Pompano Beach is centrally located between Palm Beach to the north, and Miami to the south.  That is why Pompano is sometimes referred to as the “Heart of Florida’s Gold Coast.”  Even though Pompano itself is known for its beautiful beaches, ocean fishing and other outdoor pursuits, it also serves as a great home base for short trips to other resorts and attractions nearby.

For outdoor enthusiasts, head over to John U. Lloyd Beach State Park , located in Dania Beach (right next door to Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale).  A variety of outdoor recreation is offered here including boating, surf casting, swimming, nature walks and picnic areas for family get-togethers.

Another nearby park is the Hugh Taylor  Birch State Park ,  located only 12 miles away in Fort Lauderdale.  This lovely reserve is filled with mangroves and freshwater lagoons, making it a perfect spot for birding and wildlife enthusiasts.

Sawgrass Recreational Park is also a favorite especially for its exciting airboat tours, nature walks and alligator and reptile shows

A short ride away in Davie is Flamingo Gardens, Wray Botanical Collection , a mecca for naturalists.  Take a narrated tram tour through a 200-year-old forest or visit the Bird of Prey Center and free-flight aviary for some spectacular birdwatching.

For a day of shopping, dining and entertainment, head over to Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District . In addition to world-class shops, dining and theater, this is also home to many of the area’s fascinating attractions including the Museum of Art, the historical Stranahan House, Museum of Discovery & Science and the Old Fort Lauderdale Museum.