Experience Hollywood Florida's eco-friendly paradise.
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Eco/Adventure Hollywood, also known as the "Diamond of the Gold Coast," is Florida's own unique gem. Unspoiled yet exciting, both locals and first time visitors continuously discover all Hollywood has to offer. With over seven miles of white, sandy beaches, and "Blue Wave" Pristine Beaches, Florida Living Magazine recently named Hollywood Beach "Florida's Best Beach." Hollywood is also home to the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and Anne Kolb Nature Center, which provide the perfect recipe for eco-adventures and nature lovers.
Hollywood Beach consists of more than seven miles of three, uniquely beautiful beaches. North Beach is an area where city, county, and state parks meet to create an eco-friendly paradise, rich in nature and water activities. Visitors can experience jet skiing, parasailing, diving, snorkeling, surfing, and fishing.
Dog Parks Click here to explore a sampling of locations to spend a day with your best friend at your side.
Diving Destination Hollywood has more than 30 wrecks as well as offshore coral reefs. In fact, the three-tier natural reef system from the Florida Keys runs all the way north through Hollywood Beach. The only difference is that it's wider and closer to the shore in the Hollywood area. While diving and snorkeling, one can easily swim up to the first set of reefs and explore the wonders of the underwater world. In addition to the natural reefs, the Broward County Department of Planning and Environmental Protection has already begun with a new artificial reef program in Hollywood's waters. Because of the accessibility to travelers, diving aficionados and professionals alike choose Hollywood as the destination to teach, learn, and enjoy diving.
Nature & Parks Events Click here to view a variety of events and adventures available at Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park, Hollywood North Beach Park, and TopeeKeegee Yugnee (T.Y.) Park.
West Lake Park and Anne Kolb Nature Center The Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park is a remarkable mangrove eco-system that invites you to explore its brackish 1,500-acre realm by paddle, bike or foot. Rent a canoe or kayak and paddle through the tidal channels deep in the mangroves. The three paddling trails, each only a half-mile from Hollywood's oceanfront Broadwalk, might as well be on the moon.
Another way to view the haven is on the pair of boardwalks that cross the mangroves 1,200 and 1,500 feet, the shorter with a simple Noguchi-like bench framed by a gazebo overlooking the lake. Pamphlets and interpretive signs help guide visitors inclined on their own. Low buildings that barely top the mangroves explain the eco-system with photo exhibits, aquariums, a film screening room. Visitors can hop aboard a U.S. Coast Guard inspected 25-passenger covered boat for a narrated tour of the tidal creeks and open waters of West Lake.
Still one more way, a five-story tower rises 68 feet and throws open views of the entire watery realm, ocean to lake, north to the airport and seaport and south to a more recreational portion of this preserved coastal realm.
Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park
751 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, FL 33019
Hollywood North Beach Park Between Hollywood's oceanfront Broadwalk and a serene small seaside lodging district is a protected beach area much favored by visitors, Hollywood North Beach Park. An area where city, county and state parks meet to create an eco-friendly paradise rich in nature and recreation opportunities, the park spans 55 acres of beach and park along State Road A1A along Hollywood Beach. Check out the eco-friendly sea turtle hatchery that's part of the Endangered Sea Turtle Protection Program and climb the park's 60-foot observation tower offering incredible views of Hollywood Beach, the Intracoastal Waterway and Coastal Mangrove Wetland area. One section of the park runs along the Intracoastal Waterway where a long boardwalk edges barrier island mangroves providing a great spot to picnic, launch a kayak and spend the day fishing.
Amenities: Changing rooms and outdoor showers are on-site.
Added Attractions: Beachfront activities include snorkeling, boating and picnicking. Intracoastal activities include fishing, canoeing, kayaking and picnicking.
Admission and Parking: Free admission. On-site parking costs $5 before 2PM and $3 after. Search for street parking if you're so inclined.
Where to Eat: Picnic areas with tables and grills available. A variety of fine restaurants are close by along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk.
Lifeguard on Duty: Lifeguards are on duty daily from 9AM to 5PM, and you can call the swimming condition hotline at 954-357-5161 to get daily ocean updates.
TopeeKeegee Yugnee Park (T.Y. Park) Explore West Hollywood with a biking adventure to T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park. The park is the perfect spot for families who enjoy swimming at the Castaway Island water playground complex, picnicking, volleyball or camping. The fun continues through the night at T.Y. Park, which has camping sites in addition to boat rentals, gazebos and much more.
Culture & History Hollywood is also home to The Seminole Tribe of Florida, which serves as the "Gateway to the Everglades." History buffs will love The Seminole Okalee Indian Village, which offers people a glimpse into the lives of the Seminole Indians, through alligator shows, arts & crafts, and live history demonstration. At the Seminole's Billie Swamp Safari within the Seminole Indian Reservation, history comes alive as explorers make their way through more than 2,200 lush acres of the Big Cypress Reservation. While taking an airboat ride or walk through the safari, visitors catch glimpses of deer, water buffalo, bison, wild hogs, hawks, eagles, and alligators. Even more outdoor-history is available at the International Game Fishing Association/Fishing Hall of Fame, with a kid's discovery room, library and virtual fishing.
Blessed with a year-round tropical climate, Hollywood offers thrill-seekers water sports, boating, jet skiing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and wind surfing. Visitors can watch or participate in a variety of professional golf, tennis, running, and cycling tournaments.