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100 Things to Do in Broward County Before You Die

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16. See a real IMAX movie at the Museum of Discovery and Science.

Enough of this BS. New "digital IMAX" theaters are just regular ones with special projectors, but the MODS theater is truly special: a 60-by-80-foot screen that curves around a five-story-tall room and has 42 speakers pumping out 15,000 watts of crisp, heart-palpitation-inducing digital sound — an experience that leaves you dizzy and slightly out of breath.

17. Take in a local movie and TV marathon.

There's Something About Mary, Analyze This, Marley and Me, Dexter, The Glades, Rock of Ages, and Burn Notice — all have scenes filmed around here. Ted and Mary's high school was actually the City of Plantation Town Hall, and Revolution Live was the central club featured in Rock of Ages. Dexter used the Illini Condo building and South Beach Park.

18. Whack golf balls into the lake at Aqua Golf Range in Pembroke Park.

Also featured in There's Something About Mary.

19. Jump in the hot tub at Bahia Cabana.

Or just step in gingerly. Dare ya!

20. Visit a psychic.

Broward County is a hot spot for Romani immigrants. You can find fortunetellers all along U.S. 1 or at the Metaphysical Chapel of Fort Lauderdale.

21. Hitchhike — by Jet Ski.

22. Explore the arts!

Get familiar with the Young at Art Museum, the Museum of Art|Fort Lauderdale, the Girls' Club gallery, and/or the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. Tour the galleries in FAT Village, Fort Lauderdale's warehouse district, on the last Saturday of each month, and volunteer for the Puppet Network's fantastic annual Day of the Dead parade.

23. Take in the view at the top of the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six.

The rotating rooftop lounge is usually reserved for special events; but sweet-talk someone at the front desk to be let up.

24. Make friends with retired NFL stars or Jamaican reggae stars.

They all live here!

25. Get your concealed weapons permit.

Everybody has one!

26. Bike around the finger islands off Las Olas Boulevard.

Back in the 1920s, developers borrowed from Venice the technique of dredging parallel canals with long peninsulas and a central road. That's why Fort Lauderdale is called "The Venice of America."

27. Check out the "World's Fastest Sport" at Dania Jai Alai.

Just like handball but played with a cesta and a ball that goes so fast, it could kill you.

28. Play on an adult kickball team.

The World Adult Kickball Association is all about the "best parties, best games, and best friends."

29. Go night fishing.

30. Experience the Bergeron Rodeo in Davie.

Everyone needs a little old-fashioned calf roping.

31. Browse at Bob's News & Books.

Part head shop, part porn shop, part art-book shop, and part cosmopolitan magazine stand.

32. Find the wild monkeys behind the Motel 6 in Dania Beach.

33. Host a hurricane party.

If a hurricane actually comes.

34. Cycle Party down Las Olas.

This group bicycle is powered by 15 partiers who stop at bars along the way. Bring an iPod stocked with party jams.

35. Play "Bitchy Bingo" with drag queens at Lips.

36. Fulfill your freaky fantasies at Scary Mary's tricked-out dominatrix dungeon, Chamber 7.

37. Drive like a local.

If you want to zip around Fort Lauderdale fast, trade A1A for Birch Road and U.S. 1 for 15th Street.

38. Ride your horse to McDonald's.

The whole ranch-style town of Davie has a Western theme, and the Micky D's has a hitching post outside.

39. Flutter over to Butterfly World.

Just pay the danged $24.95 and see it already. It's the largest butterfly park in the world.

40. Become a regular at PRL Café.

Not only was owner Jay Rottermund specializing in international beers before craft beer was cool but you might catch some eclectic art or learn a thing or two about European politics while you're here.

41. Wakeboard at Ski Rixen.

No boat necessary, because these wakeboards are pulled around by a cable system.

42. Bet on a horse named Tripod at Gulfstream Park.

Ponies! You can't go wrong with a few $2 bets.

43. Catch a Fort Lauderdale Strikers game at Lockhart Stadium.

44. Become a Zumba instructor.

Zumba's world headquarters are in Hallandale Beach. Also: This is a great way to meet chicks.

45. Try your luck at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.

Blow your winnings on a grandiose night of partying.

46. Know your Native American history.

You are living next to thousands of Seminoles, hundreds of Miccosukees, and more independent native people whose ancestors lost all they had. Respect.

47. Sample a flight of local brews at the Funky Buddha in Oakland Park.

And take a quick tour of the 20,000-square-foot production brewery.

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Falyn Freyman is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Miami. She previously produced videos for Univision and edited music content for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Her work has been featured in Vice, Bustle, Broadly, Time Out, and other publications. She has a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism.
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