Markets of South Florida

Swap Shop, 3291 W Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

I’m going to share another family tradition with you all. While my mother and grandmother were shopping for hours on end, my grandpa would take my brother and I around the 80 acres of Swap and entertain us. It wasn’t hard with so much to do, this is a place the whole family can come and enjoy. Or, just yourself two decades later strolling down memory lane. Either way this is a blast from the past kind of place, a real trip worth checking out. Across the street there is a massive parking lot and a covered ramp over the road to get in, the market is open seven days a week, 365 days a year.

You’ll find an overwhelming amount of clothing, knick knacks, home goods, gold jewelry, shoes, anything you could possibly shop for with over 2,000 vendors.

I remember a necklace my mom scored that I thought was the coolest thing, a ladybug and when you pinched the wings a watch was revealed. That’s Swap for you, full of surprises. Outside there are produce stalls and even more clothing vendors.

You can grab a bite to eat out here, something ethnic, or inside something more generic like a pizza or pita. The amusement park is great, plenty of rides for the kids.

The arcade is huge filled with a mix of a lot of old and some new.

You know I zeroed in on the pinball machines, and anything that looked a little weird 🙂 .

There is a classic car museum inside, free of charge (as is entrance to the market).

When I was a kid we watched live WWF performances and the circus performed here, adding to the excitement. This is the site of the Thunderbird Drive In Theater, one of the largest in the world – just adding to the amazing kitsch level. You never know what you’re going to find at Swap, but you’ll always get a great deal and have lot’s of fun.

Yellow Green Farmers Market, 1940 N 30th Rd, Hollywood, FL 33021

A very good sized weekend market with eclectic vendors ranging from authentic to trendy.

This is a dreamy spot to grab breakfast on a Sunday morning, there are so many options to choose from. You can find almost any ethnic cuisine you’re looking for, or egg sandwiches and mini donuts!

We ended up with some farm fresh eggs, fruits, and some killer olives infused with rosemary – there is a lot of produce.

There are a lot of stalls that offer home and garden goods or locally made clothes and jewelry. When it comes to farmers markets you’ll find a lot of simple, generic variations. This is NOT in that category, it is really varied and worth visiting!

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