Patti Roth, a veteran Broward freelance writer, is the editor of Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap. Patti, who has lived in Florida since her teenage years, was previously a staffer at the Sun-Sentinel for about 14 years. As a freelancer, she’s written for many publications, including The Miami Herald, Florida Travel and Life, New Times, E Environmental Magazine, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, US Architecture and

Oct 212014

hallo2 Youngsters trick or treat for Halloween loot among decorated vehicles at an event in Pompano Beach.

Trunk or Treat on Halloween Street is free to attend, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. October 24

The festivities include games, slime station, bounce houses, crafts, costume contest and car contest at Pompano Beach Community Park,  2001 NE 10th St.,   954-786-4111


Oct 212014

boat showPurchase tickets to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show online for discounts.

The boat show website features  $2 discounts on various types of tickets.

The International Game Fish Association is offering opportunities for  $5 discounts on its website.

General adult tickets are $22 online and $24 at the event.

The boat show events are October 31 to November 3 at various venues in Fort Lauderdale, including Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Marina, Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina and The Sails Marina, 954-764-7642

Oct 202014

Entertainment, puppet shows and games are among the activities at a Halloween & Safety Festival in Plantation.

The entry fee is $3 for adults and kids age 2 and older.

The event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. October 25 at Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation, 954-452-2510

Other activities include inflatables, costume contests and refreshments on sale .

Oct 192014
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For a fresh approach to navigating Fort Lauderdale, hop on a  free water trolley.

The trolley is expected to be in service as of October 21

The Riverwalk Water Trolley, offered by Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association, Fort Lauderdale government and Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale,  ferries guests to an assortment of stops along the New River.

The trolley runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 11 p.m. and accommodates guests with bicycles.

The ferry pulls up to various access points, including Esplanade Park, Riverfront Plaza, Huizenga Plaza, Smoker Park and Downtowner Saloon. Information about schedules and access points is on the website for the water trolley.





Oct 192014
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By Patti Roth

Shows at JAZZIZ Nightlife in Boca Raton are among the deals for discount tickets from Goldstar.

More deals for activities and events in South Florida are featured on the Entertainment Page and the Daily Deals headquarters. The post Discount tickets for shows at JAZZIZ Nightlife in Boca Raton appeared first on Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap.


Oct 182014

hay ride


Hayrides and s’mores are featured at events at  Broward parks.

The fee is $3.50 for guests ages 3 and older, and most of the hayrides are from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The hours are different at TY Park in Hollywood.

The Hayride and Campfire events require guests pre-register and pre-pay.

The events include

Easterlin Park, 1000 NW 38th St., 954-357-5190, October 24 and November 21

 Quiet Waters Park, 401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach, 954-357-5100, November 7, December 12

T.Y. Park, 3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood,  954-357-8811, October 31, November 14, December 19, January 16, February 13
Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, 
Coconut Creek, 954-357-8870, January 9, February 6, February 20, March 6



Oct 162014

Savor the weekend without emptying your pockets. These are some of our favorite deals and free things to do during the weekend in South Florida, including events in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pompano Beach. To keep up with latest news on deals, discounts and free events in South Florida, sign up for the daily Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook and on Twitter. Here are our top picks for free and cheap weekend fun on the cheap: Free events

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Oct 152014

For a fun, unique and relatively inexpensive family activity in Broward, hop aboard a petite train.

A functioning model steam train runs at Tradewinds Park for kids and adults typically the third weekend of the month. Tickets are $1.50 for train rides, and admission to the park for anyone 6 and older is an additional $1.50.

The train, provided by Tradewinds Park and the Tradewinds & Atlantic Railroad Club, runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the third Saturday and Sunday of each month. You can see the schedule of train rides here.

Parents must accompany kids 10 and younger, and pregnant women are not allowed to ride.

Tradewinds Park North is at  3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek. For information, phone the park at 954-357-8870.

Oct 142014

Scoot to Hollywood if you’d like to enjoy free entertainment.

Free music performances are featured along the ocean and in ArtsPark various evenings.

Hollywood Beach Theatre

The performances, by a rotating assortment of artists, are 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting, most Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at  Hollywood Beach Theatre at the Broadwalk and Johnson Street in Hollywood.


Bands perform most Saturdays 8 to 9:30 at ArtsPark on Hollywood Boulevard at Federal Highway.

For information about Hollywood events, phone 954-921-3404

More deals for activities and events in South Florida are featured on the  Entertainment Page and the Daily Deals headquarters.

Oct 142014
sports events

Soccer teams from Brazil and Italy play in Fort Lauderdale and tickets are offered at discount prices in a deal from Groupon.

The match is 8:00 p.m. October 24 at Lockhart Stadium

Information about the discount tickets is on the links, $50 to $250 for soccer match, including some meet-and-greet packages. The value of the deal is $89.96 to $334.60

More deals for activities and events in South Florida are featured on the Entertainment Page and the Daily Deals headquarters.

Oct 142014

duffysParticipating Duffy’s restaurants in South Florida offer a kids-eat-free deal Wednesdays.

A free meal from the kids’ menu at Duffy’s is offered with purchase of an  adult entrée.

Duffy’s restaurants in South Florida include Fort Lauderdale, North Miami Beach, Plantation, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach, North Palm Beach and Coconut Creek.

Oct 132014
movie deals

Groupon features a variety of deals for live shows and films in Broward.

The discounts include movie theaters in Fort Lauderdale and Tamarac.

Information about the movie theater deals is on the links,

More entertainment and activity deals are featured on our Entertainment Page and the Daily Deals headquarters.