8301-B W. Commercial
Tamarac, FL 33351
Phone: (954) 343-1327
Fax: (954) 343-1360
Established in 2013, Barbie The Dreamhouse Experience takes the young and old on a trip through the life that the popular Mattel doll, Barbie lives in. This attraction features a life-size house, with many rooms, ranging across bathroom, living room, kitchen and bedrooms. Guests can participate in activities in every room. You can cook in the kitchen, try on her garments from her wardrobe, walk her dog and more. Over 300 dolls are displayed throughout the house. While shopping at the Sawgrass Mills, take a detour and visit this world of pink.
A great park for the hiking enthusiast, this 247-acre (99.95-hectare) "urban wilderness area" and wildlife refuge contains numerous hiking trails, that can be used by everyone, including a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. Recreational and educative activities are regularly organized at Fern Forest Nature Park. The nature center also includes a butterfly bridge, an observation platform, a sensory garden and sculptures. Call for additional information.
Located approximately 12 miles west of Fort Lauderdale, this 90-acre popular water-oriented Plantation Heritage Park attracts boating and fishing enthusiasts. Paddleboats and canoes are available on rent. For land lovers, the park also features an enjoyable bike path on which you can walk as well as ride (the park rents bicycles). Those 16 and older must have fishing licenses to fish in the park.
Al-Iman Mosque is the city's solution to all those who are religious. The mosque provides facilities to Muslims to offer their prayers and also conducts various services pertaining to the Muslim culture. The strategic location of the mosque enables all to offer their prayers in a calm and sanctified environment.
The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center offers literary collections from African-American authors, a small business resource center, wireless Internet access, a 5,000 sq. ft. art gallery, and more.
If you are missing fun in your life, head to Mills Pond Park. In this 130-acre space, families and friends socialize over picnic areas, while children are enthusiastic over the playground, radio controlled cars and battling cages. The more adventurous adults test their skills at fishing and water-skiing or join in for the nature trail. The pavilion, athletic fields and running tracks host several sports events and other programs. Head here for a fun-filled weekend!
One of the most intriguing attractions in the region, this diversion focuses on things that fly. Butterflies take center stage. Learn how they grow, what they eat and how to lure them into your garden. Part of Tradewinds Park, Butterfly World includes a breeding laboratory, butterfly museum, and insectarium with displays of unusual insects and butterflies from around the world. Visitors are not allowed inside after 4p.
Located approximately seven miles west of Fort Lauderdale, Markham Park attracts avid boaters and fishers alike. The 26-acre lake features ramps for launching boats into the New River Canals. A popular feature is the park's outdoor target range, which includes rifle, pistol and skeet shooting. The park also rents canoes, paddleboats, and johnboats for use in the park. Fishing is permitted from the shores of both the lake and the canals. Fishing licenses are required for those 16 and older. Call for rental rates and additional information.
Located on either side of Coconut Creek's Sample Road, Tradewinds Park offers 627 acres (253.73 hectares) of tranquility. The north side of the park includes a farm and farmhouse museum, that aims at providing education along with recreation. Guests can enjoy pony rides, guided horse trail rides or hop onto a steam train that operates once a month. The south area features a fishing lake with pier, disc golf course and trails for walking and hiking. South Florida's famous attraction, Butterfly World, is also nestled here.
Named after native son, jazz musician, and talented bass player, Jaco Pastorius, this park often hosts concerts and cultural events. Located near Main Street, there is also a large, tribute mural on two of the walls of the community center.
Located to the southwest of Fort Lauderdale, on Broward College campus in Davie, this modern, state-of-the-art facility teaches about the universe amid academic surroundings. The Buehler Planetarium & Observatory provides matinee and evening shows for adults and children, as well as science classes and lectures. After evening shows, guests can personally view the heavens through the telescopes located in the observatory. See their website for prices and further information.
This cultural and educational museum was built in 1924 and originally served as the first school in Fort Lauderdale for African-Americans. The Old Dillard Museum has now been restored as a community historic landmark. Today, it contains African-related artifacts including art, jewelry and tribal masks. The museum also features a live storyteller, who shares his tales of Africa from inside a thatched hut. It not only preserves the African culture but also provides an insight to the visitors about the rich history and culture. The museum hosts varied activities throughout the year and that includes lectures, workshops and classes.