Located in the western part of South Florida’s Broward County, the community of Weston was developed in the mid-’90s and borders the Everglades on its western edge.
With a median family income that’s more than three times the national average, Weston has a reputation for exclusivity, but it’s surprisingly affordable by Florida standards.
It’s also the perfect place to stay for those looking to avoid the big city and touristy vibes of Miami and Fort Lauderdale while still having easy access to many of the state’s most popular attractions.
Below are 15 of the best things to do in and around Weston, Florida.
1. Bonaventure Country Club
Sporting more than 1,000 courses, Florida is a winter escape destination for golfers from all over the country. The Weston area has a wide range of options, from affordable municipal courses to exclusive private ones.
The Bonaventure Country Club’s classic 18-hole course features wide, palm-lined fairways and lots of water, including a waterfall on the third hole.
Located on the grounds of the Bonaventure Resort and Spa in Weston, the facilities include a full-service restaurant, convention center, and hotel with hundreds of rooms.
If you plan on playing during peak times in the spring and fall, call ahead to reserve your tee time well in advance.
2. Peace Mound Park
Comprised of nearly ten acres, Peace Mound Park includes a scenic lake and well-maintained exercise trails that are the perfect place for a relaxing morning walk or an afternoon of bird watching.
Throughout the park and along the trails are historic plaques that educate visitors on the history of the Tequesta Native Americans who lived in the area for generations before it was officially discovered and settled by explorers of European descent.
There’s a playground for the kids, a bridge spanning a stream, and clean bathrooms as well.
The park is free to visit and open every day rain or shine.
3. Color Me Mine
Located on West State Road in nearby Davie, Color Me Mine offers a variety of unique art-related activities, including include summer camps, birthday parties, and field trips. It’s appropriate for children and adults alike.
The idea behind Color Me Mine is that even those who struggle in the creativity department are capable of channeling their inner artist when given the right supplies and guidance in a fun, festive, and pressure-free atmosphere.
They specialize in helping guests decorate ceramics like bowls, plates, and vases. At the end, every participant will have a one-of-a-kind memento to take home with them to remind them of their trip.
4. Young at Art Museum
Founded more than three decades ago, the Young at Art Museum on SW 121st Avenue in Davie was conceived with the idea that art and creativity should be fundamental cornerstones in every child’s development.
Featuring a variety of activities encouraging action and exploration instead of just passive viewing, the museum includes interactive exhibits and employee-led programs that touch on the performing arts, sculpture, painting, and lots more.
The Young at Art Museum is often one of the most memorable things children experience on their trip to Florida. Unlike lots of other attractions, it engages, entertains, and educates at the same time.
5. Everglades Holiday Park
The Florida Everglades is one of the country’s most unique wild environments. In addition to their stunning natural scenery and amazingly diverse array of wildlife, they also offer a host of recreation options.
Located on nearly 30 acres near Fort Lauderdale, Everglades Holiday Park is often referred to as ‘The Gateway to the Everglades,’ and one of its most popular activities is its guided airboat tours.
The park offers a variety of educational and instructional programs that are great for visitors of all ages. For those interested in fishing, the park’s waters are known for their healthy population of hefty largemouth bass.
6. Yellow Green Farmers Market
With its ample year-round sun and tropical and sub-tropical climates, the State of Florida is one of the country’s largest producers of fresh fruit and vegetables. For those visiting the Weston area, there’s no better place to check them all out than at the Yellow Green Farmers Market.
It’s south Florida’s largest farmers market and includes hundreds of individual vendors spread over hundreds of thousands of square feet.
Open on Saturdays and Sundays year-round, in addition to fresh seasonal produce, you’ll find arts and crafts, health and body products, and a variety of prepared food items like honey, pasta sauce, and fresh orange juice.
7. Cycle Party Fort Lauderdale
Though combining strong adult beverages and bicycles often leads to head injuries and spilled drinks, guests of Cycle Party Fort Lauderdale won’t need to worry about either.
Offering tour packages in West Palm Beach and Miami in addition to Fort Lauderdale, there are plenty of options for foodies, history buffs, and lovers of art and architecture.
Tours are offered every day, and bikes can seat up to 15 people, making it the perfect idea for special occasions such as birthdays, wedding parties, and family reunions.
Check out their website for a complete list of tour options and descriptions.
8. Brian Piccolo Park
Named after a famous collegiate and professional football player who grew up in South Florida, Brian Piccolo Park is located in Cooper City and sits on nearly 200 acres of activity and amenity-filled land. It has been open to the public for more than 30 years.
Including a skate park, basketball courts, and soccer fields, the park is also south Florida’s cricket hotspot. For those who’ve never seen a cricket match, it’d be well worth your time to check one out if it coincides with your visit.
There’s also a cycling track that’s the only one of its kind in the area, so plan on spending a few hours at this valuable community resource.
9. Oleta River State Park
Just minutes from Weston and Miami, Oleta River State Park is home to hardwood forests, mangroves, and more than a dozen miles of mountain biking trails that have a way of making visitors feel like they’re a lot farther away from civilization than they really area.
The park stretches for more than 1,000 acres and is the largest and most diverse urban park of its kind in the state.
Fishing, biking, and paddle-boarding are favorite activities, and there are undeveloped campgrounds and cabins available to rent for those who’d like to spend a night or two.
Remember that fishermen need to purchase a Florida license, whether you’re an in-state resident or visitor.
10. Fort Lauderdale Beach Park
Many Florida vacationers are all about spending time at the beach.
With countless miles of wide sandy shores and stunning ocean vistas, the Fort Lauderdale and Weston areas draw sun and surf-seeking crowds from all over; many beaches offer a variety of activity options in addition to swimming and sunbathing.
Fort Lauderdale Beach Park includes basketball and volleyball courts, showers, restrooms, and even a playground that’s perfect for little ones with short attention spans.
There’s a reasonable parking fee, and lounge chairs and sun umbrellas are available to rent as well.
Due to its convenient proximity to nearby hotels, the beach can get crowded, so consider visiting in the morning or during the week if you’d like a little peace and quiet.
11. Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
Open every day except Monday, Bonnet House Museum and Gardens are a perfect side excursion for those who’ve had their fill of sun, sand, and surf.
Nearly a century ago, a wealthy man gave the Bonnet House to his daughter and her new husband as a wedding gift. Sadly, the young woman died unexpectedly a few years later. Since then the house has undergone numerous renovations and was donated to the state for preservation in the ’80s.
The home and gardens are open to the public, and the only way to see them is by guided tour.
12. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Located just down the street from the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park sits between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway and is a magnet to outdoorsmen and nature lovers of all stripes.
Canoeing and kayaking along the park’s waterways are popular calorie-burning activities. For bikers, there are paved and unpaved trails winding their way through a variety of distinct environments.
The nearby beach is accessible by a tunnel that passes under the highway, and the park is open daily from 8 AM to sunset.
Admission is inexpensive and paid on a per-vehicle basis.
13. Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard is full of trendy restaurants, world-renowned art galleries, and a variety of shops and eateries that make it one of the city’s most diverse and visited areas.
Though it’s not a great fit for those looking to stretch their vacation dollars, it’s still worth a look and is conveniently close to many other city attractions that you’ll likely want to check out.
A variety of guided tours are available, but if you’d rather check it out on your own, you’ll find ample public and private parking nearby. If you’re staying within city limits, it’s possible to get there by public transportation.
14. Museum of Discovery and Science
Featuring a World War II flight simulator, an IMAX Theater with hundreds of seats, and a fossil-filled dinosaur graveyard, the Museum of Discovery and Science has been known to keep families occupied for hours on end.
The museum is a pleasant mix of education and entertainment and is a particularly popular destination for families with hyperactive kids just brimming with energy.
Most guests will probably find the museum’s admission price only moderately expensive but be warned that the cost of admission doesn’t necessarily include access to all the activity options you’ll find inside.
There’s a café and gift shop on site and plenty of parking options nearby.
15. Flamingo Gardens
Flamingo Gardens has been wowing Florida’s visitors for nearly a century and is comprised of 60 tropical acres that are a slice of paradise in the urban heart of the Sunshine State.
With a variety of cultivated gardens featuring thousands of species of native and non-native plants, trees, and flowers, the arboretum is one of the state’s largest and most complete. The wildlife sanctuary portion of the facility is home to a variety of native animals as well.
There are few better places to get a unique insight into the natural world and history that make South Florida such a unique destination.