Not too long ago, Broward County was considered a place with not much to do other than to visit your grandparents or go on a spring break. However, over the years, this county has grown to offer a variety of fun and exciting activities and things to do for families and visitors. Today, Broward County is known for its vibrant art scene, historic riverfront, lush tropical plants, native wildlife, luxury hotels, world-class restaurants, promenade-lined beachfront, craft breweries, casinos, shopping, and a lively nightlife.
Broward County is located in the southeastern part of Florida between the majestic, urban glitzy jungle of Miami and the manicured tropical paradise of Palm Beach. This county boasts of an abundance of amazingly fun and exciting things to do.
The History of Broward County
Broward County was founded on April 30, 1915. It is one of the three counties that make up the Miami Metropolitan Area. Initially, this county was to be named Everglade. However, Ion Farris the speaker of the Florida House of Representatives amended the bill that led to the county being named in honor of Napoleon, Bonaparte Broward. Napoleon was the governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909. During his term, Governor Broward championed this county’s drainage. He is also celebrated for his numerous campaigns that turned Everglades into the valuable land it is today.
Broward County is the 2nd most populous county in Florida with a population of 1,935,878 as of 2017. It is also the 17th most populated counties in the United States and is home to 30 cities, including;
Lauder by the Sea
Sea Ranch Lakes
Broward County boasts of more than 25 parks that are properly maintained to provide beautiful relaxation centers for the locals and visitors. They offer great sightseeing locations and serene venues for couples to hold weddings.
Riverwalk Linear Park
Situated along the New River, this is one of the most popular places for couples and families to visit. This 18-acre park allows visitors to explore Fort Lauderdale’s riverside attractions, shopping centers, historical buildings, and boutiques. Visitors can also bring their furry friends along. Just make sure to keep your dog on a leash at all times.
This park is home to the beautiful butterfly world. Visitors can stroll through the beautiful indoor butterfly habitat that’s complete with a lush landscape with waterfalls and a variety of colorful, exotic butterflies. Visitors can also enjoy picnics at one of its many pavilions.
Located in the heart of Broward County on SW 4th Avenue, the Synder park provides the perfect locations to play around with your dogs. Here, your dog can play fetch, swim in the lake and play around with you as you bond. The park also offers picnic sites, nature trails, and bike paths.
In Broward County, there is no shortage of great food. Whether you are looking for seafood, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, pizza, steakhouse or barbecue, we have it all for you.
Over the years, the dining scene of Broward County has evolved quite a bit. Not too long ago, the majority of restaurants included sports bars and restaurants with a few fine dining establishments littered amongst the chicken wings and loaded nachos. Today, Broward County boasts of beautiful, healthy farm to table spots, high-end Italian restaurants, and a variety of casual bistros that serve up great food in serene, friendly environments.
1. Swirl Wine Bistro
Known for its flavorful wines and use of fresh, high-quality ingredients, the Swirl Wine Bistro restaurant has something for the wine enthusiasts and foodies to enjoy. Its culinary team creates cuisine ranging from cross-cultural to American. Visitors dining here can pair their wine of choice with their eclectic tapas dishes like their grilled veggies with meaty zucchinis and mushrooms topped with a block of charred cheese.
2. Rafina Greek Taverna
Rafina Greek Tavern is a premier location for dining in Broward County that offers picturesque views of the ocean. This restaurant was born of the owner’s love for delicious food, fine wines, and craft cocktails. Rafina Greek Taverna prepares its food with freshly picked ingredients. Their menu combines traditional entrees like garlic and roasted potatoes, lamb chops with fresh herbs, charbroiled octopus starter marinated in red wine sauce and olive oil. When here make sure to try the Athenian stuffed chicken, the spanakopita among others.
Located along the SE 17th Street in Broward County, Boatyard offers one of the county’s best seaside dining options. Its pier patio spans over the Intracoastal under twinkling lights, outdoor dining tables, and lounge stations. This restaurant is known for its Bimini Bread, grouper picatta that filled with cured tomato, wilted spinach, lemon chardonnay butter, and caper berries.
4. QBar Burgers and Blues
Live music, craft beer, and Gourmet burgers make for the perfect Friday night out. What’s more, you can bring your furry friend along. The QBar Burgers and Blues are known for blending good music and food with burgers. While here, make sure to try the Filet mignon chili beans and cheddar cheese, or the Fried, baked brie and mixed nuts with raspberry sauce and apple chutney.
Broward is a vibrant county with multicultural music, arts and culture, entertainment and dining scene. Here, visitors can enjoy Broward’s many tasty flavors that boast of cuisines from every corner of the world, including Argentinian grills, Jamaican roti, Caribbean-style dishes, Latin fusion to some of the best BBQs in the south. It is also a place where parks, museums, cultural events, art, music, culture, and all good vibes are aplenty. While this county is rapidly growing, it still maintains its enthusiasm and the most vibrant, relaxed and friendly atmosphere.