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Welcome to The Hidden Gardens Blog!

Below I have a few tips on staying in the area. Victoria Park is a vibrant little town, known for its beautiful landscaping and central, convenient location. If you want to experience what it's really like to live in Fort Lauderdale, there's no better place... -Jon

Tip: Most of the images and logos on our blog pages will link to the corresponding websites! Be sure to click around and become familiar with the Victoria Park neighborhood. Looking for something specific like a supermarket? Use the 'Search...' function below or browse the Categories on the right:

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Kilwins Confectionary and Ice Cream

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 1:15 PM

  Nothing accompanies the Florida sun like an ice cream cone and Kilwins has got you covered. Take a stroll from Hidden Gardens down to Las Olas Blvd, be convinced you've earned a special treat, and walk into this amazing chocolate shop. If you're anything like me, you won't be able to leave empty handed. Homemade confectionaries and some really, really good ice cream.... jus...

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Rent a DVD at Publix supermarket

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 7:40 AM

 Once you've painted the town red, it might be a good night for Dinner and a Movie at home. Just like home, our apartments are equipped with HDTV's and DVD players, so while you're picking up some groceries at the Publix supermarket, you can also grab a...

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Sublime... Transcendence

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 7:25 AM

  I am NOT a vegetarian. I tried it once, but, well, I missed a juicy steak. I went to Sublime, begrudgingly, for a birthday party dinner. It's not that I'm against healthy eating, it just seems so much 'health food' out there decidedly chooses nutrition over taste. I've also noticed, I can create a totally tasteless meal all on my own. So when I...

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IMAX 3D Theatre

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Every now and then it rains in South Florida... don't worry, it won't last long! What better thing to do on a rainy afternoon than go see a movie... even better, a movie in IMAX. The AutoNation IMAX 3D Theatre boasts the biggest screen in South Florida and is located downtown at the Museum of Discovery & Science.


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Remembering our friend, Frank Hagerty

Posted on March 23, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Back when I was initially planting the gardens, before we opened the doors to 'Hidden Gardens at Victoria Park', one of my dear and long time friends, Frank Hagerty, donated a huge truckload of plants to the effort. I remember telling him "Wow! Thanks Frank! You put the garden in Hidden Gardens!" Well, Frank passed away a few days ago, but a very small part of his enormous legacy continues to grow here. Godspeed Frank, you will be missed.

 

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Victoria Park Arts and Jazz

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM

SUNDAY MARCH 23RD 12-4PM RAIN OR SHINE- FREE To ALL!

IT’S THE 9TH ANNUAL ART & JAZZ FESTIVAL IN VICTORIA PARK

This little festival is just a few blocks away from Hidden Gardens and is definitely...
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FlipKey Awards Hidden Gardens!

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Today I received notification that both our apartments at Hidden Gardens have received awards from FlipKey (a TripAdvisor company). Thanks so very much Flipkey! The first we received was a Badge of Excelle...

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the Riverwalk Blues Festival

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 9:00 PM

PRESIDENTS DAY WEEKEND FEB 14-16th, 2014

ESPLANADE PARK - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL

2014 International Miami Boat Show

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 7:45 AM

The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is in October, but Feb. 13-17th, 2014, Miami hosts the International Boat Show and is close enough for a great day out. Here's a little bit from their website:"See what’s new at the Greatest Boat Show in the World! Florida's largest annual event spans three locations—the Miami Beach Convention Center, the New Yacht & Power Boat Show at Sea Isle Marina and Strictly Sail® at Mi...

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Don't miss -Cafe Vico

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Dining-out for a newcomer to Fort Lauderdale can be tough. With so many choices and our beach style strip malls, sometimes it can be difficult to identify a good restaurant merely by sight. This is where the advice of a local comes in handy. Cafe Vico is just such a spot. You might drive by it a million times and not take much notice, but this restaurant is worth in...

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Sage French Cafe and Wine - superbe!

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 7:05 PM

I think Sage is best described as a 'Country French Restaurant'. It has that French cafe feeling, they hold wine tastings every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month and the service is classic French- superbe. The fare is comfort food at its best. I'd have nearly anything on the menu, but If you need an idea, try the Roasted Duck or Steak Maurice. mmmm....Feeling risque? Go fo...

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Christina Wan's Fine Chinese Cuisine

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Christina Wan's has been around for a long time, and any restaurant in this town with that much staying power, has got to have something special. Loved by locals and tourists alike, Christina Wan's is sure to please from outstanding service to exceptional cuisine. Many thanks to our former guest Joshua (Fort Lauderdale) for reminding me what a great pla...

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the BEST Pizza... Delivered

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 7:55 AM

I did the legwork and after extensive testing, I've narrowed the choices down to one. The best place to get a pizza delivered to Hidden Gardens is... Giogio's Brick Oven Pizza.

  

Glad to say these guys do it right, so I've popped a take-out/delivery menu in the kitchen drawers,...

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Cheap Eats at Tijuana Flats

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Tijuana Flats is a funky, Tex-Mex burrito and taco restaurant.  The food takes about the same amount of time to arrive as the Arbys or Burger King just down the street, costs about the same, but it's probably healthier for you and definitely tastes better.

There are a few al fresco tables if you...

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Restaurants at the Galleria Mall

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Some of Fort Lauderdale's best rated restaurants are up at the Galleria Mall! Now that might not normally sound appetizing, but believe me, once you arrive and the valet parks your car, any preconceptions of dining at the Mall -vanishes. 

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Shops at The Galleria Mall

Posted on December 15, 2013 at 7:55 AM

Known as one of the finest in all of Florida, The Galleria Mall is very close to Hidden Gardens, located at 2414 East Sunrise Blvd. (Also, Stop #4 by Water Taxi). Here's a list of some of the Shops and Restaurants you'll find there:

Mall Hours are...

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Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Go below the waves on a Sea Experience! The SCUBA shop is right down near Las Olas and the Beach. Reported as the premier dive center in South Florida, you can get your PADI licence here, go out for some snorkeling or stay dry and see the reef through a glass bottom boat.

The water is warm year round, and the wreck diving trips are said to be a lot  of fun, so jump in...

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15th Street Fisheries

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Aside from a gorgeous view and great seafood, you can feed the giant tarpon! Between 5 and 6pm at the 15th Street Fisheries dockside restaurant, you can feed these big guys and see them up close.

 As they say, you can 'arrive by car or

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The Jungle Queen

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 7:55 AM

The Jungle Queen is Fort Lauderdales' oldest and most recognizable riverboat on the Intracoastal waterways. Available for daytime sightseeing cruises and evening dinner cruises, this local institution is a 'must board' for anyone passin' through town.

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Croissan'Time -not just bread

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Being a local, you get to know a few places. Croissan'Time has been my favorite cafe-bakery, very close to Hidden Gardens, for a very, very long time. Showcasing international foods, gourmet-pastries, fresh bread and the best croissants anywhere bar none, this place can make a Sunday morning breakfast feel like a special treat.

 

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