By James Madera
Summer is in full swing, and South Florida offers a variety of fun-filled activities that are ideal for families with children of all ages.
Butterfly World in Coconut Creek is home to many different species of butterflies and is a tranquil environment for families to explore and garner more of an appreciation for nature. General admission for adults and seniors is $29.95, children from ages 3-11 are $21.95, and kids aged 2 and under are admitted for free. Reservations are not mandatory, and military personnel is entitled to a 25% discount for their entire party. Butterfly World is open 7 days a week. 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, and 11am-5pm on Sundays. The location is 3600 West Sample Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073.
For those interested in exploring botanical gardens and learning more about the animals that inhabit the Everglades, Flamingo Gardens in Davie is sure to impress. The reserve is “60 acres of tropical paradise,” and displays over 3000 species of plants. On a daily basis, the reserve hosts wildlife encounter shows that provide entertainment and education on the different species of animals for those in attendance.
Flamingo Gardens also features an on-site museum known as the Wray Home Museum. Originally built in 1933, this historical residence gives Floridians a glimpse into what life was like in Florida during the 1930s. Tickets for adults (age 12+) are $19.95, children of ages 3-11 pay $12.95, and children ages 2 and under are free of charge. College students and seniors 65 and over, are entitled to a 20% discount. Additionally, parking is free of charge. Flamingo Gardens is open 7 days a week from 9:30am-5: 00 pm. The address is 3750 S Flamingo Rd. Davie, FL 33330.
For those looking for the adventurous thrill from amusement parks while also looking to learn about over 1000 animals, Lion Country Safari seemingly has it all. It is the only reserve in Florida that allows guests the opportunity to drive through and admire the scenery. “One of America’s wackiest and best camping sites & road trip stops,” said Peter Greenberg of the Travel Detective. The park is open every day of the year, and in order to appreciate the experience for what it’s worth, it’s strongly recommended to spend at least 4-5 hours at the location, given that the park is over 300 acres in size. General admission to the park is as follows: Ages 10-64, $37.00, Seniors ages 65 and over are $33.00, Children (ages 3-9) are $28.00 admission for children 2 and under is free. Parking is $8 per vehicle. The park also offers a variety of dining experiences, including Carvel and its own African themed restaurant. Doors open every day from 9:30am-4: 30 pm and the walkthrough closes at 5:30 pm. Lion Country Safari is located at 2003 Lion Country Safari Rd, Loxahatchee, FL 33470
Summer break will be over before we know it! Make sure to spend some family time exploring a few of the amazing, fun attractions that will make your day trip memorable for a very long time.