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October
25

Beautiful neighborhoods, a laid-back lifestyle and cultural attractions are just a few of the reasons residents of Deerfield Beach find their community so charming. The thriving coastal city is nestled just south of Boca Raton on Florida's Gold Coast, and attracts visitors from all over the world. Of course, locals never run out of things to do here either — the community is home to pristine beaches, championship golf courses, thriving shops and a top-notch dining scene. Whether you are just visiting or are lucky enough to call Deerfield Beach home, here are some of the best things to do, see and eat while you are in the area. Enjoy!  

What to Do

Play a Round of 18 at the Deer Creek Golf Club

Deer Creek Golf

Photo courtesy of the Deer Creek Golf Club

No 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.  

Boat to Deerfield Island Park

This island oasis is completely surrounded by waterways, making it accessible only by boat. Of course, that makes the park even more special. Take your vessel to the island for a romantic picnic among the Mangrove trees and a peaceful walk in nature. If you prefer a guided visit, sign up for a kayak or paddleboard tour through What's SUP Paddleboarding.  

Adventure at Quiet Waters Park

There is no shortage of activities at 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.  

Waterski at Ski Rixen USA

Quiet Waters Park is also home to the only wakeboard and waterski park in South Florida. Enjoy skiing, slalom, kneeboarding and wakeboarding — no boat required! Simply strap in and let the cable pull you around the scenic park.  

What to See

Deerfield Beach

Deerfield Beach

Photo courtesy of Oceans 234

The 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!  

The Harbin Butterfly and Bird Sanctuary

South Florida is home to more than 300 species of birds, more than 100 species of butterflies, and countless species of plants. This sanctuary, conveniently located in Quiet Waters Park, is a refuge to them. Come meander through the gardens, soak in the sunshine, and marvel at the wildlife that makes up our area's vibrant ecosystem.  

The South Florida Railway Museum

Taking the train used to be the best way to travel from coast to coast. Although travel by railroad is not quite as popular in the United States these days, the tracks still grace our countryside and carry an unbelievable amount of history. Learn about how trains changed the scape of America at the South Florida Railway Museum, which is filled with interesting exhibits and artifacts, and run completely by volunteers.  

What to Eat

For Mexican Food: Casa Maya Grill

Mole, rellenos and tacos grace the menu at this Yucatan Peninsula-inspired grill. All of the food is cooked fresh to order with top-notch ingredients. Order a few dishes for the table and enjoy the atmosphere! The spacious yet intimate dining room is the perfect place for family gatherings and date nights alike.  

For a Quick Bite: Deerfield Beach Cafe

Deerfield Beach Cafe

Photo Courtesy of Deerfield Beach Cafe

This 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.  

For French Fare: Tradition Restaurant

Tradition Restaurant opened in early 2017 to instant popularity — and it is not difficult to see why. The atmosphere is friendly and laid back, but the food is upscale and crafted with care. Expect traditional French dishes (some with a South Florida twist) created with fresh, local ingredients.  

For Seafood: Oceans 234

Photo courtesy of Oceans 234 This award-winning, oceanfront restaurant offers a fine dining experience for the seafood enthusiast. Here, you will find fresh fish and shellfish plucked straight from the sea, and prepared with a South Florida twist. Start your experience off with a tropical craft cocktail (think: blood orange margaritas and pear coconut mules), before moving onto the main event.  

For Acai: Acai Com Tapioca

This casual spot serves up authentic Brazilian fare, as well as some of the best acai bowls in the state! Choose a size and top it with granola, chia seeds, fresh fruits and more. Regardless of what you choose, the result is bound to be refreshing.

Where to Live

Deerfield Beach is a great place to call home. If you are thinking of making your visit a little more permanent, peruse the beautiful estates currently for sale in the area. Deerfield Beach

This home is for sale at 75 Little Harbor Way, Deerfield Beach | Listed by Kevin Kreutzfeld

 

 This home is for sale at 1653 SE 6th Street, Deerfield Beach | Listed by Kevin Kreutzfeld

October
18

Halloween is just around the corner! This year, Halloween falls in the middle of the week on a Tuesday, which might make trick-or-treating a bit more difficult for little ones. Thankfully, there are plenty of trick-or-treating events in the Fort Lauderdale area taking place on the weekend to make this beloved tradition more accessible for all. Get your costumes ready and mark your calendars for these festive (and treat-filled) events in and around Fort Lauderdale.  

Trick-or-Treat on 2nd Street

Saturday, October 28 | Esplanade Park
The City of Fort Lauderdale has a lot of surprises in store the week before Halloween — from a Halloween party at Riverland Park on Wednesday, the 25th to Trick-or-Treat on 2nd Street at Esplanade Park on Saturday, the 28th. This free event will feature bounce houses, carnival games, face painting, treats, a kid and pet costume parade, and much more. Head to Esplanade Park from 1–5 p.m. to be a part of the festivities. Be sure to check out the full list of events!  

Flamingo Gardens Harvest Festival

October 21, 22, 28 + 29 | Flamingo Gardens
Flamingo Gardens Harvest Festival

Photo Courtesy of Flamingo Gardens

Throughout 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.  

The Shops at Pembroke Gardens Trick-or-Treat

Saturday, October 21 | The Shops at Pembroke Gardens
Help the little ones get dressed up in their best costume and head to the mall for an action-packed trick-or-treating experience this Saturday, October 21 from 2–4 p.m. The Shops at Pembroke Gardens is hosting their annual trick-or-treat event, featuring kids arts and crafts, character selfie photo opportunities, and mall-wide trick-or-treating.  

Halloween on Breakers

Friday, October 27 | Village Design Art Gallery
Join the ghosts, witches and goblins at the Village Design Art Gallery in Fort Lauderdale for a fun, festive and family-friendly night. Trick-or-treat at the shops along Breakers Avenue, and top off the night with a showing of "Nightmare Before Christmas" under the stars on the Village Design lawn.  

Fall-o-Ween + Music on Main Street

Friday, October 27 | Oakland Park City Hall
Fall-o-ween and Music on Main Street at Oakland Park

Photo Courtesy of Oakland Park

Head 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!  

Booville Halloween

Saturday, October 28 | Pines Recreation Center
Pines Recreation Center in Pembroke Pines is hosting Booville Halloween, featuring a costume contest, rides, a pumpkin patch, photo opportunities, trick-or-treat stations, moonlight movies, and other spooky and fun activities. Each child receives a passport to visit 20 trick-or-treat stations, some of which do not have candy to accommodate those with allergies, indicated by a teal pumpkin. Some stations provide gluten-free and peanut-free treats as well. $2 tickets go on sale at 4 p.m. on the day of the event, and are required for children 17 and under. The gates for Booville Halloween open at 6 p.m.  

YelloWeen!

Saturday, October 28 | Yello! Creative Arts and Events Center
Yello! Creative Arts and Events Center invites ghouls and goblins of all ages to celebrate Halloween Yello-style. YelloWeen is a family-friendly event with plenty of entertainment, contests, prizes and fun activities. Stroll through a pumpkin patch, decorate your pumpkins, walk through a haunted trail, trick your treats in the Yello! Kitchen, get your face painted, compete in a costume contest, and more.  

Not So Spooky Halloween

Tuesday, October 31 | Gulfstream Park
Not So Spooky Halloween Gulfstream Park

Photo Courtesy of Gulfstream Park

If 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!  

Happy Halloween!

Which Halloween events will you be participating in this year?
October
11

It is officially October, which means there are plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween and the fall season in the area. Participate in the festivities at one of these events in Boca Raton ranging from family-friendly festivals to murder mystery meals — and everything in between.  

Boca Pumpkin Patch Festival

Saturday, October 14 + Sunday, October 15

Boca Raton Pumpkin Patch Festival Celebrate the changing of seasons at the First Annual Boca Pumpkin Patch Festival at the Mizner Park Amphitheater. This festive gathering will feature a variety of fun activities for all ages, including a giant pumpkin patch with more than 2,500 pumpkins, a carnival with unlimited rides, and other fall-themed attractions, including a corn maze, a dress-your-own scarecrow village, and beautiful fall photo vignettes. Plus, enjoy ongoing shows and activities on the main stage throughout the festival! Pick out the perfect pumpkin to decorate on-site, and grab some savory and sweet treats from the Pumpkin Food Court or a pumpkin beer from one of the Pumpkin Beer Bars. The Boca Pumpkin Patch Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. This ticketed event costs $15 for everyone 2 years and older.  

Shriek Week

October 20, 21 and 26, 27 + 28

Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton is a paradise for children (and children-at-heart) all year long, and the Halloween season is no exception. Shriek Week includes several days of non-stop fun, with spooky events and activities, such as haunted houses, carnival games, LED shows, train rides, magic shows, trick-or-treating, and a scary film festival. Take a look at the various festivities taking place during Shriek Week and choose the best option for your interests and schedule. Shriek Week is open on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21, and again on Thursday, October 26, Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28.  

Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Friday, October 20

Solve a murder while you wine and dine at Maggiano's Little Italy in Boca Raton this October. The humorous murder mystery show will keep you entertained as you enjoy authentic Italian fare, including appetizers and salads, a rich main course, desserts, and wine to complement your meal. Registration and cocktail hour starts at 6:30, and the show begins at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance for a night you will never forget!  

Halloween at the Y

Saturday, October 21

Halloween at the YMCA Boca Raton, FL The Boca Raton YMCA invites those of all ages to join them in a variety of Halloween festivities, including trick-or-treating, hayrides, a glow stick dance party, bounce houses, a magician, and much more. Food trucks will be present for delicious dinner treats as well! Get your Halloween costume ready for a colorful, fun and interactive evening at the YMCA from 6–9 p.m.  

Halloween at the Addison

Tuesday, October 31

Adorn yourself in your finest costume and head to the Addison on Halloween for a spectacular party benefiting Slow Burn Theatre Co and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. This award-winning event venue and historical landmark sure knows how to throw a party. This over-the-top event experience themed "A Horror Story" will feature extravagant event production, a haunted walk-through and themed rooms, live music and entertainment, and delectable bites and specialty craft cocktails. Purchase early bird tickets before October 14 for $100, or pay $125 for general admission tickets after October 15. Get the ultimate luxe experience at the Addison with a $2,400 VIP table for up to 10 guests, which includes complimentary valet parking, access to an indoor VIP area with a private table, table-side food and beverage service, and champagne bottle service.  

Enigma Haunt

October 6–7, 13–15, 19–22 + 27–31

Enigma Haunt Boca Raton, FL

Photo Courtesy of Enigma Haunt

Enigma 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.  

Happy Halloween

Celebrate the holiday to the fullest this year in Boca Raton!
October
4

Sometimes a spa getaway is just what the doctor ordered. Nothing leaves you feeling quite as refreshed as a long soak in a copper tub, a hot-stone massage or a seaweed wrap — even better if you can listen to the ocean waves during your chosen treatment. These spas in Southeast Florida epitomize what it means to relax with their serene atmospheres, ocean vistas and tropical decor, but they also offer a gauntlet of unique treatments to inspire and rejuvenate. Below are some of the most interesting and exquisite spa offerings in the area.  

Spa Atlantic: The Ocean Immersion

601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Spa Atlantic

Photos courtesy of the Spa Atlantic 

The 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.  

St. Somewhere Spa: The Last Shaker of Salt Scrub

1111 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood St Somewhere

Photo courtesy of the St. Somewhere Spa at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Located 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.  

Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Boca Resort: The Rose Quartz Ayurvedic Facial

501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton Waldorf Astoria Spa

Photo courtesy of the Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Boca Resort

The 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.    

Seagate Spa: The Rain Massage

1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach At the Seagate Spa, the experience is not as much about escaping your surroundings as it is about appreciating them. The 8,000-square-foot spa is located in the idyllic, picturesque Delray Beach, and was carefully designed for the ultimate relaxation experience. Try the rain massage, which incorporates a warm rain shower into the experience. The treatment begins with an exfoliation of warmed sugarcane and coconut oil before the rain starts. This technique calms the nervous system to provide unparalleled relaxation, and will leave you feeling relaxed, cleansed and rejuvenated.  

Maui Spa: The Huna Treatment

2100 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton Maui Spa

Photo courtesy of the Maui Spa

This 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!  

The Breakers: The Quartz Massage

1 South County Rd., Palm Beach

Photo courtesy of The Breakers Resort Palm Beach

This 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.  

Eau Spa Palm Beach: The Champagne Shimmer Body Luster

100 S Ocean Blvd., Manalapan Eau Palm Beach

Photo courtesy of the Eau Spa 

The 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.  

The Diplomat Spa & Resort: Bamboo Massage

3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood The Diplomat Resort might be a newcomer to the South Florida resort scene, but that has not stopped it from receiving accolades left and right. In fact, it was voted one of the top resorts in Florida by Condé Nast Traveler readers in 2016. Step into the eclectic yet relaxing oceanfront spa to enjoy a gauntlet of luxe treatments. One of our favorites is the bamboo massage, which incorporates bamboo stalks into a deep tissue massage for increased circulation and healing.  

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