Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Address: 4150 North State Road 7
Hollywood, Florida 33024
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is run by the Seminole Tribe of Florida with the famous "Hard Rock Cafe" blended into the resort. Hotel, massive swimming pool and tiki bar, casino with Bingo, over 48 tables, what looks like hundreds of slots, restaurants, a shopping walk, a museum, Indian Village, concert hall and stage, this unique complex offers 24 hours/day entertainment, partying, and hospitality. A definite happening place in Hollywood. Rating: 5 stars.
Pop Starz is a local company that provides Hip-Hop dance classes to ages from children through adult. My brother is a member of their production company that travels southeastern Florida dancing for concerts, fundraisers, and other such events.
If you get a chance to see these kids perform - GO!!!!!! They are full of energy, skill and just plain fun :)
This mega-complex is the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - and it is massive. Inside the compound is a full casino, multiple restaurants and bars (including the Hard Rock Cafe), and high-end shopping, as well as a hotel and resort.
I won $161 on the penny slots (I walked out with $101 of it...), and enjoyed walking around looking at all of the rock-n-roll memorablilia. Hard Rock does this sort of thing VERY well...
For my fellow PinHeads... The pins are different at the Cafe than from the Hotel & Casino so be sure to check out both of the offerings...
holland park is located on the east end of johnson street on the mainland. this small park offers a boat ramp, fishing, walking trails, and an obsevation deck over looking the intercoastal waterway. a nice park to visit just north of downtown.
the seminole hard rock casino is located about 3 miles west of downtown hollywood. the casino offers black jack, poker, bingo, and slot machines. for those interested in gambling and rock concerts this huge entertainment complex is worth a visit when in hollywood.
The Hollywood Beach Theatre is an open-air venue located right on the Broadwalk with bench seating for ~500 people. The Broadwalk often doubles as a dance floor during live performances. There is an extensive schedule of free, live concerts and dancing under the stars. The current theatre replaced a smaller theatre that preceded it which was destroyed in the 1926 hurricane. The Friday night that we were there, it was like Speakers' Corner in London (see one of the videos).
Charnow Park is a recently renovated urban park located right on the Broadwalk. It has a fun interactive water fountain for little kids to play in (which was packed on Friday evening). For bigger kids, there is a rock climbing gym. For the even bigger kids, there are paddleball courts. A large entertainment plaza is surrounded by shaded seating and there are four picnic pavilions. Very importantly, it is next to a huge public parking garage. This is an excellent park for families with kids.
Hollywood Beach was clean and not crowded. There were lounges to rent or bring your own. The water looked inviting but not many people were in it when we were there in Oct 08. People were just taking in the sun, doing Tai Chi, watching kite surfers, or playing volleyball.
the seminole paradise entertainment complex is located next to the seminole hard rock hotel and casino. seminole paradise has a collection of shops, restaurants, bars, and a 5,000 seat rock concert hall. check their website for dates and times of their rock concerts. a fun place to visit when in hollywood.
the john u. lloyd state park is a one mile section of pristine beach about 3 miles north of downtown hollywood on USA1A. this beach is an oasis in the middle of the south florida urban sprawl. the north end of the beach is the port everglades inlet where you can watch cruise ships departing and entering the port. on the west side of the park is the intercoastal waterway and from there you can access the park by boat. at the park you can rent sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and pontoon boats. this is one of the nicest beaches in south florida.
hollywood beach offers a nice paved boardwalk that runs along the beach. it is lined with restaurants, bars, swimwear, and gift shops. if you are looking for a miami south beach experience with trendy boutiques and high end cafes you will be disappointed. hollywood beach is popular with older visitors and people with families. if you are looking for late night discos and party oriented beach bars you should visit nearby fort lauderdale or miami beach. however, hollywood beach offers a quiet laid back atmosphere in a safe and tourist friendly environment.
one of the main reasons to visit hollywood is it's beautiful beach. hollywood beach is located between hallandale beach and dania beach on USA1A (ocean drive). from downtown hollywood take hollywood blvd. east to USA1A. parking is limited to metered side streets and a small parking lot at johnson street. don't forget to feed the meter because parking fines are expensive.
North of the city lies this natural area, which offers some small hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities. The center itself is free, but for a few bucks, you can also go into the little natural history center where you can see a few exhibits on the wildlife of the area. This is worth a few minutes and the entrance fee. From there, there are a number of short hiking trails (three are under a mile each, and a longer trail as well) that lead to various scenic views. Most of the trails are on the raised boardwalks so you don't trample the plants and fiddler crabs.
This is a good place to kill a couple of hours. Please see my travelogue for some pictures taken within the park.
If you're staying along the ocean, you should wander over to the Boardwalk. Here, you'll find plenty of dining, shopping, and bar options, all fairly priced. Of course, there is also beach access. Parking is fairly plentiful, but there are meters (about $1 per hour), so be sure to feed the meter so you don't have to walk back and forth to your car - the meter maids are watching! Along the shopping and dining areas is a paved parkway for walking, biking, and running. The boardwalk is a little over 2 miles long, so there is plenty to see and do.
Sawgrass Recreation Center is a small tourist stop about 30 minutes west on 75 from Ft Lauderdale. A 20$ ticket gets you an airboat ride, and mini tours of the reptile exhibit, seminole exhibit, and wildlife exhibit.
Being a small park, the accomodations for the animals were also small, and only just adequate. but the everglades airboat tour was worth the entire ticket price ..... we wandered the everglades, stopped for bird watching, a talk about the local ecosystem, and yes, even for a gator!
There is an Egret that hangs out by the bait shop hoping for hand outs ...... oh yeah, they offer boat rentals for those who wish to fish for their own ....
The snack bar serves gator bits which were suprisingly tastey :)
Part toursit trap, part educational experience ... worth the stop if you have the time :)