Cooper City in Broward County has been named as one of the top 10 best towns for families. Thus, Cooper City appeals to families especially those with little children. With the tagline, 'Something Special', there are many great attractions in Cooper City.
One of the fun things to do in Cooper City is to visit Flamingo Gardens, an 80-acre botanical and wildlife preserve. You'll not only find beautiful flamingos here, but many interesting creatures housed on the picturesque property. Providing necessary shelter for injured wading birds, the Aviary shields those that cannot be released back into the wild. Stroll through the large free-fight sanctuary which protects over 45 Florida native species representing over 250 birds.
Also learn about Florida's ecosystems including coastal and sawgrass prairies, cypress forests, subtropical hardwood hammocks and mangrove swamps.
Explore the Birds of Prey center hosting endangered species including falcons, owls, hawks, vultures and Bald and Golden Eagles. Discover amazing habitat specific to panthers and bobcats, otters, turtles, parrots and a 'rookery', known as a breeding ground for seabirds.
The botanical gardens are exquisite and showcase over 3,000 exotic, rare, tropical and subtropical plants. Stroll through the arboretum to view some of Florida's largest trees. A historic Cluster-fig measures over 54 feet in circumference, at the crown spans 95 feet and rises 102 feet into the air.
If you are a nature lover, visit Tree Tops Park, a trail of lush marshlands spread over 23 acres of the park's 240+ acres. Stroll along a wooden boardwalk too the large Pine Island Ridge spanning just over 100 acres.
From here, explore the well marked hiking and equestrian trails leading to an archaeological site. Rentals are no longer available on-site so you must bring your own horse.
Other wonderful amenities include picnic shelters, tables and grills, three playgrounds, fifteen acres of lakes/waterways for boating and fishing and a marina. Fishing licenses are required for those 16 and over and boat rentals are available at the marina on weekends. Pets are allowed to visit while on leash and the park recommends practicing good common sense and safety, as alligators, snakes and other wildlife live here.
Other fabulous area parks include Brian Piccolo Sports Park and Velodrome and Cooper City Memorial Park. At the sport parks, find a velodrome with a 200 meter sports track and acycling track 333.3 meters in length. Bikes are available for rental at the park. If you enjoy inline skating try out the track (and note that waivers must be signed) run the well-marked trails, or play 9 holes of disk golf. There's plenty of picnic tables, athletic fields and open spaces to enjoy your day. Bring Fido or Fifi, and keep your pooch on a leash that is 6 feet in length of less.
Cooper City Memorial Park located at 9001 SW 51st Street is more of a passive park. Situated on 2 acres, there are benches and a gazebo available. Bring along a blanket and picnic lunch, a good book or a Frisbee, ball or bubbles to entertain your kiddos.
Do you collect antiques or just enjoy browsing? Go to Cooper City Antique Mall at 9800 Griffin Road and shop the 10,000 square foot facility. With dozens of vendors, seek out furniture for your home, or your favorite collectible items.
From furniture, to glassware, china, textiles, paintings, vintage toys, hardware, collectibles, primitives, garden accessories, chandeliers, militia, dolls and more— you just may find something you can't live without! The mall is open 7 days a week, 10-6 daily and til 5 on Sunday.
Enjoy a great meal after exploring attractions!
Cooper City has a great selection of top-ranked restaurants. According to TripAdvisor reviewers, top picks include The Melting Pot, Vienna Cafe and Bistro and La Brochette Bistro.
The Melting Pot offers great American food and gluten free options. You'll love the engaging experience of cooking dinner together at the table over fondue pots— complete with wine pairings, if you choose. Order up to four courses which include cheeses, salads, scrumptious entrees and decadent desserts. Its just as fun for a family as it is a romantic date!
Have a craving for European, British or American food in a cafe style atmosphere with vegetarian friendly and/or gluten free options? The Vienna Cafe and Bistro serves up great breakfasts and lunch including salads, sandwiches, and combo meals. If you come in the morning, spring for the Traditional English Breakfast including English pork sausage, Applewood smoked bacon, mushrooms, baked beans, scrambled eggs, ovenroasted plum tomatoes and toasted multi grain. Open 9AM-4PM daily, breakfast is served til 11 weekdays and 12 on weekends.
Traditional English high tea is served daily on fine bone china featuring an array of finger sandwiches, choice of soup or salad, seasonal fruit,homemade scones with jam and Devonshire cream and petit fours. On Fridays, the cafe is open late and features a happy hour from 4-6 and dinner is served until 10PM. House specialties include dish like Bangers and Mash, Vienna Cafe's Shepherd's Pie and Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding. Alcoholic beverages are also available here.
Another great restaurant is La Brochette Bistro, which serves up a blend of French and International contemporary food. Open daily from 5-10 Tuesday through Saturday and til 9 on Sunday, reservations are highly recommended. Order a bottle of fine wine, and select from an array of appetizers such as baked French brie in a puff pastry with fig jam, Langostino lobster and a crab cake, orBahamanian conch schnitzel with key lime sauce. The entrees are just as spectacular! On Sundays, order from the regular menu or try the Sunday supper, a prix fixe dinner including the appetizer, entree and dessert for under $40.
Stay at one of the best hotels near Cooper City!
Due to the size of Cooper City, there are no hotels within the city limits, however area hotels are just 3.5 miles away. Such proximity lets visitors feel they are staying in Cooper City hotels.
Extended Stay America Fort Lauderdale-Davie
A good base for Cooper City is Extended Stay America Fort Lauderdale-Davie, located only 3.1 miles away from the city. As a hotel chain synonymous with long stays, the hotel is great for families, groups, and even solo guests who will be exploring this part of Florida. Ensuring better stays for all guests, the property is newly renovated from its flooring to in-room facilities. This non-smoking hotel offers guestrooms with fully equipped kitchen along with free Wi-Fi, and 46-inch TV. Take-out breakfasts and parking are complimentary. For laundry, coin-operated machines are available on site. Extended Stay America Fort Lauderdale-Davie is a pet-friendly hotel.
Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Plantation Hotel
Renaissance Fort Lauderdale–Plantation Hotel is another option when in Cooper City. The hotel is 3 miles from Cooper City and Miami International Airport lies just 21 miles away. Malls and golf courses are all walking distance. This 4-star property boasts various dining venues like an in-house restaurant, snack bar, lounge, and bar. For wellness, they offer a spa tub, outdoor pool, and a gym. Rooms with video game consoles are great for those with kids on top of their long list of in-room amenities for entertainment, en suite bathroom, and hypoallergenic bedding.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale
For mid-range hotel near Cooper City in Florida, book your nights at La Quinta Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale- Plantation. Famous comfortable stays at the right price, this property has an outdoor pool and offers free parking and Wi-Fi. All 131 guestrooms are fitted with ensuite bathrooms and audio-entertainment facilities. La Quinta Inn & Suites has 24-hours business center, fitness center, laundry services, multilingual staff, computer station, and free coffee/tea at the common area.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport West
If you are looking for more amenities to enhance your stay, the best hotel for you may be the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Lauderdale Airport West. Here, you'll appreciate the highly skilled staff and their personalized service.
The 77 room hotel offers both a gym and business center, open 24 hours, plus a meeting room and sparkling outdoor pool. You will enjoy daily breakfast, Wi-fi, and parking — all free. This hotel is located in the center of Davie and is near fine attractions like Las Olas Riverfront in downtown Ft Lauderdale, the Davie Pro-Rodeo and the Broward Center for Performing Arts.
Other nice hotels close to Cooper City are Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and Woodsprings Suites Fort Lauderdale. Needa little more information about the area? Check out our blog articles on Davie and Fort Lauderdale.
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