The History of Hollywood, Florida
A mere baby by many South Florida city standards, Hollywood Florida was incorporated in 1925. This product of the South Florida boom times of the 1920's slowly developed until shortly after World War II. For a retrospective look of the life and times of Hollywood, I encourage you to checkout the historic arts district built up around Young Circle. Originally named for the city founder of Hollywood, Joseph Young envision Hollywood as a "Dream City in Florida." Young also planned for a wide boulevard (which is now Hollywood Blvd.) to extend from the Atlantic Ocean westward extending to the edge of the Everglades.
Act Up in Hollywood
To experience the vision that is the very heart of Joseph Young's original city plan you must visit the ArtsPark at Young Circle. Offering 10 acres of "garden of Eden" like open space, you will also enjoy broad paved promenades perfect for a casual stroll. Active Hollywood residents use this area to go for a run as well. There's even something for the kids with a children's play area with interactive fountain. The arts are alive and well at the nearby Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. Here you can take in a spectacular dance performance, theater, art exhibits and enjoy musical performances.
All Roads Lead to the Beach!
In South Florida it seems as though all roads lead to the beach and in Hollywood it is no exception. A prime example of this is our Hollywood Boulevard. Upon departing the historic downtown arts district, I recommend you take a trip across the Hollywood Boulevard Bridge to Ocean Drive. On the North and South of Hollywood Boulevard you will come upon Northlake and Southlake. These two lakes are connected to the Intracoastal waterway making Hollywood a boater's paradise.
Oceanfront Resorts of Hollywood, FL
If you're looking for the oceanfront resorts, some of our largest resorts in Hollywood can be found between Ocean Drive and the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk. Brands to choose from include the Ramada Hollywood Beach Resort, Hollywood Beach Marriott, and the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa. If you desire to economize, I suggest more moderately priced accommodations which include the Hampton Inn and Quality Inn. These accommodations are located mere minutes from the shore.
Vegas by the Sea?
Possessing the name of a "trendy" California city, Hollywood, Florida is more than an up and coming city in its own right. You could even experience visions of Las Vegas here in Hollywood. Here in Hollywood you might be surprised to find the smallest Seminole Indian reservation in the state of Florida. Offering every Vegas-like entertainment possible, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is an enormous 24/7 gambling resort. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino features a tropical pool area, large auditorium, great restaurants, boutique shops, Vegas-style shows and of course - slot machines and poker games. This is one wide-open, full-fledged casino. You are never at a loss for something to do in Hollywood, Florida. When the sun sets over Hollywood, Florida, this city kicks it up a notch and really comes to life!