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The Ten Best Outdoor Places to Enjoy the Fall Weather in Broward and Palm Beach

Have you been outside lately? You should go outside. It's amazing right now. For those Floridians that aren't the biggest fans of the heat and humidity that a summer in South Florida provides, this time of year is the ultimate payoff for all their pain and suffering. 

While fall may have officially arrived a few weeks ago, we're just now starting to get a taste of what is to come. The temperature is dropping (hey, anything in the low '80s is hoodie weather in Broward), and the humidity is finally falling to a reasonable level. You can almost smell the holidays. 

If beaches aren't your thing, this is your favorite time of year to get outside and enjoy everything South Florida has to offer. Here are a few of our favorite spots we recommend to anyone looking to get outside and take it all in this fall. 

10. Ride a bike along Hallandale Beach.

A bike ride along the beach in this luxurious South Florida fall weather? Sign us up. Throughout Hallandale Beach, there are Broward B-cycle stations where you can rent a bicycle for 30-minute increments or for an entire day. For as little as five bucks, you can ride along the beach scoping out places to rest, beautiful people, places to eat, or all of the above. If you join B-cycle, the prices go down to a buck. 


9. Read a book at Deerfield Beach.

One of our favorite spots we came across during our New Times Best Beach journey, these manmade microhills that line Deerfield Beach are the perfect place to sprawl out and read a book in the breeze. Being situated directly in front of the beach yet close enough to grab a beer from one of the hotel bars that line the streets is a little slice of heaven on earth here in Broward.

If books aren't your thing, this makes for a great place to just throw back some craft beers. Really, you should do both at the same time. 


8. People-watch at the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea courtyard.

People-watching is fun, but it's decidedly less fun when it's 100 degrees outside and you have to do it one hundred yards away from behind a pane of glass. Now is the perfect time to head out to the beautiful pavilion and courtyard area at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, grab a cocktail from a nearby bar, and watch as the people walk by. 

Beachgoers are a different breed. There is something about the beach in South Florida that brings it out of people. Sit here, enjoy the elements, and watch a slew of your own personal reality shows walk on by. 


7. Enjoy a performance at Center Stage at Seminole Hard Rock.
1 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale 33314

The Center Stage at Seminole Hard Rock has live music every weekend and on other select nights. It's the perfect setting to enjoy some outdoor music without sitting in some grass on a hill in the middle of nowhere. The location is ideal as it's obviously surrounded by many bars and the casino itself, so boredom is unlikely to be an issue. Most concerts are complimentary, making this a tremendous date-night option this fall. 


6. Grab a cup of coffee at Mizner Park. 
327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton 33432

Mizner Park has the perfect setup for outdoor activities. Even if you don't plan on dropping a bunch of money inside the shops, you certainly can venture out to Mizner for the atmosphere and people-watching. There are plenty of places to post up with a beverage of your choice and have some conversation with your loved ones — you know, like we used to do before we all got iPhones (or exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7s).

If taking those Instagram and Facebook pictures is high on your list of things to do when you go out, Mizner offers plenty of photo opportunities. It's just a splendid place to meet up with others and breathe the South Florida fall air.

5. Invite the entire family to Hollywood North Beach Park.
3601 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, 33019

This 56-acre park located at A1A and Sheridan Street includes just over one mile of public beach. The beach might not be the first place you think about when the temperature drops, but this park has ample covered areas that are ideal for fall weather enjoyment.

Inside, there is ample area to have a BBQ or kick the soccer ball around — and don't forget the boardwalks and shaded areas right on the beach. You can reserve a shelter in the park for large parties and even park your RV there. The park is well-lighted, and police are on duty during business hours.

4. Grab a bite to eat at the Nauti-Dawg Marina Cafe. 
2841 Marina Cir, Lighthouse Point, 33064

Nauti-Dawg — located at the Lighthouse Cove Marina — is everything you would expect from a waterfront café, and it's the perfect place to grab a bite to eat on that crisp-weathered October night. They've got everything from hot dogs to seafood platters, bloody marys with a beer dumped in them, home-brewed coffee options that encourage you to drop shots of espresso into them, omelets with a side of pancakes, oversize burgers served with crunchy-chips... you get the point.

While the beach might not be the best option as fall turns to winter in South Florida, a marina restaurant definitely fits the bill. Nauti-Dawg is a tremendous restaurant that encourages you to come out in a hoodie and enjoy some great food. 


3. Shop for a hoodie at the Promenade at Coconut Creek 
4443 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek

The Promenade in Coconut Creek is a hodgepodge of just about everything anyone could ever want in an outdoor market. It's got multiple food options, a World of Beer, shops, outlets, your token Starbucks, ice cream shops, and pretty much anything else you could ever want to do in some fantastic browsing weather. 

The Promenade is a short jog from the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino too, so you can head over there after you're done enjoying the outdoors and you're ready to pack it in and grab some drinks in the dark like a hermit again. 

2. Meet up for drinks at City Place in West Palm Beach.
700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach

City Place is the outdoor enjoyment option to end all options; I mean, you can literally live there. Within this outdoor wonderland rests 80 specialty shops, national stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues. There is even a MuviCo IMAX theater to escape to inside once you're over the fresh air. Mixed within all the shops and venues are apartment buildings, condos, and offices. 

Meal options at City Place include BurgerFi, Mellow Mushroom, Cabo Flats, Ruth's Chris Steak House, City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill, and Blue Martini.

1. Lounge like it's still summer at Coconuts. 
429 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Coconuts is the sort of place where you dock your boat, stroll right up to the bar, grab a cocktail, and just enjoy being outside. Usually, you think of enjoying the outside in South Florida as something that happens in July, but October works well too. Coconuts is the sort of place your relatives envision when they think about vacationing in Florida, which is exactly what many are doing this time of year in an attempt to escape the cold.

Between the views of the water, the food, and the tropical atmosphere, Coconuts is the entire Fort Lauderdale experience wrapped into one terrific restaurant. You can enjoy the weather now just as well as you can in June. Trust us. 
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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