Anyone looking for the perfect wintertime getaway can enjoy some unexpected sun and fun at South Florida’s best winter attractions. You can also find plenty of once-a-year winter events in South Florida, including plenty of holiday-themed experiences worth attending.
The region of South Florida may be known for its summertime sunshine, but believe it or not that sun shines all year round. Florida’s Atlantic coast beaches are actually brimming with snowbirds from November to February, all eager to trade out their snowshoes for sandals. Of course, there’s also plenty of family-friendly south Florida events all around the holidays.
As Miami personal injury lawyers familiar with the region, we want families, locals, and visitors to have a great time all year long — just be sure to be safe!
If you’re looking for a great time, you can plan to visit the following top 11 south Florida events and attractions this winter.
1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Home to some of the most scenic fun-in-the-sun in the entire U.S. — especially during winter! South Beach is the place to see and be seen between the months of November and March, as thousands flock to the city of Miami to escape the wintertime blues.
You can enjoy sunbathing, volleyball, people-watching, sea kayaking, and more. Just watch out for those seasonal prices! Book early, or try to find lodging outside of town for better rates.
Lummus Park, 11th Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
South Beach is iconic not just because of its gorgeous sands but also because of its gorgeous Art Deco Historic District along Ocean Drive. Witness over 960 iconic buildings constructed in the heydey of the Miami Beach boom from the late 1930s to the early ‘40s.
Plan your visit during the special Art Deco Weekend to enjoy over 85 fun events, including a Classic Car Show, a Retro Fashion Show, Guided Tours, and plenty of stuff for the kids!
Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155
Billing itself as “The world’s largest Holiday theme park,” Santa’s Enchanted Forest is a modern winter wonderland come to life. The sprawling complex runs from November to early January, and it features over 100 rides, shows, games, and attractions.
12400 SW 152nd Street, Miami, FL 33177
Zoo Miami is already one of the greatest conservation facilities of its kind in the country, so adding a million animal-shaped Holiday lights just amps up the appeal! Take your family to visit the unique sub-tropical habitats and zoological gardens, and see over 3,000 animals across more than 500 species.
Visiting in winter time means the spectacular seasonal display will be around, as well as weekend themes like “Ugly Sweater Nights.”
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Boat parades are a Holiday-time tradition that’s uniquely Florida. One of the biggest, best, and oldest boat parades in the country takes place along the New River, with massive public viewing grandstands located in Birch State Park.
Catch over 200 boats bedecked in breathtaking Holiday light displays travelling 12 miles of waterways for the “Greatest Show on H20.”
888 E Las Olas Blvd #210, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Los Olas Boulevard offers heartwarming small town vibes right in the midst of south Florida’s most desirable beach communities. The area is chock full of unique restaurants, gift shops, artisan shops, galleries, and museums. It’s even more worth visiting on its annual “Christmas in Las Olas” event.
Attendees can enjoy public performances, a Holiday gift market, mouth watering food truck fare, craft beer, rides, family-friendly activities, and more!
Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Boca Raton is the perfect Holiday escape for people who want something a little quieter compared to Miami Beach’s wintertime bustle. The annual tree lighting ceremony kicks off the season. It includes free carnival rides, an ice rink, the “World’s Largest Snowman,” “Santa’s Circus Variety Show,” and much more.
Best of all, admission is free!
Red Reef Park, 1400 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432
Boca’s own boat parade invites locals to light up the canals for a special night every year. Free public viewing areas can be found at Red Reef Park West, Silver Palm Park, and Wildflower Park.
Patch Reef Park, 2000 Yamato Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33431
The end of the Holidays doesn’t have to mark the end of winter family fun in south Florida! Boca Raton throws an annual Children’s Winter Fair to mark the start of the new year. Admission is free, and it includes arts & crafts, a fire truck show, and performances by local favorite Strawberry the Clown.
Paid rides, food, facepainting, and carnival games are also available.
2001 N Kings Hwy, Fort Pierce, FL 34951
Florida is home to dozens of family-owned citrus growers who offer their finest produce direct to sale to the public, and Al’s is one of the state’s oldest and best-loved. For 40 years and 3 generations, the farm has produced several local citrus varieties of impeccable quality. Best of all, it’s just a short drive from Port St. Lucie and other south Florida locales.
Al’s fruit is available for mail order, but there’s nothing like visiting the big red barn in person during the wintertime peak of the citrus season to choose your own juice-packed specialty basket.
3750 S Flamingo Rd, Davie, FL 33330
Located just a short drive from Hollywood, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Pompano Beach, Davie’s Flamingo Gardens have been a star regional attraction for almost a century. The unique gardens cover 60 acres and constitute both a botanical garden and an Everglade wildlife sanctuary.
Visit during the weekends of December 15-16 or 22-23 to get a glimpse of “Santa’s Little Helpers” or his toy workshop. Or, plan your trip during the “Flamingo Fest” the weekend of January 20-21 to see the lawn ornament art contest, stilt walkers, and other flamingo flavored performances.
As residents of the greater Miami community, we love all the seasonal fun and excitement the winter brings. More importantly, we want people to be aware of their legal rights in the event that they get injured during these hectic Holiday months.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, a slip and fall on business property, or anywhere else, recognize that someone else’s negligence could be responsible for the injuries and their resulting expenses. Call a Miami personal injury lawyer at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene today for a free consultation.
Have a Happy Holidays, and a great, safe time in South Florida all winter long!