Things To Do in Sunny South Florida

Experience All Hollywood Beach Has to Offer

Since 1920, the charming coastal town of Hollywood, Florida has been a favorite of travelers seeking a quieter, laid back alternative to nearby Miami and Fort Lauderdale. From here, only ten minutes south of Fort Lauderdale and twenty minutes north of Miami, everything you might want to see or experience in South Florida is just moments away.

Below, you will find a short list of some of our favorite nearby attractions, events and things to do during your stay with us.

Arts & Entertainment
Dining & Nightlife

Josh's Organic Garden

Every Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:31 p.m.

Beachfront farmers' market known for seasonal produce, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. Locals gather at the all-organic market and juice bar to try some of the local flavors of Florida and stock up on healthy ingredients. The juice bar incudes racks of wheatgrass and over 4,000 heads of lettuce and kale. All perfect for your favorite smoothie or juice. Located on the beach at Harrison Street and the Broadwallk; 101 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019. Information, call (954) 456-FARM.

Glass Blowing at the ArtsPark

Every Thursday through Saturday, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Downtown Hollywood

Visit the ArtsPark Glassblowing Studio in the center of the ArtsPark in Downtown Hollywood and watch an incredible cast of artists form motlen glass into art. The studio is one of the largest and most interactive glass studios on the East Coast.

Information, call (954) 732-7231

Funtastic Fridays

Every Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Downtown Hollywood

Held at the ArtsPark at Young Circle, this free family social event features live entertainment, movies, refreshments and more.

Information, call (954) 921-3404

Food Trucks at Artspark

Every Monday, 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

ArtsPark, Downtown Hollywood

Savor delicious bites from more than 20 of South Florida's most popular food trucks in the setting of Downtown Hollywood's beautiful ArtsPark. Free Admission. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs.

Information, call (954) 921-3500.

Riverwalk Sunday Arts

Every Fourth Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Along the New River and at Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale

Browse the works of local artists and photographers along with great views along the new river. In addition to artisan booths, there are live dance performances, great food and more!

Information, call 954-468-1541

Dream Car Classic

First Sunday of Every Month,10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

Downtown Hollywood

The Dream Car Classic Car Show features dozens of classic cars, trucks and other vehicles of interest displayed along the downtown’s tree-lined Hollywood Boulevard. A perfect spot for people watching and to enjoy an eclectic array of outdoor cafes and restaurants. Attendance is FREE. Awards for the Top 30 vehicles and the People's Choice Award.

Information, call (954) 921-3404


Every Saturday, 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

ArtsPark in Downtown Hollywood

Enjoy live music every Saturday evening at the ArtsPark Amphitheater. The free concert series is dedicated to showcasing South Florida's finest talent.

*Lawn seating. Bring a blanket or beach chair.

Information: 954-921-3500 or visit

Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club

Experience a 7,000-yard, 18-hole championship course managed by Troon or play a competitive set on one of 10 clay courts. This beautifully manicured course offers professional instruction for all levels of play.

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Explore the local area on two-wheels with Broward County's bike sharing program. Pay as you go, or ride like a local with over 27 bike stations. Information, call (754) 200-5672 or visit

Anne Kolb Nature Center/West Lake Park

See endangered species at this 1,500 acre mangrove ecosystem. Explore by kayak, boat or boardwalk trails. Climb or ride the elevator to the top of the Observation Tower for views that steal your breath away.Learn about this fascinating ecosystem as you tour the Exhibit Hall with its 3,500-gallon aquarium. On the south side of the park, kayak and canoe rentals are available, as are playgrounds, picnic pavilions, biking and walking trails and tennis, basketball, and sand volleyball courts.

1.2 miles

Hollywood Parasail

This top rated parasail company is located right along Hollywood Beach and is US Coast Guard approved. Sail over the Atlantic Ocean and see Hollywood Beach from a whole different and thrilling perspective!

2.5 miles

Gulfstream Park

Home to the Triple Crown prep races, including the $1 million Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park features year-round casino action with 850 Vegas-style slot machines, poker, seasonal thoroughbred horse racing, simulcast wagering and a bustling nightlife.

2 miles

Arts Park at Young Circle

Enjoy a wide array of visual and performing arts themed recreation and entertainment in this 10-acre oasis of tropical greenery in Downtown Hollywood.

Visit the glass-blowing studio in the center of ArtsPark to experience the wonderful art of glass yourself. The studio is one of the largest and most interactive glass studios on the East Coast. Experienced artisans make learning the basics a fun, engaging process- it may just lead to your new hobby or obsession. Ask how to have your very own custom piece made for you or the perfect gift.

3.4 miles

Sawgrass Recreation Park

Experience some of mother earth's most amazing wonders in the Florida Everglades. From alligator and panther exhibits to day and nightime airboat adventures, unforgettable encounters await at Sawgrass Recreation Park.

30 miles

Jungle Island

Home to over 500 species of plants and 3,000 animals, Jungle Island also features bird shows, flamingo lake and an Everglades habitat.

21 miles

Zoo Miami

Featuring over 100 exhibits at this 740-acre park, with more than 2,000 animals representing over 500 species.

45 miles

Sun Life Stadium

Home to the Miami Dolphins, Sun Life Stadium also offers the best in live entertainment with options that range from concerts and music festivals to car shows and equestrian events. Soccer fans will find a great list of activities as well! Make sure to check the schedule and see what events are coming up.

12 miles

K1 Speed South Florida

Whether for your kids or just the kid in you, indoor go kart racing is a great way to have fun while in Hollywood. Open 7 days a week, this modern facility has comfortable seating, flat screen TVs, food and drink options and zero-emission electric go karts that reach speeds of 45 miles per hour!

8.1 miles

John U Lloyd Beach State Park

This barrier island beach offers 251 acres of natural beauty, including wetland and coastal experiences. Pack a picnic and a fishing rod and visit this unique state park that has everything from mangroves and manatees to nesting sea turtles and sand dunes – all within steps of a flat and beautiful beach that is ideal for swimming and sunbathing.

4.5 miles

Hollywood Beach

Day or night, there is always something fun happening on Hollywood Beach.  Snorkel around its coral reefs, rent a bicycle or dine at one of the many seaside cafe's and restaurants that line Hollywood's historic oceanfront Broadwalk. Or just sit back and enjoy the soft sand and sound of the ocean.

1.5 miles

Hollywood Broadwalk

Hop aboard the Hollywood Trolley and head for the renowned Hollywood Beach Broadwalk. Built in the 1920s by Hollywood City Founder Joseph W. Young, this oceanfront promenade is considered one of the top beach boardwalks in America by Travel & Leisure. From bicycle rental shops and ice cream parlors to family-friendly eateries that face the ocean, the Broadwalk is a delight both day and night.

1 mile

Aventura Mall

Upscale shopping mall anchored by Nordstroms, Bloomingdales and features over 300 fine retailers. Luxury tastes will be satisfied with boutiques such as Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and the like. Whether you want to browse in the Apple Store, play in the Lego Store or stroll through a large department store, Aventura Mall is a shopper's paradise. The mall also features casual to fine dining and an AMC Movie Theater.

4 miles

Bal Harbour Shops

Upscale, open-air shopping destination known internationally for its collection of luxury retailers and exquisite collection of desinger boutiques and restaurants.

7 miles

Village at Gulfstream Park

Home to boutiques and home accessory shops, fine restaurants, outdoor cafes and nightclubs, the Village at Gulfstream Park is a destination that defines breezy chic. Enjoy complimentary roundtrip shuttle service from the Diplomat every Thursday through Sunday.

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Las Olas Boulevard

Enjoy a scenic Water Taxi ride from the Diplomat Landing Marina to Fort Lauderdale's world famous Las Olas Boulevard. Strolling this outdoor shopping and dining district is a delight with more than 60 boutiques, galleries and shops and 30 outdoor restaurants, cafes and bars along the brick-lined boulevard.

12 miles

Sawgrass Mills Mall

Uncover your winning style at the largest value retail destination. The Colonnade Outlets feature top luxury designers including Prada, Kate Spade, Bloomingdales Outlet, Saks Off 5th, and more.

22 miles

Cinema Paradiso ArtHouse Cinema

Fabulous art house cinema offering a daily schedule of foreign and independent films, retro movies and documentaries – all in a beautifully renovated historic building in Downtown Hollywood. Order a glass of wine or beer in the theater bar and settle back to watch all that Art House Cinema offers in unique films.

Information, call 954-525-3456 or visit

3.4 miles

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood

Housed in a historic mansion on Harrison Street in the heart of Hollywood, the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is a testament to the creativity and culture the city represents. Featuring live stage performances, contemporary gallery exhibitions and educational programs for adults and children, the Center is dedicated to providing a creative environment that promotes advancement in the arts.

For information, call (954) 921-3274 or visit

3.4 miles

Arts Park at Young Circle

Enjoy a wide array of visual and performing arts themed recreation and entertainment in this 10-acre oasis of tropical greenery in Downtown Hollywood.

Visit the glass-blowing studio in the center of ArtsPark to experience the wonderful art of glass yourself. The studio is one of the largest and most interactive glass studios on the East Coast. Experienced artisans make learning the basics a fun, engaging process- it may just lead to your new hobby or obsession. Ask how to have your very own custom piece made for you or the perfect gift.

3.4 miles

Bonnet House

Foster creative expression and reflection at this 35-acre historic house and museum in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

14.3 miles

Stranahan House

Tour the oldest surviving structure in Broward County. Built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, credited as Fort Lauderdale's founding father.

11.3 miles

BB&T Center

Modern arena and host of the Florida Panthers Hockey team, music concerts, children's events and ice skating shows. Wander under the giant glass palm trees that line the entrance and attend any one of the great events scheduled at this beautiful venue.

25 miles

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

With two theaters and over 3,000 seats, this incredible state of the art performing arts facility that overlooks the water at the heart of the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment district in Downtown Fort Lauderdale offers incredible year round entertainment. No matter what your interests may be, this center has something to broaden your horizons and enrich your cultural interests.

14 miles

Downtown Hollywood

This charming part of town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and boasts activities that range from art galleries, shops, boutiques and dozens of sidewalk cafes and restaurants to nightclubs infused with culture, live music and events. Whether it is a day at the ArtsPark or a night out going from one amazing experience to the next, this part of Hollywood shouldn’t be missed. Getting there is easy via the Hollywood Trolley which makes regular stops at the Diplomat.

Information, call (954) 924-2980 or visit

3.4 miles

Sugar Reef Grill

Refined Caribbean cuisine with French accents is found at this sophisticated seaside bistro. Located at 600 North Surf Road, Hollywood, FL 33019. Information, call (954) 922-1119

Taverna Opa

Genuine Greek culinary delights like Pastitsio and Mousaka, plus lively entertainment and authentic Greek wines. Located at 410 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019. Information, call (954) 929-4010.

Cantina Laredo

Authentic Mexican favorites such as margaritas, guacamole, plus daily fish specials in a vibrant modern setting. Located at The Village of Gulfstream Park, 501 Silks Run #1120, Hallandale Beach FL 33009. Information, call (954) 457-7662.

Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor

Jaxson's isn't just for kids but you will feel like a kid again when you get there. In addition to fabulous food and colossal ice cream creations, the historic ice cream parlour houses one of the nation’s largest collections of rural American memorabilia, including a world class automobile license plate collection. Located at 128 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach, FL 33004. Information, call (954) 923-4445

Chocolada Bakery & Café

Sidewalk cafe known for desserts and a wide menu of European and American cuisine. Live music most evenings with an international flair combined with fine pastries in a delightful European atmosphere. Located at 1923 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33020. Information, call (954) 920-6400

GG's Waterfront Bar & Grill

A fresh take on waterfront dining with friendly service and exceptional seafood prepared in an open kitchen. Enjoy an outdoor lounge and happy hour & Sunday brunch. Located at 606 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019. Information, call (954) 929-7030


Four-story Italian-style villa located beachside in Hollywood. Serving fine wines and impeccably prepared Italian cuisine in a relaxed elegant setting. Located at 331 Van Buren Street, Hollywood, FL 33019. Information, call (954) 921-8331.

Billy's Stone Crab Restaurant

Breezy tropical waterfront restaurant specializing in stone crabs, Key West wild pink shrimp and Florida fish and lobster. Indoor and outdoor dockside dining available. Located at 400 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019. Information, call (954) 923-2300