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July
21

Delray Beach Aerial Downtown

Delray Beach features a vibrant downtown area full of many entertainment options. Over the years, our estate agents have introduced many to luxury living in the Delray Beach area. Here is what you can expect to see when exploring Downtown Delray Beach.

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December
30

South Florida Art Galleries

The thriving art scene of South Florida adds to the natural beauty of the coast! 

Whether you're purchasing pieces for your home or you simply love looking at art, the galleries and museums of the South Florida area are sure to please. This area is home to some of the largest, most popular art destinations in Florida, with a great mix of local, national, and international artists' work. Stop by for a visit, support the local art scene, and have a great time in the process.

Our Estate Agents know local art, and we've got the details on 6 art galleries in the South Florida area you definitely don't want to miss.

South Florida Art Gallery Guide

  1. The Heart of Delray Gallery – 1440 N Federal Hwy, Delray Beach, FL 33483
    Amazing art is never far from Delray homes for sale, thanks to great local spots like The Heart of Delray Gallery. If you want to see work from artists who live in the area, this is the place to be. Tour the 11,000 square foot gallery filled to the brim with local art, then spend time in the sunny, scenic courtyard soaking in the sights.

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January
30

Love is in the air! Whether you're embarking on a first or second date, or you've been going on dates with your significant other for years, there are so many excellent date ideas in Boca Raton. Take a look at some of our favorite date activities, from food- and wine-centric experiences to adventurous activities in the water. These fun and unique date activities will ensure your date goes off without a hitch!  

Visit the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Gumbo Limbo Nature Preserve Boca Raton, FL

Photo Courtesy of Ben Hicks via the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Situated within Red Reef Park between the ocean and the Intracoastal, the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is a 20-acre nature preserve teeming with wildlife. Take a stroll along the boardwalk leading to a scenic lookout, relax in the butterfly garden, or observe sea turtles in the rehabilitation facility. With water views, lush landscaping and interesting wildlife, the preserve is a picturesque and laid-back date destination.  

Savor a Five-Course Meal at Six Tables

Six Tables is truly a unique and interactive dining experience. Situated at Mizner Park, this romantic eatery only offers a chef's prix fixe five-course menu at a single seating at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Plus, as the name implies, the restaurant only has six tables, which enhances the intimate and personalized experience. The $99 prix fixe menu includes hors d'oeuvres, a soup, salad, a main plate, a dessert and a variety of beverages, starting with a welcoming sparkling aperitif and ending with a glass of port digestif. Reserve one of the six tables by calling 561-347-6260.  

Stroll Through Mizner Park

Mizner Park Boca Raton, FL

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A visit to Mizner Park is a laid-back option for the indecisive couple. This expansive lifestyle center serves as the heart of activity in Boca, and there is no shortage of things to do here. Pop in and out of upscale boutiques and designer stores, stop for a bite to eat or a drink, admire artwork at a local gallery, and people watch all the while.  

Go to Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

While technically just up the road in Delray Beach, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a popular destination for Boca residents. This stunning cultural center embraces the century-old connection between Japan and South Florida. Since opening in 1977, the Morikami Museum has welcomed thousands of visitors, all eager to explore the rotating exhibitions, tea ceremonies, and traditional gardens. Within these halls, you will find more than 7,000 Japanese art objects and artifacts, including a 500-piece collection of tea ceremony items. A visit to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens makes for a serene and beauty-filled date activity.    

Embark on a Brewery Tour at Barrel of Monks Brewing

Barrel of Monks Brewing Boca Raton

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Barrel of Monks proudly brews Belgian-inspired beers to bring the taste of the Old World a little closer to home. Visit and tour their state-of-the-art brewery in Boca to see the process up close and personal — and sample a few brews all the while. Barrel of Monks offers brewery tours on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., except during special events. There is no reservation necessary for the tours and Groupon tickets may be purchased here.  

Laugh at Mizner Park Comedy Club

Sit back, relax and let out a few laughs at Mizner Park Comedy Club. This popular comedy club hosts a variety of comedians, both well-known and up-and-coming, in an intimate space. Take a look at their upcoming shows to get tickets, all of which benefit local non-profit organizations. Beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks, and candy are available for purchase at each show, and there are no purchase minimums. Attendees are encouraged to dine prior to or after the show at any number of restaurants in Mizner Park and the Downtown Boca area.  

Go Stand Up Paddleboarding With Salty Dog Paddle

Paddleboarding in Boca Raton Take your date off dry land with an adventurous paddleboarding trip at Lake Boca. Salty Dog Paddle offers this peaceful paddleboarding tour perfect for trying SUP yoga poses and for first-time paddleboarders. The seawalls on either side of the Intracoastal help to break up most of the waves caused by wind. Plus, there is not much boat traffic in this calm area and sometimes the water is still enough that you can see the bottom of the sea floor! Make your reservation for this active and fun date idea.  

Dine Al Fresco on an Outdoor Patio

With the gorgeous scenery and water access we enjoy in Boca, it's only right to witness it all atop an outdoor patio while you dine. There is an array of restaurants with outdoor patios in Boca Raton, offering Intracoastal views, fresh air, and a serene atmosphere. Some of our favorites include City Fish Market, Boca Landing, Waterstone Rum Bar & Grill, and Farmer's Table.  

Get the Huna Treatment at the Maui Spa & Wellness Center

Maui Spa This exquisite, tri-level sanctuary is a favorite amongst 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! Looking for more luxurious spas in the area? Check out these unique and lavish spa treatments in South Florida.  

Try Scuba Diving with Force-E Scuba Centers

Even if you've never tried scuba diving, Force-E Scuba Centers offers a chance to try it out before committing to the real deal. The Force-E Try Scuba Diving program allows you to get a sample of diving — either in a pool, off a beach or from a dive boat. Consider this exciting and informative option for your next date adventure! Who knows? If you enjoy it, you can even take the plunge into a certification course in the future.  

Sip on Exceptional Wines at Vino Wine Bar

Vino Wine Bar Boca Raton

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Wine tasting always makes for a romantic date night activity — especially if it's in a cozy and elegant atmosphere like Vino Wine Bar. Visit this intimate, centrally located wine bar to sample from their collection of over 250 wines by the glass. Their wine list includes a variety of regions, vintages, and varietals to keep your visit interesting. Enhance the experience with a bite to eat, live entertainment, and an overall sophisticated atmosphere. Vino Wine Bar is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight.  

Enjoy Dinner AND a Show at iPic Theaters

Bring the best of both worlds — dinner and a movie — into one luxe setting at iPic Theaters at Mizner Park. This upscale movie theater features plush seating, modern technology, and in-theater service for chef-driven dishes and an excellent selection of drinks. iPic is a pioneer of the dine-in theater concept. While you watch a movie, you can enjoy high-quality, chef-driven fare from award-winning Chef Sherry Yard, complemented by farm-to-glass cocktails and a variety of drink options. Choose from iPic's signature seating options, Premium leather seats or Premium Plus leather recliners, to enjoy your movie experience in exceptional comfort. Take a look at upcoming showtimes to book your next date night at this all-inclusive luxury movie theater.  

Admire Artwork at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Boca Raton Museum of Art

Photo Courtesy of Boca Raton Museum of Art

Experience the vibrant arts culture of the city with a visit to the Boca Raton Museum of Art. This beautiful museum in Mizner Park hosts a wide range of art in a myriad of styles and mediums, held in both permanent collections and rotating exhibits. Share your favorite pieces with your date as you stroll through the exhibits hand in hand. Keep in mind that the museum is closed on Mondays, and is open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on Thursdays, and from 12–5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65 and over, and free for members and children under 12.  

Explore Boca by Water With Boca Boat Adventures

If you don't have your own boat or yacht to explore the city by water, don't fret! Boca Boat Adventures offers the only private speed boat tours and excursions in and around Boca Raton. They specialize in private and personal small group tours for up to six guests, which allows for a much more intimate touring experience. Cruise through the Intracoastal to take in views of the famous Boca Club & Resort, the many stunning waterfront estates in Boca, sparkling Lake Boca, and a number of waterfront parks.  

Love is in the Air!

What are your favorite date activities in Boca Raton? Share your ideas in the comments below.
January
17

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! How will you be celebrating this year? To help you avoid last-minute panic of full restaurants and sold-out shows, we put together a list of ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Boca Raton this year. From candle-lit dinners to murder mystery dinners, and catamaran cruises to garden tours, these Valentine's Day happenings are sure to impress your sweetheart.  

Valentine's Day Dinners

The Addison

The Addison Boca Raton, FL

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Valentine's Day is "Better Together" at the Addison. Whether celebrating Valentine's Day with your significant other, or with your closest friends, the Addison has something to offer everyone this year. The private event venue, known for its breathtaking courtyard and unparalleled dining experience, will open its doors to the public for two very special events.

The Addison will offer guests (coupled or not) a four-course sit-down dinner featuring a delicious menu of Addison signature favorites, and will also offer a late-night party for guests to let loose in a luxe club-like atmosphere filled with beautiful décor, live entertainment, and an open bar. Guests have the option of attending one or both events. See more details about these back-to-back events and purchase tickets here.

 

Pavilion Grille

A popular venue for events and celebrations, Pavilion Grille is the place to be this Valentine's Day. They are hosting a special four-course dinner menu ranging from $39.95 to $49.95, plus tax and gratuity. The menu includes antipasto for the table, a salad, an entree, and a dessert. Complete the experience by adding a house cocktail or dessert and coffee for an additional $15 at the bar.  

Oceans 234

Oceans 234 Boca Raton, FL

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Celebrate Valentine's Day under the stars with Oceans 234's special four-course picnic dinner. Simply pre-order your dinner selection from their online catering store in advance. You'll pick up the meal, which includes a tote bag with a blanket and lantern, an appetizer, salad, dessert, bottled water, and a wine selection. Head down to the beach and take in the gorgeous sunset, and your server will deliver your entrees when you're ready for them! This special Valentine's Day experience at Oceans 234 costs $195 per couple.  

Dinner + a Show

Maggiano's Little Italy Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Enjoy your dinner with a side of murder and a sprinkling of mystery at the Maggiano's Little Italy Murder Mystery Dinner Show. This humorous murder mystery show is dedicated to Valentine's Day and includes a delicious three-course Italian menu. The first course includes your choice of appetizers and salads, such as calamari, bruschetta, Italian tossed salad or a Caesar salad. Choose from three entrees for the second course — rigatoni, spaghetti, and meatballs, or chicken parmesan. And savor a New York-style cheesecake for dessert. Coffee, tea and sodas, and the choice of one alcoholic beverage are included in the price. Registration and cocktail hour starts at 6:30 and the show starts at 7 p.m.!  

iPic Theaters + Tanzy Restaurant

Bring the best of both worlds — dinner and a movie — into one luxe setting at iPic Theaters at Mizner Park. This upscale movie theater features plush seating, modern technology, and in-theater service for chef-driven dishes and an excellent selection of drinks. Take a look at their showtimes for Valentine's Day, or whichever day you decide to celebrate! Consider making a reservation at Tanzy Restaurant, the restaurant nestled in iPic Theaters. This artisanal Italian eatery and lounge serves a selection of pasta, flatbreads, and wines in a cozy, intimate space. The carefully curated menu at Tanzy draws inspiration from Italy's Amalfi region, featuring exceptional coastal touches and classic flavors and ingredients. Traditional methods are combined with the adventurous to create a bold and inspiring meal.  

Events + Experiences

A Valentine's Day Celebration Featuring The Motowners

February 14, 2019 | 8 p.m. Head to the Funky Biscuit for a special Motown tribute from The Motowners, debuting the many artists and great songs from the classic Motown years. Expect to hear smash hits by the Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and more. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 8.  

Boca Raton Orchid Society Valentine's Show & Sale

February 9–10, 2019 | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Boca Raton Orchid Society Valentine's Show & Sale Celebrate the holiday the weekend before the 14th at the annual Boca Raton Orchid Society Valentine's Show & Sale. Admire the beautiful orchid displays, purchase an orchid for yourself or your valentine, or bring your valentine along for a special date filled with the beauty and fragrance of orchids all around. The show is taking place at Safe Schools Institute, located on the Don Estridge High Tech Middle School campus. Admission to this event is $5 cash only.  

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

For a laid-back Valentine's Day experience, consider touring the gorgeous Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach if you haven't had the opportunity already. This stunning cultural center embraces the century-old connection between Japan and South Florida. Since opening in 1977, the Morikami Museum has welcomed thousands of visitors, all eager to explore the rotating exhibitions, tea ceremonies, and traditional gardens. Within these halls, you will find more than 7000 Japanese art objects and artifacts, including a 500-piece collection of tea ceremony items. The museum and gardens are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

Vino Wine Bar and Italian Kitchen

Vino Wine Bar and Italian Kitchen Boca Raton, FL

Photo Courtesy of Vino Wine Bar and Italian Kitchen

What's more romantic than wine tasting with your Valentine? Visit Vino Wine Bar and Italian Kitchen to sample from their collection of over 250 wines by the glass. Their wine list includes a variety of regions, vintages, and varietals to keep your visit interesting. Complement your glass with a bite to eat, live entertainment, and the overall sophisticated atmosphere at Vino.  

Catamaran Day Sail

February 14, 2019 | 1–3 p.m. What would Valentine's Day in South Florida be without some time on the water? Spend the afternoon cruising with Palm Breeze Charters on a 55-foot sailing catamaran yacht traveling along the calm ocean waters. The ticket price of $82.55 per person includes drinks and snacks.    

Happy Valentine's Day!

Let us know what special dinners, events and other happenings we're missing out on. Comment below!
October
23

Considered the ultimate destination for luxury living, the city of Boca Raton is home to pristine beaches, lavish estates, fine restaurants, upscale shops, and renowned entertainment venues. Whether you're a long-time resident or a first-time visitor, there is so much to do in downtown Boca. Consult our complete itinerary for the ultimate day spent in Boca, with much of the activity remaining central to downtown. From the beach to the mall, and the art museum to outdoor patios, here are some of our favorite things to do in Boca Raton.  

8 a.m. | Start With Coffee

The Seed Boca Raton, FL

Photo Courtesy of The Seed 

Fuel up for the day with a visit to a local coffee shop. Order a fancy latte or plain black coffee or tea, and pair it with a pastry or maybe even a breakfast sandwich. After all, you'll need some fuel for the busy day ahead! Some of our favorite coffee shops in downtown Boca include The Seed and R1 Coffee, each of which have inspiring modern interiors and an excellent selection of specialty coffee.  

9 a.m. | Relax on the Beach

Boca Raton Beaches Avoid heavy foot traffic and take in the serenity of the ocean by visiting the beach in the morning! The beaches in Boca are known for their white sand and sparkling, crystal blue waters. One of our favorite beaches in Boca Raton is Red Reef Park, which is perhaps the most popular beach in the city. However, if you go early in the morning or during a weekday, you are more likely to escape the crowds. This 67-acre oceanfront park offers a myriad of amenities amidst beautiful scenery, and even has its own nature center. This is an ideal destination for families because of the wide selection of kid-friendly attractions and features — like the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. This gorgeous preserve has a boardwalk leading to a scenic lookout, where visitors can explore an enchanting butterfly garden and observe tanks with sea turtles. Red Reef Park also provides pristine conditions for snorkeling, as the beach holds man-made limestone boulders creating reefs just 10 feet off the shore. Examine stunning marine life, including tropical fish, turtles, eels and stingrays. The Red Reef Executive Golf Course is a picturesque 9-hole course nestled between the ocean and Intracoastal Waterway, providing stunning water views for golfers.  

11 a.m. | Grab Lunch

Lemongrass Asian Bistro Boca Raton, FL

Photo Courtesy of Lemongrass Asian Bistro

Settle down for a relaxing lunch at any of the incredible eateries in the heart of Boca. Some of our favorites include: Luff's Fish House serves fresh seafood in a casual and airy Key West-style setting in a historic 1920s bungalow. The menu includes an array of fresh seafood dishes, from raw oysters to pescatore fettuccine, and a fried lobster baconnaise to fish tacos. RACKs serves a wide range of American food, incorporating locally grown produce and sustainable seafood. The indoor space seamlessly flows to the outdoor patio, as the bar has windows that open to the outdoor bar with comfortable lounge seating nearby, all protected from the sun's rays with umbrellas. Lemongrass Asian Bistro has a chic and modern interior, plus an inviting outdoor patio so guests can enjoy their fresh seafood with a side of fresh air. The stylish design of Lemongrass is enhanced by an exceptional menu, featuring sushi, noodle dishes, curry and other specialties. Max's Grille is an elevated New American eatery serving brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks. Their bar extends from the inside of the restaurant to the beautiful patio, where you'll find more seating either under the shade or in the sun.  

1 p.m. | Go Shopping

Mizner Park Boca Raton, FL

Photo Courtesy of Downtown Boca

Boca has no shortage of shopping destinations, from quaint boutiques to renowned designer stores. If you've followed the itinerary thus far, you're likely well acquainted with Mizner Park, the lifestyle center serving as the central focal point of the city. Mizner Park has an impressive roster of retail stores, including Kendra Scott, Sur la Table, Le Bijoux Parfum, Lord & Taylor, Marcello Sport, Sugarboo & Co., Tommy Bahama, Cristino Fine Jewelry, and more. If you are looking for even more shopping options, venture a little bit west to Town Center at Boca Raton, an upscale shopping mall with 200 retail and service shops, plus five department stores, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.  

3 p.m. | Visit the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Boca Raton Museum of Art

Photo Courtesy of Gesi Schilling via the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Experience the vibrant arts culture of the city with a visit to the Boca Raton Museum of Art. This beautiful museum in Mizner Park hosts a wide range of art in a myriad of styles and mediums, held in both permanent collections and rotating exhibits. Keep in mind that the museum is closed on Mondays, and is open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on Thursdays, and from 12–5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65 and over, and free for members and children under 12.  

6 p.m. | Enjoy Dinner

After all this activity, it's time to unwind at one of the many upscale restaurants in Boca Raton. You might consider making a reservation at: The Locale provides a warm and comfortable atmosphere, perfect for enjoying the rich and bold flavors of the restaurant's New American-meets-Latin dishes. There's something for everyone on the menu, including creative starters, burgers, tacos, soups, seafood, pasta, steak, salads, pizza, and more. Trattoria Romana has a rustic and elegant interior, where you can enjoy some of the best Italian food in the region. Pair your authentic Italian food with a selection from their impressive wine list or a specialty cocktail. twentytwenty Grille offers some of the most creative and flavorful dishes in the city. The world-famous, internationally acclaimed Chef Ron Weisheit wows guests with his innovative dishes and personable service. Ouzo Bay serves an array of Greek dishes, including wild catches from around the world, grass-fed lamb, and prime dry aged meats. Eating here is like reserving a table on the Mediterranean, as each bite offers authentic flavors beautifully combined with age-old recipes.  

8 p.m. | See a Show or Movie

Shows in Boca Raton, FL Check out the schedules for some of the various entertainment destinations in Boca. iPic Theaters is an upscale movie theater with plush seating, modern technology, and in-theater service for chef-driven dishes and an excellent selection of drinks. Mizner Park Cultural Center is an intimate performing arts theater and music venue hosting a wide variety of shows and concerts. Check the events calendar to see what's coming next! Keep things casual at the Funky Biscuit, a live music venue hosting both nationally known and local bands, playing everything from rock 'n roll to reggae.  

10 p.m. | Top Off the Night With a Drink

Where to Get Drinks in Boca Raton, FL End the evening with a refreshing cocktail or a glass of wine. Boca is home to a number of classy watering holes, from wine bars to cigar lounges with an impressive selection of cocktails. Some of our favorites include Vino Wine Bar & Italian Kitchen, Frank and Dino's, Diplomat Cigar Lounge, Wish Boca, and Tanzy Restaurant.  

Happy Exploring

What must-visit destinations would you add to the itinerary? Let us know in the comments below!
September
25

Fall is a magical time of year. With school now in full swing, the temperatures cooling a bit, and the promise of the holiday season just around the corner, there is nothing quite like the months of October and November. Maximize the season with these essential events happening this fall in Fort Lauderdale. You'll find a range of kid-friendly activities to adults-only wine and beer festivals — and everything in between!  

Eat Your Heart Out

October 4 The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale Food and wine enthusiasts rejoice! Eat Your Heart Out is the culinary event of the season benefiting the Heart Gallery of Broward County. Attendees will enjoy a delicious spread of flavorful bites served by celebrity guests, in addition to fine wine, live entertainment and a silent auction packed with luxurious prizes. The Heart Gallery of Broward County will also take time to honor its 2018 Child Advocate of the Year, Lynne Cameron, the executive director of Neighbors 4 Neighbors. Participating restaurants include Casa D'Angelo Ristorante, Ethos Greek Bistro, Il Mulino Cucina Italiana, Myapapaya Juicery + Kitchen, Phat Boy Sushi, Sweeter Days Bake Shop, Tarpon River Brewery, Taverna Opa, and Truluck's. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $75 per person.  

Oakland Park Oktoberfest

October 5–7 Jaco Pastorius Park, Oakland Park
 
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Travel a bit outside the city to Jaco Pastorius Park in Oakland Park for the 14th Annual Oakland Park Oktoberfest, presented by Funky Buddha Brewery! This annual beer-centric celebration will feature live German music, authentic German-style beer and Bavarian cuisine in the Biergarten. Other activities and attractions include music from Alpine Express and Sepp Diepolder, a dance floor for all ages, amusement rides, carnival games, and more. Admission to Oktoberfest is $5 per person and free for ages 12 and under.  

Great Gatsby Gala

October 19 Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum This swanky event at the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum should not be missed. The Great Gatsby Gala benefits Canine Assisted Therapy, a local nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the lives of children and adults in South Florida through the use of certified pet therapy teams. The gala will feature an evening of premium spirits, delicious food, entertainment, and a raffle and silent auction benefiting the organization. Glamorous 1920s-era attire is welcomed and encouraged! Tickets for the Great Gatsby Gala are $125 per person.  

Smoke on the Water BBQ Feast & Competition

October 20 Riverwalk Smoke on the Water BBQ Feast & Competition Riverwalk Don't miss Riverwalk's 6th Annual Smoke on the Water BBQ Feast & Competition, featuring delicious BBQ food and endless fun for all ages. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., enjoy BBQ classics starting at $5, live music, cold beer and activities for the whole family. Local pitmasters will be competing for the title of the "Smoke on the Water BBQ Feast Champion". This event is free and open to all!  

31st Annual Las Olas Art Fair

October 20–21 Las Olas Boulevard The lively Las Olas Boulevard becomes even more vibrant during the annual Las Olas Art Fair, featuring two days of fine art and inspiration. The fair is ranked as one of the top 100 art festivals in the nation and continues to be one of the most anticipated art events in the region. Visit with artists displaying their one-of-a-kind pieces, commission a specific piece, and purchase fine works of art at affordable prices. Stop by the art fair on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and pop in and out of the many eclectic boutiques, art galleries and upscale eateries along the way.  

Boo! By the Sea Halloween Stroll 2018

October 27 West Business Plazas, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Boo! By the Sea Halloween Stroll 2018 The small business community of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea will host a special Boo! By the Sea Halloween Stroll on Saturday just before Halloween from 3–6 p.m. Head to the plazas on either side of Commercial Boulevard just over the bridge for endless Halloween fun geared towards ages 3–11, including kid-friendly food, music, a magician, face painting, cookie decorating, and much more. Plus, many of the small businesses in the plazas will host activities and games for kids in front of their stores, complete with prizes and treats!  

Halloween Comic Fest 2018 at Lauderdale Comics

October 27 Lauderdale Comics Lauderdale Comics invites all ghouls, goblins and vampires to stop by for Halloween Comic Fest! This annual event occurs in participating comic book shops across the country, which give away comic books to all attendees. Halloween Comic Fest will feature a myriad of activities and surprises, including free treats for anyone in costume, a costume contest, raffle prizes, sales and discounts, and Halloween-themed bubble tea. Admission to the comic fest is completely free!    

Flagler Village ArtWalk

September 29, October 27 + November 24 F.A.T. Village Arts District
 
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On the last Saturday of each month (except December!), head to the creative and artsy F.A.T. Village for the Flagler Village ArtWalk. Stop by open galleries showcasing new art exhibits, visit with local artists and artisans selling various gifts and goods, and enjoy a variety of food and entertainment all the while. This vibrant monthly event is a must for art lovers in the area! It's also a great opportunity to stock up on one-of-a-kind holiday gifts.  

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

October 31–November 4 Various Locations in Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, the "Yachting Capital of the World," will host the 59th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, featuring an array of the industry's latest boats and yachts of all sizes, plus a medley of marine products and accessories to enhance the nautical lifestyle. From yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts, this show has something to suit every taste. Make plans to visit one of the seven locations for the show, including marinas, yachting centers, and a convention center. Purchase your tickets for this exclusive international boat show right in our backyard! Premier Estate Properties is a proud sponsor of this event.  

Women Empower Expo

November 10 Fort Lauderdale Convention Center Women Empower Expo Fort Lauderdale, FL

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The Women Empower Expo (or WEX) is the premier event for entrepreneurs, change-makers, go-getters, creatives, industry leaders and any women who have dreams to turn ideas into reality. The Fort Lauderdale Convention Center will host this inspiring event featuring keynotes from influential women, breakshop workshops with industry experts, panel discussions, network events, a marketplace, and much more. WEX is designed to equip women with the knowledge, tools and connections to create and grow a successful business. Register now to be a part of this empowering expo for women on November 10!  

Happy Fall!

What events are on your calendar this fall? We'd love to know! Let us know in the comments below.
August
15

In addition to all of the activity found in Fort Lauderdale, from vibrant nightlife destinations to luxurious yachting adventures amidst scenic canals, there is so much to do as a family as well. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities in Fort Lauderdale, including boat and trolley rides, indoor playgrounds, fascinating museums, and endless outdoor recreation. Take a look at some of our favorite things to do with kids in Fort Lauderdale, with options to suit all ages and interests!  

Outdoor Fun

Bluefoot Pirate Adventures

Hop on board a pirate ship with Bluefoot Pirate Adventures to search for a hidden treasure throughout the Intracoastal! This fun and interactive pirate cruise is designed for kids who can help pirates find a hidden treasure, learn pirate talk, dress like a pirate and ward off attacks of rival pirates with water cannons. This is a fun waterway cruise for the whole family! General tickets for ages 3 and up are $25 per person and $6.50 for Junior Pirates ages 2 and under. Pirate add-ons, including an eye patch, bandana, and sword, are $7.95 per person.

Butterfly World

Located just north of Fort Lauderdale, Butterfly World is a popular destination for kids and adults alike. Housing around 20,000 live butterflies, Butterfly World is the largest butterfly park in the world and the first park of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. This exotic park features hundreds of birds in six aviaries, a bug zoo, waterfalls, botanical gardens, and of course — thousands of butterflies from every corner of the globe. Admission to Butterfly World is $29.95 for adults and seniors, $21.95 for children ages 3–11, and free for children under 2. Follow Butterfly World on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the know about upcoming events and other updates!  

Everglades Holiday Park

Everglades Holiday Park is an alligator park in Fort Lauderdale attracting locals and visitors alike. The park operates Everglades airboat tours, live gator shows, animal encounters, boat rentals and much more. This is the perfect day trip for adults and kids of all ages! Climb aboard one of their state-of-the-art vessels and venture into the heart of the River of Grass, where expert captains will take you on a 60-minute narrated tour of the Everglades, pointing out some of Florida's most exotic wildlife. This is an experience you — and the kids — will never forget!

EZride Surf School

For the future surfer in your family, surf lessons are an excellent option — especially along the beautiful beaches of South Florida. EZride Surf School offers professional surf lessons and ocean education for residents and vacationers from all over the world. They provide surf lessons seven days a week for all ages, at many beaches in the area, including Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, West Palm Beach and more. Contact EZride to set up lessons for your little surfer!

Flamingo Gardens

Located just west of Fort Lauderdale in Davie, Flamingo Gardens is a haven for visitors of all ages, as there is no shortage of attractions. The 60-acre botanical garden and Everglade wildlife sanctuary feature over 3,000 species of rare and exotic, tropical, subtropical, and native plants and trees. Plus, the wildlife sanctuary is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife, including alligators, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacock and of course — flamingos! This beautiful natural habitat is one of the oldest botanical gardens and attractions in South Florida and has become a popular attraction since its establishment in 1927.

Funky Fish Ocean Camp

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This award-winning program is designed to create a connection between children and the ocean. Funky Fish Ocean Camp is a one-of-a-kind drop-off experience, offering non-stop adventure for kids and a day of relaxation for you. Your child will experience the pool and shallow ocean water through professional snorkeling lessons, skimboarding, boogie boarding, paddle boarding lessons, marine science and repurposed ocean art. Funky Fish Ocean Camp has several locations in the area, including Bahia Mar Resort, Pelican Grand Beach Resort, and Fort Lauderdale Beach Park! The camp operates from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 364 days of the year.

Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi

Consider a unique form of transportation the next time you're headed to the beach with the kids. Hop on board the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi, which provides safe and enjoyable transportation alternatives to your destination. Whether you would like to learn more about the city's many mega-yachts and mansions, head to a nearby restaurant, go shopping, enjoy live music, hit the beach, or learn more about the city's history and rich culture, the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi can take you there!

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a scenic sanctuary in the heart of the city. The park encompasses 180 acres of land between the Intracoastal Waterway and SR A1A. Visitors enjoy endless outdoor recreation, including canoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, picnicking, camping and more. This is a fun place to spend the day with kids, whether you want to embark on a canoeing adventure or simply enjoy a picnic in the shade!

Fort Lauderdale Sun Trolley

Fort Lauderdale Sun Trolley

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A trolley ride is always a fun experience for little ones! The Fort Lauderdale Sun Trolley offers an incredible view of the city — whether you're visiting for the first time or you've lived in the area for years. Boarding the trolley is quite easy. Simply position yourself in a safe spot along any of the trolley's seven routes, wave to the driver much like you would hailing a cab, and get on board! And when you're ready to get off the trolley, let the driver know where and they will drop you off. Track the trolley using their special mobile app or with the desktop tracker. All routes are free except for the Beach and Las Olas link, which is $1 per ride or $3 for an all-day pass.  

Indoor Fun:

Florida Children's Theatre

The Florida Children's Theatre is an educational center for theatre arts, serving children and families throughout South Florida. Founded in 1952 by two mothers and officially incorporated in 1959, it is the oldest documented children's theatre in the state of Florida. Each year, FLCT produces a season of five mainstage productions and year-round classes in acting, creative drama, and other theatre-related skills. Check out the schedule for upcoming shows or enroll your child in a class or camp to expand on their acting skills!

Funderdome Indoor Playground & Cafe

Funderdome Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Funderdome is an indoor wonderland for kids, offering endless fun for all ages — from a safe and laid-back toddler zone to an action-packed space quadrant laser maze. This indoor playground is open seven days a week with activities for kids ages 6 months through 13 years old. Adults are welcome to tag along or relax in the cafe while the kids get their energy out! Other activities and attractions include a ropes course, a ball blaster arena, a climbing wall, slides and much more.

Mai Kai Restaurant & Polynesian Show

Visit Mai Kai for dinner and a show. Kids love the excitement and whim of this enchanting restaurant in the heart of Fort Lauderdale! Mai Kai offers a one-of-a-kind Polynesian show while you dine in tropical surrounds, enjoying an array of authentic dishes, including Hawaiian specialties, Thai dishes, and Chinese food. This is a magical experience for all ages, as you're transcended to another universe with the intricate decor, exciting show, and delicious food and drinks.

Museum of Discovery and Science

Museum of Discovery and Science

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Bring education to life with a visit to the Museum of Discovery and Science, one of the largest museums of its kind in Florida. The mission of the museum is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs, and films. The AutoNation 3D IMAX theater is a destination all its own — showing larger-than-life films viewers can only experience with special glasses and headsets. Other attractions at the museum include ecoscapes, a simulated ride to Mars, a simulated airboat ride in the Everglades, a MaxFlight airplane simulator, and a number of Floridian animal displays. The Museum of Discovery and Science is open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12–5 p.m. on Sundays.

Xtreme Action Park

There is no shortage of activity at Xtreme Action Park, the largest indoor entertainment venue in Florida. The park offers 200,000 square feet of exciting attractions and event spaces, including go-kart racing, bowling, arcade games, a ropes course, a trampoline park, roller skating, escape rooms and much more! Fuel up for a day of fun at the All-American Cafe and a sweet treat at the Hershey's Shake Shoppe. All activities at Xtreme Action Park vary in price, depending on your interests!

Young at Art Museum

Young at Art Museum is where imagination, education, and discovery come together in exciting and new ways. The museum allows children of all ages to experience a variety of sounds, textures and sights throughout their many exhibits, art institute and the teen center. YAA is a place for families to gather and for children to build a sense of identity through art, architecture, history and culture. Ride a subway, visit a cave, and discover a dig in ArtScapes. Stomp to the rhythm, build sand sculptures, and construct recycled puppets in GreenScapes. Learn about faraway customs around the globe in CultureScapes. And create a masterpiece in every gallery. The possibilities are endless at Young at Art Museum!

Sky Zone Fort Lauderdale

Let the kids get their energy out — even on a rainy or gloomy day. Sky Zone is an exciting indoor trampoline park with a number of fun-filled attractions, including a freestyle jump area, ultimate dodgeball, a foam zone, SkySlam, a ladder suspended over a foam pit, and more! This indoor park offers endless fun for all ages — including your littlest ones. This Sky Zone location offers a special Toddler Time on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings!  

Flippo's Kids Indoor Playground

The idea for Flippo's Kids Indoor Playground came from one mom's quest to find a safe indoor play facility in South Florida for her two kids. Victoria Kim, her husband, and their two boys brainstormed, researched and built what is now Flippo's, an indoor playground with a myriad of attractions to suit every age. Attractions include the main playground, a laser maze, a toddler area, a ball blaster and more!  

What kid-approved activities do you love?

We'd love to know what your little ones enjoy doing — either inside and outside. Let us know in the comments below!
March
14

Considered one of the best little beach towns in Florida, Vero Beach is a veritable jewel of Florida's Treasure Coast. The city embodies all of the best South Florida has to offer its residents and visitors. From thriving culture to breathtaking natural beauty, recreation to suit every type of enthusiast and cuisine to match any palate, Vero Beach delivers with effortless grace and sophistication. Whether you're planning a trip to this tiny beach town or you're hosting visitors and need suggestions of things to do, here is your complete guide to visiting Vero Beach.  

Where to Stay

First things first, you will need to make hotel arrangements. Either of these luxury resorts make an excellent home away from home during your visit to Vero Beach. Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa Vero Beach, FL

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Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa

Nestled along the ocean, Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa is a rare and radiant gem. This resort gives you very little reason to stray from the premises, although it is centrally located, putting nearby attractions within reach. Lounge on the beach or by the heated oceanside pool, surrounded by two restaurants and a canopy of palm trees. The world-class spa and spacious accommodations at Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa make relaxation inevitable.

Costa d'Este Beach Resort & Spa

Costa d'Este Beach Resort & Spa is a chic beachfront hotel offering direct access to the azure waters of the Atlantic. Whether you are sipping coffee on your balcony, stretching at a sunrise yoga class, dipping your toes in the ocean waves, lounging by the pool, or relaxing at the spa, you will experience the ultimate in relaxed luxury at Costa d'Este.  

Where to Eat

Cobalt Vero Beach

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One of the most important elements of any vacation is the food. Thankfully, there is no shortage of desirable dining destinations in Vero Beach. Some of our favorite hotspots include… Cobalt — Oceanfront eatery serving local seafood and craft cocktails. The Tides — Upscale seafood restaurant with award-winning wine list. Osceola Bistro — Local gem with globally influenced + creative fare. Citrus Grillhouse — Casual American bistro-style seaside restaurant. Di Mare — French and Italian fine dining destination. Looking for more ideas? Consult our list of the best date night restaurants in Vero Beach for more fine dining destinations in Vero Beach!  

What to Do

Grab Coffee

Grind & Grape Vero Beach, FL

Photo Courtesy of Brandee Anthony via Grind & Grape

Any good day starts with a cup of coffee. And there's nothing quite like unwinding at the end of a full day with a glass of wine. You can do both at Grind & Grape, a unique coffee-shop-meets-wine-bar located just steps from the ocean. Stop by Grind & Grape for a cup of coffee and pastry to enjoy on the outdoor patio before your full day in Vero Beach begins. Then return in the evening for the perfect nightcap!  

Explore the Gardens

Vero Beach is known for its exceptional natural beauty. Admire the area's impeccable foliage and scenery at McKee Botanical Garden, a lush oasis teeming with plant life. Follow the garden's pathways through a grove of majestic palms as you pass tranquil streams accented with colorful waterlilies. The gardens are comprised of 18 acres of natural landscape preserved and restored to the vision of its founders. McKee Botanical Garden hosts a variety of programs each season, including world-class art exhibits, educational offerings, and special events.  

Visit an Art Museum

Vero Beach Museum of Art is the principal cultural arts facility of its kind on Florida's Treasure Coast. This renowned cultural attraction is situated on 7 acres within the 26-acre Riverside Park on the eastern bank of the Indian River Lagoon. The museum is a treasure trove of artistic expression, hosting art exhibitions, a sculpture garden, performances, an art research library, and much more. Visit the Vero Beach Museum of Art and get inspired by the work of some of the world's most talented artists from both near and far.  

Go To the Beach

Vero Beach Beaches If you've been to Vero Beach, you know you don't have to search far to find a pristine beach with warm sugar sands and serene ocean views. Simply head east to the Atlantic shore to step foot on some of the best beaches in Vero Beach, including Jaycee Beach, Humiston Park, Golden Sands Beach Park, and Avalon State Park. Or if you're lucky enough to stay at either of the two luxury hotels mentioned above, you won't have to travel far to access the sparkling white sand.  

See a Show

If you time your visit to Vero Beach just right, you might be able to see a show at one of the city's many venues. Check the line-up for shows at Riverside Theatre and the Emerson Center and get your tickets in advance! Named America's largest small-town professional theater, Riverside Theatre hosts a variety of plays, lecture series, comedy shows, concerts, and other special events throughout the year. The Emerson Center is an 800+ seat public programs venue hosting a myriad of events, from lectures to concert series — such as Live! From Vero Beach, sponsored by Premier Estate Properties agent Cindy O'Dare!  

Sample Local Cuisine

Treasure Coast Culinary Tours Vero Beach, FL

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Sample the robust flavors of Vero Beach cuisine with Treasure Coast Culinary Tours. Embark on a 2.5-hour adventure in food as you enjoy six delicious tastings, including wood-fired pizza, craft beer, traditional Irish fare, Southern comfort food, seafood, and more. On this educational walking tour, you will have time to sit and relax at each stop while savoring various dishes and drinks. It's like a multi-course meal featuring the best selection from a variety of venues! Book your tour with Treasure Coast Culinary Tours for a unique culinary experience you won't forget.  

Go on a Boat Ride

Florida Cracker Airboat Rides Vero Beach, FL

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One of the best ways to experience Vero Beach is by cruising along the sparkling waterways the region is known for. Florida Cracker Airboat Rides offers the airboat ride of a lifetime second to none other in Vero Beach or along Florida's Treasure Coast. Witness nature's wonders as you glide along the St. Johns River in the only real airplane engine-powered touring airboat in Vero Beach. This exhilarating and intimate experience is a popular attraction for both visitors and locals alike!  

Practice Your Golf Game

South Florida is known all across the globe for its impeccable golf courses. A visit to Vero Beach is not complete without playing a round of golf at one of the many pristine courses in the city. Book your tee time at Sandridge Golf Club, a beautiful facility with two 18-hole championship layouts designed by Ron Garl. Their dedication to the sport has earned Sandridge Golf Club a reputation as one of the finest public golf destinations in Florida. Both serious and casual golfers alike are invited to experience a pleasant round of golf at Sandridge Golf Club.

 

Go Shopping

Vero Beach Outlets Vero Beach, FL Refresh your wardrobe with a visit to the Vero Beach Outlets, a collection of more than 60 leading designer and brand names with unparallelled prices. Brands include Banana Republic Factory Store, Gap Outlet, Coach Outlet, J.Crew Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Nike Factory Store, Restoration Hardware Outlet, Williams-Sonoma Outlet, and many more.  

Visit the Farmers' Market

Vero Beach Farmers' Market If your visit to Vero Beach falls on a Saturday, you're in luck! The Farmers' Market Oceanside takes over Ocean Drive at Humiston Park every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. This lively market features an array of products, including produce, citrus, seafood, fresh breads, pastries, botanicals, locally grown landscape plants, honey, spices, healthy drinks, homemade dog biscuits, and more. With local musicians playing and a variety of local shops and restaurants nearby, the farmers' market is the perfect place to spend your Saturday morning in Vero Beach.  

Enjoy your visit to Vero Beach!

There is so much to do, see and taste in Vero Beach. What must-dos would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!
February
7

Whether you are going on your first or second date with someone or have been with your significant other for decades, deciding on a date activity can be difficult. You may be unaware of the many things to do in Fort Lauderdale or you might find yourself stuck in a rut of visiting the same neighborhood restaurant time and time again. Spice things up with one of these fun and creative date ideas in the city! Solve a mystery at an escape room or sample wines overlooking the sparkling river. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you are sure to enjoy your time at one of these renowned destinations in Fort Lauderdale.  

Fort Lauderdale Date Night Ideas Include:

Sip on Local Coffee

Coffee in Fort Lauderdale, FL Keep things light with a casual coffee date at a local shop in Fort Lauderdale. Plus, you can start your day together at a coffee shop then venture to do any of the other date activities on this list! You'll need the caffeine if you're going to make a full day out of it. We love Warsaw Coffee for its hip, industrial atmosphere. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a small bite to eat on their airy patio shaded from the sun. Another favorite is Brew Urban Cafe, a bookstore-meets-coffee shop. This funky cafe is filled with a sprawling book collection, and of course, all the coffee and pastries your heart desires. It's clear that this creative shop values and supports the arts.  

Enjoy Dinner AND a Movie — All at Once

Why split up dinner and a movie when you can enjoy both at the same time? AMC Dine-In Theatre at Coral Ridge is a movie theatre and a restaurant rolled into one. Pick from a full menu of fresh, handcrafted dishes — from appetizers to desserts — and pair your meal with your favorite drink from the bar. With the dine-in full service option, you can reserve your seat, choose from the full menu and bar, and order from your seat with the push of a button. Take a look at the upcoming movies at the Coral Ridge location and book your next date night!  

Taste Exceptional Wines

  Wine tasting is one of the most romantic activities you can do as a couple — whether you're a seasoned wine aficionado or you are just learning about the different varietals. Visit Versare Wine at the River or Wine Watch Inc. for a special wine tasting with your significant other. Wine in Fort Lauderdale, FL Versare Wine at the River is a boutique wine and select craft beer store located along the river near Sunrise Boulevard. Patrons enjoy the waterfront deck while tasting from a curated list of wines produced by small ethical vintners. Versare has a refreshing sustainable, biodynamic and organic approach to wine. Wine Watch Inc. has a series of wine events happening on a regular basis that you don't want to miss. They host their spectacular wine tasting dinners in Wine Watch's new wine bar in addition to Café Maxx and The Fontainebleau Hotel. Take a look at the schedule to plan your next adventure in wine!  

Admire Beautiful Gardens

Flamingo Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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While technically located in Davie, Flamingo Gardens is a popular destination for those living in and visiting Fort Lauderdale and surrounding cities. Established in 1927, Flamingo Gardens is a 60-acre botanical garden and everglade wildlife sanctuary. In fact, it is one of the oldest botanical gardens and attractions in South Florida! The gardens feature over 3,000 species of rare and exotic, tropical, subtropical, and native plants and trees. And the wildlife sanctuary is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife, including alligators, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacock, and of course, flamingos. If you haven't yet visited Flamingo Gardens, this is a must-do for a leisurely yet awe-inspiring date activity.  

Get Tickets to a Show

Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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See an inspiring performance at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, ranked among the top ten most-visited theaters in the world. The center presents more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons. This premier performing arts venue hosts Broadway musicals, operas, ballets, concerts, plays, multicultural performances, lectures, workshops, and educational events. So no matter your style, there's something for everyone at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Take a look at their calendar to get two tickets to an upcoming show!  

Explore History Together

Historic Stranahan House Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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You're never too "local" for a historic tour of the city! The Historic Stranahan House Museum allows you to take a journey through time. The Stranahan House was built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, who is considered the founding father of Fort Lauderdale, along with his wife, Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the area's first school teacher. It is the oldest surviving structure in the county and has previously served in many capacities, including a trading post, a post office, a town hall, and home to the Stranahan family. Go on a guided tour through the museum, where you will learn about the birth of our beloved community. Tours are provided daily at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., lasting approximately 45–60 minutes.  

Go to an Art Museum

  The appreciation and acquisition of art is something we hold in high regard. A visit to the NSU Art Museum is an excellent date activity, whether you have never been to the museum or you've been a dozen times before. With an ever-changing rotation of exhibitions, there is always something new and enthralling to see at the NSU Art Museum. Whether you prefer modern sculpture or Renaissance paintings, you will have a wonderful time exploring the wide selection of styles and art forms at the museum.  

Go to the Beach

Fort Lauderdale Beach With so many exceptional beaches in our backyard, a beach day is an obvious choice for a date in Fort Lauderdale. Opt for a secluded and peaceful getaway at nearby beaches like John U. Lloyd Beach State Park or Hillsboro Beach. Or experience the buzz and excitement of the ever-popular Fort Lauderdale Beach. Take a look at the variety of options for dazzling beaches lining the coast — whether you're looking for scenic views of nature or an upbeat environment with nearby shops, eateries and other attractions at your disposal.  

Travel Through Time

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Experience a taste of history, art and stunning garden landscapes all at once with a visit to the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens nestled along the river. As a luxury real estate brokerage, we find this to be a particularly enchanting destination. The Bonnet House was built in 1920 by Chicago-born artist Frederic Clay Bartlett on oceanfront land given to him and his wife, Helen Louise Birch, by her father as a wedding gift. Helen died from breast cancer in 1931 and Frederic married Evelyn Fortune Lilly in 1931. Today, the estate serves as a preeminent house museum dedicated to historic and environmental preservation in addition to displaying the stunning artwork by Frederic Clay Bartlett and Evelyn Fortune Lilly. Plan your visit to this inspiring, historic mansion to be transported to the days of gracious living, charm and whimsy.  

Try Stand Up Paddleboarding

Sunrise Paddleboards Fort Lauderdale, FL

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If staying fit was part of your New Year's resolutions, an active date experience may be your answer. Sunrise Paddleboards invites people of all fitness levels to enjoy this unique and exciting exercise that works your abdominals, arms and legs while enhancing your balance and core strength. Their two-hour class is the perfect way to be introduced to the sport of stand up paddleboarding if you haven't already, work on your personal fitness, and laugh alongside your significant other as you both complete this challenging, fun and effective activity. Beachgoers rejoice! There are plenty of ways to workout on the beach in and around Fort Lauderdale.  

Go Shopping Along Las Olas Boulevard

It only makes sense to visit the very heart of Fort Lauderdale with a shopping day along Las Olas Boulevard. This renowned street provides a primary connection to the beach and has become a dining and shopping hub for locals and visitors alike. The boulevard hosts over 30 bistros, clubs and restaurants, many of which provide both indoor and outdoor dining. Visit over 120 specialty retail shops, world-class art galleries, museums, beauty salons, spas, jewelry stores, unique boutiques, and more. Taking a stroll along this renowned boulevard is a pleasant and laid-back way to spend the day in Fort Lauderdale with your significant other.  

Glide Through the Canals — Venetian Style

Gondolas West Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Explore the "Venice of America" atop a modern-day gondola with Gondolas West, inspired by the renowned gondola rides in Venice, Italy. This boutique company emphasizes nature over noise, as each nearly silent boat holds a maximum of six people and travels through small and intimate canalways that larger boats cannot maneuver. Book your tour, varying in length and time of day, from a two-hour canal tour in the morning to a 1.5-hour sunset tour. Or opt for a private tour so you have the entire boat to yourselves! With Gondolas West, you will get an unprecedented picture of the Fort Lauderdale area, learn about where our city came from, where it is now, and get a glimpse of the future for the "Venice of America."  

Solve a Mystery

Think Escape Games Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Stretch your imagination to solve a mystery together at Think Escape Games, an innovative escape room in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Live escape games are a relatively new concept that has been sweeping the nation as a popular activity for corporate team building, date nights, or simply an outing with family and friends. You will be locked in a room with other participants and will have to use elements within the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit from different scenarios. Think Escape Games has three separate games to choose from — an experiment gone wrong in Laboratory 51, a murder mystery in The Study, and a billiards challenge in The Shady Tavern. Work together and compete against the clock to escape before time runs out!  

What date ideas do you have?

We would love to know your go-to date night spot in Fort Lauderdale. Share your idea in the comments below!
June
7

While Delray Beach is enjoyable all year long, it is particularly lovely in the summertime. With a full event calendar, pristine outdoor spaces, and gorgeous sugar sand beaches, there are plenty of ways to maximize your summer in this desirable coastal town. Whether you are fortunate enough to live in Delray Beach or are simply visiting for the day from surrounding cities (or afar!), here are some ways to spend your time this summer.  

EVENTS

Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks

June 9, July 14, August 11 + September 8

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks

Photo Courtesy of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Visit the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens for their exclusive Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks event happening throughout the summer. On the second Friday of each month, explore their exquisite Japanese gardens with a craft sake in hand. Visitors are also invited to indulge in the delectable Pan-Asian cuisine from Morikami's Cornell Cafe, and enjoy roaring taiko drum performances by Fushu Daiko at 6:30, 7:15 and 8 p.m. Purchase your Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks tickets in advance or at the door! This year, the Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks are sponsored by JM Lexus, so anyone who presents a Lexus key fob will receive free admission for two people all summer long.  

Juneteenth Celebration

June 19 | 5–9 p.m.

Head to Daughters of Zion Seventh Day Adventist Church for the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum Juneteenth Celebration, a cultural event recognizing a special date in American and Florida history. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, which marked the end of slavery. Guests will enjoy live music, artistic expressions and demonstrations, belly dancing, drumming, storytelling, speakers, and delicious food. This event has a suggested donation of $10.  

Delray Beach's 4th of July Celebration

July 4 | 4–9:30 p.m.

Delray Beach's 4th of July Celebration

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Celebrate Independence Day at Delray Beach's 4th of July Celebration along A1A and Atlantic Avenue. This free event will feature live music, a sand-sculpting contest, and a myriad of family activities, such as face painting, crafts, sidewalk chalk and more. A stunning fireworks show starts at 9 p.m., launching from the north end of the beach.  

Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week

August 1–7

Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week 2017

Photo Courtesy of Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority

Explore the diverse dining scene in Downtown Delray at the 2nd Annual Dine Out Downtown Delray Restaurant Week. The week features a variety of prix fixe lunches and dinners along with special Dine Out deals, plus a series of creative culinary events and classes at participating restaurants. Enjoy Dine Out deals for $10 and under, a multi-course prix lunch for $20 and under per person, or a multi-course prix fixe dinner for $20–40 per person. Make your reservations at participating restaurants and discover what amazing plates await at some of Delray's finest eateries.  

ACTIVITIES

Savor Our City Culinary Tours

Embark on a historical walking food tour of Delray! With Savor Our City Culinary Tours, small business owners, artisans, purveyors, farmers, restaurant chefs and mixologists share their personal food stories and their passion for local, seasonal and sustainable eats. Some of the most popular tours in Delray include Taste Atlantic Avenue, Art & Wine Lovers Tour Through Pineapple Grove, and Wine & Popcorn Pairing. Make your reservation in advance for a fun (and tasty) tour of this amazing town.  

Delray Yacht Cruises

Delray Yacht Cruises

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Cruise through the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway aboard the Lady Atlantic and Lady Delray while enjoying food and drinks accompanied by a two-hour narrated tour while passing some of the area's most iconic mansions. Learn about area history, see marine life, and feel the cool coastal breeze as you explore the canals of this gorgeous area. Ride the 1:30 p.m. cruise all summer long for just $16 per person using their special summer discount!  

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is one of the most beautiful destinations in Delray Beach and South Florida as a whole. Experience Japanese culture, art, gardens, food and more at this exquisite collection of pristine gardens located in inland Delray about 8 miles from the beach.  

Delray Beach Water Sports

Water Sports in Delray Beach, FL Get immersed in the turquoise waters of the Atlantic by going kayaking, windsurfing, surfing, or stand-up paddleboarding with Delray Beach Water Sports. Access their location on the beach just north of the Seagate Hotel & Beach Club for a convenient rental and enjoy your day exploring the refreshing ocean waters!  

Vino Van Gogh

Escape the summer sun and unwind with a night at Vino Van Gogh. This unique painting studio is Delray Beach's newest hot spot for art and entertainment. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer with your sweetheart or a group of friends and follow step-by-step instructions to recreate a featured painting. This is a fun and interactive way to express your creativity!  

Stroll Through Downtown Delray

Downtown Delray Beach, FL

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Simply take a stroll through the charming area of downtown Delray, popping in and out of boutiques, luxury shops, upscale eateries, and experiencing the buzz of this amazing city. Explore the trendy Atlantic Avenue or artsy Pineapple Grove Arts District to grab a bite to eat and go shopping!  

Atlantic Dunes Park

Delray Beach is widely known for its exquisite beaches, and Atlantic Dunes Park is perfect for those pursuing a more serene beach experience. The park is nestled in an elevated wooded area, providing a quiet escape from other high-traffic beaches. There are plenty of places to lay out, as the beach itself is expansive and it is significantly less crowded.

 

Delray Beach Tennis Center

Delray Beach Tennis Center

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Stay active at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, a full-service public tennis facility with 14 clay courts, six hard courts, and an enormous 8,200-seat stadium. Play tennis at their location in the heart of Delray Beach or at their second location, the Delray Swim & Tennis Club, located on Jaeger Drive. Enjoy their pristine facilities and practice your tennis game in the glorious sunshine this summer!  

Delray Beach Golf Club

Or play a round of golf at Delray Beach Golf Club, with a course designed by the legendary golf course architect, Donald Ross. With a rich history and plenty of accolades, the course thrives today as an accessible public venue suitable for all levels of play.  

Addison Reserve Country Club

Enjoy the all-inclusive luxuries at Addison Reserve Country Club, a Platinum Club of America and the recipient of the coveted Emerald Award. In addition to its exquisite dining, golf course, fitness center, spa, tennis facilities, and more, Addison Reserve is an exceptional community to call home. The country club is home to 717 luxury estates situated on 653 lushly landscaped acres.  

HAPPY SUMMER

How are you experiencing Delray Beach to the fullest this summer? We'd love to know! Let us know in the comments below.

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