Looking for your next vacation getaway? There are plenty of fun things to do in Hollywood Florida. The city has something to offer everyone.
Whether you are visiting on a family vacation, a weekend getaway, or Spring Break, you will be sure to make memories with your friends and family. You don’t have to travel internationally to soak up the sun and have some fun.
Let me take you to Hollywood Florida. Read on.
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Where Is Hollywood Florida?
Hollywood is a beautiful beach town nestled between Fort Lauderdale and Miami Florida in the United States. It is known for its beautiful aqua-blue waters and coastal white sand beach, vibrant culture, and exciting attractions.
In this blog, I will be showcasing just a few of the many activities and attractions you will not want to miss.
You cannot talk about Hollywood and not mention the beach. Hollywood Beach is one of the area’s top attractions, thanks to its soft white sand, warm waters, and a variety of beachfront amenities.
Relax in a beach chair, bathe in the sun, play volley ball or swim in the ocean before stopping for a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and cafes that runs along the board walk.
Take a stroll along the Hollywood Boardwalk and enjoy the beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Even though they have their own lane, keep an eye out for the many rollerbladers and bikers who ride along the boardwalk.
I lost count of how many times I was nearly run over by them while being mesmerized by the beautiful blue seas.
However, with so many restaurants, shops, and entertainment options along the way, this is one of the fantastic ways to spend the day.
For several nights per week, at around 7 p.m., the Hollywood Beach Theater hosts a free concert that is accessible to everyone. These concerts are run by Margaritaville Beach Resort.
This open-air venue, located directly on the Hollywood Boardwalk, across from Margaritaville, features different bands and artists. The musical genres range from R&B to reggae to rock.
You will undoubtedly have a good time and feed your soul with some good clean music.
Along the boardwalk, there are a number of bike shops.
Bike Shack, in particular, has a variety of bikes available. You can rent a 2 to 6-seater bike for your family and ride along the 2.5 mile boardwalk while admiring the beautiful ocean views.
Restaurants in hollywood.
Let me introduce you to the culinary scene of Hollywood. Whether you are a Food Explora looking for new and exciting flavors or a casual dining experience, Hollywood has a diverse range of restaurants to suit every palate and budget.
If you ever visit Hollywood or Fort Lauderdale, be sure to take advantage of the city’s restaurant scene. Here are a few restaurant highlights below.
LandShark Bar and Grill
What could be more relaxing than dining at a restaurant with a view of the beach? This restaurant is a part of the Margaritaville Hotel Resort. The Landshark Bar and Grill captures the essence of beachfront living with its casual atmosphere and beachy decor, creating the ideal ambiance for lunch, brunch, or a night out with friends or family. Their menu features a variety of seafood dishes that any seafood lover will enjoy. The blackened Halibut fish burger I ordered highlights the day's catch. I paired it with French fries and a beer for the perfect lunch. The beautiful ocean views, on the other hand, will make any of their dishes taste delicious.
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Florio's Of Little Italy
This small homey Italian restaurant is just a few steps away from the Airbnb where I stayed. It will provide you with an unforgettable dining experience that will transport you straight to Italy.
You can order authentic Italian cuisine in a cozy and inviting atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor dining.
From classic pasta dishes, to seafood and delectable pizzas, there is something for everyone. I'm not a big fan of pasta, but the Food Explora in me convinced me to try their Linguine with Mussels.
I must say that it was delicious; the garlic and marinara sauce, as well as the mussel juices, were shining throughout the dish.
Rocco's Pizza is conveniently located directly across the street from the Hollywood Theatre. You can enjoy the featured musical band of the night while dining outside and indulging in one of their specialty pizzas. You can hop over, sit, and enjoy the music after your meal. Keep in mind that seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Despite the fact that the name suggests a pizza restaurant. The menu is quite extensive. But I went with the Beef Hamburger with fries and a beer. The flavors were delicious despite the fact that the burger beef was a little dry.
The Taco Joint
This outdoor dining establishment will take you on a culinary journey through Mexico. Taco Joint is a must-visit for anyone looking for a filling and reasonably priced meal in Hollywood. This cozy and inviting restaurant serves a wide range of mouthwatering tacos, burritos, and other traditional Mexican dishes. There's something on the menu for everyone, whether you want something spicy, savory, or sweet. Because I enjoy a good quesadilla, I ordered their beef quesadilla. The Taco Joint also serves a fresh coconut that you have alongside your meal.
Burgerfi is located in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Despite the fact this burger joint is not in Hollywood Florida, I had to recommend it to you because it may be one of the best burgers you will probably ever eat. Their Angus beef burgers are juicy and don't miss out on their infamous onion rings. If you are Vegan, don't worry. They offer vegan burgers for those who don't eat meat.
Rita's Ice-cream Shop
The Food Explora in me had to try one of their custard ice cream. It was my first time trying this frozen custard dessert. I chose the coffee custard flavor. It tastes like Gelato ice cream but is far more rich and creamy. I can see why it's a bit pricey. But you can't put a price on a good food experience.
Rita's Many Flavors
Museums In hollywood.
I did not have time to visit any of these museums as planned. However, I visited the Holocaust Museum in Miami many years ago. You can read about it on my Miami blog, which you can find HERE .
If you enjoy museums, here are some recommendations I gathered for you to check out while in the Hollywood area.
Suarez Museum of Natural Science & History
Holocaust Documentation & Education Center
Graves Museum of Archaeology and Natural History
Florida Museum Of Natural History
Art and Culture Center/Hollywood
There are several different accommodations in Hollywood and neighboring communities. Here a three of my recommendations below.
I found a great deal on this U.N.I. Airbnb. For its location, I give it a 10 out of 10. It’s only a few steps to Hollywood Beach and the Boardwalk.
However, a number of enhancements would have made my stay more comfortable. However, because I spent about 90% of my time outside, it wasn’t such a big deal.
The U.N.I. vacation rental has a lot of potential, and I hope the owner takes my suggestions for improvements into consideration. Check out the reviews on their website for more insight.
I’ll probably stay here again for a few days if I get a good deal.
When I return to Hollywood, I plan to stay at this hotel. From the outside, the resort appears to be enjoyable, particularly their Surf Rider activity.
The Margaritaville Beachfront Hotel is located directly off the Hollywood Boardwalk. The hotel and its amenities are prominently displayed.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant, LandShark Bar & Grill, and 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill are among the dining options.
I dined at the LandShark restaurant on the second floor, as I mentioned earlier in the blog. It was a pleasure to eat while admiring the magnificent ocean.
The hotel made a wise decision by making most of their restaurants open to the public.
The resort also has a full-service spa, a cutting-edge fitness center, and several swimming pools, including a rooftop pool with breathtaking views of the ocean.
Ocean Sky Hotel & Resort
Here is another of my recommendations. I stayed at the Ocean Sky Beachfront Hotel in Fort Lauderdale a few years ago.
I liked that there was a pool and that is just a few steps off the white sand beach.
Most hotel rooms have a balcony where you can relax and enjoy the ocean view while basking in the cool ocean breeze.
Hollywood Beach is approximately a 30-minute drive away from Hollywood.
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65 thoughts on “Fun Things To Do In Hollywood Florida.”
Such an iconic place, I would love to visit.
I didn’t know there so many museums, pretty interesting.
So many great options. I like this because I hadn’t heard of Hollywood Florida before and now I would love to check it out.
Hope you get to visit Hollywood someday, Jolayane. thanks for dropping by.
I love these kind of blogs! It’s always difficult to find good restaurants when you’re already hungry lol, it’s nice to plan ahead and know what to expect!
Thanks for visiting Jennifer. Glad my blog is helpful.
Wow what an awesome list of things to do in Hollywood, Florida! I can’t wait to go to Hollywood Beach and rent a bike and cruise around the area. Thanks for the great tips!
Thank you Pantea.
This a great article… Very informative! I want to pack my bags now! I have been to various parts of Florida, but never Hollywood. It looks beautiful!
Hope you get to visit Hollywood Florida someday. Thanks for visiting.
Great list of fun things to do in Hollywood, Florida. I love that you included some great restaurants and attractions. Rita’s is always a must-stop for us when we find one!
Thank you Debbie, Rita is my newly found ice-cream shop.
This is interesting and there are fun things to do in Florida. I will keep these ideas to do with my partner.
Fransic Verso, hope you get to visit some day.
Omg!!! I miss traveling to Florida. The last time I visited there was in 2002. I definitely miss Disney World and Universal Studios the most.
Well Fadima, add Hollywood Florida to your go-to place to visit. You will love it,
Very thorough review! I used to visit Miami and would see signs for Hollywood. I have never been, but your post is very convincing, I may have to add it to the list!
Hope you get to visit Hollywood Florida with your family soon. Thanks for visiting.
How awesome! It looks like a super, super fun place to visit and it fits many travelling occasions! Love the food suggestions too!
Thank you, Vanessa. Glad you found my blog helpful. I hope you get to visit Hollywood Florida someday
Some great places to dine and be entertained. I had no idea there was a Hollywood in Florida.
Jamie, I learned of the name Hollywood years ago when I visited another city in Forth Lauderdale. I am glad I experienced it and hope you get to do so as well some day.
I’m going to have to check that place out! Family in Miami is my only excuse for visiting Florida so Hollywood is now on the bucket list!
Thanks for visiting Collete. You and your family will love Hollywood.
Love your post, I love taking walks so taking a walk on the boardwalk will be great for me. I also love the idea of the free concerts so I can enjoy my day with music as well.
Thanks for visiting Christy. I am sure you will have a great time in Hollywood Florida. Hope you get to visit soon.
Thank you, Kirsten.
I have been to Miami a few times and for the most part, I did the usual things like visit beaches, drink beer, eat food. But one thing I have NOT done is visit museums! It sounds like I’m missing out.
Bryan, museums are a great place to learn about the history and culture of a geographic location. I try to visit when I am on vacay. Unfortunately, we can’t enjoy a good beer while touring a museum. Lol
We were planning a vacation here but changed it last minute. I think we will reconsider for next time after reading this post!
Well Eva, I hope you get to visit Hollywood Florida soon. You all will have a great time; all the best.
This sounds like fun, and lot things to do but I had no idea that they have a Gollywood in Florida. I can’t wait to visit this place. Thank you for sharing😊👍!
Janice, Hollywood Florida is very family oriented. Happy my travel guide is useful.
Such an amazing review of Hollywood, Florida. There is certainly something for everyone there! It’s nice that there are free concerts offered every night for those looking for something fun to do that is budget friendly. Thanks for sharing your reviews!
Thank you, Jenna.
These are a lot of great ideas and suggestions for the Hollywood area. I can’t wait to check these out on my next visit to the area.
I am sure you will have a great time, Wendy.
Wow, these are some interesting things to do in Hollywood, Florida! I love the idea of having a rooftop pool with breathtaking views of the ocean. I’m definitely adding Margaritaville hotel to my bucket list. And its great that free concerts are available for anyone looking to entertain themselves at night. Thank you so much for sharing!
You are welcome, Vanelle.Thanks for visiting Food-Explora. I am glad my blog was helpful.
I recall seeing signs to Hollywood on our way from Miami to Fort Lauderdale. And now that I’ve read your post next time where near either, we’ll make a stop for Hollywood. Rita’s custard ice-cream is calling.
GWT, I saw the same Hollywood sign in Forth Lauderdale. I am glad I was inspired to visit Hollywood Florida; you all will love it there.
I have never been to Hollywood before but I like the idea of the free concerts, that is such a great idea for all people to enjoy regardless of finances. Thank you for sharing other fun things to do in Hollywood.
Lauren – bournemouthgirl
Thank you Lauren.
We have family we visit in Delray Beach so we could definitely incorporate a visit to Hollywood on our next visit! Thanks for this post; lots of great info!
Awesome! Thanks for visiting Laurie. I am glad you found my blog useful.
I love the sound of Hollywood, Florida! There is so much to do and see, it would just be jam packed with such fun. Definitely somewhere I’ll have to put on my bucket-list for sure, especially trying out all of the food places, YUM!
Jordanne, Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy you were inspired by my Hollywood trip.
This is the perfect information for when I visit! Thank you for sharing!
You are welcome, Katrina. Glad you found my Hollywood blog informative.
This helped me plan out my upcoming trip! Thanks for sharing the “spots” in great detail.
Appreciate you visiting and sharing your thoughts. Happy you found it helpful.
Very detailed information esp on restaurants. Always appreciate an insider idea of where to go & what to eat! Thanks!
Thank you for visiting, Morgan. Glad my blog was helpful.
Hollywood in Florida sounds like it has a lot to offer; I like that there is likely something for most people to enjoy if they wanted to visit here. I didn’t know much about it until reading this — thanks for sharing!
You are welcome, Molly. Happy you found my blog useful.
Florida is one of my favourite destinations. I’ve been there twice. My Favorite thing to do in Florida is visiting theme parks. I miss Disney World and Universal Studios.
Florida is one of my main destinations to visit due it easy flight from NYC
With family now living in the Cayman Islands, Florida is high on our radar to visit…thank you so much for all these wonderful suggestions Margaritaville Beach Resort sounds like my sort of place…and we love different options for meals, though we gravitate towards Italian always…thank you I will also keep one eye on the roller bladders
I did not stay at the Margaritaville Resort, but from the looks of it, seems a great place to stay with family and friends.
Such a great informative post! packed with great to do’s for vacation. Thank you for your insight and great recommendations.
Thanks for dropping by Matt. Glad you found my blog on Hollywood Florida informative.
Another reminder to enjoy my ever popular state. I hardly even go the the beach…do it more on vacation. I would add The Taco Beach Shack if you haven’t been there before.
Thanks for your comments. I appreciate your support. Hope you get to visit Hollywood Florida someday.
This is interesting and there are fun things to do in Florida.
Thank you, Tyler. Hope you get to visit Hollywood Florida someday.