As the summer months approach, it has never been a better time to visit the Broward College Tigertail Lake Recreational Center in Dania Beach.

staycationOpened during the mid-1970’s, Tigertail sits on five acres, much of it encompassing its artificial lake. The location is deep in the heart of Sportsman’s Park, which includes the International Fishing Hall of Fame, Outdoor World, the Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant, Marriott Courtyard Hotel, Diver’s Direct, and the Fort Lauderdale Airport Tri-Rail Station.

In 2015 alone Tigertail welcomed more than 14,000 visitors. It has been a popular spot for the YMCA to bring children and served as a training ground for the FBI underwater search evidence response teams. Yet, many lifelong residents of Broward County who have not visited this outdoor gem, and Broward College students may not realize they can take advantage of what’s offered for FREE.

Natalie Justice, manager of the facilities, hopes more members of the public will come out and enjoy what Tigertail has to offer. “The nearest college and university that offers what we offer is Florida State University. We have so much available in one place. There is something for everyone.”

Jon Groover, senior coordinator, has been with Tigertail since 1986 right out of high school. He finds joy in helping to create ever-lasting moments for visitors in scenic surroundings. Not only has Groover seen students who need a break from the traditional classroom, but retired adults as well.

“Many like to hang out and go out on the boats” he said. “There is a feeling of comradery more than anything. We would run sailing trips to the Keys and other places. There was a case where there was a student who was studying to be an architect and someone who is an architect. I got them talking, and they networked. That is an example of the type of bonds that occur out here.”

So come soak in the sun and explore everything this one-of-a-kind facility has to offer. From paddleboarding and windsurfing to sailing and scuba diving. For those who prefer land over water, there is also muchropescourse_tigertail_rotator-edt to do including a ropes course and rock climbing wall. Tigertail also hosts overnight adventure trips, credit or non-credit classes, conferences and meetings, team building activities, parties and even weddings.

For more information on Tigertail Lake Recreational Center, visit the facility website.