Ft. Lauderdale/Sunrise InformationSunrise, Florida, located in the Miami Metropolitan area, is just a half an hour drive east to one of Florida’s beautiful beaches. Even though it is located just 45 minutes north of all the sports action in Miami, Sunrise plays home to the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League and is quite energetic during hockey season.
The Panthers play at the BB&T Center, which is one of the nicest venues in the country. Not only is it a great place to catch a hockey game, it is also consistently ranked among the top venues for their attendance to non-hockey events. Other sporting events hosted here throughout the year include boxing, mixed martial arts, and figure skating.
If you are traveling to Florida during March, then a short drive north to Jupiter or Port St.Lucie would take you to a Spring training game for the Marlins and Mets respectively. Spring training is a Florida tradition that has been going strong for over a century and is a great activity for the whole family. Players are much more receptive to fan interaction, so it is a great opportunity to get an autograph from your child’s favorite player.
Sunrise itself has plenty to offer besides sports. It is home to the Sawgrass Mills Outlets, which is the largest outlet center in the world. It takes roughly a five-mile walk to hit all 350 stores, a tall task for even the most enthusiastic shopper. Stores range from shoe stores like Nike to electronics stores like BrandsMart USA. There is a separate section known as “The Colonnade Outlets” that contain another 40 luxury brand stores. These stores are all outlets that aren’t located anywhere else in south Florida, so it’s a great place to scoop up something nice for your significant other. Stores include brands such as GUCCI, Jimmy Choo, Prada, Burberry, Versace, and Tory Birch.
Sunrise, Florida has a bunch of fun options for families. The Strikers Family Sports Center has bowling and a large selection of arcade games. Monkey Joe’s is the place to go if you need a place to let your kids use up some energy. It features bouncy house areas that tire out even the most energetic kids. For those who have daughters, the Barbie Dream House Experience is a must-visit.
Sunrise, Florida is not a town people think of when they think of Florida, but it encapsulates all the best things south Florida has to offer.