Thanksgiving Celebrations And Events For The Family

November 20, 2012 9:01 AM

(Source: AP)

Thanksgiving is the time of the year when families come together in the spirit of giving. Most will gather around the dining room table and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast but for some families, that’s simply not enough. Some need to give back to their community by participating in a turkey trot. Others want to treat their children to a day of fun. Lucky for these families, South Florida has Thanksgiving events that will not only warm the heart but also promise a good time without the hassle of wintery weather.

Baptist Health South Florida’s Turkey Trot

7900 S.W. 40 St.
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 278-8668

Date: November 22 at 7:30 a.m.
Price: Click here for registration information

Run Miami is hosting its annual Turkey Trot to raise money for local charities like Camillus House. The event begins on Novemeber 22 at 7:30 a.m. and includes three races that are perfect for every member of the family. The 5K and the 10K races are for adults and the Kids Trot, which ranges from 100 meters to 600 meters, is for children ages two to nine years old. In order to participate, simply register online by November 21st and pick up your race packet, which includes an official t-shirt, at participating Sports Authority stores. Last year the race reached full capacity at 4,500 registrants and this year there are only 5,000 spots available, so sign up fast.

Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot and Paddle

1640 W. Oakland Park Blvd., #400
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
(954) 767-8866

Date: November 22 at 7:30 a.m.
Price: Click here for registration information

The Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot is how you celebrate Thanksgiving South Florida style. Choose between the 5K Run/Walk which takes place along A1A in Fort Lauderdale Beach or the two-mile stand-up paddleboard Turkey Paddle race which takes place on Fort Lauderdale beach. You can register online by November 16th or on the day of the race (November 22nd) beginning at 6 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear Thanksgiving-themed costumes to get into the spirit of the race.

Hawks Cay Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk

Hawks Cay Resort
61 Hawks Kay Blvd.
Duck Key, FL 33050
(305) 289-4906

If you’re going to be in the Keys during the Thanksgiving holiday, be sure to participate in the Hawks Cay Turkey Trot Run/Walk on November 22nd. You can pre-register online or register on race day. Winners will take home medals and first-prize winners win a turkey as well. All proceeds go to benefit the American Cancer Society. Guests of the resort can also enjoy a full weekend of Thanksgiving activities including a paddleboarding competition, a pie eating contest, a beach volleyball tournament and a sunset bike tour of Duck Key.

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Broward County Fair

City Center
10300 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
(954) 922-2224

Date: November 15-25
Price: Click here for ticket information

Nothing says Thanksgiving like turkeys, so why not head down to the Broward County Fair and see some turkeys in person? Take your kids out for a day of fun, food and rides. View the turkeys and then take the little ones to the Great American Frontier Show where they can milk a cow, watch horses perform tricks, ride a camel and take a picture on a steer. They’ll be thanking you for days for letting them have a frontier-style Thanksgiving Day.

38th Annual Winternational Parade

776 N.E. 125 St.
N. Miami, FL 33161
(305) 893-6511

Date: November 22
Price: Free

This long-standing South Florida tradition is perfect for kids of all ages. Come out on Thanksgiving Day to see a parade featuring Thanksgiving-themed floats, marching bands, members of the Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins and Miami Marlins sports teams and their cheerleaders/dancers. The event starts at 10 a.m. but arrive early to get the best seats in the house. There will be bleachers set up for spectators and local dignitaries at the intersection of Northwest 125th Street and Northwest 8th Avenue where the parade performance will take place. If you miss the bleacher seats, make sure to bring a beach chair instead and position yourself along Northwest 125th Street so that you won’t miss a minute of the action.

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