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Are you planning to stay in South Florida for the summer and need things to do? You’re in a great location for a variety of entertainment and fun summer activities. From countless concerts, theater performances, festivals and more, South Florida is thriving with fun things to do and ways to create amazing memories with friends and family. Just be sure to keep cool during the following activities.

South Florida concerts

Kick off your summer with the sound of a voice like no other. The Weeknd is coming to the BB&T Center in Sunrise on May 11 to sing hits from his new album, “Starboy.” Tickets can be found online on the Live Nation and Ticketmaster websites.

Another band coming soon is Train, along with O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield, in the band’s “Play that Song Tour” on May 27. Look for tickets online via Live Nation’s website for more details.

The country icon band, Lady Antebellum, along with Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young, will be bringing the party to South Florida on July 29. Tickets are on sale on the Live Nation and Ticketmaster websites, as well as at the NSU PVA box office. Hike up your boots and come get your country on at this fun concert.

The Weeknd

BB&T Center

May 11 | 7:30 p.m.

Train, O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield

Perfect Vodka Amphitheater

May 27 | 7 p.m.

Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young

Perfect Vodka Amphitheater

July 29 | 7:30 p.m.

Theater and arts

Calling all music, dancing and Greek comedy lovers. “Mamma Mia! The Musical” is coming to South Florida May 19-21. The musical will be touring across the country and stopping in Fort Lauderdale for a weekend of five amazing shows. Find tickets, prices and more show details online at fortlauderdale.broadway.com.

Another fun traveling show will be in the area June 13-25: “Finding Neverland.” Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 21 at 10 a.m. If you love Disney and the classic Peter Pan story, this is an event you will not want to miss.

If you are interested in art and food, then the Flagler Arts Technology (FAT) Village ArtWalk is a fun thing to do on a starry, summer night. The ArtWalk is a monthly celebration of art and artists, accompanied by food trucks and other performances. ArtWalks are held on the last Saturday of each month and attract thousands of people from all age ranges. The walk’s main location is on NW 1st Avenue and NW 5th Street in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, contact info@fatvillage.com or visit the ArtWalk online page at fatvillage.com.

“Mamma Mia! The Musical”

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

May 19-21

“Finding Neverland”

Au-Rene Theater

June 13-25

FATVillage

521 NW 1st Ave,

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Outdoor activities and events

Do you love to kayak or stargaze? Escape the loud hustle and bustle of Fort Lauderdale to the BG Whiskey Creek Hideout for an amazing experience of a full moon kayak tour. Venture through the creek with friends, family and glow sticks for a peaceful ride through the Mangrove paddle trails. You can paddle under the moon on a paddleboard or tandem kayak. The tours are about two and a half hours long with 30 minutes to get checked in and settled before it begins, so plan the evening accordingly. The BG Whiskey Creek Hideout is located within Von D. Mizell and Eula Johnson State Park. Visit eventbrite.com for more information.

If you are looking for a full day of outdoor exploring, then the Miami Combo Tour is a great way to spend a nice summer day in Miami. The tour includes a tour of downtown Miami and all that it offers, including a 75-minute cruise along the Biscayne Bay to see the beautiful beach, mansions, high-rise hotels, Fisher Island and more. The tour also includes an airboat ride through the Florida Everglades. Search the Miami Combo Tour on viator.com for more information.

South Florida is known for its amazing and world-renowned beaches. There are many to choose from, but some options override others. Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Miami Beach and Lauderdale-By-The-Sea are about 20-30 minutes outside of Fort Lauderdale and are great locations to spend your hot summer days. If you are looking to get away for a weekend, go to Clearwater Beach, Cocoa Beach or Fort Myers Beach. You cannot go wrong choosing any of these beaches to soak up the sun.

BG Whiskey Creek Hideout

6503 N Ocean Dr.

Dania Beach, FL 33004

Indoor activities

The Museum of Discovery and Science will be showing their “Birds of Paradise” exhibit throughout the summer. The exhibit was developed by National Geographic and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It will be displaying all 39 species of birds of paradise. The exhibit includes hands-on, multimedia components and learning activities to teach others how the creatures have influenced the conservation movement. Visit southflorida.com for more details about the dates and rates of the exhibit.

Fly away this summer at Fort Lauderdale’s iFLY, an indoor skydiving experience. Indoor skydiving at iFLY gives fliers a true free-fall simulation in a vertical wind tunnel with the help of professional instructors. The cost to fly is not cheap, but you can share a flight session with a friend which can help cut down the individual price. Go online and check out iFLYworld.com for more information and to sign up for a time to fly.

Another fun place to go on a rainy day is Xtreme Action Park. Xtreme Action Park offers a variety of fun and thrilling activities, including bowling, go-kart racing, bazooka blast, an arcade room, a trampoline park, roller skating, a rope course and much more. Grab a group of friends and head out to eat, play and win at Xtreme. There are endless activities to do for a family or a group of friends, and all are at affordable prices. Visit xtremeactionpark.com for more details.

Museum of Discovery and Science

401 SW 2nd St.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

iFLY

11690 W State Rd. 84

Davie, FL 33325

Xtreme Action Park

5300 Powerline Rd.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

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