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Not to be confused with Hollywood in Los Angeles, Hollywood in Florida has a very different atmosphere. Think less movies and pristine beaches and iconic street art! Located on the coast between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Hollywood is a florid city perfect to visit. Additionally, Hollywood, Florida has a ton of the best activities found all over the coast and the inner counties.

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We had the most amazing time when we visited. To be honest, we hadn’t really thought about visiting Hollywood before. You see, we’ve been to Miami a few times and decided to turn our attention to Fort Lauderdale and its close neighbor, Hollywood.

What we loved most about Hollywood in Florida is that it has a vibe all of its own. It doesn’t try to compete with its larger neighbors (Miami etc) and feels like a much more laid-back, but still lively, seaside city to explore. That’s exactly why we loved it so much!

Oh, and the fact that it’s pretty easy to wander around – we love a good city where you don’t have to drive or take taxis all the time.

To help you get the most of your time, I wanted to post some of the best things in Hollywood, Florida that we totally loved. This way you save valuable time planning your trip and more time for delicious cocktails on the beach.

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Have the best time in Hollywood!

1.) See the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project

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Seeing the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project was a highlight of our trip to Hollywood in Florida!

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Whether you are an art lover or not, you will love discovering all of the commissioned street art that fill the beating heart of Hollywood.

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It’s a place you really can’t miss, especially when artists from all over the world share their art completely for free.

Check out this map that the city of Hollywood, Florida created for the best murals. It makes the walk a lot easier.

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2.) Visit Hollywood Beach

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As I mentioned earlier, Hollywood Beach is between Miami and Fort Lauderdale in Florida, which means an epic thing. It has great beaches! It’s almost a given in this area of ​​Florida and Hollywood doesn’t disappoint.

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Plus, it’s a great place to stay. You see, along the beach you will find many hotels and lodges along the coast where you can stay and really get into the Hollywood vibe.

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Once you are here, give it a try Kite boarding, paddle boarding or just taking a dip in the water – it’s so beautiful.

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Oh yes, if you are an early riser you will get the best sunrises over Hollywood Beach. Try to have an early breakfast on the oceanfront veranda. You will not be disappointed.

3.) Explore the Anne Kolb Nature Center

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This is one of the best things to do in Hollywood, Florida if you are a total nature lover.

You see, the Anne Kolb Nature Center is more than 1,500 acres of coastal mangrove wetlands where you can see many unique, endangered plants and animals.

Once you get here you will come across the four separate trails including the South Trail, Mud Flat Trail, Fishing Pier Trail, and Lake Trail, all of which are relatively easy. Only take enough sunscreen with you – these rays are strong here!

Finally, the center also has a boat tour you can take part in, an exhibition hall with various nature-related art and exhibits, and a fishing pier, to name a few.

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4.) Hollywood Arts and Culture Center, Florida

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If you’re a history or culture buff, you will love the Hollywood arts and culture center.

Here you will find many contemporary visual art exhibitions, live stage performances, educational facilities for budding local artists, and much more. Just check the website for listings and seasonal exhibits that are that good.

We loved it here.

5.) Hollywood North Beach Park

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The great thing about Hollywood North Beach Park is that it’s right next to the West Lake South Trail and the beach!

This means that after completing the West Lake South Trail, you can go straight to the park to relax in the park and prepare for a swim as well.

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With more than 50 acres to explore, it’s simply one of the best things to do in Hollywood, Florida to just relax.

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Trust me, you will easily spend a few hours in this area especially with all of the little restaurants and shops in the area. Just make sure you grab a grill at Zack’s Snacks. Delicious.

6.) ArtsPark at Young Circle

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There are so many wonderful things and attractions to be found in Arts Park at Young Circle. It’s a 10 acre park that has plenty of fun areas and activities for both children and adults. Here you will find musical performances, fountains, hiking trails, a splash pad, an art gallery, cafes and much more.

Plus, on a Monday night, you can catch plenty of food trucks and local vendors selling the tastiest goodies. A great stop for a snack (and also the nearby Sabores and Ritmos tapas bar).

Oh, and it’s easy to combine a visit here with a trip to Hollywood Boulevard too!

Read More: How To Explore The Downtown Hollywood Mural Project

7.) Yellow-green farmers’ market

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You might not think a farmers market is one of the best things to do in Hollywood, Florida – especially for a beach town?

Well that would be wrong, the weekend camp literally has hundreds of vendors selling everything from local produce to organic goodies and treats.

If you are looking for a trinket or souvenir to take away, this is the place. Find crystal, clothing, and bespoke art dealers here!

8.) Enjoy a stroll on the Hollywood Boardwalk

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The Hollywood Boardwalk is another beach gem and lines one of Florida’s most beautiful coastlines. From here you can walk forever and enjoy the sun and salty sea air.

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However, keep in mind that the sun can get intense in the midday heat. So plan for a walk early in the morning or later in the afternoon. Then it’s a lot cooler.

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9.) West Lake Park for kayaking

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Just a short hop from the beach, visiting West Lake Park is one of the best things to do in Hollywood, Florida if you love kayaking. You see, here you have a bunch of waterways to test your skills and master the art of teetering and avoid bumping into fellow kayakers.

Trust me this is the biggest challenge … I always run into Yaya which usually results in a few splashes from his paddle! We hope you are a better kayaker than me.

10.) Stroll down Downtown Hollywood Blvd.

Located west of ArtsPark on Young Circle, Downtown Hollywood Blvd is an epic place for small restaurants, independent boutiques, and loads of thrift stores and cool galleries.

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While here, take a break at the Ginger Bay Cafe to enjoy some of the Jamaican dishes that are so good. Alternatively, if you want to check out a retro boutique, check out Vinyl Asylum Records or the other thrift stores that you see along the street. I think we saw this as a challenge and tried to visit them all!

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