By Patti Roth
Even if you’re on a tight budget, delighting your sweetie with a lovely date is doable in Broward. Lots of interesting events and activities in South Florida are free, leaving extra bucks in your wallet for a bottle of bubbly or other romantic treat.
Follow the birds & the bees
Enjoy a nature walk among shady trees, rippling streams and buzzing wildlife at a local park. Stroll on your own, at your leisure, or sign up for a tour. Some are free. Others are inexpensive, $5 or less. Full moon tours are ideal for date night. For ideas, read our posts Free bird walks in Broward, Free boat shuttle to Deerfield Island weekends and Register for night hikes in Broward, $3 to $5, or browse the Broward Parks website.
Snuggle up for a movie in the park
Winter is the perfect time to stretch out on a blanket and enjoy a free film outdoors at a local park. Most of these movies are G- or PG-rated, so the ambience is family-friendly. Some events permit picnic baskets, so phone first and inquire if you want to pack snacks. Other events feature food trucks. For a list of places that offer free movies, read our post Free Free movies & movie deals in Broward
Groove to live music
Whether you prefer smooth soulful sounds, perky pop tunes or sizzling rock, South Florida offers lots of free events featuring local bands in parks and amphitheaters. Distinctive venues include the Open-air bandshell right on Hollywood beach, with bands performing usually Wednesdays to Sundays. For a list of other regular events, read 24 events with free live music in Broward
Immerse yourselves in art
Delight your date with a lively evening among artists and art enthusiasts. Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk events, which are third Saturdays, feature such interesting facets as a free walking tour of paintings on buildings and a performance artist who paints with his foot to the rhythms of drummers. Read about it on this post ArtWalk with entertainment & artisan market in Hollywood. FAT Village Artwalk events in Fort Lauderdale are popular, and include free trolley shuttles to different studios and galleries. Read about it on our post Free Artwalk events in Fort Lauderdale.
Trivia events are popular at bars and restaurants, and add a fun twist to sitting a table sipping brew and nibbling on pizza. Typically, they’re free to play for patrons of the establishment. You might even win a discount on your tab, or a free pitcher of beer. Read about trivia events in Broward on our post Trivia nights at restaurants & bars in Broward