Living in South Florida
Whether your idea of the perfect night out includes a cozy wine bar, hitting the dance floor with your closest friends, taking in the game at a sports bar or belly laughs at a comedy club, South Florida has something to offer everyone. Some of the more popular include:
- South Beach
- Las Olas Boulevard
- Downtown Hollywood
- Bayside Marketplace
- and Seminole Hard Rock Casino
Professional Sports and Sporting Events
South Florida is home to four, major professional sports teams, each with their own home stadium and legions of fans.
Major League Baseball (MLB)
National Basketball Association (NBA)
American Airlines Arena
National Football League (NFL)
Sun Life Stadium
National Hockey League (NHL)
Miami Open Tennis
Annual event drawing the top international tennis players.
Parks, Beaches and Recreation
With South Florida's great year-round weather, there is always an abundance of exciting things to do outdoors.
There are over 60 miles of beautiful, award-winning coastline in South Florida. With all those miles come many options – whether it's a secluded, oceanfront nature preserve, a family-friendly stretch of sand or a lively party spot lined with restaurants and bars, there's a beach in South Florida that will suit your mood and every water-sport imaginable to go along with it.
Parks and Recreation
If you've ever wanted to tour the Florida Everglades on an airboat, conquer a challenging bike trail, or maneuver a kayak through the mangroves, the opportunity will always be there when you head outdoors in South Florida. Take some time to experience and enjoy South Florida's natural wonders.
The Arts Scene
The Miami and Ft. Lauderdale area is home to an unparalleled level of artistry with influences from every corner of the globe. There are museums, art galleries, and historical homes that cover interests ranging from historical artifacts to more contemporary visuals. Art lovers have options such as the Perez Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Viscaya Museum and Gardens, the Bonnet House and the ArtsPark at Young Circle.
South Florida also serves as home to premier art shows such Art Basel that attracts an international mixture of artists and art lovers every year.
Festivals and Carnivals
South Florida is a melting pot of cultures where you will find communities rich with international customs and festivals that you can join or observe. Events such as Calle Ocho, Broward One Caribbean Carnival, Goombay Festival, The South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and the Ultra Music give us something to enjoy annually.
Concerts, Theater and Entertainment
The top names in music and theater will always find an engaged and excited crowd in South Florida. We are home to concert venues such as Hard Rock Live that have welcomed world-renowned acts including B.B. King, Aerosmith, Andrea Bocelli and Tim McGraw.
The BB&T Center, Sun Life Stadium and American Airlines Arena, are not only homes to professional sports teams but are also a large concert venues and have hosted popular recording artists such as Madonna, Usher, Katy Perry and Beyoncé.
South Florida is almost always a must-do when Broadway acts hit the road and The Broward Center for The Performing Arts and The Adrienne Arsht Center have welcomed all the major stage hits including The Lion King, Wicked, The Jersey Boys and Motown, The Musical.
Getting Around South Florida – Public Transportation
There are numerous options for getting around South Florida if you don't have your own form of transportation. The options include:
- Tri-Rail - offers daily train service between Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. St. Thomas Law offers free shuttle service between the campus and the Tri-Rail station.
- Metro-Rail - The Metrorail system is an elevated rapid transit system that provides service throughout Miami Dade county.
- Metro-Bus - The Metrobus system provides service throughout Miami-Dade County 365 days a year. Service is available from Miami Beach and Key Biscayne to West Miami-Dade, as far north as Broward County and as far south as Homestead, Florida City and the Middle Florida Keys. Designed to intersect with Metrorail and Metromover, the bus system serves all major shopping, entertainment and cultural centers, as well as major hospitals and schools.
- Broward County Transit (BCT) - is the primary option for getting around Broward County. The routes allow access to schools, shopping, libraries, parks, cultural and civic activities, and other places of interest.