The City of Lauderhill has become Broward County’s major cultural and tourism hub west of the Fort Lauderdale beaches. For decades the city has been known for the eclectic Swap Shop Drive-In shopping marketplace, the number one tourist attraction south of Orlando, which draws busloads of international visitors year-round.
In less than two years, the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center has developed a niche bringing world-class professional multicultural theater productions and concerts to the western suburban communities as well as providing a quality showcase for regional groups. Special presentations by African American artists have included performers the caliber of award- winning film and Broadway actress and author Jenifer Lewis, co-star of the hit TV series “Blackish,” in intimate programs where audiences get the chance to interact with the stars.
In addition, the Central Regional Park next door, which opened 11 years ago, continues to evolve as a recreational center in West Broward, especially for the area’s large population of Caribbean Islanders. The park will gain even greater prominence now that the Jamaica Tallawahs professional cricket team has announced that Broward County will be the team’s home. A schedule of internationally-televised games will be played in the 10,000-seat stadium starting in August.