For the native South Floridians and tourists, this area is a getaway from the cold winter. The optimum weather conditions are blue skies with a pleasant, cooling breeze so that it is tolerable to be outdoors doing activities. You can do everything from sitting and watching the activity pass by, to actively doing something like riding bike, a playing basketball or swimming. Here are five outdoor adventures that allow people to enjoy the South Florida winter.
Music & Dancing Under the Stars
Hollywood Beach Theatre
200 Johnson St
Hollywood, FL 33020
Date: Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Drive out to Johnson Street and the Broadwalk to sit and relax, listening to a free concert series. The music ranges from Doo Wop to Blues to Family fun shows. The artists are all local acts and are professional musicians that have a great following, so there is great value in sitting and enjoying the ambiance produced. The beach in South Florida isn’t just for sitting in the sun and baking for the day.
Las Olas Blvd: Taste of Las Olas Food Tour
Downtown Ft. Lauderdale
E. Las Olas Blvd. from S.E. 6th Ave. to S.E. 11th Ave.
Date: Every Saturday
Similar to wine or whiskey tasting tours, the Las Olas Food Tour combines a walk through the area, sampling a delicious variety of foods and learning about the history of Downtown Ft. Lauderdale. The amount of the sampled items is equivalent to a five-course meal and the dishes reflect the culture and community of the area — Latin American, Caribbean, European and Mediterranean culture.
Lincoln Road Farmers’ Market
Lincoln Road Mall
Between Washington and Meridian Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Date: Every Sunday
Tourists and natives should take in the Lincoln Road Farmers’ Market and bask in the South Florida sun for an hour, browsing the different fruits and foods being sold. Buy a few items and take them to the water for a day at the beach.
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd St.
North Miami, FL 33160
Florida’s largest urban park is Oleta River State Park, where families can camp overnight after canoeing or riding challenging mountain bike trails. Attendees with more passive activity pursuits can swim at the beach, fish or watch the local wildlife. Attendees can also sample history by eating at the nearby Blue Marlin Fish House restaurant which has been in the same location since 1938 when it was a commercial fishing operation.
Cape Florida State Park
1200 S. Crandon Blvd
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
South Florida has many historic locations and places of natural wonder that can still get the attention of children and adults better than a television show or smartphone app can. Cape Florida is home to the oldest structure in South Florida — the lighthouse which was built in 1825 and can be toured, twice daily, by guides. Other activities are sunbathing and swimming along the beach, fishing and camping. The Key Biscayne area will make people feel as if they are in Old Florida once again, situated away from city lights and under the stars.
Eric L Labrador is a freelance writer covering all things Miami. His work can be found on Examiner.com.