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With Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties, Broward County is one of three counties that comprise the South Florida metropolitan area. From county seat Fort Lauderdale to the suburban enclaves of Deerfield Beach and Coral Springs to some of the region's loveliest beaches, Broward County is perhaps Florida's most all-American community.
Along Florida's southeastern coast just north of bustling Miami-Dade and south of Palm Beach, Broward County offers a welcoming atmosphere that reflects the best of American diversity. At the northern tip is Deerfield Beach, known for its great pier fishing, while at the southern end, the retired community and Miami commuters call Pembroke Pines home. Like most of coastal Florida, Broward has miles of palm-lined beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. The county also boasts an international airport, coral reefs close to shore, and several universities. For the sports-minded, Broward County offers many beautiful golf greens. For those looking for ice in the Sunshine State, the NHL Florida Panthers play their home games in Sunrise.
The many communities of Broward County offer a growing selection of great shopping and dining opportunities, from the 2.1 million square-foot Sawgrass Mills supermall to the Festival Flea Market Mall, America's largest indoor flea market in Pompano Beach, and from fine dining by the ocean to fresh seafood with a laid-back island vibe. In any neighborhood in Broward County, youre within minutes of a mall, making shopping easy and enjoyable. Fine restaurants will spoil you with top-rated European and American cuisine, and beachside eateries abound throughout Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale.
Broward County Fun Facts:
- Number of square miles: 1,320
- Population: 1.8 million
- County Seat: Fort Lauderdale
- Named for: Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, Florida governor from 1905 to 1909
- Number of square miles of underdeveloped Everglades conservation area: 900
- Number of butterflies at Butterfly World at Tradewinds Park: 10,000+
- Number of species of fern at Fern Forest Nature Center: 30+
- Languages spoken in Broward County (in order of popularity): English, Spanish, French Creole, French, Portuguese, Italian, German.
From performing arts centers to film and childrens theater, the cities and towns of Broward County have a strong commitment to the arts. Broward Center for the Performing Arts is just one of the many busy year-round cultural centers in Fort Lauderdale, and the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale is another. Live theater companies include the Broward Stage Door in Coral Springs, the Mosaic Theatre in Plantation, the Promethean Theatre in Davie, and the Women's Theatre Project in Cooper City. In downtown Hollywood, a historic arts and entertainment district is becoming a vibrant live music destination. There are more than 225 movie screens in Broward County, and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival the largest film festival in the world calls Broward County home.
From fine dining by the ocean to fresh seafood with a laid-back island vibe and a spin-the-compass selection of ethnic delicacies, Broward County's cities offer a selection of restaurants for every taste and budget. Fine restaurants will spoil you with European and American cuisine, and beachside raw bars abound throughout Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale. Youll find upscale dining spots at The Galleria mall and Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale in addition to popular chain restaurants. Privately-owned eateries like Grampa's in Dania Beach and The Floridian on Las Olas Boulevard have become traditions.
Wherever you live in Broward County, you're within 15 minutes of a mall, which makes shopping easy and fun. At 2.1 million square feet, the Sawgrass Mills outlet mall draws nearly as many visitors each year as Disney World. Located in the western Broward town of Sunrise, this shopping mecca features 350 stores and high-end shopping outlets like Neiman Marcus, Salvatore Ferragamo and Burberry, to name just a few. The Festival Flea Market Mall in Pompano Beach is America's largest indoor flea market. Additional shopping destinations include Broward Mall and Fashion Mall in Plantation, the Coral Square Mall in Coral Gables, the Coral Ridge Mall and the Galleria in Fort Lauderdale, the Pembroke Lakes Mall in Pembroke Pines and the 100-plus antique shops in the art and antique district along Federal Highway in Dania Beach.
Broward County is internationally known for its beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. Swimming, sunbathing, sailing, parasailing, surfing, snorkeling, diving and fishing are all popular here. Though Deerfield Beach is known for its quiet, pristine beaches, its parks are among the state's best. In Hollywood, the beachfront boardwalk is unlike any other beach spot in Broward County, recalling the days of an old-fashioned beach town. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, a calm oasis in the long stretch of Greater Fort Lauderdale-area beaches, is known for its sparkling sand and outdoor concerts. Its coral reef system is a genuine natural wonderyou can swim out to the reef and get a peek at the daily lives of sponges and tropical fish.
Broward County offers nearly two dozen county parks and dozens of municipal parks, featuring athletic fields, water parks, playgrounds, and nature trails. Golf is also a popular Broward attraction, with more than seventy-five golf courses. Enjoy a day at Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale with airboat rides, camping and live alligator shows, or fish for large-mouth bass from your own rented boat or with professional guides. At Butterfly World, you can watch thousands of butterflies feed, court, and live their lives at the largest butterfly park in the world. The Museum of Discovery and Science in downtown Fort Lauderdale boasts the largest number of visitors of any museum in Florida.
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