The Swap Shop in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is one of the world's largest indoor/outdoor entertainment and bargain shopping attractions. It covers 88 acres between I-95 and the Florida Turnpike and includes a little something fun for everyone:
Farmers market with fresh produce
2,000 vendors selling merchandise at bargain prices
Gigantic flea market featuring antiques and gently used items
Amusement rides and a giant video arcade
One of the world's largest drive-in movie theaters, featuring 14 screens
The Swap Shop is open 365 days a year, including holidays, rain or shine. (See Hours of operation below.)
Started by Betty and Preston Henn in 1963, the Swap Shop was originally called the Thunderbird Drive-In Movie Theater. Back then, the Thunderbird had just 1 movie screen.
In 1966, the Henns began using the site for a weekend flea market. The main building, which opened in 1979, served as an open-air food court with vendor booths lining the perimeter. In 1988, the building was enclosed and air-conditioned.
The following year, the Henns began offering regular concerts and brought in a circus to offer daily performances. They also added a carnival, video game arcade, and other attractions.
Today, the Swap Shop is south Florida’s second-largest tourist destination, attracting visitors from the United States, Canada, and other countriesaround the world. More than 12 million people visit each year. The Swap Shop is open 7 days a week, including all holidays.
Hours of Operation
Sunday: 7:30 a.m.- to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
We open at the following times:
Sunday, Thursday, and Saturday: 4:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 6 a.m. Tuesday: 5:30 a.m.
For more information about hours, please call 954-791-7927.
The Swap Shop is situated at 3291 West Sunrise Blvd., between I-95 and the Florida Turnpike in Fort Lauderdale.
Via I-95 (north or south): Take I-95 to the West Sunrise Boulevard exit (29B). The Swap Shop is 1 mile west of I-95.
Via I-75 (Sawgrass Extension): Take I-75 to I-595; go east to I-95 north; then proceed to the West Sunrise Boulevard exit (29B). The Swap Shop is 1 mile west of I-95.
Some hotels will arrange transportation to the Swap Shop. Visitors also can take the Tri-Rail to the Swap Shop on Saturdays from points throughout Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties.
For more information regarding directions, please call 954-791-7927.