Recreation. Preservation. Education
Find Excitement - At a Broward County Water Park
Summer's almost here, and what better way to cool down from the South Florida heat than by visiting a water park? Our four aquatics facilities – including the new Paradise Pipeline five-story, four-waterslide complex at Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines – continue their season by expanding their schedule.
From Thursday, May 1 through Sunday, June 1, the following water parks will be open Thursday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.: Paradise Cove; Tropical Splash at Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium in Lauderhill; Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach; and Castaway Island at T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood. The water parks will also be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26. Sessions will be in effect on Saturdays and Sundays at Splash Adventure and Tropical Splash. Details on the schedule from June through September (October at Paradise Cove) are available on our water park Web page.
For water park fees and additional information, call C.B. Smith at 954-357-5170, Central Broward Regional at 954-357-5400, Quiet Waters at 954-357-5100, or T.Y. at 954-357-8811. C.B. Smith is accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #5, #7, #16, #23, and 95 EXPRESS; Central Broward Regional via Routes #18, #36, #40, and #81; Quiet Waters via Route #14; and T.Y. via Routes #12 and #16.
Amateur lepidopterists, a.k.a. butterfly enthusiasts, have a few opportunities to indulge their passion this month. On Saturday, May 10, there’s a Butterfly Gardening Workshop at Secret Woods Nature Center, known for its “butterfly island,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants will learn how to use the right kinds of plants and flowers to draw butterflies to their home landscapes. The fee is $10/person. For more information, call the park (accessible via Broward County Transit Route #6) at 954-357-8884.
Then on Tuesday, May 13, the Broward County Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association meets at Plantation Heritage Park from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The evening includes socializing and refreshments, followed by a speaker/presentation and a plant raffle. The park (954-357-5135) is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #30.
Finally, on Saturday, May 17, there are two events. The Anne Kolb Nature Center offers Butterflies: Winged Beauties, a program for kids ages 6 to 12. This celebration of butterflies runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $2/person. For more information, call the park (accessible via Broward County Transit Routes #4 and #12) at 954-357-5161. At 1 p.m.,Butterfly Worldat Tradewinds Park will offer a Butterfly Gardening Workshop, free with paid admission into the world-famous attraction. For more info, call Butterfly World at 954-977-4400. Tradewinds is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #34.
Looking for some plants to spruce up your home landscape? Look no further than the Broward County Plant Affair. The popular event – co-sponsored by the Plantation Historical Society and the GFWC Plantation Woman’s Club – takes place the weekend of May 3 and 4 at Plantation Heritage Park, where you’ll find a plant show and sale with up to 30 vendors. Among the offerings: native plants, bonsai, orchids, cyclamens, bougainvillea, and bromeliads, as well as gardening supplies and porch and patio items. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. For more information, call Betty Cobb at 954-797-2722 or 954-581-6464, or the park at 954-357-5135, ext. 0. Plantation Heritage is accessible via Broward County Transit Route #30.
Put your horse sense to good use when Tradewinds Park offers its popular annual Summer Horse Camp. The program, for ages 9 through 16, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting on June 9 and ending on August 14.
Last year the program introduced four levels of camp, and this year the camps are scheduled the same way. The Buckaroos Day Camp consists of one-day sessions, each including riding instruction, riding time, grooming, and saddling. The fee is $75 per day plus sales tax. This camp is offered on June 9, 10, 11, and 12.
The Trotters Mini-Camp is offered by two-day session, on June 16-17, 18-19, 23-24, and 25-26. Activities include the above, plus games and horse care/maintenance. The fee is $150 plus sales tax for each two-day session.