Welcome to Oakland Park
Home to nearly 50,000 residents, it’s where a small-town-vibe and urban living beautifully mesh.
Arches with a metal-engraved “Downtown Oakland Park” greet residents and visitors alike along its hopping Northeast 12th Avenue drag. On this stretch, you’ll find some of South Florida’s most renowned breweries, a quaint coffee shop, City Hall and restaurants spanning the culinary spectrum. But there is so much more to this town beyond its epicenter. Geographically, Oakland Park is generally bordered by Oakland Park Boulevard to the south, US-1 / Federal Highway to the east, up to Northeast 62nd Street (in select portions) and as far west as Northwest 35th Avenue in some portions.
Within Oakland Park’s limits, you’ll find some of Broward County’s most classic neighborhoods, including North Andrews Gardens with quaint single-family homes and The Corals with larger, swooping estates. There are also dozens of condominium complexes, from the simplistic to the most modern that are loaded with amenities. Wherever you land in Oakland Park, Downtown Fort Lauderdale and the Atlantic Ocean are always within a 15-minute drive.
What to Love
- Assorted living options spanning HOA-free single-family homes to luxury condos.
- Proximity to I-95, US-1 / Federal Highway and Florida’s Turnpike for regional commutes.
- Shopping, parks and its very own downtown all within Oakland Park limits.
If the hustle of bustle of Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard is or becomes a little much, Oakland Park has its own bumpin’ stretch with a smaller town vibe. Northeast 12th Avenue runs parallel to Dixie Highway and, in Oakland Park, between Northeast 38th Street to the north and Oakland Park Boulevard to the south is a place to be. Its anchors include Funky Buddha Brewery, Cyth & Co. coffee shop, The Butcher’s Barrel restaurant, Nour Thai Kitchen and The Wander Shop, a boutique. Just north of the main drag, you’ll find Jaco Pastorius Park, which hosts outdoor concerts and cultural events year-round.
There are plenty of other stretches of local hotspots within Oakland Park, too. Along Prospect Road where it meets North Andrews Avenue, you’ll find the classic diners American Coffee Shop and Garden as well as Fat Freddy’s Sub Shop. South on Andrews Avenue are numerous shops, taco joints and grocery stores that are favorites for the Latino community and well beyond.
Dining, Entertainment, Shopping
Within Oakland Park’s extensive confines, you can find it all within the shopping, entertainment and dining realms.
Just east of I-95 along Oakland Park Boulevard, there is a Lowe’s Home Improvement for household needs. Another option is within five minutes – Home Depot is just west of I-95 on Oakland Park Boulevard.
There are dozens of grocery stores within Oakland Park, including mom-and-pop produce operations like Farmers Market Vegetables and Swinging Bananas to major supermarket names. Publix, ALDI and Bravo Supermarkets may all be found within the city’s limits.
Things to Do
Park is in its name and, indeed, Oakland Park has some of the region’s best. Among them is Wimberly Fields Park which underwent a major enhancement in recent years and now includes a splash pad for kids, baseball fields, tennis courts and some of the nicest pickleball courts (with wind screens and lights!) in all of Broward County. Easterlin Park is just west of I-95 and north of Oakland Park. Dotted with 250-year-old cypress trees, the park includes a disc golf course, nature trail and campgrounds. A local secret – there is also a small park behind City Hall with two tennis courts and playground.
Within or minutes from Oakland Park are some of the region’s most fun and quirky destinations for the entire family. These include Xtreme Action Park – an amusement center with an indoor go-kart track, escape rooms and hundreds of arcade games; the indoor rock-climbing gym projectROCK; and the Oakland Park Selfie Museum.
Schools serving Oakland Park include: