Summer Survival Guide '13



It may be hot, but it's also the easiest time of the year to kick back and enjoy South Florida like a tourist. Here's the ultimate list of everything to do with the kids during the long break.

There's no excuse for boredom (though a little navel-gazing never hurt anyone - and those closets won't clean out themselves!).

Here are the best 8 answers to the plaintive wail, 'Mom, I'm booorrrred!'

1. 'Let's go swimming!'

Here are some of the South Florida water parks and pools that are open to the public. There are many more run by various cities.


Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park

900 N. Flamingo Rd. Pembroke Pines. Call 954-357-5170.
Open 9:30 a.m.- 5:20 p.m. Admission is $9.50/person. After 3 p.m., $6.50/person. In addition, there is a gate admission fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) on weekends and holidays.

Grapeland water park.

Castaway Island at T.Y. Park

3300 N. Park Rd. Hollywood. Call 954-357-8811.
Open 9:30 a.m.- 5:20 p.m. Admission is $8; $5 after 3 p.m. In addition, there is a gate admission fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) on weekends and holidays.

Splash Adventure at Quiet Waters Park

401 S. Powerline Rd. Deerfield Beach. Call 954-357-5100.
Open 9:30 a.m.-5:20 p.m. daily. From June 9-Sept. 3, admission is by sessions of one hour and 50 minutes. $5 a session; free for kids 1 year and younger. In addition, there is a gate admission fee of $1.50 a person (children 5 and under free) on weekends and holidays.

Tropical Splash at Central Broward Regional Park

3700 NW 11th Pl., Lauderhill.. Call 954-357-5400.
Open 9:30 a.m.- 5:20 p.m., split into two sessions: 9:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. and 1:30 to 5:20 p.m. Admission is $5 a session. In addition, there is a gate admission fee of $1.50 a person (children 5 and under free) on weekends and holidays.


Grapeland Water Park

1550 NW 37th Ave., Miami. Call 305-960-2950.

Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7 for kids age 2-13; free for kids 1 and younger; $12 for Miami-Dade County residents 14 and older; $15 for non-residents.

McDonald Aquatic Center

7505 W. 12th Ave., Hialeah. Call 305-818-9164.

Open 12:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $7 for kids 4-17 and $10 for adults. Hialeah residents can get discounted rates if you register with the city.

Venetian Pool

2701 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables. Call 305-460-5306.

Open 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is $11.50 for adults, $6.60 for kids 3-12; for Coral Gables residents, it's $5.25 for adults, $4.15 for kids 3-12. Children under 3 not admitted.

2. 'Let's go to the beach!'

Find a guide to South Florida's best beaches at

3. 'Let's go explore the great outdoors!'


Biscayne National Park

South Florida Eco Adventures

Deering Estate at Cutler
16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami. Call 305-235-1668.

Located along the edge of Biscayne Bay, the 444-acre Deering Estate at Cutler is an environmental, archeological and historical preserve -- and a Miami-Dade County park. Its many activities include canoe rides, butterfly hikes and guided nature tours. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last ticket sold at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children 4 to 14 years old.

Everglades National Park
Call 305-242-7700.

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