Sunrise, Florida

Sunrise, Florida

The City of Sunrise in western Broward County was incorporated in 1961 with the intention of attracting retirees. In fact, it was originally called “Sunset,” because of its spectacular sunsets, but the name did not sit well with the retirees. It was then named Sunrise Golf Village, a name that was later officially changed to Sunrise.

The entrance sign for various government agencies and public buildings in Sunrise, Florida. File photo credit: Serenethos, Shutterstock.com, licensed.
The entrance sign for various government agencies and public buildings in Sunrise, Florida. File photo credit: Serenethos, Shutterstock.com, licensed.

About The Community

In the sixties, Sunrise had a population of 4,300 and encompassed less than two square miles area. It expanded to its current boundaries through annexation to more than 18 square miles. The current population is over ninety thousand people of rich ethnic diversity. The community is adjacent to the Everglades Conservation Area, just minutes away from Ft. Lauderdale’s beaches, and less than an hour from Miami and Palm Beach. Its location in the middle of the tri-county region (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach), has made it the home of vast number of business, residential and entertainment opportunities.



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An aerial photo of thrift, flea and farmers market in Sunrise FL on March 16, 2020.
An aerial photo of thrift, flea and farmers market in Sunrise FL on March 16, 2020. File photo credit: Felix Mizioznikov, Shutterstock.com, licensed.

It is also is home to the Sawgrass Mills Mall, currently the fourth largest outlet mall in the country and the largest in Florida. This is an enclosed outlet mall with over 300 retail outlets and name brand discounters. Recently, the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass with its new, high-end fashion district opened here. This is an open-air promenade featuring Mediterranean architecture, fountains and plazas and luxury outlet stores.


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Sunrise is one of South Florida’s most progressive cities and there are constant additions to its civic facilities. A new eighteen thousand square foot multi-purpose community center is getting ready adjacent to City Park and the new branch library on Sunset Strip. A new park named Sunrise Golf Village Park, referring to the original name of the City in acknowledgement of the site’s historical importance is under construction. A renovated Piper Field offers separate fields for baseball and multi-purpose play. The city also offers excellent facilities for tennis and ice-skating.


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The BB&T Center is a state-of-the-art arena, the second largest in the nation and is the home of the NHL’s Florida Panthers hockey team. It also hosts top national entertainment and events and has several leisure centers within it. The three thousand-capacity Sinatra Theatre hosts internationally known artists, comedy acts as well as children’s shows and off-Broadway plays. The Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra founded in 1987 performs in the city.

An aerial view on BB&T Center indoor arena, home of the Florida Panthers NHL hockey team.
An aerial view on BB&T Center indoor arena, home of the Florida Panthers NHL hockey team. July 07, 2019File photo: YES Market Media, Shutterstock.com, licensed.

The thirty-year-old Sunrise Country Club is an exclusive privately owned club with golfing facilities open to the public. The city owned Springtree Golf Course is a par 61 executive course designed to suit golfers of every level of skill. Springtree Golf Course Clubhouse with its Old Florida style of architecture ranks among the top clubhouses in the country.

The Central Broward Park and Broward County Stadium, a large county park and the only cricket stadium in Lauderhill, Florida, and the United States. It is owned and operated by Broward County.
The Central Broward Park and Broward County Stadium, a large county park and the only cricket stadium in Lauderhill, Florida, and the United States. It is owned and operated by Broward County. File photo credit: Felix Mizioznikov, Shutterstock.com, licensed.

Sawgrass Sanctuary is a twenty-acre park and learning center that preserves and protects the City’s ecological heritage. It features an observation platform, a fishing pier and fishing bank, a 200-foot boardwalk, a hiking/bicycling trail, and interpretive displays identifying the park’s four dominant native ecosystems. Wannado City is an extraordinary new experience for children and the first interactive environment of its kind in the United States. It enables young kids to role-play 250 careers, including lawyer, TV anchor, doctor, firefighter, banker, pilot and police officer.

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