There are so many ways to experience the South Florida suburbs…
There’s something truly special about South Florida—which is why so many families from around the state and around the country are heading to the greater Miami area right now. With more and more jobs going remote, families suddenly have increased flexibility in their suburban search—and many are heading to the Sunshine State and staying put.
If you’re considering making the leap, there are countless ways to get out and explore all that South Florida has to offer. We’ve rounded out some of our family-friendly favorites, ideal for fall. Each located within a popular area suburb—and near plenty of others—you’ll be able to get the lay of the land and enjoy a local favorite or two.
The Wild & Scenic Loxahatchee River Tour
Kick back, relax and explore South Florida by boat during this two-hour round-trip tour kicking off from the Jupiter Outdoor Center in Jupiter. The fun starts with a ride downstream from Riverbend Park toward the Atlantic Ocean, passing cypress swamps and tons of plants and animals along the way.
That, though, is just one option. More experienced adventurers can rent a kayak or canoe and head downstream or rent a bike and ride along the bike paths. The views of the Loxahatchee River (AKA “Lox” River) are stunning, especially during this time of year.
Never been wakeboarding before? No problem! At LTS Wakeboard—a training school and watersports destination on Crystal Lake in Pompano Beach—people of all ages and experience levels can hit the water. Whether you and your crew opt to wakeboard, water ski, wake surf, wakeskate, go tubing, kneeboarding or, simply, take in the sights, this is an amazing way to spend a day—and explore South Florida.
Flamingo Gardens Botanical Garden
Spend the day in 60 acres of tropical paradise. Flamingo Gardens Botanical Gardens in Davie is home to more than 3,000 species of rare and exotic, tropical, subtropical, and native plants and critters, including some of the largest trees in the state.
The gardens also houses the Flamingo Gardens Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary. Here, the gardens staff supports injured and non-releasable birds and animals including alligators, bears, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacocks and flamingos. During your visit, be sure to swing by so your kids can come face-to-face with these popular local animals.
Exploring the Suburbs, Halloween-style!
And if you’re all about getting in on the Halloween spirit without going door-to-door? Check out Animal EDventure Park Spooky Safari Tour in Boynton Beach and their “COVID-safe” Spooky Safari Tour & Drive-thru Pumpkin Patch. Spooky Safari Tours are running every Wednesday and Saturday through Halloween. While there are some scares involved, this ride is 100% kid-friendly—and when it’s done your kids will get a chance to meet some extra special animals who call the park “home.”
Our advice: book in advance, since the safari is already very popular among residents and visitors.
Another fun suburban Halloween go-to? Spookyville Drive-Thru Fair Eats & Treats. Held on the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach, this annual event is going socially-distanced this year—but it still promises to be lots of fun. Come in costume and drive through the fairgrounds, collecting candy, singing Halloween songs and checking out the sights and scenes all along the way. The drive-through runs from October 23-31 and is ideal for kids 12 and under. Bring a bag for all that candy!
Looking for more ways to explore South Florida? Get in touch! Schedule your free Suburbs Strategy session now.