Coral Springs is located about 20 miles northwest of Ft Lauderdale. The Tall Cypress National Area is a great place to take the kids to learn about nature. The whole family will enjoy visiting the Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital. For a good dose of culture and entertainment you can make your way to the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, which is also home to the brilliant Coral Springs Museum of Art.

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1.Tall Cypress National Area

Tall Cypress National Area
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Located on 66 acres of land near Coral Springs, the Tall Cyprus National Area was saved from developers and instead protected as a wilderness area for all to enjoy. The area is named for its dense canopy of Cypress trees which watch over the swampy undergrowth of ferns, palms and other plants which in turn offer a habitat for a large variety of birds and reptiles. You can explore the area along the elevated boardwalk which stretches for over 2000 feet, leading you through a collection of separate natural habitats which are perfect for bird watching. There are restrooms at the parking area, interpretive signs along the boardwalk and a seating area where you can relax and enjoy the sounds of nature.

Tall Cypress National Area, 3700 Turtle Run Blvd, Coral Springs, FL 33065, Phone: 954-357-5100

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2.Coral Springs Museum of Art

Coral Springs Museum of Art
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You will find the Coral Springs Museum of Art in an impressive building known as the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, which also houses a performance theater and a wonderful outdoor sculpture garden. The open-plan architecture of the museum is particularly inviting, temping visitors to move from one exciting exhibit to the next. You are welcome to enjoy the museum at your own pace and are also invited to join in the regular First Friday tour. You and your children are also encouraged to join in a variety of art programs designed to bring the visual arts to everyone, regardless of age or ability. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065, Phone: 954-340-5000

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3.Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital

Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital
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The Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital is located on five acres of donated land in the Sportsplex Park. Besides fulfilling an essential service of rescue and rehabilitation of native animals and birds, the non-profit center offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to learn about wildlife and nature. When you visit you will be able to get up-close and personal with a variety of resident birds, reptiles and animals which were rescued and are not able to be repatriated into the wild for a variety of reasons. The center presents regular educational events and offers a great children’s birthday party venue where your birthday group will be treated to a hands-on presentation before having free time to enjoy exploring the center.

Sawgrass Nature Center, 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065, Phone: 954-752-9453

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4.Coral Springs Center for the Arts

Coral Springs Center for the Arts
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Regardless of when you plan to visit Coral Springs you will find there is always something happening at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. The performance theater hosts a constantly-changing program of musical and theatrical entertainment for the whole family. If you are lucky enough to live close by you can enroll your children in their “Next stop Broadway” program, which aims to foster a love of acting and performance in young children. The center presents regular matinee performances of children’s theater favorites, perfect for a group outing. While you are in the area you are also invited to visit the Coral Springs Art Museum which is located in the same building.

Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr, Coral Springs, FL 33065, Phone: 954-344-5990

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5.Sportsplex at Coral Springs

Sportsplex at Coral Springs
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The Sportsplex at Coral Springs stretches across 180 acres, offering just about every indoor and outdoor activity you can dream of. The complex includes the Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital (where you can come face to face with many varieties of Florida wildlife), the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex, the Tennis Center of Coral Springs and a variety of other sports fields and courts. You can go swimming at one of three pools at the aquatic center, practice diving at the dive well, take your pick of sixteen tennis courts or play soccer, baseball, softball or volleyball. In addition to all the sporting facilities the complex also offers a children’s playground and splash pad, a picnic area and a dog park for your four-legged friends.

Sportsplex at Coral Springs, 2800 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065, Phone: 954-345-220

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6.Coral Springs Cypress Park and Pool

Coral Springs Cypress Park and Pool

If you are looking for a great family day out you need look no further than the Coral Springs Cypress Park and Pool. The park area is great for sporty visitors who can hone their skills at baseball and soccer fields or basket ball and volleyball courts, or set off to enjoy the fitness track. However, it is the large water park that is the most popular attraction of the park. Here you will find everything you need to keep the kids active and happy for hours. You can float along the Lazy River, slip and slide down the water slides or enjoy swimming in the three swimming pools. The park offers swimming and diving lessons and there is a splash pad for younger visitors.

Coral Springs Cypress Park and Pool, 1300 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33071, Phone: 954-245-2109

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7.Monster Mini Golf

Monster Mini Golf
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Designed to offer “monstrous” family fun for all ages, the Monster Mini Golf center offers so much more than your usual run-of-the-mill mini golf. Regardless of the weather, Monster Mini Golf is waiting to entertain you with an indoor adventure park boasting an 18-hole mini-golf course as well as a video game arcade (with “monstrous” prizes), Monster-themed Laser Maze and much more. Your children will love the monster-themed décor (friendly monsters only) and the center is an ideal venue for a fun children’s birthday party. You can bring the family to have hours of fun every day of the week from 2pm to 10pm. Sunday from 12pm to 8pm.

Monster Mini Golf, 9533 Westview Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33076, Phone: 954-526-5115

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8.Doris Italian Market

Doris Italian Market
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Doris Italian Markets have been pleasing Florida palates with delectable Italian specialties since 1947. Here you can totally indulge your inner foodie with an excellent range of Italian meats and cheeses, fresher-than-fresh local farm produce and freshly-caught fish and seafood. You can also shop for prepared foods, bakery items, wine, fresh meat (including home-made Italian sausages) and a huge range of imported Italian olive oils, vinegars, pastas and more. Lunches from the Doris market are legendary – they offer a weekly special sub and you can order freshly made sandwiches, meat and salad platters to be delivered to your doorstep every day of the week.

Doris Italian Market, 2077 University Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33071, Phone: 954-346-7774

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9.Tavolino Della Notte

Tavolino Della Notte
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Tavolino Della Notte is the place to go when your taste-buds are crying out for some delicious, authentic Italian food. Not only is the food great in this popular Coral Springs restaurant but regular visitors love the friendly atmosphere, interesting décor and great service. You will have difficulty choosing what to eat from their extensive menu which combines classic Italian favorites with more modern fine-dining options which keep patrons coming back time after time. A few of the restaurant’s signature dishes include the Walnut and Pear pasta (starter) and Chicken Scarpariello, Pollo Della Nonna and a melt-in-the-mouth Veal Saltimbocca. The restaurant hosts regular music and quiz nights – you can check their website for details.

Tavolino Della Notte, 10181 W. Sample Rd, Coral Springs, FL 33065, Phone: 954-509-0046

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10.Falafel Bistro and Wine Bar

Falafel Bistro and Wine Bar
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Offering visitors a relaxed and elegant venue to meet with friends and family, Falafel Bistro and Wine Bar is a popular eatery with those in the know in Coral Springs. You can anticipate a varied menu of healthy and nutritious Mediterranean-style dishes prepared with only the finest and freshest locally-sourced ingredients. While you will notice an emphasis on tasty vegetarian dishes the restaurant also caters for carnivores and those who enjoy fish, seafood and chicken. In addition, gluten-free and vegan options are always available. You can choose from a wide selection of beers and wine by the glass or bottle.

Falafel Bistro and Wine Bar, 5677 Coral Ridge Dr, Coral Springs, FL 33076, Phone: 954-346-3434

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11.Big Bear Brewing Company

Big Bear Brewing Company
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For more than twenty years the Big Bear Brewing Company has been pulling in the Coral Spring locals to come and enjoy freshly brewed craft beers and delicious all-American bistro-style food. Beer lovers can anticipate tasting a range of fresh small-batch craft beers with bear-themed names (think Polar Light, Kodiak Belgian and Hibernating Pale Ale) served alongside an extensive menu of delicious pub food. The brewpub prides itself on using only the freshest locally-sourced ingredients and all their tasty dishes are made from scratch on site. The brewery and restaurant is open daily and there is a children’s menu available for younger visitors.

Big Bear Brewing Company, 1800 N. University Dr, Coral Springs, FL 33071, Phone: 954-341-5545

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12.Sicilian Oven

Sicilian Oven
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You can savor the flavors and aromas of a traditional Sicilian restaurant without setting foot out of Florida when you make your way to the Sicilian Oven in Coral Springs. Although their freshly made wood-fired pizzas are legendary, the restaurant also offers a very tempting menu of other traditional Sicilian food made just like granny used to cook it back in Sicily. The restaurant is elegant and romantic – perfect for a special night out or a simple family supper. The wine list offers a great choice of wines to go with your starters, entrée and dessert and if you would like to learn how to prepare your favorite dishes you can find cookery videos on their website.

Sicilian Oven, 10140 W. Sample Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33065, Phone: 954-340-3001

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