Water is the focus of this 431.4-acre park, which includes the Splash Adventure water park, Ski Rixen USA cable water-skiing, a marina with boats for rent, and several lakes for fishing. For recreation on dry land, the park features Bike America bicycle rentals, mountain bike trails, basketball courts, and a campground with platform tents and tepees. The park is also home to the Renaissance Festival, one of South Florida’s most popular annual festivals.
This interactive children’s water playground features slides, tunnels, turn valves, and much more. Open seasonally. Zero-depth entry to 12 inches at center. Lifeguards on duty at all times. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Sessions, when in effect, are three hours and 50 minutes. U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vests are available free of charge. No pets, grills, glass containers, or alcoholic beverages allowed inside the aquatics facility. Call for fees and hours.
Colorful 20-foot-diameter umbrellas are available for rental by the day or by the session at Splash Adventure. Each includes tables and grill (except inside the water park). Capacity 30. A credit card deposit of $50 for clean-up and security is required on the day of use.
Ski Rixen USA
Cable water-skiing – no boat required – at the only wakeboard and water-ski park in South Florida. Slalom, trick-ski, kneeboard, wakeboard, or even surf without a wave. Yearly memberships available. For ages 12 and up. Open daily except Mondays. Call 954-429-0215 for hours and rates. A YouTube video shows what it’s like to experience Ski Rixen USA firsthand.
Bike rentals, sales, and service. Store hours: Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Rentals include dual-suspension mountain bikes, hard-trail mountain bikes, comfort bikes, kids’ bikes, and kids’ trailers. GoPro cameras and knee and elbow pads are also available to rent. Call 954-570-8122 for more information and group rates.
Harbin Butterfly & Bird Sanctuary
South Florida is home to more than 300 species of birds and more than a hundred species of butterflies, making this sanctuary, named for a former director of Broward County Parks and Recreation Division, a welcome refuge. The sanctuary is home to a variety of shrubs, trees, and other plants that play a role in the life cycles of both butterflies and birds. Interpretive signage provides information on the species and the plants they favor, as well as tips on how to grow your own butterfly garden. Volunteers are always welcome to help maintain the sanctuary’s plants and birdhouses. Located in proximity to the Interpretive Shelter. For more information, call the park at 954-357-5100.
Mountain Bike Trails
With roughly 7.1 miles of trail, the Quiet Waters Park Mountain Bike Trails offer bicycle enthusiasts a challenging experience. Trails are available for the novice, intermediate, and the expert/pro rider. The trails have been fully renovated under the direction of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, whose local volunteers removed debris, reshaped the land, installed new plants, and constructed new sections of trail. Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time, with the hours going to 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during Standard Time.
Permitted from the shores of the park’s several lakes. Freshwater licenses may be required. No fishing allowed near Splash Adventure, Ski Rixen USA, or in the primitive campground. Catch-and-release only.
Rent a site with a platform tent or tepee already set up at the park’s innovative Rent-a-Tent campground. There are 25 tent sites and two tepee sites, each with running water, a fire ring, a picnic table, a grill, and electricity. Restrooms and shower facilities are conveniently located throughout the campground. Renters are able to use sports equipment found in the park office free of charge, and can also purchase a discount pass to Splash Adventure water park during the aquatics season. No RV sites are available. Firewood and ice are sold at the park office. Reservations required. Wi-Fi is available at the campground.
Large group gatherings of 250 or more persons require prior Park approval and issuance of a Park Permit to address such items as reserving space for the group, traffic control, trash removal/cleanup deposit, etc.
One interpretive shelter and two small shelters (capacity up to 36) with water. Six medium shelters (up to 50) with water and electricity. One extra-large shelter (up to 162) with water and electricity. One corporate pavilion (400) with water, electricity, areas for horseshoes and volleyball, and restrooms. All available by reservation only. Reserve Online
A large, covered, wheelchair-accessible playground is adjacent to shelters #8 and #9 and the basketball courts.
Freestanding picnic tables with grills are located near the playground and throughout the park and are available free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Paved paths run throughout the park, with an approximate cumulative length of a mile and a half.
With the help of volunteer organizations, the 3,500-foot nature trail is being restored to its natural landscape. Volunteers have helped remove invasive species and plant native trees and shrubs helping to transform this six-acre natural area to its true beauty. Historical records show that the western side of the area was once a slough — a swamp-like depression, which transformed the surrounding pinelands into cypress and red maple trees. The nature trail is open during park hours to all ages. Pets are not allowed. People interested in volunteering on the nature trail can inquire at the park office or call 954-357-5113.
Two basketball courts with spectator seating.
Sports Equipment Rentals
The park offers limited quantities of a variety of sports equipment, available at the park office on a first-come, first-served basis only to those renting shelters or campsites.