The holidays in Florida are a little different. We don’t have the same hot cocoa, roasting fires or flannel PJs as the rest of the country. Instead, you’re more likely to hear that Santa loves to go surfing and comes in through the front door. But that non-traditional take doesn’t mean we Floridians don’t love the winter holidays just as much as anyone else. In fact, we have a few tips on the best ways to enjoy the holidays here, whether you’re a lifelong Florida resident or new to the area.
See the holiday lights
Get in the holiday spirit with some Christmas lights. Looking for the best spots? Try Lime Court. The “neighborhood theme park” off of Matilda between Oak and Day displays some of these best walkable holiday lights around. Check out the display between 5:30 pm and 11 pm daily. You may also want to check out Christmas Lights in the Acres. The ticked event runs Nov. 26 through Dec. 26 and will be sure to wow you.
Stroll through a museum.
Why not head inside for a bit and check out some of our great local museums. Take some awesome selfies at the Museum of Illusions. You can also try the Dauer Museum of Classic Cars to see the best vintage cars around. If you have young kids, try Young At Art for awesome kids classes and amazing interactive exhibitions or the Museum of Science and Discovery. These museums offer some of the best hands-on, interactive fun and are sure to keep the whole family entertained for hours.
Find a letterbox
Being a Florida resident means we can enjoy the great outdoors all year round! That means winter is the best time to do some great outdoor activities — especially some out-of-the-box ideas.
We suggest trying the find a letterbox activity. You’re probably familiar with geocaching, a treasure hunting activity based on using a GPS to find small treasure boxes stashed throughout the world. Letterboxing is very similar. It involves finding small, weatherproof boxes hidden in publicly accessible places (like parks). But unlike geocaching, you don’t need a handheld GPS to find these little treasures — just your imagination! Dozens of letterboxes have been hidden throughout Florida. Just go to this link and search by city to find a list of boxes in your area and to print out a list of clues for each box. Once you’ve found a few boxes, try finding your own secret hiding place, creating a box of your own and creating a fun set of clues for other people to follow! For more information about letterboxing, check out this informative Q&A.
Go on a scavenger hunt.
Another great outdoor activity option is a scavenger hunt. This is a great way to get the whole family to put down their phones and head outdoors. You may think scavenger hunts are just for kids, but this activity is great for people of all ages. Try a neighborhood scavenger hunt or any of the other fun ideas on this list. For more fun ideas, take a look at this link.
Take a hike (or walk)
Why not explore some non-beach front property this winter, too? There are tons of great parks and trails nearby. Check out Snyder Park in Fort Lauderdale for great picnic areas, wildlife spotting and some special areas for dogs. Or how about Secret Woods Nature Center? It’s perfect for nature trails and nature lovers. You may even want to check out the butterfly garden. Sunrise has tons of great smaller local parks, as well. Check out Cypress Preserve Park or Oak Hammock Park for excellent playgrounds for kids.
Not only will it keep your whole family happy and entertained, but even moderate activity and a bit of sunlight can help release endorphins (those hormones that keep us happy) as well as help us feel better, more able to handle the stress of a busy holiday and sleep better, too. So get out there and get moving!
From all of us at PMI Key Partner, we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. And if you have any property management needs, we invite you to call us. We’ll help you get optimized rental income out of your property, determine your cash flow from monthly rental value and gain critical insight into local real estate market conditions. We’re here to serve you.