LEAGUES FORMING FOR SPRING SOFTBALL SEASON
REGISTRATION FEB. 3-APR. 7 - SEASON STARTS APR. 14
Wi-Fi available around Atala Shelter and around the main office.
At 626.7 acres, Tradewinds Park & Stables is one of Broward County's largest and most diverse parks. On the south side of Sample Road, you'll find a disc golf course, a lake for fishing, athletic fields, and world-famous Butterfly World. On the north side of Sample, the park offers horse stables, an educational farm, and model steam train rides. Both sides of the park include playgrounds and picnic areas, as well as shelters of various sizes available to rent.
Stables: Guided trail rides and pony rides are offered on at the stables complex on the north side of the park, which also operates horse camps in the summer and during school breaks. Call 954-357-8720.
Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida: A nonprofit organization based at the park, dedicated to providing equine-assisted therapy and activities for children and adults with special needs so that they may improve physically, mentally, and emotionally. Call 954-974-2007 for more information.
Picnic Shelters: The park offers 10 rental picnic shelters and four small tents. Reservations and a deposit are required. Please review Broward County Parks and Recreation's Facility Rules and Regulations (PDF) regarding shelter rentals. See the individual shelter pages below for additional detailed information.
South side of park: Atala Pavilion (capacity 250+), Buckeye Shelter (40 maximum), Crescent Shelter (40), Daggerwing Shelter (60), Elfin Shelter (60), Fritillary Shelter (150) Grandiosa (250+). North side of park: Appaloosa Shelter (85), Belgian Shelter (85), Clydesdale Shelter (85), Shetland Shelter (30) Windmill 1 Tent (30), Windmill 2 Tent (30), Windmill 3 Tent (30), Windmill 4 Tent (30)
Butterfly World: This internationally famous attraction, which opened in March 1988, is on the south side of the park. It features as its centerpiece a walk-through tropical garden with thousands of live butterflies, as well as an insect museum, a lorikeet encounter, botanical gardens, and several aviaries, including the largest free-flight hummingbird aviary in the country. Call 954-977-4400.
Educational Farm: This complex on the north side of the park includes barnyard animals and a farmhouse museum and is available for guided tours for preschool through middle school students and other groups.
Biking/Jogging Paths: Paved paths run throughout the south side of the park, with a cumulative length of approximately 1.75 miles. The park has two certified 5K courses along the roadways and pathways, which are used for runs, walks, and triathlons throughout the year.
Fishing: Permitted throughout the park unless specifically prohibited. There is a lake with a fishing pier on the south side of the park. A freshwater state fishing license is required. The park regularly hosts youth fishing tournaments throughout the year.
Model Steam Train Rides: The north side of the park is home to the Tradewinds and Atlantic Railroad, a one-eighth life-size train system that offers model steam train rides monthly on a half-mile track along a scenic lake. The trains are operated by the Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad, Inc., a club that maintains and improves the facilities and offers educational programs.
Athletic Fields: The south side of the park also includes a four-field softball complex and a three-field multipurpose sports complex with a cricket pitch between two of the fields. League play is available for softball. Renovations on the fields were completed in spring 2011.
Sports Equipment Rentals: The park offers limited quantities of a variety of sports equipment to rent. Equipment is available at the park office on a first-come, first-served basis. The following items are available:
- Bats (two); bases (set of four); football (one); Frisbees (two); volleyball (one); soccer ball (one); horseshoes (set of four) - $5 per day per item, plus $10 deposit
- Softball set (two bats, four bases, two balls) - $10 per day, plus $10 deposit
- Tug-of-war rope - $25 per day, plus $25 deposit
- Sports bag (16 items) - $25 per day, plus $25 deposit
Bounce Houses: The park's farm and stables complex operates a horse-themed bounce house on the third full weekend of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $1.50 per 15-minute session. Bounce-house session tokens are available for purchase at the park's General Store. Tokens are nonrefundable and valid only on the date purchased.
Two large playgrounds are available, one on the north side of the park and one on the south side. Freestanding picnic tables near both playgrounds are also available for free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Disc Golf Course: An 18-hole disc golf course is open to the public free of charge. Disc golfers must provide their own equipment. Course maps and scorecards are available at the park office.
Food Concessions: The park's General Store is open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cypress Trail Boardwalk: Currently under renovations. A portion of the boardwalk is open, although the full loop is not yet completed.
Holiday Fantasy of Lights: Since the early 1990s, the park has hosted this seasonal drive-through attraction, which features scores of light displays made up of thousands of twinkling lights. The event was originally produced by Broward County Parks and Recreation but is now run by a private vendor. For more information, visit www.holidaylightsdrivethru.com.
A Little History:
The park's equestrian roots run deep. From 1944 to 1975, Tradewinds Farm was a horse-breeding and boarding business owned and operated by William K. and Margueritte C. McLean. Their original farmhouse still stands and is now a museum on the north side of the park. The widowed Mrs. McLean later sold the entire property to Broward County, although she returned a portion of the purchase price to the county for the development of a park, which opened in February 1977 with an emphasis on equestrian activities. Funds from the 1978 and 1989 bond issues were used for subsequent land purchases, and the park was further expanded through additional out-parcel acquisitions, bringing it to its current size of 626.7 acres.
Tradewinds Park & Stables
3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073
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