multiple days there in order to get all the activities in. South Florida offers some of the best mega parks in the nation. With all these available attractions throughout the area, and a wonderful year round climate, South Florida is a great place for families to vacation. Many local families also are finding out these mega parks can be visited on several occasions and still not accomplish everything the park has to offer. So if you’re looking for places in South Florida where you can enjoy family fun for several days at a time, look into one of these great mega parks.

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