South Florida is known the world over as a beautiful vacation spot – but it’s also refreshingly quirky.
Sure, you’re ready to enjoy the best that South Florida has to offer, but what about your puppies? Good news. Your best friend can now have his or her own staycation in South Florida. Synder Park’s Bark Park is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (with the exception of Thursday mornings when the park is closed until noon) and features an agility course. The park is free during the weekdays. Weekends, admittance to the Bark Park is $1 per car per hour of $5 per car for the entire day. The Bark Park at Synder Park is located at 3299 SW 4th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-828-4341 or go here for more information.
South Florida offers a wide array of water sports on both the Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale beaches. From swimming to snorkeling, jet skis to surfing, playing in the water is a relaxing and refreshing way to spend the day.
South Florida is a gorgeous vacation spot, but summer in South Florida can be intensely muggy and humid (like “I’m going to try to fit my entire body in the freezer” humid). On days when the temperature soars to 95 degrees in the shade, visit a thrift store like Out of the Closet in Wilton Manors or downtown Fort Lauderdale or a quirky, cozy bookstore like Second Edition Book Shop in Hollywood.
The carnivores among us can’t go wrong with Lester’s Dinner in Fort Lauderdale. Locals know that the walls of this kitchy, 50s-style truck stop/diner have seen it all. It’s also the home of the famous 14 ounce coffee cup. If you’re a local, you probably remember stuffing your face with Lester’s cheese fries after a late night of heavy college partying. The ambiance of Lester’s is half the fun. Check it out if you want to chat with waitresses who’ve got all the South Florida gossip.