The spirit of Hallandale Beach is perhaps best encapsulated by its water tower, which rises above the city and is painted like a beach ball splashing into water. The land of the city was originally used by the Seminole tribes to hunt and gather a root used to make dough. When it was settled by Europeans, it became a farming community, with the beach used for recreation.
As of the 2010 census, Hallandale Beach had over 27,000 housing units and a population of 37,113. The city provides for a wide range of ages – it has an Adult Community Center where adults can earn high school diplomas. Recreational programs are available to children in the form of after-school homework help and activities. An athletic league for youth includes programs in track and field, soccer, football, cheerleading, boxing, bowling, baseball, and basketball. Hallandale Beach’s municipal pool is open year-round and offers swim lessons as well.
Hallandale Beach offers several lovely parks for the enjoyment of visitors and residents alike. Some parks feature playgrounds and pavilions, and others offer public beach access. Among the points of interest is the Curci House, a 1924 stucco villa that survived a massive hurricane in 1926, sheltering residents who had lost their homes. The house is open to tours.
The city has a few public schools, although other Broward County schools welcome Hallandale children if their parents want to send them.
Hallandale Beach is home to the Gulfstream Park racetrack as well as a major greyhound track.