About the Broward Region
The region is located on the Southeastern end of the Florida coast and makes up over 1,197 square miles, including 23 miles of beach along the Atlantic Ocean. Broward County encompasses the cities of Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale (County Seat), Hallandale Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderhill, Lazy Lake, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac, Weston, West Park and Wilton Manors. With a population of over 1.7 million, Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding cities of the area have long been a hotspot for retiring seniors looking to spend their golden years relaxing in paradise. The western end of the region is bounded by over a half million acres of Everglades, and over 300 miles of waterways navigable by boat within the County have earned it the title "The Venice of America". Whether you like to take it slow and spend your days simply basking in the sun and surf, or go out on the town and experience the world class cuisine and attractions that the area has to offer, Broward County is the place to be.
The Climate of Broward County
Broward has a tropical climate, with an average summer temperature of 84 degrees Fahrenheit, and an average winter temperature of 66 degrees Fahrenheit. The region is coolest around January and gets the warmest in August. Rainfalls are heaviest in the months of August and September.
Attractions of the Area
The area of Broward County promises an endless variety of fun and relaxing things to do and places to explore. Take a stroll down the Hollywood Boardwalk and shop or park your feet in the warm sand and sip on a cool drink underneath a beach umbrella. Just lay back and people-watch or close your eyes and let the rhythmic sounds of the crashing surf take you away. Hop aboard one of the many Water Taxis that connect the area by way of canals reminiscent of Old Italy. Have the driver take you down to Las Olas Boulevard, the downtown shopping district, and take in the scenic beauty of some of Florida's most beautiful homes along the way. Once there, immerse yourself in one of the many fashion boutiques or spend the day at the Museum of Art. Just east of here is Fort Lauderdale's famed $26 million-dollar beachfront promenade. Take in a show at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts or check out what is playing at the IMAX 3D Theater located within the Museum of Discovery and Science. Art lovers will want to come back to this area again and again to explore the many art galleries and antique shops the district has to offer.
For those who prefer to spend their days immersed in the beauty of Southern Florida's crystal blue waters, a glass-bottom boat ride is a great way to explore the colorful undersea splendor of the Atlantic Ocean. Of course, scuba diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing are also at your fingertips for those who want to get up close and personal with Florida's oceanic wildlife. The non-profit Clean Beaches Council has designated all the Broward County beaches of Hollywood, Dania, Deerfield, Fort Lauderdale, and Pompano as "Blue Wave Beaches," meaning that they are among the safest and cleanest beaches in the country. Deerfield Beach is home to the amazing Quiet Waters Park, where $1 gains you entrance to Splash Adventure Water Park, tent camping, water skiing, rowboats, canoes, and aqua cycle rentals.
The greater Fort Lauderdale area is home to over 3,500 restaurants. Dine on fresh-from-the-sea cuisine or
try something exotic at one of the intimate bistros along the waterfront. Discover why so many seniors are
flocking to this area as you sip a glass of Merlot and fix your gaze upon the resplendent sunsets of
purples, oranges, and blues that wash over the Atlantic like sparkling jewels on a soft liquid canvas.
Broward County truly has it all, including top-notch casinos like the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, open 24/7. Or head down to the Gulf stream Park Racetrack in Hallandale and try your luck on the horses at this state-of-the-art facility.
Animal lovers do not have far to go to enjoy the various zoos and aquariums, which the area is home to. Swim with the dolphins at the nearby Miami Sea-aquarium, experience Monkey Jungle, where "the humans are caged and the monkeys run wild" on a 30 acre reserve, or check out one of the country's best zoos, the Miami Metro Zoo. Do not forget your camera if you spend the day at Butterfly world, home to stunning waterfalls, tropical gardens, classical music, and, of course, butterflies.
Active seniors will enjoy the many golf courses the area has to offer, over 40 in all, as well as the many hiking, bicycle, and horse trails to be found. Both fresh and salt-water fishing can be found just minutes in either direction. There are no shortage of spectator sports either, including the NHL's Florida Panthers games at the Bank Atlantic Center, the NFL's Miami Dolphins games at Dolphins Stadium, Breeder's Cup Championships at Hallandale's Gulf stream Park, or Baltimore Orioles spring training, which is held at Fort Lauderdale Stadium in the Spring.
History of the Area
The County was named in 1915 after Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, the Florida Governor from 1905 to 1909. Prior to settlement, which was brought about after 1896, when the Florida East Coast Railroad was introduced, the land had been home to small groups of Indians for nearly 4,000 years. By the mid-1700's only about 80 or so Indians remained in Southeast Florida, due mainly to warfare and disease introduced by the Spanish. At the end of the French and Indian war, the Spaniards ceded the area to Great Britain and ownership of the area bounced around back to Spain, then to the United States in 1821. Over the next twenty or so years, the area saw uprisings from the Seminole Indians, who were pushed southward by American settlers intent on taking the land. By 1891, the first post office was established, as well as the Bay Stage Line, on which passengers stopped overnight at New River. Fort Lauderdale was incorporated in 1911, preceded by Pompano in 1908, and Dania in 1904. Joseph W. Young turned the Hollywood area into his grand vision in the 1920s, complete with the traffic circle, golf course, lakes, and the boulevard we have today.
Senior Services in the Broward County Area
The area of Broward County offers an array of senior support services and programs that rivals those found anywhere else in the country. In addition to the many senior and Alzheimer's care centers in the county, there are four Focal Point Senior Centers which provide health screening and support, transportation, counseling and referral services, recreational activities, and more. With one of the largest populations of seniors in the United States, programs like Broward Meals on Wheels are among the largest in the country and are set up to efficiently deliver resources to the elderly on a large-scale basis. Another program, the Service Agency for Senior Citizens of Broward County, provides part-time employment for those 55 and older in non-profit agencies and government offices. There are many other local agencies and programs in the area specifically geared toward the elderly, ranging from legal assistance to health insurance.