The Guide: Broward, Boca, Palm Beach

kiefer-the-fertile-crescent-hi-res-1Anselm Kiefer’s “The Fertile Crescent”; courtesy NSU Art Museum


Regeneration Series: Anselm Kiefer from the Hall Collection
From Nov. 29 through Aug. 27, Anselm Kiefer’s no-holds-barred look at the ugliness of war and other disasters will be on view at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. The exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation, includes approximately 50 major artist books, works on paper, paintings and sculptures from the late 1960s to the present day. An opening reception with the artist will take place Nov. 28, 6-8 p.m. 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.525.5500;

Art After Dark
Every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., galleries at the Norton Museum of Art stay open late to offer visitors “culture-meets-entertainment” programming, tours, lectures, live music, workshops, films, special food and drink, and more. 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; 561.832.5196;

Butterfly World
There’s something intrinsically serene about the winged wonders that call Butterfly World in Tradewinds Park home. Not only is it the largest butterfly aviary in Florida, featuring more than 150 different fluttering species, but it’s also home to hundreds of birds, including humming birds, macaws and lorikeets that float around the colorful gardens. 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek; 965.977.4400;


The Great Escape
Escape attractions, where you and a group solve a series of clues in order to “escape” from a locked room, make for a fun family challenge, birthday party or team-building exercise. Both Master Escape Room (1700 N. Dixie Highway, Boca Raton; 561.571.5381; and Legends of Xscape (324 Datura St., West Palm Beach; 561.406.0611; offer challenges with a variety of themes. Get a group together or be matched up with other eager participants.

The Royal Room Cabaret
The Royal Room at Palm Beach’s Colony Hotel attracts the some of the best cabaret performers in the industry. Upcoming shows feature Nicole Henry (Nov. 12, 19 & 26), T. Oliver Reid (Dec. 3 & 10), The Four Freshmen (Dec. 14-17), Lainie Kazan (Dec. 27-30) and Ann Hampton Callaway (Dec. 31). 155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach; 561.655.5430;

Sunrise Paddleboards
Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Venice of America” for good reason. It’s time to take advantage of the area’s numerous waterways with Sunrise Paddleboards. Choose from instructor-led classes (think: paddleboard yoga, full-moon paddles and local history tours) or rent a board and head out on your own. 2520 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954.440.4562;


Anushka Spa, Salon & Cosmedical Centre
Named one of the top 10 medspas in the world, this 12,000-square-foot penthouse spa at tony CityPlace offers everything from simple salon services and massages to cutting-edge cosmedical procedures. In business for over 40 years, Anushka Spa has garnered a loyal following of international clientele who make it a point to stop here whenever they’re in town. 701 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 561.820.0500;

Wakodahatchee Wetlands
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a natural area with more diverse birdlife than Delray Beach’s Wakodahatchee Wetlands (home to over 140 species). Walk its ¾-mile boardwalk, which winds through 50 acres of untouched wetland habitat. The best time to get a peek at the wildlife is early morning—be sure to pack binoculars. 13026 Jog Road, Delray Beach;

Mommycise Fitness
When Kim Goodman launched Mommycise Fitness, she set out to fill a void in the market. Finding mommy and me workouts to be too easy and childcare options limited, she formulated a workout regimen during which moms could hold their little ones or have them nearby. Classes focus on strength-training, endurance, yoga and more. 1845 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale; 954.368.7598;

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