Photo courtesy of the Deer Creek Golf ClubNo membership is needed to play a round at Deer Creek Golf Club, so come and see what makes it one of the best golf courses in South Florida. The exceptional course conditions, challenging obstacles and top-notch amenities will make you feel like you earned an invite to an exclusive, private club. After completing a round, retire to the clubhouse for a refreshing drink and a wonderful dining experience. What's SUP Paddleboarding. Quiet Waters Park, which makes it an ideal location to spend a Saturday. Mountain bikers have access to 7.1 miles of trail, all of which has been fully renovated and offers challenges for beginners and experts alike. You can also enjoy fishing, swimming, lounging and even camping. Make sure to rent a site in advance, and arrive early enough to watch the sun set over your campfire.
Photo courtesy of Oceans 234The city's namesake is an oceanside paradise and one of South Florida's most treasured gems. Deerfield Beach earned the Blue Wave designation from the Clean Beach Council based on its excellent water quality, beach cleanliness, safety services and habitat conservation policies. We wish it could be beach day every day!
Photo Courtesy of Deerfield Beach CafeThis cozy, modern cafe is conveniently located right near the pier on Deerfield Beach, and is the perfect place to grab a quick bite before hitting the sand. Grab a fresh pastry to go, or sit on the oceanfront terrace to enjoy a leisurely meal. The menu features classic breakfast and lunch specials, including omelettes, waffles, salads and sandwiches.
Photo Courtesy of Flamingo GardensThroughout the month of October, Flamingo Gardens is hosting their Harvest Festival each weekend with a different fall-focused theme. On the last two weekends, this 60-acre botanical garden and everglade wildlife sanctuary has so much in store for little ones. Superheroes Weekend is October 21 and 22; meet Ironman and other superhero character favorites, and participate in superhero games and contests! On October 28 and 29, enjoy Halloween Story Time Weekend, featuring story times, a haunted house, trick-or-treating, meet-and-greets with costumed friends, and more. Admission is $19.95 for those 12 and over, and $12.95 for kids ages 3–11. Admission is free for children under 2 and Flamingo Gardens members.
Photo Courtesy of Oakland ParkHead to Main Street near Oakland Park City Hall for a fun night of Halloween happenings, including live music, food trucks, trunk-or-treating, a costume contest, spooky crafts and more. Don't miss this free community event from 6–10 p.m. to kick off the weekend before Halloween!
Photo Courtesy of Gulfstream ParkIf you'd rather go trick-or-treating on Halloween night, Gulfstream Park is offering the ultimate one-stop destination! From 5–8 p.m., kids in costumes can trick-or-treat throughout the village at participating shops. Entertainment includes a DJ, face painter, photo booth, magic show and more. Plus, you can enjoy dinner at any of the many dining establishments at Gulfstream during the event!
Photo Courtesy of Enigma HauntEnigma Haunt is a haunted house in Boca Raton with three hair-raising haunted attractions in one indoor location. Experience the ultimate thrill within either — or all three — of the attractions, including Pandemic, Into Oblivion, and Realms of Terror. While you may not be able to avoid the inevitable fear induced at Enigma Haunt, you can avoid standing in line by purchasing your tickets online in advance. Tickets are valid on any one day of the event — on October 6–7, 13–15, 19–22, and 27–31. Enigma Haunt operates from 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, 7 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, and 7 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31.
Photos courtesy of the Spa AtlanticThe Spa Atlantic is consistently ranked among the top spas in Southeast Florida for its natural products, beautiful views and serene atmosphere. The sea-and-citrus-inspired spa typically incorporates elements from the surrounding beach environment into its treatments, which is especially apparent in the ocean immersion treatment, an all-encompassing marine-infused experience. First, the body is scrubbed with freeze-dried seawater crystals and algae-derived alpha hydroxy acid to prep and invigorate the skin, and then the massage is performed with a combination of mineral-rich seawater and seaside plant oils. The result is complete balance and reinvigoration.
Photo courtesy of the St. Somewhere Spa at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach ResortLocated in the Margaritaville Resort, the St. Somewhere Spa is an inspiring oceanfront getaway. Resort guests and visitors alike will enjoy a variety of exquisite massage treatments, wraps, facials and more, all in a little slice of paradise inspired by the colorful and serene South Florida landscape. Quench your thirst and satisfy your skin at the same time with the Last Shaker of Salt Scrub. Sip a complimentary margarita while experiencing a full-body scrub, which removes dry skin and improves circulation, leaving you feeling smooth and energized.
Photo courtesy of the Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Boca ResortThe Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Boca Resort was named the number one resort spa in the world by Condé Nast Traveler in 2014, which is no surprise. The 50,000-square foot spa is an ethereal getaway modeled after the historic Alhambra in Granada, Spain — and the treatments are no less impressive. The rose quartz Ayurvedic facial, for instance, incorporates rose quartz to reduce muscle tension and stimulate the lymphatic system, while rose water hydrates and rejuvenates the skin. Before your treatment, be sure to take advantage of the spa's signature ritual bath, a 50-minute mineral soak complete with a waterfall shower, sauna, whirlpool and steam room.
Photo courtesy of the Maui SpaThis exquisite, tri-level sanctuary is a favorite among South Florida residents, most likely because it makes them feel like they have stepped onto the Hawaiian islands. Indeed, the spa is the brainchild of Gayle Wentworth, who lived in Maui for 10 years before opening her business in 2007, bringing that aloha spirit to Florida! From massages to wraps, all of the spa's services are wholesome and invigorating, and all based in Polynesian tradition. Take for instance the Huna Treatment, which begins with a gentle warm oil treatment on the "third eye" to quiet the mind and restore inner calm. Then enjoy a scalp and deep-tissue massage (Lomi Lomi) designed to heal the body and reduce stress. It is one of the most popular treatments for a reason!
Photo courtesy of The Breakers Resort Palm BeachThis Mediterranean-inspired spa sits in one of Southeast Florida's most recognized landmarks. The Breakers was built in 1896 by Florida railway tycoon Henry Flagler, and offers a luxe getaway for travelers and locals alike. Slip into your robe and soak in the atmosphere of the spa, an oceanfront, indoor/outdoor paradise with fountains and lush surroundings. Sip infused water or tea while you wait for your therapist to escort you to your chosen treatment — our choice is the quartz massage, which incorporates a bed of warm alpha-quartz sand into the experience. The technique envelops the body, releases tension in the muscles and provides hypnotic relaxation.
Photo courtesy of the Eau SpaThe Eau Spa is the self-proclaimed magical spa playground of Palm Beach, featuring upbeat music, wishing wells, champagne, cupcakes and a water garden for blissful relaxation. Choose from a menu of quirky yet luxe treatments, which range from the water-based mermaid treatment to the the luxe royal recovery. Our pick is the champagne shimmer body luster, a decadent body scrub that polishes the skin with glittering warm champagne oil. Drink in the relaxing vibes! After your treatment, be sure to create your own exfoliating potion at the Scrub & Polish Bar, which is filled with herbal, sea salt, oil and floral elements to incorporate into your perfect, personalized elixir.