Whether you are visiting South Florida, the greater Fort Lauderdale area or taking a ‘stay’cation in Hollywood, a myriad of fun activities await you and your family. Be prepared for Hollywood to become a favorite vacation getaway, especially if you are on a budget. From the beach to dancing to movie nights, your affordable options are plenty. There are many free activities and some really inexpensive ones, so the family is able to enjoy without short-changing the budget. Following are just some ongoing options:
Arts Park at Young Circle
This green oasis is located in the middle of Downtown Hollywood. It features the Millenium Springs, a spectacular fountain created by Japanese artist Ritsuko Taho, and a unique playground your children will love to climb and play on. Artspark features the following ongoing free events weekly:
- Family Movie Nights Fridays at 8:00 p.m.
- Disco Dancing in the Park Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
- Live Glass Blowing Demonstrations every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Classes as also available www.gbohf.com
For more information,call 954-921-3500. Artspark is located at 1 Young Cir. Hollywood, FL 33020.
Yellow Green Farmer’s Market
Part farmers market, artisan flea market, Yellow Green provides a delicious fresh foods and beautiful objects created by local artists and craftpeople. Free parking and no entrance fee. You could easily spend hours meandering through the ailes, enjoying an ice cream or some exotic delight.
Information: 954-513-3990 or www.ygfarmersmarket.com. The Yellow Green Farmer’s Market is located at 1940 N. 30th Road, Hollywood, FL 33020. Open Saturday & Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Anne Kolb Center
This 1,501-acre nature center features a coastal mangrove wetland where a multitude of native plants and animals, including some threatened and endangered species call home. Featuring several trails, boat tour and boat/ kayak rental, this is a little known treasure that is sure to make your stay extra special.
Aquarium Behind the Scenes
If you love marine life, this is an event for you! The behind the scenes at the aquarium will teach you interesting facts about the inhabitants of the aquarium. You can even observe them feeding. This is a great event for all ages. The exhibit hall admission is $1 per person. Occurs every week on Sunday and Saturday from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. The Anne Kolb Nature Center is located at 1200 Sheridan St. / 751 Sheridan St., Hollywood, FL 33019. For more information, call 954-357-5161 or visit WestLakePark@Broward.org
The Hollywood Trolley offers an easy way to travel within Hollywood Beach and Historic Downtown. With more than a dozen stops, departing every 30 minutes, you can count on the trolley to take you to the most popular destinations within or near Hollywood. The trolley runs Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The ride is $1 per ride/per person and children age 5 and under ride FREE. For more information, call 954-921-3551 or visit email@example.com