Pembroke Pines is located in Broward County in Florida and is the eleventh most populated city in the state with a population of approximately 150,000. The city is a relatively new city having been incorporated in 1960 but this has not stopped it becoming a favourite place for people who love to be outside.
When World War II came to a finish many retiring servicemen came to the area to set up a home and it was this that dramatically increased the population of the area. A hurricane in 1992 added to the population when thousands of Miami-Dade County residents relocated to the area making it the third fastest growing city at the time. With so much to do here let’s take a look at the best things to do in Pembroke Pines.
1. Go Camping At C.B. Smith Park
C.B. Smith Park is a 299 acre site that is hugely popular amongst the local of Pembroke Pines. Here you can roll up in your RV and camp for the night with all off the other like minded people. There is also a water park that has various slides and a tube ride. There is also a tennis facility and a golfing center as well as many other recreational activities.
If you wish to go for a picnic there are plenty of picnic shelters as well as several barbeque grills that are suitable for the whole family to gather around.
2. Spend A Day Shopping At Pembroke Gardens
Pembroke Gardens is a shopaholic’s paradise and is full of shops of every genre and price tag. There is a full range from children’s toys to high end fashion so everybody will find something.
When the shopping becomes too much you have a choice of over 20 different restaurants and bars to relax in. There are regular promotions and events held at the shopping mall so it is always worth checking in advance if you plan on a making a trip.
3. Learn To Skate At Pines Ice Arena
Pines Ice Arena is a popular place with the locals that love their ice skating. Feel free to just turn up and hit the ice during the open sessions. If you are looking to improve your skills though there are figure skating and ice skating lessons for people of all abilities. If hockey is more your thing you can join a league or become a supporter of one of the existing teams that plays here.
The rink has a shop on site for anybody that is looking to purchase some equipment and speak to a trained professional at the same time.
4. Rent A Canoe At Chapel Trail Nature Preserve
This park was established back in the 1990’s and it is a 450 acre park that is overseen by the city of Pembroke.
The wetlands at the park are home to more than 120 species of deer, marsh rabbits, alligators, insects and birds.
One of the highlights of the preserve is a 1,650 foot long boardwalk that visitors can walk along so get a closer look at the wildlife. Each Saturday you can rent a canoe so that you can take your exploring to the next level.
5. See An Active Bald Eagle’s Nest
The population of bald eagles has dwindled in Florida over the years and now it is very rare that you get to see one. However, there is something of a potential eagle bloom forming in the county as a bald eagle’s nest has been discovered and it appears as though the eagles are returning each season to lay eggs.
There are various projects in place in Pembroke Pines to preserve the eagles and to make sure they are protected at all times. Visitors can approach the nesting area but are asked to respect the bird’s space as they can become territorial at times.
6. Have A Round At Pembroke Lakes Golf Course
In 2007 Pembroke Lakes Golf Club underwent a $7 million dollar renovation and since then it has been one of the premier courses in Florida.
There is a beautiful course that was designed by John Sandford, the new course now includes lakes on three of the courses holes.
When you have finished your round of golf you can go for a refreshing swim, play on a hard or clay tennis court or just relax in the restaurant or lounge bar.
7. Get Away From It All At Me Spa
Sometimes in life we need to take a step back from things and just look after ourselves. For those that are living a busy life there is no better place to feel pampered that at the Me Spa.
The spa is set in a tranquil setting that has a soothing atmosphere to help you forget those worries. Highly trained staff have been operating at the spa since is opening many years ago so a top series of treatments is guaranteed.
8. Take A Helicopter Tour
TourHelicopter specialize in helicopter flights over the south of Florida. They are based in Pembroke Pines and offer either shared group flights or a private flight special.
There are so many beautiful sights to be seen from way above the county of Florida that even a short trip will leave you wanting more. Trips start at 30 minutes and can go beyond an hour depending on your budget. Skilled and licensed pilots operate the helicopters making sure that you safety is always put first.
9. Take Your Kids To Rocket World
Rocket World has a mission to send your child’s boredom into orbit! It is an indoor playground situated in Pembroke Pines. There is an intergalactic playground that is nothing like anything you have seen before. It is split over four levels and has a space play area as well as laser tag.
For parents there is a café that you can relax in whilst you watch your children play. With free Wi-Fi and freshly roasted coffee it is a win-win for all involved.
10. Stop For Dinner At The Village Tavern
If you happen to reach the dizzying heights of number one on TripAdvisor then you must be doing something right and the Village Tavern most certainly is.
The tavern serves up a large selection of handcrafted as well as micro-brewed bottle and draft beers. These are served with a delicious selection of freshly prepared meals that are guaranteed to satisfy even the fussiest of palates.
There is an excellent wine selection to choose from as well as a fantastic cocktail menu.
11. Spend The Night At The Shamrock At Miramar
If you are looking to treat yourself on a trip to Pembroke Pines then you might want to consider a night at the Shamrock at Miramar.
The building is made up of a series of apartments that are finished with cherry wood kitchen cabinets and include an oven and full cooking equipment. This wonderful place includes a large swimming pool as well as a fitness suite. With modern facilities your every need will be taken care of from the moment you arrive.
12. Give The Dog A Treat At Pembroke Pines Dog Park
Popular amongst locals if the Pembroke Pines dog park, it provides a great space for owners and their pets to play together. There are two separate play areas that are used depending upon your dog’s size.
The parks are full of obstacles that your dog can crawl through or leap over. Owners can play with their dog or sit on the benches that are provided.
Each year there is an Annual Bow-Wow Ween Costume Contest that sees many local dogs participate to see who can win first prize.
13. Go Skating At Sanctuary Skate Park
Within the Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome is the Sanctuary Skate Park. It features many skating challenges for visitors of all ages. There are 4 foot mini ramps, 8 foot decks and some 13 feet vertical ramps.
There are also two street courses to try and tackle which include ramps, walls and other obstacles. Kids and adults that are young at heart are sure to enjoy themselves as they try to hone their skills or take to the ramps for the first time.