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Airboat Rides & Gators

Alligator SightingsBillie Swamp Safari (FtL)—Big Cypress Reservation, Learn about the land, history and culture of the Seminole Indians. Skim over glittering waterscapes in an airboat, experience a swamp buggy eco-tour, paddle a canoe, walk the Swamp Trail and come face-to-face with the resident alligators.

Everglades Alligator Farm (FtL)—Over 3,000 alligators. Airboat tours; alligator, snake and wildlife shows run continuously.

Sawgrass Recreation Park (FtL)—Narrated Everglades airboat tours, 18th century Indian village, live alligator and reptile exhibit, camping, boat rentals, and fishing.


Attractions & Museums

Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum (FtL)Rich history and culture of the Florida Seminole Indians.

Antique Car Museum (FtL)—Showcasing the private collection of Arthur Stone, the museum contains 22 Packard automobiles from 1900-1940's and special collections of automobile memorabilia.

Bass Museum of Art (M)—The museum collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets the visual arts for the residents and visitors of the City, the County and the region.

Boca Museum of Art (B)—A fine display of permanent and traveling art exhibitions, as well as a dignified setting for special events and corporate gatherings.

Bonnet House (FtL)—Visit art galleries and rooms at one of the premier historical homes in Fort Lauderdale.

Boomers Parks (FtL, B)—Family fun centers filled with rides, games, food and fun! Two locations in South Florida: Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts (FtL)—
From Broadway musicals to Grammy-winning pop artists to the classic greats, the Broward Center offers something for everyone.

Buehler PlanetariumBuehler Planetarium (FtL)—The Buehler Planetarium & Observatory is located on a beautiful tropical garden site at Broward Community College's Central Campus in Davie, Florida. Surrounded by lovely palm trees, the planetarium was built in 1965 through the generosity of the aviation pioneer Emil Buehler.

Butterfly WorldButterfly World (P)—Stroll through three acres of lush tropical gardens while thousands of live, brilliantly colored butterflies soar around. Waterfalls, fish, hummingbirds, an insectarium, orchids and roses complete natural habitat.

Coral Castle (M)—Visit this awesome man-made tribute to a lost love, which took 28 years to carve from the coral ground of Florida, using nothing but homemade tools from junk parts.

Dania Beach Hurricane Rollercoaster (FtL)—South Florida's only rollercoaster (wooden), part of Boomers amusement park.

Fairchild Tropical Garden (M)—Enjoy this lush botanical garden complete with tropical rainforest, tropical fruit pavilion, bamboo and flowering tree arboretum, tranquil lakes, and garden shop.

Flagler Museum (PB)—Learn about Florida from the beginning, when Henry Flagler's railroads and luxury hotels established tourism and agriculture as the mainstays of Florida's economy.

Flamingos - Tropical BeautiesFlamingo Gardens (FtL)—Sixty (60) acres of tropical gardens and citrus groves with tropical plants, birds of prey, a free-flight aviary, alligators, crocodiles, and pink flamingos.

Gameworks (FtL)—Located at the Oasis in Sawgrass Mills, featuring state-of-the-art games, full bar and grill. Accomodates groups from 15-2000.

Gold Coast Railroad Museum (M) —Home of the Gold Coast Railroad Museumpresidential railroad car "Ferdinand Magellan"; Florida East Coast Railway Steam Locomotives 113, 153, and 253; California Zephyr cars Silver Crescent and Silver Stag; the Edwin Link; 2 foot gauge; and children's railroad.

Historical Museum of Southern Florida (M)— Experience 10,000 years of South Florida history through the museums exhibits or take a historical tour of Miami.

International Game Fishing Assn.International Game Fishing Association Hall of Fame Museum (FtL)—Supports fishing as an important recreational, economic, and social activity to be preserved and enjoyed by millions.

International Swimming Hall of Fame (FtL)—World famous pool and swimming Hall of Fame museum. Site of world championship swim and dive meets.

Jungle Queen (FtL)—Famous barbecue and shrimp dinner sightseeing cruise with variety show and all-you-can-eat dinner. Departs nightly at 7pm. from Bahia Mar Marina.

Lion Country SafariLion Country Safari (PB)—As America’s first drive-through "cageless" zoo, Lion Country Safari has been a leader in conservation since 1967. Lion Country provides a habitat in which many endangered or threatened species live and reproduce.

Mai Kai Polynesian Restaurant and GardensMai Kai Polynesian Restaurant and Gardens (FtL)—Authentic Polynesian village with nightly Islander Revue dancers and musicians.

Miami MetrozooMiami Metrozoo (M)—Houses more than 700 wild animals in a cageless environment. Large, open-air exhibits provide the ideal setting to experience some of the world's most beautiful and endangered wildlife.

Miami Art Museum (M)—MAM collects, exhibits, presents and interprets international art, with a focus on works of the western hemisphere from the 1940s to the present.

Miami Museum of Science and Space Transit Planetarium (M)—We make science fun! Features permanent displays like the Gravity Playground and Smithsonian Expeditions and traveling exhibits.

Miami Seaquarium (M)—Home of "Lolita the Killer Whale" and "Flipper." Entertainment, shows and exhibits, including performing dolphins and sea lions.

 

The Gravity Clock at the Museum of Discovery and Science
Museum of Discovery & Science—Ft. Laud.

(KEY: B = Boca Raton; DB = Delray Beach; FtL = Ft. Lauderdale;
M = Miami; PB = Palm Beach; P = Pompano)


Monkey JungleMonkey Jungle (M)—Where the humans are caged and the monkeys run wild. Home to nearly 400 primates, most running free on the 30 acre reserve.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens (dB)—A tranquil visit to another place and time, honoring Asian art.

Museum of Art - Ft. LauderdaleMuseum of Art—Fort Lauderdale (FtL)—In operation since 1958, the Museum has garnered local, national and international attention for blockbuster exhibitions.

Museum of Discovery and ScienceMuseum of Discovery and Science (FtL)—Fronted by the Great Gravity Clock, Florida's largest kinetic energy sculpture, the Museum of Discovery & Science is one of the best environmentally oriented museums in the state.

Norton Museum of Art (PB)—Widely known for its distinguished permanent collections of European, American and contemporary art, photography, and Chinese art with bronzes, jades and ceramics.

Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum (FtL)— A place for natives, newcomers and visitors to share in Fort Lauderdale's rich and colorful past.

Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher ParkPalm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park (PB)—
The Palm Beach Zoo display over 600 animals on 27 tropical acres. From giant lizards to miniature monkeys, the Palm Beach Zoo is a fun-filled day for the entire family.

Parrot JungleParrot Jungle (M)—A lush botanical wonderland and home to over 1,100 birds and other animals with trained parrot shows. Visitors should allow at least 3 ½ hours to tour the park.

Pompano Park Harness RacingPompano Park Harness Racing (P)—The Sunshine State's only pari mutuel harness racetrack. Open daily and nightly. FREE ADMISSION!

South Florida Museum of Natural HistorySouth Florida Museum of Natural History (FtL)—Graves Museum, featuring dinosaur fossils and replicas and artifacts representing our world's ancient past.

South Florida Science MuseumSouth Florida Science Museum (PB)—The SFSM features a planetarium, brain teasers, weather station, gem display and much, much more.

Stranahan House (FtL)—The oldest building in Broward County built in 1901, very well preserved with period furniture.

Venetian Pool (M)—Located in Coral Gardens, in 1923 this natural spring was developed into a picturesque public swimming pool surrounded by colorful gardens. Listed with the National Register of Historic Places.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (M)—Graced by an Italian Renaissance villa built in 1916, Vizcaya portrays 400 years of European history in its architecture and furnishings.

Young at Art Children's Museum (FtL)—A unique, hands-on children's museum where kids learn and create by touching, exploring, imagining and enjoying the limitless possibilities of art.

World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum (M)—
A newcomer to the museum world, the Chess Hall of Fame features exhibits on the game and its masters. Sponsored by Excalibur Electronics, leading manufacturer of electronic chess games.


Scuba Diving and SnorklingScuba Diving/Snorkeling

Lighthouse Dive Centers (P)—Retail dive shop, dive instruction, fill your tanks.

Scubatyme (P) —Scuba dive and snorkel boat charter.

South Florida Dive Headquarters (P)—Glass bottom boat, scuba and snorkeling charters.

Under Pressure Charters (P)—Snorkeling and scuba charters, or simply cruise the intracoastal waterway!


South Florida Shopping
Shopping

Bass Pro Shops-Outdoor World (FtL)—Mega sporting goods store featuring 39,000 gallon aquarium, Islamorada Fish Restaurant, cascading waterfall and archery and rifle ranges.

Design Center of the Americas (FtL)—Showcases 775,000 square feet of extraordinary furnishings for any home, yacht, or office project

Galleria Mall (FtL)—The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale is the largest and most popular upscale regional shopping center in Broward County with Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord and Taylor, Burdines, Dillard's, Bebe, Coach, Sharper Image and lots more.

The Shops of Las Olas (FtL)—Exclusive shops, fine dining, casual dining, bars and nightclubs. Fort Lauderdale's Rodeo Drive!

Mizner Park (B)—Boutiques, galleries, restaurants and museums comprise this upper class center.

Riverwalk (FtL)—Shops and restaurants on the New River. Go by boat!

Sawgrass Mills  MallSawgrass Mills (FtL)—Occupies over 2 million square feet. World's largest outlet mall. 250 stores. Beach shuttle available. Mall hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Swap Shop and Circus (FtL)—180,000 square foot air-conditioned Shopping and Entertainment Complex featuring brand-name merchandise and international restaurants! Gigantic Flea Market featuring antiques and used items. Million Dollar Circus. Amusement rides and giant video arcade. World's largest 13 screen Drive-In Movie Theater. Open 365 days a year.

Town Center (B)—Features approximately 220 specialty stores, including Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Cole Haan, BOSS Hugo Boss, Sephora, Tourneau Watch Gear, Swarovski Crystal, Harry and David, and major department stores.



Water Skiing

Mills Pond Park (FtL)—Public park featuring a water ski course on its own lake.

Quiet Waters Park (P)—South Florida's only cable water ski course.

 

Fishing Charters/Boat Rentals

Pompano Boat Rentals (P)—Pleasure boats for sightseeing on the Intracoastal.

The Happy Snapper Sportfishing (P)—Sportfishing charters twice daily.

Ultimate Sportfishing (P)—Half-day, 3/4 day and full-day sportfishing charters.

This site is sponsored by the Sands Harbor Resort and Marina—a South Florida landmark for over 50 years!

Sands Harbor Resort and Marina of Pompano Beach, FL
125 North Riverside Drive
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
ph: 954-942-9100
fax: 954-785-4122
toll free: 800-227-3353