Welcome To Fort Lauderdale
This beachside city smack bang in the centre of Florida’s Gold Coast offers laid-back charm and year-round sun. You can take in the sights with a stroll along the landscaped beachfront promenade, with its signature white wave wall and brick paved path. Away from the golden sands, you can immerse yourself in the buzzing arts scene, tuck in at one of the city’s diverse restaurants or take a gondola on the city’s boating canals.
Highlights of Fort Lauderdale Florida
- Great for: A magnificent all-round array of attractions, shopping, nightlife and dining
- Famous for: All the waterways and canals that make it The Venice of America
- Closest airport with direct flights: Miami International Airport is just 32 miles to the south
- Why we like it: The excellent shopping and dining along central hub Las Olas Boulevard
- Itineraries featuring Fort Lauderdale Florida :
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Hotels in Fort Lauderdale Florida
The Pelican Grand Beach Resort is a luxury hotel that provides guests with the space to relax and unwind. The location of this hotel is simply stunning. Enjoy the view of a white sandy beach leading to the Caribbean Ocean.
The Boca Raton Resort & Club is a stunning resort with endless experiences and activities for guests to enjoy. Featuring 7 swimming pools, 10 onsite restaurants and two golf courses. The hotel is situated on Boca Raton Lake and truly has everything you could wish for.
Things to do in Fort Lauderdale Florida
Familiarise Yourself With The Culture In FT Lauderdale
African American Research Library and Cultural Centre
The main library and children’s library hold more books by black authors and black history books than any other library in the country. Check out its exhibitions and events.
Discover the spirit and history of the Seminole Tribe. Learn about their way of life in the late 1800s and wander through a recreated Seminole village.
Old Dillard Museum
This museum traces the people, places, and events that have challenged and inspired generations of African-Americans in Fort Lauderdale.
An urban art trail featuring over two miles of verdant walkways, contemporary street furniture and over a dozen public art installations. This trail encourages visitors to get outside and explore the local neighbourhood.
Built-in 1901 by Fort Lauderdale’s founding father Frank Stranahan and his wife Ivy, the area’s first school teacher, this is the oldest surviving building in Broward County. The museum has previously served as a trading post, post office and town hall and now serves as a historic house museum.
FT Lauderdale Boating & Beaches
Fort Lauderdale has a beach to match everybody’s mood, from the family-friendly Deerfield Beach and fishing hot spots of Pompano Beach to the retro-cool Hollywood Beach or seaside village charm of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
You can also set sail on the 480 kilometres of inland waterways and see for yourself why Fort Lauderdale is called the Yachting Capital of the World. Or go deep-sea fishing and learn to scuba dive with walk-in diving spots that bring you face-to-face with amazing marine life.
Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruises
Take a sightseeing cruise of Millionaire’s Row and stop-off at the Tropical Isle to see rare birds and monkeys. Or take in the sunset and cruise up the New River, dig in at the ‘all you can eat’ dinner and enjoy the variety show.
Kick Back & Relax In FT Lauderdale
You pick the beach and the therapist will take care of the rest by setting up a table and bringing all the extras, like warm oils and music, to you.
Explore The Outdoors In FT Lauderdale
Go wild in the Everglades. Keep your eyes peeled for alligators, tour the unique wetlands of the Everglades swamp and ride along a river made of grass. Visit the world’s largest butterfly garden and hummingbird aviary. or join a guided night-time turtle walk and spy hatchlings as they scurry out to sea.
Make a dream come true and reserve a swim with dolphins (age five and up).
FT Lauderdale Fun
Xtreme Action Park
This is the largest indoor entertainment venue in Florida with attractions including go-kart racing, bowling, the Glow-in-the-Dark Bazooka Blast, trampoline park and roller skating rink.
Wine & Dine In FT Lauderdale's Most Prestigious Restaurant
Chef Jean Pierre’s Cooking School
For twenty years, Jean-Pierre has been teaching the tricks of the trade at his gourmet cooking school. Classes range from ‘Cooking 101’ for beginners, to pastry and baking classes or even learning the art of charcuterie.
Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille
This contemporary seafood restaurant located in a historic riverside hotel has been named one of the ‘10 Hottest Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale’ by Miami Eater. If your orders fresh and plentiful then this is the place for you.
Canyon Southwest Café
Try the notorious Prickly Pear Margarita and this intimate restaurant’s unique artisanal food, with Asian, Southern and Central American influences.
Taste Italian food at its best from culinary superstar chef Angelo Elia. His Tuscan-style cuisine features nightly specials paired with one of the largest wine selections in South Florida.
Malls & Markets In FT Lauderdale
The world’s largest designer outlet mall where you can visit luxury stores like Prada, Kate Spade, Bloomingdale’s Outlet and Saks Off 5th.
Fort Lauderdale’s most fashionable address. Arrive by car or water taxi and find sophisticated retailers like Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Coach and Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden.
Las Olas Boulevard
Peruse the trendy boutiques and enjoy the twinkling lights along South Florida’s most architecturally unique, authentic and eclectic shopping and dining district.
Festival Flea Market
Bargain hunters won’t want to miss this indoor market featuring over 500 shops and thousands of deals on jewellery, shoes, clothes and everything in-between.
To the Moon
You’re sure to find something to satisfy even the sweetest tooth at this candy store selling sweets from your childhood and many years before. Varieties date back to 1806 to the newest creations, with chocolates from over 80 countries and more than 100 types of black liquorice alone.