Hollywood Historical Society Sets Sail: Explore South Florida on a Waterways History Cruise this April

Learn about the beginnings of South Florida from a different point of view when the Hollywood Historical Society takes to the water with its first-ever Waterways History Cruise.  

The fundraising event, which raises money to help the HHS continue its ongoing community outreach programs, is in partnership with Leadership Hollywood Class XLVII, (a program of the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce),  Water Taxi, and History Fort Lauderdale.  It is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Leadership Hollywood Class 47 is spearheading the planning and promotion of the tour as their community service project for the year.   

“The Waterways History Cruise is the culmination of the Society’s Waterways exhibit at the Historic Hammerstein House, and gives participants a real-life experience of the places and stories highlighted in the exhibit,” said project Curator and HHS board member Andy Ruffner.  

Waterways, which is running through April at the Historic Hammerstein House at 1520 Polk Street in Hollywood, features maps, photographs, and memorabilia related to the history of Hollywood’s intricate relationship with water — the Atlantic Ocean, the marshes, the lakes, and the canals.

For the Waterways History Cruise, passengers will board the Water Taxi Fiesta at the Margaritaville/Five O’Clock Somewhere stop, for a 10 am departure. They’ll sail north on the Intracoastal Waterway to Fort Lauderdale, while engaging in a variety of activities and programs on the boat before disembarking at History Fort Lauderdale, for a tour of three historic buildings in Esplanade Park.  Following the tour, participants will enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to Hollywood on the Water Taxi. 

“The Hollywood Historical Society is excited to offer this new opportunity, and plans to develop other cruises and tours that connect Hollywood’s history with our neighboring communities,” noted Ruffner.  “This adds to our popular downtown walking tours, and bike tours of the historic districts in Central and East Hollywood and the beach, which will start up again in early March.”

For more info and ticket availability, please visit www.hollywoodhistoricalsociety.org, or follow HHS on social media. 

The Waterways History Cruise is just a part of the Hollywood Historical Society’s agenda of activities and events supporting its mission to keep the City’s history alive for current and future generations.  The Hollywood Historical Society offers free tours of the exhibit and the Historic Hammerstein House on the first Sunday of every month from 1 to 4 pm, and by appointment. Call for info or to schedule. 954-923-5590

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