Escaping the South Florida Elements: Indoor Play in Broward County

Broward county is filled with several muncipal areas including Coconut Creek, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Hollywood, Davie and spans a large diverse subtropical area. Broward county, with a population of almost 1.8 million people, is the second most populous in the state. With Fort Lauderdale as its seat, Broward is a heavily urbanized county. Aside from its pristine beaches and emerald green waters, residents of Broward can look forward to many world class indoor recreational opportunities in their county. Regardless of you and your family's interests, whether it is theater, malls, sports, or museums, you will find that Broward has plenty to offer for the whole family. Beat the heat and get in from the rain.  Broward has plenty to offer families for recreation and entertainment away from the intense South Florida elements.


As mentioned above, Broward is an intensely urban space, being part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area. This has resulted in a proliferation of some world class malls in Broward that are much more than a mere shopping destination. These malls are lifestyle destinations where you can enjoy a range of activities, from browsing the latest in fashion from luxury brands to enjoying fine cuisine from all over the world, in air conditioned comfort. For families with young kids, malls are a perfect destination on hot summer days as some have dedicated play areas for children as well  as fun activities for them. 

1) Westfield Broward Shopping Mall, located at W Broward Boulevard, in Plantation
2) Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall, located at West Sunrise Boulevard, in Sunrise
3) Coral Square Mall, located at West Atlantic Boulevard, in Coral Springs
4) Pembroke Lakes Mall, located at Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines
5) Festival Flea Market Mall, located in Pompano Beach
6) Ft. Lauderdale Swap Shop

Art Museums

For the artsy people among you, who want nothing but a day spent surrounded by the best of human creativity, a trip to an arts museum is a must. In Broward, there are impressive art museums that house works of art from some of the most distinguished artists, representing a range of time period, forms, movements, and styles. From pop cartoon art, to minimalist sculptures, a trip to museums in Broward would both thrill and educate you. As an added bonus, these museums also run special classes for kids, including visual arts, dance, and acting, turning themselves into a perfect venue for the whole family. In particular, the following two museums are worth a special mention.

1) NSU Museum of Art, located at One E Las Olas Boulevard, in Fort Lauderdale  (children under 12 , FREE)
2) Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, located at Harrison Street, Hollywood ($4 for students, seniors, and children ages 4 to 17)
3) Young at Art Children's Museum, located in Davie

Science Museums and Centers

One of the best ways to enjoy science is through watching it in action. For many of us, our love story with science was sparked on a trip to a science center, with many of the wondrous scientific achievements of mankind demonstrated in an awe inspiring fashion. In Broward, you will have the chance to enjoy some world class science museums and centers, designed to thrill and delight people of all ages. They also have a strong local accent, educating people about the nearby marine ecology and the wetlands of the Everglades. 
Here are the top two science centers that should be on your must visit list. 

1) Museum of Discovery and Science, located at SW 2nd Street, Fort lauderdale
2) Buehler Planetarium and Observatory, located at Broward Community College

Historical Museums

While many may get their kicks from science and arts,  there are some who want nothing more than discovering and admiring historical artifacts. For those of you who want to delve into the world of antiquities, learn about our nation's past narrated through unique exhibits, and discover the beautiful world of Native Americans, Broward has an impressive line up of quality museums preserving our historical remnants. Here is your list.

1) Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, located at SW 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

2) Old Dillard Museum, located at NW 4th Street, Fort Lauderdale

3) Old Fort Lauderdale Museum of History, located at SW 2nd Avenue, Fort lauderdale

UPCOMING PAGE:  Indoor Sports, Libraries, Theaters, Indoor Play Centers & Nature Centers!

Indoor Sports

Residents of South Florida are no stranger to hot and humid weather. However, there are days when, regardless of the inclement weather outside, you simply want to indulge in vigorous physical activity and burn off excess energy. For such days, you will discover that Broward has indoor sports opportunities for you that are second to none. Here is the best of them.

1) Weston YMCA Family Center, located at Saddle Club Road, Weston
2) Planet Air Sports, located at Green Road, Deerfield Beach
3) Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Pompano Beach


For bibliophile residents of Broward, there is a cause to rejoice. The county has a strong public library system that offer themselves as venues for learning, quiet contemplation, and, even fun activities. These libraries have a rich collection of books from every conceivable genre, and even provide free cultural, educational and recreational opportunities to the whole family. 

1) African-American Research Library & Cultural Center, located at Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
2) Broward County Libraries located throughout the county!

Nature Centers

For many people, even inclement weather cannot dim their love for nature. For such people, Broward has some quality nature centers that will allow you to learn about natural history, participate in environmental awareness programs, and appreciate conservation works being done to protect south Florida's unique and fragile ecology. Here's a helpful list for you.

1) Anne Kolb Nature Center, in Hollywood
2) Fern Forest Nature Center, in Coconut Creek
3) Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center, in Davie
4) Secret Woods Nature Center, in Dania Beach

Children Amusement Centers

Young kids, bustling with excess energy, love nothing more than an amusement park, no matter what the weather. For families that want to watch their kids enjoy themselves with sports and games, but do not want to risk exposing them to harsh weather outside, Broward has a number of indoor playgrounds and amusement parks. Here are some of the best of them.

1) Jump Zone Party Play Center, in Sunrise
2) Little Java's Family Fun Center, in Weston
3) Xtreme Action Park, in Fort Lauderdale
4) Hollywood Park Family Fun Center, in Hollywood
5) Funderdome in Fort Lauderdale


Broward has a lot of theater options for people who like to enjoy a hot day inside the cool environs of a state of the art theater, with some lively play, energetic dance, or soulful opera going on. 

1) Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale
2) Cinema Paradisio, Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood

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