South Florida Tribal Idea Book

Some Out-Meeting Ideas

    • Bowling Night – Don Carter Lanes(SF) on University at Southgate, or Holiday Springs Lanes behind the Holiday Springs; reserve your lanes in advance Shopping Center on Sample Road at Riverside
    • Craft Night Out – (At least you don’t have to clean up the house afterwards) – offered by Michaels
    • Field Day / Sports Night – Simplified track and field or war games activities; a Boys against the Dads soccer game is always popular; so is an obstacle coursr
    • Treasure Map – Orienteering with a compass and a list of distances/drections – what we did before GPS and ‘geocacheing’ were invented
    • Kite Night – (or afternoon) – once again try glow sticks if you fly at night
    • Model Rocket Derby – Make sure you pick a big enough park or field (hard to come by in North Broward); tie mini-glowsticks to the rocket shock cords if you launch at night
    • Picnic in the Park – Betty Stradling (Slide and Glide) North Community (Bicycling or walking)
    • Pizza Night – (make your own) several of the Pappa John’s locations are accommodating
    • Stomp Rocket Derby – Have contests for hang time, distance, or closest to a target

Day Trips or Weekend Activities – Miami – Dade County:

  • Miami Metrozoo – lots of animals and LOTS of walking; ask about a group behind-the-scenes tour
  • Gold Coast Railroad Museum – adjacent to Metrozoo
  • Miami Seaquarium – when’s the last time you fed sardines to a sea lion?
  • Bill Bags State Park and Lighthouse- on Key Biscayne; good beaches, bike trails, climb the lighthouse
  • Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium – across from Vizcaya
  • Miccosukee Indian Village – on Tamiami Trail – best during a Pow Wow; the air boat rides across the street are probably the best around
  • Shark Valley, Everglades National Park – on Tamiami Trail – Tram Ride (check the schedule) or a good bike ride for older boys; the tower at the end gives quite a view; best in dry season – lots of gators
  • Coe, Royal Palm Visitor Centers, Everglades National Park – Florida City entrance – Coe Visitor Center, Anhinga Trail, Gumbo Limbo Trail
  • Fruit and Spice Park – in Homestead
  • Venetian Pool – exotic swimming venue in Coconut Grove
  • Fairchild Tropical Gardens – just south of Matheson Hammock Park – extensive gardens, narrated tram ride, lots of room to hike
  • Charles Deering Estate – south of Matheson Hammock Park

Day Trips or Weekend Activities – Broward County:

  • Flamingo Gardens – the kids like the free-flight aviary; watch the paper for free or reduced admission days
  • Anne Kolb Nature Center / West Lake Park (E) – raised nature boardwalk, nature center, observation tower, mangrove boat ride, kayaking/canoeing
  • Fishing Hall of Fame – in Hollywood – ask about group activities
  • Billie Swamp Safari – eat alligator at the swamp water cafe and then bounce around on air boat and swamp buggy rides; night buggy rides must be arranged in advance
  • Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum – there is al long and pleasant raised boardwalk behind the museum; sometimes they have storytelling and other activities along the trail
  • Incredible Ice – Check for Open Skating times
  • Quiet Waters Waterpark – have a two-hour session at the water park, then picnic, hit the playground, or watch the cable water skiing
  • Butterfly World – makes a good aftenoon; don’t forget the Lorikeets; if you get bored there are batting cages across the street
  • Museum of Discovery and Science – the IMAX films are pricey, but good; take a hike along the riverwalk while you’re there
  • Jungle Queen – morning or afternoon cruises, or an evening dinner cruise with a show
  • Hugh Taylor Birch State Park – nature hike, beach, beware the Raccoons!
  • John U Lloyd State Park – best swimming beach in Broward (and the only shady one); decent food at the canteen

Day Trips or Weekend Activities – Palm Beach County:

  • Sugar Sands Park – excellent creative playground (3 stories tall), small adjacent hands-on science museum; hotdog stand out front or bring a picnic lunch
  • Blowing Rocks Preserve – some of the most beautiful coastline around to hike; call ahead to find when the rocks will be blowing; there is a swimming/picnic beach about 1.5 miles south
  • Gumbo Limbo Nature Sanctuary – on A1A just north of Red Reef; nature center, boardwalk, observation tower, marine tanks in the back with sea turtles and fish
  • The Marine Life Center of Juno Beach – nature center and sea-turtle rescue
  • Red Reef Park – swimming and picnicing; ‘reef’ comes up to the shoreline for easy snorkeling
  • Morikami Museum – a small museum, beautiful gardens, and a small restaurant; watch for special events
  • Spanish River Park – swimming and picnicing
  • Loxahatchee River Canoeing – you can take the short trip – down to I-95 and back, past Trapper Nelson’s and down to the Mangroves near Hobe sound and take the bus back; call ahead for reservations and times
  • Coconut Cover Waterpark – a nice mini-waterpark in west boca – with splashing fountains, waterslides, and a lazy river – in west Boca off Glades Road
  • Rapids Waterpark – a much larger commercial waterpark off Military Trail, a few miles north of Okeechobee; eat in or picnic in front
  • Palm Beach Zoo – A small zoo but one where you can get close to things; lots of renovation recently completed
  • Loxahatchee Airboat Tours closest one to home – 15% discount coupon on web site; also a good bicycling trailhead; make sure you have your license if you go fishing
  • South Florida Science Museum and Planetarium – In the same park complex as the Palm Beach Zoo
  • Arthur R. Marshall Wildlife Refuge – Nature Center, boardwalk through cypress hammock, and extensive paddocks covering many acres with all kinds of birds, plants and bugs (and gators)
  • Lion Country Safari – a little expensive, but where else can you get caught in a water-buffalo traffic jam; eat-in or picnic areas; numerous small attractions included (putt-putt, merry go round, paddle boats, etc.)


  • Miami Metrozoo – “Zoo-In” available September through June
  • Miami Seaquarium – “Overnight Adventure”
  • Spanish River Park – youth camping
  • Museum of Science and Discovery – “Overnight Camp-In”

Events to watch for:

  • Bon Festival at Morikami Museum – Check out the Hatsume Festival in February, the Bon Festival in August or Children’s Day in April
  • Rennaisance Festival – at Quiet Waters Park – all weekends in February – Don’t miss Daniel, Duke of Danger or The Mud Show
  • Seminole Tribe Pow-Wow – in Hollywood, Early February – watch the Seminole Tribe web site for details
  • Seminole Rodeo at Big Cypress – on the Reservation, Early February – watch the Seminole Tribe web site for details
  • Kissime Slough Shoot-Out – on the reservation, Early February – watch the Seminole Tribe web site for details – Tribal food, crafts, contensts, encampments, and re-enactments of the Seminole Wars
  • Davie Rodeo – on several weekends every fall
  • Cinco de Mayo – Northwest Regional Library – Mexican music, crafts, art, history, and food
  • Pompano Beach Airport – Air Show – in January; historic airplanes, airplane and helocopter rides, over-flights by historic aircraft
  • Our Town Fair at Coral Springs Sportsplex – close by and relatively inexpensive – in March
  • Coral Springs July 4th Fireworks – Best viewed from across the lake

Camping Trips

  • Billie Swamp Safari – Chickee huts – individual and group available – scroll to the bottom of the web page
  • Big Cypress Campground – full facilities, just down the road from Billie’s
  • Jonathan Dickinson State Park – camp, canoe, hike, bike; nearby: beaches, Jupiter lighthouse
  • John Pennicamp State Park – camping, beach, canoe rental, snorkeling and glass-bottom excursion boats
  • Bahia Honda State Park – best beaches in the keys – but you have to reserve WAY in advance
  • Peace River Campground – canoeing and fossil hunting
  • Fish Eating Creek – camping, fishing, canoeing
  • Long Pine Key – Everglades N.P. – recommended for the cooler, less mosquitoed months
  • Flamingo – Everglades N.P. – an awesome setting, adjacent to the Green waters of Florida Bay; recommended for cool weekends with a stiff wind – the hotel was a hurricane casualty
  • Camp Wilderness (Disney) – almost too much to do; almost too many amenities to call it camping
  • Wekiva Springs State Park – camping, canoeing
  • Collier Seminole State Park – camping, canoeing – off Tamiami
  • Myakka River State Park – camping, canoeing
  • Long Key State Park – another spot in the keys