Summer is here, and there is no shortage of things to do in Southeastern Florida. While many people will spend time in large cities like Pompano Beach and Miami, you should consider exploring some of Broward and Miami-Dade County’s’ smaller metropolitan areas. Oakland Park, which is just a few miles north of nearby Fort Lauderdale, is an up-and-coming diverse culinary arts district with plenty to offer.
Here are a few of the things you can do this summer in Oakland Park, whether you live here or are just passing through for a relaxing vacation.
Oakland Park has been dubbed as one of the hottest up-and-coming culinary arts districts in the nation. Since the city has significant agricultural roots and history, this may not be surprising. The city has recently taken steps to revitalize its downtown area, paving the way for new farm-to-table themed restaurants, pedestrian-friendly dining pavilions, and unique culinary experiences.
Funky Buddha Brewery: The Funky Buddha Brewery has been an Oakland Park staple since 2013, when it first opened its doors. The brewery is best known for its wide craft beer selection and experimental brews. Stop by this summer for a delicious bite to eat and try one of the most interesting beers on tap, such as the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, French Toast Double Brown Ale, or Key Lime Pie Tart Ale.
Tenth Level Tavern: The Funky Buddha Brewery isn’t the only place slinging craft beer Oakland Park. The Tenth Level Tavern is unlike most other bars in the area because it offers a variety of old-school video game consoles. Order a beer and jump back into your youth by playing your favorite Nintendo, Xbox, Sega, and PlayStation games.
Tatts & Tacos Beer Garden: If gourmet Mexican food and an ice cold beer sound appetizing, Tatts & Tacos Beer Garden is right up your alley. The Beer Garden has a very relaxed atmosphere and offers some of the best (and most underrated!) food in the city. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a place for the whole family.
Peter Pan Diner: If you’re craving East Coast diner food, the Peter Pan Diner is the place for you. The restaurant is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is always serving hot and delicious food. It’s a great place to swing by after you’re thrown back a few beers at one of Oakland Park’s watering holes.
Las Colinas Restaurant: Oakland Park has a variety of restaurants offering traditional international cuisine. Las Colinas regularly serves up delicious and authentic Cuban fare. Stop by for some of the best Latin food in the area.
Candela Restaurant: If beer isn’t your preferred drink, you may enjoy stopping by Candela Restaurant to try some of the area’s best wine. The wine bar not only features unique and delicious wine, but also some of the best Spanish, Italian and Cuban food in Oakland Park.
Oakland Park has something for everyone. The city runs several programs throughout the summer that offer entertainment for the entire family.
Summer Nights: Swing by Jaco Pastorius Park on the second Friday of each month this summer. The city will be hosting Summer Nights, which will feature a Culinary Arts Showcase, live music, and a family-friendly movie.
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Father’s Day Fishing Tournament: If you’re in Oakland Park this Father’s Day you may want to participate in the city’s fishing tournament. The catch-and-release event, which will be held at Royal Palm Park, is a great way for families to spend together before exploring the rest of the city.
Parks & Recreation: Oakland Park is jam-packed with parks, outdoor athletic facilities, green space, and picnic pavilions. Stop by one of the city’s many parks to enjoy some time under the beautiful Southeastern Florida sun.
Culture Room: Music is alive and well in Oakland Park. Culture Room is one of the best places in the area for live music. Check out their website for a list of upcoming concerts.
Lips Restaurant: If you’re interested in a different kind of show, Lips Restaurant may be the place for you. The restaurant features a dinner and a drag show, featuring some of the best performers in the area.
Interested in visiting Oakland Park? Bring your appetite and be ready for an adventure. Be sure to check out the official calendar to check for other activities that may be added at the last minute. Whether you’re interested in bar-hopping, boating on the Atlantic, or exploring the area’s parks, Oakland Park has something for you.