Local Attractions and Info
THINGS TO DO IN FORT LAUDERDALE
Hit the Beach!
Fort Lauderdale’s beaches offer crystal-clear water, beautiful white sand and great weather year-round! You’ll probably find the beaches of Fort Lauderdale a little tamer than South Beach but just as much fun for the family!
Come to our charming seaside village located on the barrier island just east of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Our town is a fabulous destination to visit on vacation offering everything from beachfront hotels to charming restaurants, exciting South Florida attractions, shopping merchants, real estate experts and more, plus don’t forget the famous beach and fishing pier in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.
Located just north of Ft. Lauderdale in the heart of Florida’s Gold Coast, The City of Pompano Beach is home to some of the warmest and clearest waters, beautiful sand beaches, and calming breezes. It’s the perfect place for a beach vacation, with opportunities for lots of fun and adventure. Enjoy great dining, exciting water sports from deep sea fishing to paddle boarding or just relaxing on the beach.
Las Olas Boulevard
South Florida’s most architecturally unique, authentic, and eclectic shopping and dining district. Stroll the boulevard, duck in and out of our cool breezeways, and be delighted by what you discover. Nowhere else in Florida will you find…
· Over 30 al fresco dining options
· 10 major international art galleries
· 2 world class museums
· 1 charming historic hotel
· 65 shops filled with fashion, accessories, gifts, and more . . .
Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale and the Riverwalk Linear Park is a lush tropical oasis in the downtown center of an urban metropolis. Our mission is “to be the catalyst in building and nurturing Riverwalk as a vibrant community connected by the New River”. With wonderful dining venues and special events throughout the year, Riverwalk is an amazing destination! http://www.goriverwalk.com/
Jungle Queen Riverboat
Book yourself a tour on Fort Lauderdale’s legendary riverboat, The Jungle Queen. Whether you choose a dinner cruise or sightseeing tour, it is sure to be a fun-filled way to see the ”Venice of America”.
Museum of Discovery and Science
Your kids will love Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Discovery and Science. You’re bound to find a learning adventure for the whole family. The museum is home to over 200 exhibits including the largest living coral reef in captivity, bats, snakes, the Runways to Rockets aerospace exhibit and an IMAX theater.
Butterfly World offers visitors a fun, educational opportunity to get an up-close look at this 10-acre butterfly farm and research facility. In addition to being the birthplace of over a million butterflys, Butterfly World features the largest free-flight hummingbird aviary in the United States.
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
This park, whose lands were donated to the state by Hugh Taylor Birch, is located between the Intracoastal Waterway and the beautiful, blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. You can rent a canoe, fish from the seawall, or access the beach via the pedestrian tunnel. It is a perfect place to spend the day picnicing or on nature walks. “The canoe ride along the fresh water lagoon is AMAZING!”
Sawgrass Mills is the largest collection of outlet and value retail shops in the US. With over 350 stores, they include may not found anywhere else in Florida, like Burberry Factory Outlet, Prada, and Salvator Ferragamo to name a few. “This can be an ALL DAY shopping experience, if not overwhelming. The largest outlet mall I ever saw!”
Just 30 minutes west of Miami-Dade County, experience how the Miccosukee Indian Tribe existed and still exists in ‘The Heart of the Florida Everglades.’ Let our experienced guides take you on a tour of our history, culture and lifestyle. See a variety of demonstrators and displays from woodcarving to patchwork, beadwork, basket weaving and doll making. Take an airboat ride and get up close to the Florida Alligator and learn how the species has thrived in the Everglades for centuries.
Everglades Holiday Park
Nicknamed the “Gateway to the Everglades”, the park is situated o 29 acres of pristine wetlands in sunny Fort Lauderdale. With airboat rides, fishing, wildlife viewing, food concessions, boat rentals, alligator shows, and a campground facility, Everglades Holiday Park is recognized as a top Florida attraction.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Located between the Beaches of Greater Fort Lauderdale and the metropolis of Miami, the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll continually pulsates throughout the veins of this year-round vacation hotspot. Whether you want to gamble, dine, lounge, or be entertained by celebrities, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has it all!
Fruit and Spice Park
The Park’s tropical climate can be found nowhere else in the continental U.S. and hosts over 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, and nuts, and other commercially important plant specimens from around the world. The Park showcases 150 varieties of mango, 75 varieties of bananas, 70 bamboo varieties, and numerous other exotic edibles. Visitors are invited to munch at our tasting counter inside our Park Store or enjoy lunch at the Mango Cafe.
With 1.5 million acres of swamps, saw-grass prairies and sub-tropical jungles, Everglades National Park is one of the most unusual public parks in the United States. Located on the southern tip of Florida, the park is home to 14 rare and endangered species, including the American Crocodile, the Florida Panther and the West Indian Manatee. A large portion of the park is primitive, explored only by adventurists and researchers – but visitors have ample opportunity to walk, camp and canoe. You can start your journey by reading our Visitors Guide to Everglades National Park and learn how your time in this natural wonderland can take the form of a quick drive or a full week’s adventure in the backcountry swamp.
Coral Castle is truly a monument to the uniqueness of Miami! This attraction was built by a Latvian-born Miami resident named Ed Leedskalnin as a monument to his lover. After 28 years of effort, he introduced his 1100-ton coral creation to the world. It’s a bit of a trip from downtown, but well worth the time.
No visit to Miami can be considered complete without a stop at South Beach — the quintenssential Miami hot spot. From shopping to partying, this area of Miami Beach is well-known for being a trendy locale. Depending upon your personal tastes, you might enjoy spending a full weekend touring South Beach, take a South Beach walking tour, explore the Art Deco architecture of the area or party all night with the Miami Beach nightlife.