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Sep 192014


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:

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Sep 192014

Flamingo Gardens in Davie is discounting its entry fee select Saturdays.

The discount price is $6 September 20 and September 27. The regular price for adults is $18.

The wildlife and botanical attraction also offers half-price deals for Florida residents with appropriate ID in September. With the discount, entry is $9 for ages 12 and older, $5 for kids ages 3 to 11 and free for babies and toddlers to age 2.

Flamingo Gardens  is at 3750 S Flamingo Road, Davie, 954-473-2955


Sep 182014

For a fun and frugal activity, entry is free to a street festival event in Fort Lauderdale with food trucks, vendors, artisans, electric vehicle displays and free beer.

Night Owl Market is 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. September 20 on Northeast Third Avenue, between Fifth and Seventh streets  in Fort Lauderdale.

The event includes music, free parking and free shuttles.


Sep 172014

Here’s a fun and relatively inexpensive family activitity.

Kids and adults are invited to ride on a functioning model steam train at Tradewinds Park 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.

Sep 172014

For a fun, free activity, attend a free Art Walk event, featuring a leisurely stroll among art galleries and art exhibits. Broward offers an assortment of free art walk events, which sometimes also include musical entertainment, food vendors and other activities. If you’re interested in any of these, it’s a good idea to phone first or browse the web site to be sure event is on. Some of them are seasonal.

  • First Fridays — Art and Wine walk 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Harbor Village Shoppes, 2800 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, includes vendors and entertainment, 954-786-5535
  • First Saturdays of most months — North Beach Art Walk,  7 p.m. to 10 p.m., A1A and 32nd and 33rd streets, includes artists, music
  • Third Thursdays — Art Walk Las Olas on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Third Fridays November to April —  Wilton Manors Arts and Entertainment District on Wilton Drive 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.,  Island City Art Walk web site, 954-547-9014
  • Third Saturdays — The Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street, 954-924-2980
  • Fourth or fifth Saturdays – FATVillage ArtWalk in Fort Lauderdale, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. most fourth or fifth Saturdays of the month on Northwest Fifth Street and Northwest First Avenue.
Sep 162014

Travelzoo is featuring discount tickets for a performance in Fort Lauderdale described as a sexy Tango shows.
The deal prices are $25, $35, $46 and $60, a discount from the regular prices of about $41 to $100. The show features live music and award-winning dancers. Performances are 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.  The venue is the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

Information about the event and the Travelzoo deal is on the link, discount tickets for sexy Tango show.



Sep 162014
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For a price break on a fun activity,  Galaxy Skateway venues in Broward offer $5 skating Wednesdays.

The $5 deal is 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. most Wednesdays and includes skates.

Galaxy Skateway rinks are in North Lauderdale and Davie.

North Lauderdale, 7500 Southgate Blvd., 954-721-0580

Davie, 3737 N. Davie Road Extension,  954-435-3300

artwork by Sophie Roth-Knigin

Sep 152014

For a relatively inexpensive getaway, a park in Broward is offering deals for guests who want to stay overnight.

The deals are offered at Easterlin Park in Oakland Park in October.

The Family Fun package is $50 per site for an eligible Friday and Saturday for up to four people.

The Escape deal is $20 a site per night stays for Sundays to Thursdays.

For the deal, one or two extra campers are $3 each per night. Reservations are required.

 Easterlin Park is at 1000 NW 38th St., Oakland Park,  954-357-5190

Sep 152014

art hallFree ArtHall events in Pompano Beach ifeature an art display and entertainment.

The events, which showcase the work of local artists, are 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.most third Wednesdays of the month.

The ArtHall festivities are presented by Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Business Resource Center, 50 N.E. First St., Pompano Beach, 954-586-1111 or [email protected]

Sep 152014

Various restaurants in South Florida offer  family-friendly deals, including free food for kids.

Many free kid’s meal deals require purchase of at least one adult entrée.

With these deals, participation at individual restaurants may vary. To be sure any of these offers are on, it’s a good idea to phone first.

  • Free kid’s meal with adult entree purchase at participating Bru’s Room restaurants in South Florida 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, many restaurants feature  kid-friendly entertainment
  • Free kid’s meal with adult entrée purchase Tuesdays at Los Tacos, 12393 Pembroke Road Pembroke Pines, 954-430 5180
  • Duffy’s restaurants in South Florida offer a kids-eat-free deal Wednesdays, 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.
  • Kids eat free deals are offered at participating Denny’s restaurants, usually 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays.
  • Some Lime Fresh Mexican  restaurants offer a free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entrée  5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays.  The offer is for kids age 10 and younger. Participating restaurants are 1535 N Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, 754-200-6631, and 4425 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, 954-586-2999
Sep 152014
Lego event

LEGOs are the highlight of Brick Fest Live in West Palm Beach, and discount tickets for the event are on sale.

Groupon is a featuring a  deal with $22 for tickets to Brick Fest Live and a mini-figure accessory set. The value of the deal is $42.

The event featuring exhibits and vendors is December 5 to December 7. Information about purchasing the Groupon deal is on the link, $22 for Brick Fest Live in West Palm Beach.

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


Sep 152014

Delight in fare from various eateries with a food tour on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

Discount tickets from Goldstar are $51.75. The value of the deal,  which is offered select dates, is $89.

The tour includes five restaurants and food shops.  Information about the activity and purchasing tickets is on the link, $51.75 for food tour in Fort Lauderdale.