BEST WATER PARK 2016
Based on Customer Satisfaction Survey Results
Wi-Fi is available at the campground and in the meeting cabin.
This 299-acre site is one of Broward County Parks and Recreation's most diverse parks, as well as one of its most popular. Along with a water park that includes waterslides and a tube ride, the park offers a large RV campground, a tennis complex, a family golfing center, and many other amenities.
Large group gatherings of 250 or more persons require prior Park approval and issuance of a Park Permit to address such items as reserving space for the group, traffic control, trash removal/cleanup deposit, etc.
Picnic areas and shelters with grills and picnic tables are available throughout the park. Among the park's many rental facilities are two corporate pavilions (capacity 350 to 500 each), a meeting cabin (300), five extra-large shelters (80-160), six large shelters (45-80), and eight medium shelters (30-45). Reservations, fees, and deposits required for shelters. See C.B. Picnic Shelters.
Paradise Cove Water Park
For years the park was known for its waterslides, tube ride, and swim lagoon, all of which closed at the end of the season in September 2003. A dramatically expanded and revamped 4.69-acre facility called Paradise Cove opened in April 2004. Among its features: Parrot's Point, a 12-inch-deep pool with two small waterslides and other interactive play elements designed for ages 5 and under; Sharky's Lagoon, an 18-inch-deep pool with three waterslides (83, 98, and 125 feet long) and other interactive play elements; Crazy Creek, a 410-foot-long meandering tube ride with interactive play elements along the route; the Paradise Grill and Sand Dollar concession facilities; and more than a dozen Funbrellas, 20-foot-diameter umbrellas (capacity 30) with picnic tables, available by rental. The newest attraction, Paradise Pipeline, opened at the start of the 2014 aquatics season and consists of four colorful waterslides the equivalent of five stories tall. Riders can enjoy a high-speed corkscrew slide that exits into a four-foot-deep plunge pool. The 32-inch-wide, open-body waterslides vary in length from 395 feet to 430 feet. More than 400 gallons of water per minute move riders down the slides. Riders must be at least 42 inches tall, weigh less than 250 pounds, and be able to swim. For more information, call 954-357-5170. During aquatics season, the water parks are open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.; visit our water park Web page for more information.
Bike America Bicycle Rentals
Enjoy the beauty of the park by bicycle. Surrey bike rentals are available on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the last rental available at 5 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last rental available at 4 p.m. through Bike America. Two- or four-seat surrey bikes are $25 for 30 minutes. Helmets are required for bike rentals and are included in the rental fee. For more information and group rates, call 954-443-6340.
Golf and Batting Cages
The park's AllGolf Facility and Batting Cages
, located near the entrance, offers a covered driving range with lights and a short game area, a miniature golf course, and a pro shop stocked with major brand names. PGA instruction is also available. You're also in luck if you are looking for variable-speed batting cages for softball and baseball. Hours of operation: Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Contact AllGolf at 954-441-1333
for more information.
A five-acre island is home to this 5,000-capacity open-air amphitheater with a 32-foot-by-48-foot stage. A nearby special event field has been the location for the 99.9 KISS Country Chili Cookoff, which includes a concert featuring some of the top acts in country music. The capacity of the special event field is up to 22,500.
The park's lakeside campground is equipped with 83 RV sites, all with electricity, water, picnic tables, grills, and sewer hookups. (Tent camping is not available at this location.) There are also heated showers, a laundry facility, and restrooms in the campground area. After-hours security is provided at the campground, which permits two pets per campsite with proof of current vaccinations and appropriate licenses. Pets must be registered at check-in and must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times when not inside the RV. Camping fees are seasonally based. Reservations are highly recommended, especially during the peak season of November through April.
C.B. Smith Campground Map
You can now reserve campgrounds online by clicking:
Primitive Group Camping
The park also has a Youth Primitive Group Camping area. For more information, contact the campground at CBSmithPark@Broward.org.
A tennis center with tennis and racquetball courts is operated by GSI Tennis Academies. Programs include after-school programs, adult clinics, tournament prep programs, pro training, and more. For more information, call 954-450-9980, email GreenSquareInc@aol.com, or visit www.gsitennisacademies.com.
Permitted, except in the marina area, from the shore, and from one of three piers. All State of Florida regulations apply. Catch-and-release encouraged.
Two are located in the park and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
A program of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital featuring an early-childhood education course that is designed especially for kindergartners and first graders with the goal of reducing accidental injuries and deaths. The child-size town features working traffic signals, street signs, crosswalks, miniature houses, and small tricycles, along with a variety of interactive stations. Safety Town is open year round by appointment only during the week for public and private schools, charter schools, and children’s groups of 15 to 60 students. For more information or to schedule a free field trip, call Memorial Healthcare System’s Community Relations Department at 954-257-6068 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices. The first clue is a set of GPS coordinates, corresponding to where someone has hidden a "treasure," or geocache. Geocaches can come in all shapes and sizes and can even be virtual. If you are interested in geocaching and want to know more, visit our Geocaching Web page.
If you plan to geocache in C.B. Smith Park, you can use the following GPS coordinates to search for geocaches in the park: 26.02032, -80.31444. Please reference the Geocaching Web page for regulations while geocaching at a Broward County Park.
A Little History
The County park system’s most popular park has a long, complicated history as a piece of public land. The property that was later to become the park apparently became a part of the County at some unidentified point in the past when the owners fell behind in their taxes. The County then sold the land to the federal government, which used it as a firing range for the Naval Flexible Gunnery School. The County purchased the property back in the 1950s, reportedly for $14.50 per acre, and eventually sold all but the 299 acres that make up the present-day park.
Although undeveloped, the land became known locally as Snake Creek Park. Then, in 1967, it was formally named for Charlie Barney Smith, a former Broward County commissioner and City of Hollywood commissioner who had championed the cause of public land for parks. In the 1970s the site gained popularity as a rustic picnic spot, although there were no amenities to speak of, not even fresh drinking water.
In 1976, the land was leased by the South Broward Park District, which broke ground there on December 16, 1978. Three years and three months later, on March 13, 1982, the district opened C.B. Smith Park to the public. When the state legislature dissolved the South Broward Park District in 1988, the park became a regional park in the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division.
The park’s growth in popularity seemed all but predestined, given the westward expansion of Broward County in the 1980s and ’90s. Today the park attracts more annual visitors than any other County park. Not bad for a piece of land that, over the years, was considered as a site for a landfill, the location for a Miami Dolphins stadium, and an outpost of what was then known as Broward Community College.
(Photo courtesy of the Broward County Historical Commission)
This park is home to wildlife. If you have questions regarding wildlife or wish additional information, please call the park number above. The following safety tips are recommended for our guests: 1. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid the water's edge. 2. Alligators, snakes, and other animals live in this area. 3. Do not approach, feed, or taunt alligators, snakes, or other wildlife. 4. Pets, where permitted, must be on a leash no longer than six feet. 5. No swimming or wading except in designated areas. 6. Use common sense while in this park.
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