HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA

By  Mike Miller   Updated May 29,  2022

Hollywood, Florida Things To Do, Lodging, Dining, & Real Estate At End Of Article

Hollywood, Florida may be be the twelfth largest city in Florida with a population of 146,526, but it also has plenty of historic neighborhoods with small town charm. 

Hollywood Beach Resort Hotel 1950s

It is the second largest city in Broward County.  Only Fort Lauderdale is larger.

HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA

Joseph W. Young, Jr. first came to south Florida in 1920 from the state of Washington.  

He had also lived in California and liked what he had seen of Hollywood, California and the burgeoning movie industry in that state.

He dreamed of creating a motion picture industry on the east coast, and founded Hollywood, Florida in 1920.  

Hollywood, Florida Under Construction 1920sHollywood, Florida Under Construction 1920s

Young originally named his town "Hollywood by the Sea".

His timing coincided with the beginning of a real estate land  boom that was sweeping Florida.

Unlike many developers of his time, Young had been inspired by professional city planners and decided to design a city that would be not only resident friendly but beautiful.

Aerial View of Hollywood, Florida, 1946Aerial View of Hollywood, Florida, 1946
Florida Memory, State Archives of Florida

A lot of his ideas came from what he had seen in California and from an American architect and urban planner named Daniel Burnham.

Burnham's work was the major influence on the layout and development of Chicago more than a century ago.

Burnham's famous quote is "Make no little plans.  They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will not themselves be realized."

HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA TODAY

Today's Hollywood shows the indelible touches of Young's belief in Burnham's quote.

Hollywood Boulevard Downtown

The city has been thoughtfully planned with broad boulevards, landscaped traffic circles and architecturally magnificent homes and commercial buildings.

Young's own Mediterranean styled mansion was built in 1921 and still stands at 1055 Hollywood Boulevard, the main thoroughfare from downtown Hollywood to Hollywood Beach. 

Joseph W Young Home, Hollywood, FloridaJoseph W Young Home, Hollywood, Florida
Photo by Ebyabe

The mansion is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The downtown area of Hollywood is along Hollywood Boulevard east of Interstate 95 and between the railroad tracks and U.S.-1.

This district has been redeveloped and is a haven of retail shops and restaurants.  

It captures part of the small town feeling that makes Hollywood different from many other large Florida cities.

Hollywood Boulevard Downtown Topiary

Hollywood Beach is at the eastern terminus of Hollywood Boulevard.  

The focal point of Hollywood Beach is the grand old Hollywood Beach Resort, opened in 1925 and designed to be the centerpiece of Young's new city.  

It still dominates the oceanfront at the end of Hollywood Boulevard as it leaves the mainland to cross the Intracoastal Waterway. 

It doesn't look much different from the 1950s postcard above, but a lot has grown up around it since then

Hollywood Beach Broadwalk

One of the greatest new features north and south of the old hotel resort is the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk.

No, that is not a typo.  Any oceanfront community can have a boardwalk, but only Hollywood beach has a broadwalk.

This large brick paved thoroughfare runs 2.5 miles along the ocean and is a paradise for runners, walkers, bikers (the pedal kind) and is lined with all kinds of apartments, condos, shops and restaurants.


THINGS TO DO IN HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA

Hollywood Beach Broadwalk
101 S Broadwalk #3501, Hollywood, FL 33019

Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, just discussed, is a favorite spot for both locals and tourists. We enjoy the 2.5-mile stretch of beachfront lined with shops, restaurants, and cafes.

Visitors appreciate the beautiful ocean views and the lively atmosphere. The boardwalk is perfect for walking, biking, or rollerblading. It’s also a great place to catch live music and street performances.

The sandy beach is ideal for sunbathing and swimming. The broadwalk’s vibrant energy and diverse offerings make it a must-visit destination.

Anne Kolb Nature Center
751 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33019 | (954) 357-5161

The Anne Kolb Nature Center is a serene escape into nature. We enjoy the scenic walking trails and the peaceful surroundings. Visitors like the educational exhibits and the opportunity to see local wildlife.

The nature center features a beautiful mangrove ecosystem and offers boat tours and kayaking. It’s a great place to learn about the local environment and conservation efforts. The observation tower provides stunning views of the area.

ArtsPark at Young Circle
1 Young Cir, Hollywood, FL 33020 | (954) 921-3500

ArtsPark at Young Circle is a vibrant cultural hub in Hollywood’s Young Circle Park. We enjoy the variety of events and performances held here.

Visitors appreciate the beautiful green space and the interactive fountain. The park is perfect for a leisurely stroll or a family outing. It often hosts art shows, concerts, and food festivals, making it a lively spot.

The ArtsPark also features a playground and an outdoor amphitheater. The friendly atmosphere and diverse programming make it a favorite destination for both locals and tourists.

Hollywood North Beach Park
3601 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019 | (954) 357-5187

Hollywood North Beach Park is a tranquil beachfront park perfect for a day of relaxation. We enjoy the pristine sandy beach and the clear blue waters.

Visitors like the picnic areas and the scenic walking trails. The park is great for swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing. It also offers facilities for fishing and kayaking.

The shaded picnic areas are ideal for family gatherings. The park’s natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere make it a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike.

Downtown Hollywood Mural Project
Downtown Hollywood, FL 33020

The Downtown Hollywood Mural Project (DHMP) showcases more than twenty curated contemporary outdoor murals at prime spots in the heart of Downtown Hollywood.

These vibrant murals complement the area's numerous galleries, restaurants, cafes, and shops, enhancing the community's cultural landscape.

A key feature of the Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk, held on the third Saturday of each month, is the complimentary guided DHMP mural tour. Open to the public, this tour frequently includes opportunities to see muralists at work.

These artists often engage with the public, sharing insights about their creative styles and interests. Private mural tours can also be arranged upon request.

Yellow Green Farmers Market
3080 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33021 | (954) 513-3990

Yellow Green Farmers Market is a bustling marketplace offering fresh produce and unique goods. We enjoy browsing the wide variety of stalls and sampling delicious food.

Visitors like the vibrant atmosphere and the great deals on fresh fruits and vegetables. The market also features handmade crafts, clothing, and specialty items.

It’s a perfect spot for a weekend outing with family and friends. The friendly vendors and lively environment make shopping here a fun experience.

Topeekeegee Yugnee Park (TY Park)
3300 N Park Rd, Hollywood, FL 33021 | (954) 357-8811

Topeekeegee Yugnee Park, commonly known as TY Park, is a beautiful spot for outdoor recreation. We enjoy the scenic 2-mile paved walking loop and the serene lake.

Visitors like the variety of activities, including biking, fishing, and paddle boating. The park also features picnic areas, two water parks & a swimming lagoon, camping, a dog park, and a playground.

It’s a great place for a family outing or a relaxing day in nature. The park’s well-maintained facilities and friendly atmosphere make it a favorite for locals.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314 | (866) 502-7529

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a premier entertainment destination. We enjoy the exciting casino games and the luxurious accommodations.

Visitors like the variety of dining options and the lively nightlife. The casino features slot machines, table games, and poker. The hotel offers a relaxing spa, a pool, and live entertainment.

It’s a great place for a weekend getaway or a fun night out. The friendly staff and top-notch amenities make every visit special.

West Lake Park
1200 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33019 | (954) 357-5161

West Lake Park is a beautiful natural area perfect for outdoor activities. We enjoy kayaking through the mangrove trails and exploring the scenic waterways.

Visitors like the picnic areas and the opportunities for birdwatching. The park offers a variety of recreational activities, including canoeing, fishing, and hiking. It has a marina with canoe/kayak rentals, a playground, and tennis court.

It’s a great place for a family outing or a relaxing day in nature. The park’s peaceful environment and well-maintained facilities make it a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike.

Hollywood Historical Society
1520 Polk St, Hollywood, FL 33020 | (954) 923-5590

The Hollywood Historical Society offers a fascinating glimpse into the city’s past. We enjoy the informative exhibits and the well-preserved artifacts.

Visitors appreciate the guided tours that provide insights into Hollywood’s history and development. The society’s headquarters are located in a historic building, adding to the charm.

It’s a great place to learn about the local heritage and the people who shaped the city. The friendly staff and engaging displays make it a wonderful experience.



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