This buzzy and lively city is one of the many popular tourist and business destinations in Florida. Not too far from Miami, it’s a great place to stay on route to Disney too. Known for its long days full of sunshine and conveniently situated on a beach, take swimwear as it’s the best place to kick back and relax.
Fort Lauderdale Beach is beautiful. Picture white sand, swaying palm trees and clear blue sea with the right amount of breeze to enjoy the glorious weather. Not as raucous as Miami Beach, it’s the best place for families with children.
Head down to Sawgrass Recreation Park and gaze in wonder at the alligators and Floridian wildlife. The recreation park features airboat tours (although the best way to really soak up the views is on-board one of the GOGO Jets’ fleet from above) where visitors can see the flora, fauna, birds and fish. Airboat tours go regularly throughout the day and at night time too.
In the city center, there’s the Riverwalk which is the arts and entertainment area of Fort Lauderdale where visitors can take in a show or enjoy some of the hospitality that Fort Lauderdale has on offer.
Shoppers beware, there are so many different boutiques, malls and outlets shopping areas to enjoy that it’s a good idea to schedule specific shopping time! Las Olas Boulevard is home to over 65 different retailers (including a treasure trove of designer names) and also has three museums plus 10 art galleries to experience. It’s also one of the best areas to eat with plenty of al fresco restaurants with outdoor areas spilling out onto the street.
The Hugh Taylor Birch State Park sits between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic with a wealth of activities for everyone, young and old. Try canoeing or kayaking on one of the lakes or bike the two mile long route. There’s also the Coastal Hammock Trail which is on foot. For those who enjoy the solitude of fishing, there’s plenty of fresh fish waiting to be caught. The area is also a haven for keen bird-watchers.
For Fort Lauderdale culture, don’t miss the Stranahan House Museum which features many interesting exhibits of Floridian life in the 1900’s. The house was originally built by Frank Stranahan as a trading post. There are three guided tours daily and it’s well worth a visit.