Chivalry lives at the Florida Renaissance Festival in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Come to the Quiet Waters Park, home of the Village of Kegsworthy. Look for noble steeds showing their strength in the Xtreme Action Arena and be awed by magic at the Wishing Well Stage. Other performance venues in the village include the Ottoman Empire, Checkmate Dance Stage, and Lakeside Point.
With no less than 16 areas in the village set up to demonstrate the life of a 16th-century village, the Florida Renaissance Festival will enchant the most-seasoned medieval fan. Meet Robin Hood and Maid Marian. Attend a Royal Tea and hear stories of old. Indulge in meat pies, leg of lamb, fried green tomatoes, and desserts like chocolate-dipped frozen bananas.
Bring the family. The kids will enjoy the costumes, games, and rides. See not only this authentic period event but also explore southern Florida. Quiet Waters Park has a myriad of things to do, including a cable water skiing system. Of course, you cannot miss the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area. Take a boat tour and maybe even spot an alligator while there.
The tickets for the Florida Renaissance Festival come as one day or season passes. Prices range from $10 to $120. If you plan to play some games, attend a pub crawl or spend whatever time it takes to make your way through the Escape Room, additional passes are required. Children under 5 are usually free. If you would like VIP parking, book it at the same time as your pass.
The Ren Fest is held just north of Fort Lauderdale. I-75 or I-95 will get you there, and depending on which way you are traveling, you may pass through Boca Raton or Pompano Beach. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is nearby; take a picnic and enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s “Central Park.” FL511 will keep you on top of traffic delays and weather alerts as you travel through these areas.
Parking is free and plentiful. To acquire an accessible spot, have your ADA placard visible. Shuttles will run all seekers of merriment from the parking lot to the entrance gates. Advance VIP Parking passes can be obtained online ahead of time, and doing so enables you to leave your rig in a spot close to the entrance.
Broward County Transit has a convenient bus service that can get you where you need to go with ease. See their website for fares and routes. Alternatively, take one of the county’s bright yellow cabs or a ridesharing service to get you to the Florida Ren Fest gates.
The Village of Kegsworthy at Quiet Waters Park does not have camping accommodations, but the surrounding areas do. Look to RV resorts in Deerfield Beach to stay close to the Ren Fest. Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, and Margate offer large sites and amenities like pools, playgrounds, and full hookups, sure to please the whole family.
Whether you choose to claim a site in a privately owned campground in the south or would like to try a government-run location, the options are endless. There are close to 175 state parks in Florida, and they all have something special to offer. Consider going even further south and making Long Key your family’s new favorite state park. Jonathan Dickinson State Park covers over 11,500 acres of land and is the ideal spot for a group that loves to hike, canoe, and fish.
Paved roads and walkways make getting around in a wheelchair or via scooter very accessible. Let the organizers know five days in advance of your arrival if you have ADA needs. They will ensure that you can partake in activities of your choosing. Comfortable footwear is required. The village of Kegsworthy is a big one. You won’t want to miss a thing in between the Stables, Good Knights Stage, Jacob’s Ladder, the Souvenir Shoppe, and more.
Rent your finery at the festival if you do not have a costume of your own. Attendees with their own dresses, kilts, pirate outfits, and noble wear can sport their favorite medieval gear. Bring along shorts, t-shirt, and sneakers to change into if the mid-day heat becomes intense. A hat is always a good idea to protect your face from the sun.
Coolers and outside food and drink items must be left back at camp. Pack light and leave room in your bag for shopping at the many artisan booths on-site. Sunscreen and a camera will be all that you need. Expect that your bag may be checked as you enter the gates. Gear for the campsite includes a flashlight, extra batteries, toiletries, and food preparation items.
The Florida Ren Fest is well attended, so be sure to keep the kids by your side as you meander through the village. Make stops at the games so the kiddos can throw a tomato, climb the wall at the King’s Tower, and maybe even try balloon fencing. With all of the activity, children may not want to stop for a minute but ensure the family stays hydrated and takes a break in the shade now and then.
Light and easy meals suit the Florida weather best. If marshmallow roasting is on the agenda, check with campground staff members to verify if there is a burn ban in place. County governments make the call according to recent rainfall, or lack of it. Pack all the pots and pans you will need for indoor cooking, and check the propane and water tanks before leaving home.
Deerfield Beach is the best place for trying a water-side restaurant. Grab a seat and watch the waves roll in as you enjoy seafood, steaks, salads, oysters, and more. Gorgeous “can’t be beaten” views await, so satisfy your hungry tummy and delight your eyes at the same time. Great food is just a few minutes away from your camping oasis.
Bring cash for the games, rides, and food, and as well, some vendors may not take credit. Otherwise, credit cards can be used. Several ATMs are scattered throughout the village of Kegsworthy for your convenience. You won’t go hungry here as the food and fixin’s are aplenty. Shop till you drop as well, and buy period-type novelties and clothing. Maybe even take the time for a henna tattoo or body art.
Security staff members are fully trained and ready to assist in any circumstance. Pets are not allowed on the premises, other than certified service dogs dressed in their identifiable vest. Back at the campsite, lock valuables in your motorhome each time you leave the area. Secure the windows and outside storage compartments as well.
The Florida Renaissance Festival goes on rain or shine. Bring rubber boots and a rain jacket if you encounter a wet day in Kegsworthy. A little wet weather will not slow down the entertainment or the tomfoolery, so put on a smile and join right in. If hazardous weather is on the horizon, store your lawn chairs and campsite banner in a safe place.
The first-aid station for the 16th-century village is located right outside the entrance gates, making it easy to find if need be. If you have medical needs, let Guest Services know, and they’ll be sure to lend a hand to make your festival experience authentic and fun. Key points to remember are hydration and protection from the sun.