Tamarac may be in the middle of South Florida, but it sure feels like a world away. The city is easily accessible from the FLL airport and waterways of Greater Fort Lauderdale and offers a quiet respite from the hustle of nearby city life.
Simply set foot on any of Tamarac’s tranquil golf courses, and you’ll immediately feel at ease. Woodmont Country Club offers two courses, the Pines Course and the Cypress Course, both with picturesque backdrops and rolling greens.
Colony West Golf Club has been rated by Golf Digest to be among the 50 top courses in the United States. All 18 greens were recently renovated, and a Fairfield Inn, new clubhouse and new cart barn are scheduled to be completed by early 2020.
Tamarac Veterans Park is situated on a peaceful canal and has a small boat-launching ramp and picnic areas. The park is home to the Tamarac Veterans Memorial, which features the “Honor Wall.” Made with tempered glass, the wall honors residents who have served in the military and includes veterans either living or deceased. The memorial is highlighted by the eternal flame public art sculpture by local artist Beth Ravitz. The sculpture, known as "In the Spirit of Peace," can be seen at night from nearby University Drive.
Grab your bowling shirt and head to Sawgrass Lanes Bowling Center. With 56 lanes, an arcade, pool tables, a bar and restaurant, you’re sure to keep the whole family entertained. Or dive into the fun at Caporella Aquatic Center, home to an Olympic size swimming pool with zero depth entry and tornado slide, and a children's water playground.
The Dish on Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
If you’re in the mood for farm-to-table fresh, check out First Watch. Everything is made to order. From the avocado toast to the farm stand breakfast tacos to the lemon ricotta pancakes, local Chef Shane keeps the menu options as fresh as the ingredients.
Go retro with Metro Diner. But don’t let the name fool ya. A commitment to creating dishes from scratch and innovative twists on old classics make for deliciously modern culinary concepts. Bonus points for all-day breakfast. Let the fried chicken and waffles frenzy begin.
Authentic Cantonese fare can be found at Hong Kong City BBQ. A local favorite, this neighborhood restaurant is about as real as it gets. In addition to the BBQ mains, there are more than 50 items on the all-day dim sum menu. Move over Chinatown.
Where to Stay
The Hampton Inn puts you mere minutes from the world’s largest designer outlet mall, Sawgrass Mills (consider bringing an extra suitcase because you’ll want to load up). The BB&T Center, home of the NHL Florida Panthers, is also close by. Check the schedule for upcoming games and big-name concert acts to add some action to your Tamarac stay.