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Ideas for free & inexpensive dates in Broward

If you appreciate frugal fun, delighting your sweetie with a lovely inexpensive or free date is doable. 

Plenty of entertaining events, attractions and interesting activities in Broward are free. Others are relatively inexpensive. With extra dollars in your wallet, splurge on sparkling wine, a fancy dessert, or other romantic indulgence.

Ideas for Free & Inexpensive Dates

Adore Art

Downtown Hollywood Murals

Downtown Hollywood offers an interesting outdoor display of original artwork.  Artists from different parts of the United States showcase their talents on sidewalks, buildings and other structures. About 30 paintings are featured in an easy walkable route.  The route and information about the each mural is online. Parking fees apply.

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Other art venues include

Free entry at ArtServe displaying and selling work of local artists. ArtServe, 954-462-8190, is at 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Free entry at Museum of Art in Coral Springs, 954-340-5000, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs 33065

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Peer into the night sky

Use  telescopes for free at Fox Observatory at regional park in Sunrise.   Representatives of South Florida Amateur Astronomy Association usually open the observatory Saturdays from about dusk until about 11 p.m, weather permitting. Parking and entry are free. For those who enter the park during the day, the fee is $3 per vehicle for up to 8 people weekends and holidays.

Markham Park is at 16001 W State Road 84, Sunrise.

Play Trivia

Various restaurants and pubs offer entertaining interactive Trivia nights, which are usually free to play, especially if you're ordering drinks or something to eat. 

Hop On

Tri-Rail Train

Step aboard and skip South Florida traffic. Tri-Rail runs to points in Dade, Broward and greater Palm Beach. It's relatively inexpensive & offers offers $5 fares on weekends and holidays

Water Taxi

Water Taxi offers discounts after 5 p.m. Fees are a discounted rate of $25 for routes in Fort Lauderdale and to Hollywood. Some Water Taxi vessels offer drinks for purchase. 

Roller Skating

Putt-putt

AllGolf  in Pembroke Pines

The venue includes 2 18-hole mini golf course and a driving range. Fees for miniature golf are $13 Mondays to Fridays, $14 Saturdays and Sundays for  18 holes, $2 extra for 36 holes, free for ages 4 & younger. 

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The golf venue is at  950 N. Flamingo Road, Pembroke Pines 33028, 954-441-1333, website.

Deals include:

  • 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, kids 12 and younger play free with adult paying regular price,
  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, play all you want for regular price of $13.

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Rock Out

Free live entertainment at Hollywood bandshell is usually 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays featuring regional bands. The bandshell is on the delightful Hollywood Broadwalk, an oceanside promenade ideal for a breezy romantic stroll. If you want to relax with a drink, lots of restaurants are along the route. Parking fees apply.

Street Festivals

Pompano Beach

Old Town Untapped is typically 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. first Fridays in Pompano Beach. The events include entertainment, food trucks, and art displays. Entry is free. Events are at Northeast First Street and North Flagler Avenue, including Bailey Contemporary Arts, 41 NE First St., Pompano Beach, FL 33060. 

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Navigate nature

Stroll among shady trees, rippling streams and singing songbirds in South Florida parks & natural areas.  Pick a path in a lush forest. Or perhaps you prefer salty air and surf. Pack a picnic. Entry for some parks and natural areas is always free, and often parking is free. For parks with fees, entry is usually relatively inexpensive.

Other interesting parks and outdoor events:

Plenty of Parks

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Patti Roth

About Patti Roth

Patti Roth, the editor of Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap, scouts out state and national deals, discounts and coupons for our readers, finding the real deals and presenting them in an easy-to-read format. A veteran newspaper and magazine writer and a longtime South Florida resident, she has written for The Miami Herald, The Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Travel and Life, E Environmental Magazine, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy, US Architecture and Earth911.com. Send your cheap tips to her at info@fortlauderdaleonthecheap.com.

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