First-time visitor to Pompano Beach? The star attraction is the beach itself! Stretching 1,000 yards long (and up to 150 yards wide), this spectacular beach is a natural playground whether you’re into swimming, water sports, sand volleyball, picnics or just catching a few rays. There are also playgrounds for the young tots and picnic areas for a family get-together.

Located nearby is a smaller beach, North Ocean park/Wahoo Bay, which is considered by many to be one of the prettiest beaches on Florida’s Gold Coast. This 150-yard long stretch of pristine sand offers wonderful views of the inlet’s jetty and the historic Hillsboro lighthouse , considered the brightest lighthouse in the southeast. Built in 1907, this 142-foot tower offers tours and houses an interesting museum for maritime enthusiasts.

Pompano Beach is also a top choice for fishing enthusiasts. Take a stroll onto the 1,000-foot-long fishing pier, open to the public 24/7. The pier offers several concessions, small shops and equipment rentals for the avid angler. For those who want a little more challenge, there are several saltwater charter outfits that take visitors for a day of deep-sea fishing.

If your tastes lie more on terra firma, Pompano Beach is home to the state’s only harness racing track at Pompano Park Racing & Poker , featuring harness, thoroughbred and jai-alai simulcasting around the clock.

If “shop-until-I-drop” is your motto, a visit to the Festival Flea Market Mall will certainly make your day. This huge indoor complex features more than 800 vendors spread over 400,000 square feet of space! You’ll find just about anything here, and all in air-conditioned comfort.

And for trivia fans: did you know that Pompano is home to the Goodyear blimp, Stars and Stripes? The blimp resides in a 45,000 square foot building located at the Pompano Air Park. Even though visitors are not offered rides, you can still view the grounded airship from November to May. Guided tours are available during that time.