10 Things to do in Davie
Welcome to Cowboy Town, USA!
The Town of Davie is a dynamic and unique community with a rich agricultural heritage. Davie offers its residents and visitors tranquil walking trails, peaceful equestrian trails, educational institutions, retail, entertainment, and more! These experiences help to make Davie the place to live, work, learn and play.
First, we start our journey by traveling through time and…
1. Tour the Old Davie School Historical Museum
The Old Davie School Historical Museum (ODSHM) is on the must-visit list for locals and visitors looking to learn more about Davie's telling past. Take a tour and learn about Davie's history and how life was like when residents traveled by boats and horses instead of cars.
Before leaving, be sure to snap a picture at the beautifully diverse mural that represents our Town.
EVENTS: Who you gonna call? Bust a ghost at the Old Davie School Historical Museum during a Paranormal investigation or boot camp. If paranormal activity is not your cup of tea, join the ODSHM for their Teach & Tea lessons and Let’s Paint events. To schedule a tour, visit olddavieschool.org or call 954-797-1044.
2. Study at the SFEC
Source: Pictures from official universities and college websites (view links below).
The South Florida Education Center (SFEC) is a consortium of educational institutions located within the Town of Davie. Students of all ages come together to further their education through the multitude of programs and resources available from:
- Broward College
- Florida Atlantic University
- McFatter Technical College & High School
- and Nova Southeastern University
- University of Florida
3. Explore University Drive & the Tower Shops
Source: Tower Shops.
Hungry? Keep driving and you'll encounter a multitude of restaurants and dining spots on University Drive that are sure to meet your taste from American cuisine to Italian - for those that need a quick bite, your favorite fast-food franchises can also be found here!
Once your bellies are full, walk it off by exploring the Tower Shops ready for your patronage. This place is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to those new shoes you've been eyeing, stock up on accessories and apparel, or sneak in some grocery shopping before heading home!
4. Spend Time Outdoors at a Town Park
Features Robbins Lodge Preserve and Owls Lookout Park, respectively.
Take a break from the hustle-bustle of daily life and enjoy some time outdoors at a Town park. Our year-round summer weather is great for snacking under a pavilion, horse riding, and playing on the swings for residents and visitors alike.
Our parks offer a variety of amenities including:
- Community Pools
- Equestrian Centers
- Pickleball, Volleyball, Tennis, and Basketball courts
- ADA playground equipment
- Specialized amenities include the Shenandoah Park Splash Pad and the Peaceful Ridge Dog Park
- Restrooms and more, depending on which park you want to explore!
To view Town park facilities, visit https://www.davie-fl.gov/235/Parks-Recreation-Cultural-Arts.
5. Town of Davie Park Trails
Featuring Linear Park, Joy Yoder Equestrian, and Palomino Park, respectively.
Journey through the Town of Davie and explore views that will show you just how special our Town is. Davie hosts a multitude of scenic and peaceful recreational walking trails, perfect for a quick escape into nature.
Or if galloping is more your style, experience horse travel down one of the eight equestrian trails that run across Davie's suburban and rural neighborhoods.
Notable trails include:
- Ivanhoe Park's Trail loops through neighborhoods in the Ivanhoe subdivisions including Crossbow, Falcons Lea, Waterford, Hawks Bluff, Waverly Hundred, Britannia, and Stoneridge Lake Estates.
- Linear Park's Trail is eight miles long and can take you west from the Florida Turnpike past the Town’s historic downtown where you’ll see Old Davie School Historical Museum, Town Hall and Rodeo Arena, and other sites while also connecting you to other accessible trails.
- Pine Island Ridge's Trail will connect you to two major points of interest: Pine Island Ridge and Westridge Park.
- Westridge Robbins' Park Trail can connect you to Westridge Park where you can travel down Pine Island Ridge Trail or continue down the trail to stop by Robbins Lodge and Preserve and a little further down Flamingo Gardens where you can learn about the history of Davie.
- and many more trails to explore in the Town of Davie!
6. Spot Wildlife at Flamingo Gardens
Source: Flamingo Gardens.
We spy with our little eye... a flamingo! The Town of Davie is home to diverse wildlife and Flamingo Gardens located at 3750 S. Flamingo Road is no exception.
Awarded the Best Botanical Garden by the 2020 Travelers' Choice, this garden and wildlife sanctuary holds narrated tram tours and wildlife encounters within their 60 acres of tropical paradise. Here you'll find the largest collection of Florida native wildlife as well as alligators, bear, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacocks, and flamingos.
That's not all though! Step into the Wray Home Museum and travel back in history to what life was like in South Florida during the 1930s. Built in 1933, this home is the oldest residence in Broward County west of University Drive and is registered as a Historic Landmark in the state of Florida.
7. Broward County Parks
Source: Broward County.
Think you've gone to all the parks in Davie? Think again! Discover the Broward County Parks within Davie including Tree Tops Park, Vista View, and the Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center.
The Tree Tops Park spans through a restored freshwater marsh, nature trails, and wildlife, providing visitors exclusive amenities including:
- Walking trails
- Biking trails
- Equestrian center
- Horseback riding area
- Fishing areas
- Picnic areas
- and more!
On your stop here, be sure to visit Safety Town which is a miniature town used to teach children hands-on safety lessons.
Looking for a unique park experience? Constructed above what used to be a landfill, Vista View is the park for you. Make your way 65 feet above sea level to the park’s highest manmade elevation and enjoy the dazzling view. Pro tip: Enjoy some time bicycling, walking the trail, flying a kite, or exercising at the fitness trail before making your way up the hill to catch the view of the city skylines.
Don't forget about visiting the Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center where children and adults can learn about archaeology, Native American history, and ecology. This park opened in 2008 and features nature trails, public art and design, a picnic area, an equestrian trail, and a large rental facility.
8. Go Golfing at the Davie Golf Club
Source: Davie Golf Club.
A day on the golf course is a day well spent. Get a hole-in-one at the only public golf course in Davie. The Davie Golf Club features extensive water and sloping, smooth-rolling green terrain for an enjoyable experience.
The golf club opened in 1973 and was redesigned in 2008 resulting in new course contours, enhanced beauty, and definition. In addition, hundreds of native trees were also planted throughout the course, especially near the putting greens.
To book tee time, visit the Davie Golf Club. Course rates start at $30 plus tax, but save more with the Loyalty Club Card.
9. Visit the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds
Unleash your inner cowboy or cowgirl in the Davie Arena at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. Located in the downtown district of Davie, Bergeron Rodeo Grounds was named the best rodeo in North America in the USA Today 2020 and 2021 Readers Choice Awards.
Here, you can attend a Weekley Brothers Davie Pro Rodeo and Southeastern Circuit Finals event as well as the annual Orange Blossom Festival Rodeo that occurs on the last week of February. If hat waving and boots clicking is your kinda thang, shout your loudest yeehaw and mosy on down to catch some cowboys in action.
10. Shop Small, Shop Local
Whether you're craving ice cream, donuts, or looking to buy hay for your horse, it's never too late to shop small. Small businesses are easy to find all across Davie and buying locally helps our economy recover from the pandemic.
The Town of Davie partnered with the City of Cooper City and the Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce to launch the shop and eat local campaign, How Can I Help.
The goal is to encourage residents and visitors to support local businesses and encourage others to visit these businesses.
Have a local favorite? Community members can support online by utilizing the hashtag, #HowIHelped with your post picture to encourage others in your neighborhood to shop local.