Sunrise, located in Southern Florida, is a popular tourist attraction. According to the City of Sunrise’s website, several million visitors flock to Sunrise every year. Whether you’re planning a trip to Sunrise or you’re one of the lucky residents of this beautiful city, you won’t find a lack of things to do with kids. Rain or shine, there’s always something fun to do in Sunrise, from parks to pools.
1. City Park
If you want to keep the kids busy for the day, but don’t want to spend a ton of cash, check out City Park (sunrisefl.gov). It’s free to get into the park, so all you’ll need is a picnic lunch and snacks to make a day of it. The park features a large playground with swings, two slides and climbing walls, and there’s plenty of lawn area available for free play. Best of all, the playground is situated on recycled rubber material, so you don’t have to worry about the little ones getting hurt if they happen to fall.
2. Jump Zone
It’s not always sunny in Florida, so if you’re looking for indoor fun but still want to give the kids someplace to burn off excess energy, Jump Zone (jumpzoneparty.com) will do the trick. Kids can bounce around on the huge inflatables covering more than 10,000 square feet, and there’s even a soft play area for the smaller tots. Jump Zone features an arcade and there’s free Wi-Fi, a big screen television and seating area for parents to relax.
3. Sunrise Civic Center Aquatics Complex
The Sunrise Civic Center Aquatics Complex (sunrisefl.gov) offers fun for the whole family. The complex features a family swimming pool with beach entry (you just walk right in without using a ladder or steps), a curvy waterslide for kids to splash down into the water and a 50-meter swimming pool. There is also a kid’s wading pool with a mushroom waterfall. Kids must be 41 inches tall to go down the waterslide, but there are no height requirements for the pools or wading area.
4. Strikers Family Sportscenter
If it’s too hot outside or you just want to spend the day indoors, take the kids to Strikers Family Sportscenter (strikersfamilysportscenter.com) to knock down some pins. There are 40 bowling lanes and the center often features specials on open bowling. Bumper bowling is available for the little ones who don’t quite have the hang of regular bowling, where rails are in place to keep the ball from going into the gutters.
5. Sawgrass Sanctuary
Sawgrass Sanctuary (sunrisefl.gov) in Sunrise encompasses 20 acres and is the ultimate outdoor preservation site. The sanctuary is recognized for protecting the ecological heritage of Sunrise and is host to many festivals and programs throughout the year, like the Earth Day Festival and Woofstock Festival, which is just for dogs and their owners. If you can’t make it to one of the festivals, spend the day at Sawgrass Sanctuary soaking in nature. Bring along some fishing gear and throw in a line from the fishing pier, or take a stroll down the 200-foot boardwalk and look at the amazing critters in the water. Your toddlers or preschoolers will be in awe of what they see, hear and smell while exploring Sawgrass Sanctuary.
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