401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Phone: 954-357-5100• Fax: 954-357-5101• Email: QuietWatersPark@Broward.org
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Water is the focus of this 431.4-acre park, which includes the Splash Adventure water park, Ski Rixen USA cable water-skiing, a marina with boats for rent, and several lakes for fishing. For recreation on dry land, the park features Bike America bicycle rentals, mountain bike trails, basketball courts, and a campground with platform tents and tepees. The park is also home to the Renaissance Festival, one of South Florida's most popular annual festivals.
This interactive children's water playground features slides, tunnels, turn valves, and much more. Open seasonally. Zero-depth entry to 12 inches at center. Lifeguards on duty at all times. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Sessions, when in effect, are three hours and 50 minutes. U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vests are available free of charge. No pets, grills, glass containers, or alcoholic beverages allowed inside the aquatics facility. Call for fees and hours.
Colorful 20-foot-diameter umbrellas are available for rental by the day or by the session at Splash Adventure. Each includes tables and grill (except inside the water park). Capacity 30. A credit card deposit of $50 for clean-up and security is required on the day of use.
Ski Rixen USA
Cable water-skiing - no boat required - at the only wakeboard and water-ski park in South Florida. Slalom, trick-ski, kneeboard, wakeboard, or even surf without a wave. Yearly memberships available. For ages 12 and up. Open daily except Mondays. Call 954-429-0215 for hours and rates. A YouTube video shows what it's like to experience Ski Rixen USA firsthand.
Bike rentals, sales, and service. Store hours: Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Rentals include dual-suspension mountain bikes, hard-trail mountain bikes, comfort bikes, kids' bikes, and kids' trailers. GoPro cameras and knee and elbow pads are also available to rent. Call 954-570-8122 for more information and group rates.
Harbin Butterfly & Bird Sanctuary
South Florida is home to more than 300 species of birds and more than a hundred species of butterflies, making this sanctuary, named for a former director of Broward County Parks and Recreation Division, a welcome refuge. The sanctuary is home to a variety of shrubs, trees, and other plants that play a role in the life cycles of both butterflies and birds. Interpretive signage provides information on the species and the plants they favor, as well as tips on how to grow your own butterfly garden. Volunteers are always welcome to help maintain the sanctuary's plants and birdhouses. For more information, call the park at 954-357-5100.
Mountain Bike Trails
With roughly 7.1 miles of trail, the Quiet Waters Park Mountain Bike Trails offer bicycle enthusiasts a challenging experience. Trails are available for the novice, intermediate, and the expert/pro rider. The trails have been fully renovated under the direction of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, whose local volunteers removed debris, reshaped the land, installed new plants, and constructed new sections of trail. Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time, with the hours going to 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during Standard Time.
Use of trails requires an annual membership or daily fee. The Mountain Bike Trail Fees
page has more information. The annual membership fee is $25 plus tax; the daily fee is $5 plus tax. Annual membership passes purchased on or after July 1 will sell at a prorated cost of $12.50 plus tax. The annual membership pass expires on December 31 the year that it was purchased.
If you would like to become a mountain bike trail maintenance volunteer, please follow the link below to the project announcement, then print the announcement and bring it to the park with your photo identification. You can also link here to all necessary Volunteer Forms and Supplemental Materials.
Larger Bike Trail Map
For your safety: All ages must watch a safety video at the park office and complete a Waiver of Liability. Riders under 18 must watch the safety video and have a release and waiver of liability signed by a parent/guardian. Riders will be able to complete the process at the park office. Helmets are required, and riders under the age of 18 must have written consent from parent or legal guardian to ride. Only mountain bikes are permitted on the trails. Non-specific mountain bikes, bike trailers, and child seats are not allowed on the trails.
See firsthand what it is like to ride the various mountain bike trails at Quiet Waters Park below by following the links below:
Safety Bike Patrol
The park maintains a group of mountain bike volunteers who patrol the trails, offering guidance and assistance to riders when needed. Call the park office at 954-357-5100 to find out how to become a patrol member.
Trail Maintenance Days
Volunteers get together from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month to maintain the trails. Food and beverages are provided by Bike America following trail work on maintenance days. To volunteer, print the application below and bring it to the park, along with a photo ID.
Mountain Bike Trails Project
Broward County Policies To Review
Permitted from the shores of the park's several lakes. Freshwater licenses may be required. No fishing allowed near Splash Adventure, Ski Rixen USA, or in the primitive campground. Catch-and-release only.
The marina will be closed until further notice. Marina hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the last boat rental going out at 3 p.m. Rental boats include canoes, paddleboats, and kayaks. Boat rentals are $10 plus tax per boat for one hour, $15 plus tax per boat for two hours, and $25 plus tax per boat for four hours. $10 cash deposit per rental.
Rent a site with a platform tent or tepee already set up at the park's innovative Rent-a-Tent campground. There are 25 tent sites and two tepee sites, each with running water, a fire ring, a picnic table, a grill, and electricity. Restrooms and shower facilities are conveniently located throughout the campground. Renters are able to use sports equipment found in the park office free of charge, and can also purchase a discount pass to Splash Adventure water park during the aquatics season. No RV sites are available. Firewood and ice are sold at the park office. Reservations required. Wi-Fi is available at the campground. Campground rules.
Sites are $35 plus tax per night for up to four campers. Two additional campers may be added at $3 plus tax per camper per night, for a total of six campers. The required security deposit is $50 per site, payable by credit card only. Up to two pets are permitted at $1 per pet per stay.
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You can now reserve campgrounds online:
Primitive Youth Camping
The park also provides an area set aside for youth primitive camping for nonprofit groups such as Boy and Girl Scouts. The area accommodates up to 75 campers. Reservations can be made by calling 954-357-5100.
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.
One interpretive shelter and two small shelters (capacity up to 36) with water. Six medium shelters (up to 50) with water and electricity. One extra-large shelter (up to 162) with water and electricity. One corporate pavilion (400) with water, electricity, areas for horseshoes and volleyball, and restrooms. All available by reservation only.
A large, covered, wheelchair-accessible playground is adjacent to shelters #8 and #9 and the basketball courts.
Freestanding picnic tables with grills are located near the playground and throughout the park and are available free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Paved paths run throughout the park, with an approximate cumulative length of a mile and a half.
With the help of volunteer organizations, the 3,500-foot nature trail is being restored to its natural landscape. Volunteers have helped remove invasive species and plant native trees and shrubs helping to transform this six-acre natural area to its true beauty. Historical records show that the western side of the area was once a slough -- a swamp-like depression, which transformed the surrounding pinelands into cypress and red maple trees. The nature trail is open during park hours to all ages. Pets are not allowed. People interested in volunteering on the nature trail can inquire at the park office or call 954-357-5113.
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, please visit our Geocaching Web page.
If you plan to geocache in Quiet Waters Park, you can use the following GPS coordinates to search for geocaches in the park: 26.31145, -80.15266. Please be aware of the following guidelines that apply to geocaching at Quiet Waters in addition to the guidelines set forth on the Geocaching Web page:
- No pets are allowed on the nature trails.
- Please stay on nature trails and do not stray from the path.
- Geocaching in campgrounds is restricted to campers only.
- Geocaching within the Mountain Bike Trails is prohibited.
Two basketball courts with spectator seating.
Sports Equipment Rentals
The park offers limited quantities of a variety of sports equipment, available at the park office on a first-come, first-served basis only to those renting shelters or campsites.
A Little History
Using funds from the 1978 bond issue, Broward County acquired this 431.4-acre property in the early 1980s from Houdaille, a major dredge-and-fill contractor that used the site essentially as a "borrow pit." The proposed name of Lakeview Park was abandoned in favor of Quiet Waters by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. The park opened to the public in March 1983. Splash Adventure, an interactive children's water playground, opened in the southeast corner of the park in 1995.
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