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Hot Fun in the Summertime


Looking for a last blowout (or two or three) before your kids head back to school? Our parks offer all kinds of opportunities for fun, for families, couples, and individuals alike.

  • Airboat RidesEverglades Holiday (954-434-8111) – The Everglades is practically in our backyard. Explore it via a large-capacity covered airboat with an experienced guide who will share history and other info about this one-of-a-kind environment. Reservations recommended.

  • Cable Water-Skiing Ski Rixen USA at Quiet Waters (954-429-0215) – The only wakeboard and water-ski park in South Florida lets you slalom, trick-ski, kneeboard, wakeboard, or even surf without a wave – or a boat. For ages 12 and up. Open daily except Mondays. Fee required.

  • Disc GolfBrian Piccolo (954-357-5150), Easterlin (954-357-5190), Markham (954-357-8868), Plantation Heritage (954-357-5135), Quiet Waters (954-357-5100), and Tradewinds (954-357-8870) – Game or sport? Either way, this activity is rapidly growing in popularity. You can play it for free in these parks, but bring your own gear and pick up a course map and score cards in the park office.

  • Dog Parks – Barkham at Markham (954-357-8868) and Woofing Waters at Quiet Waters (954-357-5100) – Let your canine(s) cavort leash free at these facilities that provide open areas for both small and large dogs, along with other features, including water attractions at Woofing Waters. Daily fee required, or you can purchase an annual or seasonal membership.

  • Model Steam Train RidesTradewinds (954-357-8870) – One-eighth life-size trains operate on the third full weekend of the month, offering half-mile rides along a lake, for just $1.50 per ride.

  • Mountain Bike TrailsMarkham (954-357-8868) and Quiet Waters (954-357-5100) – A lack of mountains in South Florida is no obstacle to the volunteers who built and now maintain the 14 miles of trails (including adaptive ones) at Markham and the seven-plus miles at Quiet Waters.  Pay by the day, or pick up an annual membership.

  • Personal Watercraft Lake Markham (954-357-8868) – Launch your Jet-Ski, WaveRunner, or other craft and enjoy a three-hour session on this 26-acre lake, open afternoons only through the end of October. Fee required.

  • Rent-a-Tent/Tepee Camping Quiet Waters (954-357-5100) – Introduce your kids to "roughing it" the easy way – by reserving one of the 25 platform tents or two tepees, already set up and ready to move into. We provide water, electricity, a grill, a picnic table, and a fire ring. Fee required.

  • RV CampingC.B. Smith (954-357-5170), Easterlin (954-357-5190), Markham (954-357-8868), and T.Y. (954-357-8811) – Forget roughing it and enjoy a staycation with your RV. You'll be close to all the other amenities offered at these four parks. Reservation and fee required.

  • Water ParksParadise Cove at C.B. Smith (954-357-5170), Tropical Splash at Central Broward (954-357-5400), Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters (954-357-5100), and Castaway Island at T.Y. (954-357-8811) – All four water parks include two water playgrounds, one of which is geared to younger children. Paradise Cove also has towering waterslides and a tube ride, and Castaway Island includes a swim lagoon. Open daily through August 13, weekends only thereafter. Fees vary by park.