The Broward Center for the Performing Arts offers both a large hall with the 2,700-seat Au-Rene Theater for concerts, a circus and even Broadway shows, and the smaller 590-seat Amaturo Theater for more intimate performances. The Broward Center is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District in downtown Fort Lauderdale, and the district also features sidewalk cafés, galleries and shops, as well as nearby Old Fort Lauderdale Village & Museum.

     The district is also home to the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, which features an ever-chaning menu of exhibitions, along with a full education program, and special events including lectures, musical performances and even yoga lessons. Admission to the museum is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, children 12-17 are $3 and children under 12 are fee. For more information call 954-525-5500.

     Close by to Fort Lauderdale is also the Coral Springs Center for the Arts on Coral Springs Drive, which offers a range of programs from music to dance, Broadway to children’s programming.

     The Florida Grand Opera is worth the trip to neighboring Dade County. It is the Southeast’s first regional opera company, and the nation’s seventh oldest and 12 th largest. Each season there are five mainstream productions through the opera season, as well as a Young Artist showcase, a recital series and an In-School Opera Series, plus numerous education programs.