Paradise Cove Splash Park at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines

C.B. Smith Park
900 N. Flamingo Rd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
Office: 954-357-5170
I recently had the opportunity to spend the day at this Broward County Water Park.  CB Smith Park is a gorgeous and huge park!  The splash park is too!  There are four areas, Crazy Creek, Sharky’s Lagoon, Parrot’s Point, and H2Whoa.
Parrot’s Point
Parrot’s Point:  5 and under
There were two areas that were best for those of us 3 year olds.  Parrot’s Point is the one we spent the most time at as it is a zero entry splash ground with two slides.  There were lots of fun handles and cranks for the kids to turn.  The slides are big enough to be extremely exciting to the little ones and they splash out into only 12 inches of water.  It is easier if you have more than one adult with you so that one of you can stand at the top of the slide, and the other at the bottom.  Be prepared to man these stations for quite awhile though, as the kids never get tired of these slides.
Crazy Creek:  All Ages
Crazy Creek
The second favorite with the little ones and adults alike, is the Crazy Creek .  I have to admit this was fun.  Imagine floating down 410-foot-long lazy river.  Don’t get too comfortable though because there are many area where water may splash down on you to help keep you cool.  We did this when we first got there and then again right before we left.  The kids were so tired that they practically fell asleep in our arms on the tubes.  There is a line to wait for tubes, we had to wait about 8 minutes so it wasn’t too terrible, (as long as you have water shoes on while waiting on the hot pavement).
Sharkey’s Lagoon
Sharky’s Lagoon: All Ages
I didn’t get to spend any time in Sharky’s Lagoon, the sign says that it is for all ages and looked like I could have taken my 3 year old there.  She was so happy where she was, I figured we would save it for next time.  It did look like fun though.  The water in this area is 18 inches deep and it has three waterslides of varying length.
H2Whoa:
The last area I was unable to even get a picture of because it definitely isn’t for 3 year olds!  Sure looked fun though.  H2Whoa is a 450 foot water slide.  The sign says that you must be at least 42 inches tall and you have to be a able to swim.
Price:
We went on a Saturday and it was pretty busy.  I really don’t like crowds and it was not bad, even for me.  It is fairly expensive at $9.50 per person.  So for just the two of us it was $19.  On the positive side there is no limit on how long you stay like at some of the other local parks.
Cleanliness:
The park itself looked great, the equipment and pools were all well maintained and clean.  The bathrooms were a mess at 1:00 on a busy Saturday afternoon.
Food:
There were two concession stands (Paradise Grill and Sand Dollar Concessions) and an Arepa stand.  We got a hot pretzel and ice cream sandwich form the Sand Dollar.  The pretzel was great, but the sandwich came out of the freezer melted, making it nearly impossible for a 3 year old to eat.  Paradise Grill smelled really good, but we didn’t eat there.
Shade:
Funbrella
They have these really cool “Funbrellas”.  You have to rent them in advance though.  I am sure during the week it is easier to get in the shade, but when we went there was no shade to had anywhere.  Also, If you take any advice that I give you here today, please wear water shoes!  I made my daughter wear them and I was so glad that I did!  I didn’t have any for myself and I really regretted this.  The pavement is extremely hot so I will be making a stop to pick myself up some before our next trip.
Check the Park Calendar for the schedule; it is open 10-5 most days.  If you are planning on going often the summer pass is most economical choice.
Parrot’s Point

Best local playground: Flamingo Gardens

Flamingo Gardens in Davie brings together a lush tropical
garden with a historic plantation and a wildlife sanctuary.  It is an easy drive of about 25 minutes from
Fort Lauderdale, and is well worth the trip.
The courtyard area is chock full of shopping things to do.  What is even better is that this area is
outside the actual park so it is free and could easily be a great morning trip
for families.
As guests enter the courtyard the eyes are drawn immediately
to the large aviary exhibits in the center.  Children and their parents will love to watch the Military Macaws, Cockatoos, and Blue and Gold Macaws play, some of them even talk a little.
The courtyard area has a great playground with mulch flooring a large climbing structure with a bridge and lots of slides.  This quiet playground is rarely busy allowing the kids to play while parents watch on from nearby benches.  The playground is fairly well shaded and located conveniently next to the restrooms.
When the children are good and tired from playing on the
playground head on over to the Tropical Marketplace snack bar for a cold drink,
a fruit smoothie or a hotdog.  There is lots of outdoor shaded seating next to the snack bar where guests can enjoy a fresh cold cup of  juice while listening to the
parrots.  Watch out though you may have to walk around one of the beautiful wild peacocks who like to hang out in the area.  Guests can also shop for gourmet
gifts and have fruit shipped to friends and family. The next shopping opportunity is the Garden Shop and Secret Garden, where guests can shop for fantastic garden items and browse through tropical plants that will perk up any South Florida back yard.
Flamingo Gardens is a great local destination inside and out
and is a must see Special Events and Exhibits for any family with kids.