If you are looking for great things to do in Hollywood, you have come to the right place. When you think of Hollywood, most likely you’ll think of images of celebrity stars and larger-than-life allusions. Still, when I think of Hollywood, images of emerald beaches come to mind, whose sky is lit up with shooting stars on warm nights.
My Hollywood belongs to Florida, USA which is the northern, sister city to its more popular brother, Miami. If you want to experience the picturesque sights of Miami without the exorbitant cost, then Hollywood is the best travel destination for you.
There are two things you must do to visit Hollywood. While South Florida isn’t known for rippling waves, it is the perfect place to gather an iridescent assortment of ocean waters, with seahorses happily participating in sand bars. Here you will encounter people who have turned kite flying into a craft and skimboarders gliding along the shore.
Another activity you should do when you visit this city is to visit the Arts Park in Young Circle. This Hollywood place was named after its founder Joseph Wesley Young. Whether you are an adult or a child, this park offers everything to keep everyone entertained.
Between the live glassblowing and the outdoor movies they play on Friday nights, it’s hard to pinpoint my favorite thing about Artspark. If I had to choose, it would be this installment of pop art sculptures created by famed artist, Romero Brito, that line the park’s enclosure.
What do you like best about your city?
Although I have only mentioned the things you must do, what I love the most about Hollywood is how many things you can do! If you’re in an adventurous mood, you can opt for some BYOB ax throwing at Extreme Ax Throwing on Hollywood Boulevard (the ladies get half the rest on Thursdays) or take a banana bike ride along the beach. Want some more rest?
Mosie at the Hollywood Public Library, which also happens to share its interior with the Town Hall. Totally broke or on a budget? Take a trip along Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street to see plaques with historic snippets as well as stunning murals.
Best Restaurants in Hollywood Florida
Just as there are so many things to do when visiting Hollywood, there is also a smorgasbord of restaurants. If you are a vegetarian or just a connoisseur of cheap food, then you should definitely check out Mauro’s Pizza.
What makes this place extra special is not only the sheer size of the pizza slices but the price. It is worth noting that this is cash only. If you’re feeling a little Picante, you’ll want to eat at Los Pinchos, a simple Colombian restaurant that is open 24 hours a day.
You can snack on some empanadas with salsa verde to wake up those taste buds. If you want to taste everything, head to Artspark on Monday nights for a menagerie of food trucks.
Maybe you want something more advanced? If that’s what you love, then Le Comptoir is your restaurant of choice. Get a taste of France without the cost of a plane ticket by ordering from this charming place.
Everything from the escargots to the French onion soup is divine, but the real showstopper is the mussel specials. You get half a pound of mussels, a basket of crispy fries, and either a glass of wine or a pint of beer for the price of about $20. Split it with your fellow traveler or just eat it for yourself (I won’t tell).
You might think that Hollywood Beach is the best place to catch a theater musical, but it’s the Artspark Amphitheater that keeps the limelight. There is a constant flow of locals who come on stage with different styles. You can listen to reggae one night and smooth jazz the next night.
Plus, sometimes big names like soul-healing En Vogue and NPR, Chicano Batman grace their stage. All shows in Hollywood are always free to the public. Look like a local by bringing a folding chair to watch.
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Downtown Hollywood Florida is considered one of the best places to stay for any night. You can choose to travel the classic, Latin route by dancing at the Tequila Bar Club, but there is a proper crawl to make the most of its nightlife. Start at the rooftop bar, Muse, for an aerial view of this city and crafted cocktails.
Then, walk to the sidecar speakeasy to drink like bootleggers during the Prohibition era. You can pass it as it is disguised as a large bookcase, but call the number provided at the door for a password to gain entry. End your night at the Old Hollywood Beerhouse to taste over 200 beers that typically cost $5 (cash only).
Best Day Trip Out of Town
It’s no surprise that I recommend a trip to Miami as a great day trip. Take a stroll along South Beach or choose to party like a rapper at LIV or Story for the ultimate South Florida experience.
For a real treat, visit Russian and Turkish Baths to soak in the aromatic waters and steamy saunas. It costs nothing to visit this beautiful part of Miami and you’ll want to stay with the bulbous Botero statues on Lincoln Road.