Low-Cost Fun

Bargains Galore at Broward County Parks

It's a fact - nobody's recreation dollars go as far as they once did. That's why Broward County’s network of 20 regional parks and nature centers, six neighborhood parks, and 21 natural areas continues to offer many recreational activities at little or no cost to you.

Admission is free on weekdays at all regional parks, and on weekends and holidays the regular gate entry fee is just $1.50 per person (children 5 and under free). Reentry on the same day is permitted free if you present your receipt, and you can even use your receipt from one park to enter another park on the same day (this does not include the parking fee at Hollywood North Beach Park). There is never an admission charge at our neighborhood parks, nature centers, and natural areas.

Once you’re inside a park, many facilities are available for use free on a first-come, first-served basis. Here’s a sampling of what you can do for little or no money:

Hoop It Up – Free use of the basketball courts is available at these parks: Brian Piccolo in Cooper City, C.B. Smith in Pembroke Pines, Central Broward Regional in Lauderhill, Easterlin in Oakland Park, Quiet Waters in Deerfield Beach, and T.Y. and West Lake in Hollywood. All six neighborhood parks also offer basketball.

guys playing disc golf

Fore! – Play disc golf for free at Brian Piccolo in Cooper City, Easterlin in Oakland Park, Plantation Heritage, in Plantation, Markham in Sunrise, or Tradewinds in Coconut Creek. If you don’t already have your own discs, you can purchase them at a minimal cost, and then they’re yours to keep.

Take a Deep Breath of Fresh Air – There’s no cost to use the paths designated for jogging or walking at the following parks: Brian Piccolo in Cooper City, C.B. Smith in Pembroke Pines, Central Broward Regional in Lauderhill, Hollywood North Beach in Hollywood, Markham in Sunrise, Plantation Heritage in Plantation, Quiet Waters in Deerfield Beach, Roosevelt Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, and T.Y. and West Lake in Hollywood.

Discover Nature's Paradise – Experience the natural beauty of South Florida for free along the nature trails of these parks and nature centers: Anne Kolb in Hollywood, Central Broward Regional in Lauderhill, Deerfield Island in Deerfield Beach, Easterlin in Oakland Park, Fern Forest in Coconut Creek, Long Key in Davie, Markham in Sunrise, Plantation Heritage in Plantation, Secret Woods in Dania Beach, Tradewinds in Coconut Creek, Tree Tops in Davie, and West Lake in Hollywood. These natural areas are also free and accessible without reservations: Crystal Lake in Pompano Beach, Deerfield Highlands in Deerfield Beach, Helene Klein in Coconut Creek, Highlands Scrub in Pompano Beach, Hillsboro Pineland in Coconut Creek, Military Trail in Deerfield Beach, Pine Island Ridge in Davie, Saw Palmetto in Coconut Creek, Snake Warrior’s Island in Miramar, Tall Cypress in Coral Springs, West Creek Pineland in Coconut Creek, and Woodmont in Tamarac.

Fitness-Friendly – Thanks to a partnership with Memorial Healthcare System, there are now wheelchair-accessible Memorial Fitness Zones in four large regional parks - essentially outdoor gyms featuring up to a dozen pieces of sturdy exercise equipment available for free use by ages 14 and up. The parks are Brian Piccolo in Cooper City, C.B. Smith in Pembroke Pines, Markham in Sunrise, and T.Y. in Hollywood. A similar partnership with Broward Regional Health Planning Council and Health Foundation of South Florida led to Destination Fitness at Reverend Samuel Delevoe.

Explore the Heavens Above – On Saturday evenings at dusk, the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Association opens the Fox Observatory at Markham in Sunrise – and it’s free. The group also hosts the free "An Evening With the Stars" program at Fern Forest in Coconut Creek on a quarterly basis.

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Get Your Game On – The racquetball/handball courts are available for free at C.B. Smith in Pembroke Pines, Lafayette Hart in Fort Lauderdale, Markham in Sunrise, and West Lake in Hollywood.

Tennis, Anyone? – You can play tennis for free on the courts at these five parks: Central Broward Regional in Lauderhill, Lafayette Hart in Fort Lauderdale, Markham in Sunrise, and T.Y. and West Lake in Hollywood.

Volleyball Adventures – You’ll have to bring your own ball, but you can play volleyball for free at these regional parks: Brian Piccolo in Cooper City, C.B. Smith in Pembroke Pines, Deerfield Island in Deerfield Beach, Easterlin in Oakland Park, Hollywood North Beach in Hollywood, Markham in Sunrise, Plantation Heritage in Plantation, Quiet Waters in Deerfield Beach, Tradewinds in Coconut Creek, Tree Tops in Davie, and T.Y. and West Lake in Hollywood. Of our half-dozen neighborhood parks, Franklin, Lafayette Hart, and Reverend Samuel Delevoe also have volleyball.

A Dog's Life – Dogs and their owners are welcome at the Barkham at Markham dog park in Sunrise, which offers annual memberships as well as daily rates. And remember, you can bring your dog to any Broward County regional park except the beachside portion of Hollywood North Beach Park – provided it’s on a leash no more than six feet in length. (No pets are allowed at nature centers and natural areas.)

Bring Your Own Horse - Our three parks located in Davie honor the town's equestrian roots by welcoming horseback riders on their trails: Long Key, Tree Tops, and Vista View.

Go Fish – Bring your fishing pole (and a state license if you’re ages 16 to 65) and fish at most of our parks with bodies of water, including Brian Piccolo in Cooper City, C.B. Smith in Pembroke Pines,#160;Deerfield Islandin Deerfield Beach, Everglades Holiday in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood North Beach in Hollywood, Markham in Sunrise, Plantation Heritage in Plantation, Quiet Waters in Deerfield Beach, Reverend Samuel Delevoe in Fort Lauderdale, Tradewinds in Coconut Creek, Tree Tops in Davie, and T.Y. and West Lake in Hollywood.

young man with fish

Let's Have a Picnic! – There’s never a charge to use any of the freestanding picnic tables located throughout our regional and neighborhood parks, available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Picnic tables located within shelters require fees, deposits, and reservations.)

Make a Play Date - Kids of all ages (and adults, too, for that matter) can frolic on at least one playground in all of our neighborhood parks and most of our regional parks as well. There are no playgrounds at nature centers and natural areas.

Say Cheese - Photo ops abound in all our parks, especially nature centers and natural areas. We have nearly 6,500 acres of parks from one end of Broward County to the other. Plan a snapshot safari and let your creativity run wild.

Find It All – At a Broward County Park
For further information, call or visit the park of your choice.