Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out one of these five quirky attractions in nearby communities.
5 Quirky Little Attractions to Visit Next Weekend Near Boca Raton
Hop in the car and head to one of these five quirky attractions within a short drive of Boca Raton:
- Thrive Sculpture in Fort Lauderdale
- Leslie Nielsen’s Gravesite in Fort Lauderdale
- Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach
- Coral Cut in Palm Beach
- Pegasus and Dragon in Hallandale Beach
Here’s a closer look at each.
The “Thrive” Sculpture in Fort Lauderdale
Address: 301 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale
Thrive is a massive glass and fiber creation by artist and sculptor Daniel Popper. Located in front of an apartment building, this big, beautiful sculpture is worth a quick stop when you’re out and about.
Leslie Nielsen’s Gravesite in Fort Lauderdale
Address: 1300 Southeast 10th Street, Fort Lauderdale
Famed actor and comedian Leslie Nielsen’s gravesite, visited by fans all year, is located in Evergreen cemetery in Fort Lauderdale. With a bench that says, “Sit down whenever you can” – famously said each time when actors and comedians asked him for advice – and a quote on his headstone that says, “Let ‘er rip,” it’s a nice place to visit when you’re in the area. The grave is in the northern part of the cemetery.
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Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach
Address: 141 South County Road, Palm Beach
This beautiful Episcopal church has been a part of the Palm Beach community since 1885. With its Gothic Revival architecture, stunning stained-glass windows and lovely grounds, it’s definitely worth a visit. Originally built on Lake Worth and made from packing boxes, today’s church includes a gorgeous tropical garden, courtyard and more.
Coral Cut in Palm Beach
Address: North Lake Way, Palm Beach
This interesting little stretch of road is located on the grounds of the Palm Beach Country Club. Cut into a massive mound of coquina shells and rocks, which were likely deposits building up in the water, the road was cut through as an access point. The most interesting point along the way is “Witch’s Wall,” a small window carved into the south face and covered with a metal gate. There are plenty of local legends about the spot, though in reality it’s a water pump station. (But we’re not here to tell you what to believe!)
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Pegasus and Dragon in Hallandale Beach
Address: 901 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach
This massive sculpture is impossible to miss. It’s a big attraction at Gulfstream Park (a racetrack and casino). Weighing in at more than 700 tons, the Pegasus and Dragon sculpture is more than 100 feet tall and is considered the second-tallest statue in the United States. In the evening, a laser light show illuminates the entire sculpture, and fog and music play a heavy role in making it a big nighttime spectacle.
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