Cultural Quarterly
Spring/Summer 2009
Volume XXII, Number 3
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Culture Counts
Affordable Things to Do Under $20
By Connie Deng
Junior at Stoneman Douglas High
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Sure, the movies are a fun way to pass a Friday. And of course, the pool or the beach is always popular on a sunny, humid, almost-summer Florida day. But if you’re looking for a change of plans, or maybe just something that’ll give you a more cultural experience, check out these cool places, all for under $20.


What is it?

Where is it?

How much is it?


Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

A Seminole Tribe museum about Indian tribal life

On the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, on West Boundary Road, Clewiston

$4 for students

Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Technology Center at Nova Southeastern University

Experience 8 weeks of exciting free activities for children, families, tweens, teens, and adults.

3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd. in Davie.



A cultural center that features outdoor art, exhibits, workshops, and performances

Young Circle in Hollywood

Generally free, but some independent art vendors charge, depending on the service

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

A theater that hosts popular Broadway shows, musicals, comedies, etc.

SW 5th Avenue in Ft. Lauderdale

Depending on the show, lowest tickets can usually be found for under $20

Buehler Planetarium

A planetarium with state-of-the-art equipment that hosts public viewing nights and astronomy shows

On the BCC Central Campus, on Davie Road, in Dave

Free on public viewing nights, between $2-5 a show depending on the day and time

Butterfly World

A butterfly sanctuary and research center that also hosts an atrium and various attractions

In Tradewinds Park, on Sample Road in Coconut Creek

$16.95 for adults over 12 years old, no student discounts

Coral Springs Museum of Art

An art museum that features seasonal special exhibitions in addition to their extensive permanent collection

At Coral Springs Center for the Arts, on Coral Springs Drive in Coral Springs

$4 for students

Deerfield Beach Arboretum

A “tree zoo,” for nature enthusiasts, hosting many types of trees and a change of scenery around the beach

On Hillsboro Drive in Deerfield Beach


No website available

Flamingo Gardens

A park of botanical gardens and a wildlife sanctuary

On South Flamingo Road in Davie

$17 for ages 12 and up, no student discounts

International Swimming Hall of Fame

A large swimming hall of fame and collection of swimming memorabilia

On Hall of Fame Dr, in Ft. Lauderdale

Free, but you have to pay to buy things from the gift shop!

Museum of Art

A large art museum featuring seasonal exhibitions in addition to their fascinating permanent collection

On Las Olas Boulevard in Ft. Lauderdale

$7 for students

Museum of Discovery and Science and IMAX theater

A fun, interactive museum and South Florida’s largest movie screen, playing both IMAX features and full-length feature films

On SW 2nd Street, in Ft. Lauderdale

Exhibit only $10, Imax feature films only $9, combination of exhibit and Imax feature film $15, Full-length feature films only $12

Also, don’t forget to check out your local libraries and parks for special events. They often host free movie nights, teen get-togethers, book discussions, and the like. You might need a library card or a park registration, but these events are definitely worth it!