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10 More Things To Do In South Florida During The 2015 NHL Draft

by Elle Hvozdovic / Florida Panthers

1. Fort Lauderdale Artwalk (FAT Village Arts District)
(19.4 mi via I-595 E; 23 min)

Artwalk is hosted at FATVillage on the last Saturday of each month from 6-10p.m. The Florida Panthers will hold a Celebration of Hockey at Artwalk at the Flagler Arts and Technology Village in Ft. Lauderdale, following the conclusion of the NHL Draft in Sunrise, on Saturday June 27 from 6-10pm. The event will depict the history of the Florida Panthers and the history of hockey through the years with multi-platform, hockey-focused art pieces ranging from video immersion to graffiti art.

2. Miami Seaquarium (39.4 mi via Florida’s Turnpike; 42 min)

The Seaquarium is a 38 acre tropical paradise located on the Island of Virginia Key in Miami-Dade County, Florida. This world-class marine-life entertainment park has eight different marine animal shows and daily presentations. The Seaquarium is a place for inspiration, education – and fun!

3. Rapids Water Park (54.3 mi via FL-869 N & Florida’s Turnpike; 57 min)

Rapids Water Park is South Florida’s premiere family water park from the Keys to Orlando. The park features 35 of the biggest, wettest, and most thrilling water slides. Whether you make a splash in the cool blue waves, take a thrilling plunge down the waterslides, or just relax and float around the lazy river, there is something for everyone!

4. Sawgrass Mills Mall (1 mi via Panthers Parkway ; 1 min)

Sawgrass Mills is the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in the United States. With more than 350 stores, Sawgrass has everything from fashion and jewelry to electronics, sporting equipment, beauty products, home accessories, toys and more.

5. Bonnet House Museum and Gardens (22.6 mi via I-595 E; 31 min)

Built in 1920 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bonnet House Museum & Garden is one of the few complete homes and studios of two American artists open to the public. Nestled among miles of beachfront development, are 35 acres of a pristine barrier island ecosystem. The Main House is filled with a collection of art and the personal treasures of the Birch/Bartlett families. Here, you can walk where ancient Tequesta Indians, early European settlers, and shipwrecked sailors once roamed. See one of the finest orchid collections in the continental U.S. and catch a glimpse of playful monkeys, majestic swans, wading birds and an occasional manatee.

6. Museum of Discovery & Science (18.8 mi via I-595 E; 22 min)

The kid friendly exhibits at the Museum of Discovery & Science provide a little something for all interests. The Florida Ecoscapes allow visitors to see animals from alligators to bats to bees. We also encourage you to check out Gizmo City where young ones can learn how machines like robots and car engines function. Also be sure to check out the EcoDiscovery Center where visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, enjoy the company of playful river otters, or experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center.

7. Jungle Island (36.7 mi via Florida’s Turnpike; 38 min)

Jungle Island offers various attractions and features that allow visitors to experience life in the Jungle. With their Serpentarium, visitors have access to the Parks animal kingdom which houses animals from a baby warthog to baby Hamadryas baboons to African penguins. This Park also includes a Parrot Cove, The Everglades Habitat, The Lion’s Den, Red Kangaroos and The Children’s Area which features a large playground and a petting zoo.

8. Funky Buddha Brewery (23.0 mi via I-595 E; 27min)

Located in Oakland Park, this facility is the first of its kind in Broward County and the largest brewery in South Florida. The 3,000 ft. tap room hosts food trucks each and every night, with special dinners, pairings, and events held throughout the month. This room also features their latest offerings, special releases, and brewery exclusive beers on tap nightly.

9. Marlins Park (35.0 mi via Florida’s Turnpike; 39 min)

This new 37,000 seat MLB facility includes a retractable roof providing an enjoyable environment for fans no matter what the elements have in store. Rain or shine this arena provides an ample fan experience for all baseball lovers. The Marlin’s begin a home stretch on Tuesday June 23rd where they will face the Cardinals at 7pm.

10. Lion Country Safari (57.2 mi via FL-869 N and Florida’s Turnpike; 59 min)

Lion Country Safari is Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park. Between the various animal displays and encounters, the park offers animal feeding experiences, 9 rides, a water sprayground, food shopping, and more. This is a trip that is sure to be enjoyed by family members of all ages.

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