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Pembroke Falls Open House

Join Pilar and The Moscoso Group- Keller Williams Realty this Saturday, September 26th, between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. at our Pembroke Falls Open House and see this Renovated “Captiva” model in Edgewater.

See you Tomorrow!

Call for more information 954-438-0345

Glennon Open House-9.26

Pembroke Falls Food Truck Event

Hop on The Moscoso Trolley  & Come to the Food Truck Event

Wednesday, September 2nd
5pm – 9pm

Food Trucks  /  FREE Beer  /  Water   /  Music  /  Game Trucks /  Laser Tag 

*** Come Early and Meet The Moscoso Group. Sign-up to Win Great Prizes ***

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Your Pembroke Falls Experts 

Pilar and The Moscoso Real Estate Group – Keller Williams Realty. 

Selling Homes in our Neighborhood since 1997!

Nature Preserves and Nature Parks in Pembroke Pines

In previous posts, we already talked about the Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area, which has an intense concentration of wildlife. This former sprawling estate has been converted and divided into 4 different eco-zones. You can rent a canoe for a mile-long ride down a freshwater lagoon or simply try your luck fishing at the seawall. For horticultural enthusiasts, two short trails are planted with the local vegetation. Who knows? Along the way one or several of the 200 bird species may accompany you along the way with their remarkable songs. There is also a paved park road for wheeled visitors in skates or bicycles.

The Chapel Trail Park Nature Preserve covers a vast expanse of 450 acres. Its most prominent feature is the wetland ecosphere, providing an interesting first-hand experience of how this delicate environment works. The almost-hidden lives of birds, deer, marsh rabbits, alligators, other reptiles and fish are all intertwined in a critical balance. This preserve brings home the point of how important it is for all of Florida – and the rest of the country – to safeguard this natural balance. Although there is no admission fee, canoe rentals are $7 per hour all the way to $25 for the whole day.

As one of the oldest botanical gardens in Florida, the Flamingo Gardens has more open exhibits of plants and local wildlife, most notable among which are,of course, the pink flamingos in their elegant bright pink plumage. Its 60 acres house more that 3000 tropical to subtropical species. Flamingo Gardens is built around nature’s own bounty, and features one of the remaining natural and untouched old jungle growth in South Florida. These include some of the oldest trees in the area, including a “unique hammock” of 2-century-old oaks. It’s unique Wray Home, the original residence of Floyd and Jane Wray, is a now a museum that captures 1930s Floridian life and all the issues that the era shared with the rest of America.

Family-Friendly Places in Pembroke Pines

Pembroke Pines has a strong sense of community that is built on the strength of the family. And so it boasts several public spaces that are designed around wholesome activities the whole family can share. Here are just some of many venues to enjoy and build memories in.

Family Fun Centers

In Pembroke Pines you are surrounded by different sports and activities, with new ones springing up daily. In addition to baseball, basketball, football and other traditional sports, more unusual activities like capoeira and parkour also have their followers.

This could be the perfect place to find a sports program or mentor for your kids in their favorite sports. You could also find something everyone in the family can do on or in the water such as scuba diving or fishing.

Playgrounds

You want your kids to run and play to their hearts content and there are plenty of venues for that in Pembroke Pines. You shouldn’t have to worry too much either since the city’s playgrounds have been built with child safety and fun in mind, which is especially important for younger children.

We like the atmosphere at Jumping Jelly Beans (1250 E Hallandale Beach FL 3309, Telephone: [954] 458-3737) for toddlers and preschoolers. For older and more adventurous children, visit the Blue Moon Outdoor Center (3400 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, FL 33160, Telephone [305] 957-3058) that offers to show you and the family “the real South Florida” through stand up paddle boarding, mountain biking, and boating.

Picnic Places

Sometimes you just want to enjoy some quieter times amidst wide-open and pleasant surroundings. And there are few places that can match Pembroke Pines when it comes to the range and diversity of its picnic venues.

Most public parks, nature preserves and other outdoor areas welcome family picnics. You will find various facilities such as clean and safe public restrooms, picnic tables, and specially zoned areas that allow no motor traffic and noise. Relax. You and your family have earned it.

Top Reasons to Visit Pembroke Pines

The views. The energy. Or it may be the warmth or the percolating culture. There may be a million reasons to visit Pembroke Pines. We are confident that one or all of of those reasons would be perfect for you.

Pembroke Pines’ Natural Natives

People have come to regard Pembroke Pines as a natural sanctum for rare flora and fauna. Several protected or rare species from owls, squirrels, sea turtles and endemic vegetation are the main delights for nature lovers and visitors.

Pick a Landscape, Any Landscape

In a surprisingly short interval, you could move from dunes and shoreline to mangroves and wetlands and into scrub forest before finding yourself in open flowered prairie. Such is the range of Pembroke Pines’ surprising topography.

With Open Arms

As we’ve already mentioned in previous posts, Pembroke Pines is the typical example of the American city as melting pot. You can feel the vibrancy of early American, Caribbean, Afro-American, and Central/ South American cultures with each step you take through its sunny streets. And Pembroke Pines is just getting started.

In a rapidly globalizing world, even more peoples and countries are starting to take a serious look at the Florida area. More recently, visitors from Asia are starting to show greater interest. This means we are in for an even more exciting interplay of cultures and evolving identity for Pembroke Pines.

A City of Potential

The upbeat mood of an improving economy can be catching. And that certainly seems to be the case when you look at what’s happening in Pembroke Pines. Streets and neighborhoods have been transformed. There is also a more proactive spirit among the citizenry to uplift communities as only they can do themselves.

More and more visitors are thinking of eventually becoming residents. And understandably, some actually do take that step.

That may be the most crucial advantage for Pembroke Pines. A collective optimism has acquired a momentum that is almost unstoppable.

7 Best Pizza Places in Pembroke Pines

The art of the perfect pizza has seen a blossoming of regional styles and tastes, with as many differences in crust thickness, tomato sauce volume and consistency as there are new ingredients to top off the pie.

And so in no particular order, here’s our top 7 pizza picks in the Pembroke Pines area; we’re confident you will find your new favorite right here.

Coley’s Pizza
Shoppes of SilverLakes, 18381 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines

If it’s New York-style pizza you’re after, you can’t get much closer than Coley’s with its faithful recipes of large hand-tossed thin crusts. It has a generous but not heaping amount of tomato sauce and sublime cheeses, which is perfect if you want to fold it in half for easier eating, naturally. Customers swear by great service and a cheerful atmosphere.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
11037 Pines Blvd 3430, Pembroke Pines

What sets Anthony’s pizzas are its signature charred-crust pies with its unique patch-burn crust. It’s truly “well-done pizza” as only this pizzeria serves, along with a mouth-watering menu that includes oven-roasted chicken wings, and roast beef sandwiches.

Dough Boys Pizza
292 NW 172nd Ave, Hollywood, FL 33029

A crust that’s baked neither too thin nor too thick, especially for its unbeatable Margherita pizza, is what keeps them coming back to Dough Boys. That and its amazing spread – from their garlic rolls with molten mozzarella to Chicken Caesar Salad to baked ziti and calzone – makes this a neighborhood favorite.

John the Baker
Stirling Town Center, 2116 N Flamingo Rd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

John the Baker is an actual person who happens to bake the best mushroom pizza in these parts. He’s also formed close personal ties with residents who can’t seem to get enough of his unmatched Italian subs and “awesome” lasagna.

Amici’s Ristorante& Pizzeria
Village Square, 1629 N Hiatus Rd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

Amici’s claim to fame is that it simply makes the “best sauce” and puts it on its wonderful pizzas as well as on what has been described as an amazing Eggplant Parmesan sandwich. It also has a smaller and more intimate vibe.

Jersey Johns Pizzeria
Pembroke Pines Shopping Plaza 10460 Taft St, Pembroke Pines, FL

This pizzeria’s specialty is in delivery, and there’s certainly a huge swarm of customers who keep its phone ringing off the hook. The house specialty is its Pepperoni pizza and wings.

Santino’s Pizza and Pasta
Shoppes of SilverLakes, 18267 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33029

This is where to get thin, delicious pizzas and enjoy them in a wholesome and cozy family atmosphere. The subs are good here too, and if you still have room you must try their “traditional” Stromboli.

Best Charity Organizations for Pembroke Pines

As a diverse and multifaceted community, Pembroke Pines has many noteworthy charities dedicated to the advancement of social, medical, or cultural aims.

American Legion

A leading veteran’s association serving a wide range of concerns, the American Legion has been making a difference since it was chartered and incorporated in 1919. As the nation’s most comprehensive fighting veteran’s service agency, it is especially active in the youth programs and “wholesome programs in our communities.”

Road Runners Club of America

As a 501[c] 3 classified nonprofit organizations, all donations go directly to support the RRCA’s programs that support national health through long distance running. Founded in 1958 with a focus on the sport, the RRCA’s recent push back “into the heartland” of America may also describe a return to the basic values of integrity and health. It has an especially enthusiastic number of adherents in the Pembroke Pines area due to the beautiful running venues available.

The Jamaican Children’s Heart Fund

Since 2010 the JCHF has been providing critical medical outreach missions, primarily through cardiac surgical missions for indigent children in Jamaica as well as other countries. There are an increasing number of infants and children afflicted with congenital heart disease, and the JCHF provides free pediatric open-heart surgery that would otherwise be very expensive to obtain.

Culture Vultures

As a community arts group dedicated to “spreading culture around South Florida,” Culture Vultures has also committed to present an enlightened message that goes “beyond art.” Started by Connie Di Falco-Friedman together with four art-loving friends, the group hosts a series of traveling lecturers on all aspects of culture including music, philosophy and psychology.

This is just a sampling of our favorite charities that deal with special interests in cultural exchange, medical philanthropy, and the promotion of youth and health values. Please take your time in researching these particular groups further either on their websites or through online resources to see what they are currently engaged in.It’s also important to double-check identities and authorized agencies that accept donations on their behalf.

Best Local Tours in Pembroke Pines

There are countless things to do in Pembroke Pines. You may want to engage in more conventional activities or you’re leaning towards something more interesting, something that’s off the “normal” track. It’s all yours to experience and Pembroke Pines has more than its fair share of options.

The best way to have fun and gain more local knowledge is to take any or all of Pembroke Pines’ tours. We’ve lined up a few for your consideration, just remember some are definitely not for the meek or the weak of heart!

The Ghost Tours

Pembroke Pines is such a great place to live that,well, some souls have grown too reluctant to leave.

Some swear by the fact that this is indeed the case at many venues. They’ve got imaginative names such as the Waffle House Murders, or the Tropication Arts Poltergeist. Wherever chains may be rattling, there’s a local tour to take you through a bone chilling evening of exploration.

But if you do see something rush past the corner of your eye. If you hear, or worse, feel something go bump in the night, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Boating and Watersports Tours
Or if you want a brighter but no less thrilling daytime activity, there are many tour companies that make the most of the breezy Florida waterways that surround Pembroke Pines.

Strengthen your core with Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board tours that provide instruction and training for every skill level from beginner to expert. Professional instructors at Leeward Paddle Tours are more than happy to help you achieve your most optimum form with special tips and pointers.

Helicopter Tours

Pembroke Pines and its surrounding areas are simply so vast and diverse that sometimes the perfect way to take it all in is from the 10,000-foot view or higher. That’s why numerous helicopter tour companies operate in the area, providing unequaled views of coastlines, waterways, and of the interior Everglades.

South Beach Helicopters is just one of the many competent companies that operate reliable aircraft fleets and will take you through an exciting sweep of this exceptional landscape.

Pembroke Pines 2015 Events and Festivals

As you might expect, a Florida community like Pembroke Pines sits on an interesting convergence point of cultures. Successive waves of people and their lifestyles have left their indelible mark on a unique urban culture. Distinct influences of historic Dixie, Caribbean, South and Central American origins can certainly be felt today.

There is a heady mix of cultures and communities at Pembroke Pines, centering on cuisine, arts, music, and socio-civic initiatives. The majority of Pembroke Pines residents are also notably progressive and forward thinking.

Celebratory festivals such as Cinco de Mayo and other once-foreign events have happily become as American as burritos. Pembroke Pines is a notable example of this integration and assimilation, and of how united communities find common ground to celebrate life.

Just one of many examples of this melodious blending is the TroubaJazz festival hosted by the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce. Although, relatively new to the rest of the country, Haitian culture is gaining enthusiasts across the Gulf Coast, primarily through its interesting cuisine, painting and folklore. The TroubaJazz festival focuses on soulful yet lively music, highlighting the mesmerizing mix of Haitian and American jazz tempos.

Of course the local Cuban community is a vibrant and thriving one, as evidenced in its similar influence on music and cuisine throughout Pembroke Pines. The annual IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival usually held in the second half of the year, is a focus of this flowering of flavors and rhythms.

But this is hardly scratching the surface of what the city has to offer. Even as older regional influences and celebrations have become established in this dynamic city, newer ones from around the world are arriving, continuously introducing more colors to the wonderful and massive cultural quilt that is Pembroke Pines.

Other Pembroke Pines events to watch out for this year include:

  • 4th of July Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Show
  • Symphony of the Americas Summerfest 2015 on July 28
  • Jazz in the Pines Concert (One Sunday afternoon a month throughout the year, except June-August)
  • 3rd Annual Bow Wow Ween on October 10
  • Booville Halloween Event on October 30
  • The Art Reception for Children’s Holiday in the Pines on December 1