This aquatic center is a site for many international competitions. It has a 50-meters pool and hosts photos and medals from historically important swimming events worldwide. Moreover, you can catch vintage swimming movies there. A must see for all swimming, synchronized swimming, diving and water polo buffs.
This modern art museum has many permanent collections including works by American artist William Glackens, the artists of the northern European CoBrA movement and contemporary works from more than 90 Cuban artists in exile around the world. Make time for the Picasso ceramics and the Indigo Room.
Daily tours on swamp buggies take visitors through wetlands, hardwood hammocks and wildlife areas all on the Seminole Indians’ 2,200-acre Big Cypress Reservation. The kids will love the alligator farm and, if feeling very adventurous, you can stay the night in a native Tiki hut.
Built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, this is Ft. Lauderdale’s oldest standing structure and a perfect example of “Florida Frontier” architecture. In its many incarnations, this building has been a post office, general store, town hall and, today, is a small museum that teaches about South Florida Pioneer life.
This fun and interactive museum will please adults and children alike. Enjoy the 52-foot-tall Great Gravity Clock, the largest kinetic energy sculpture in the state. In Florida Ecoscapes, there is a living coral reef, bats, alligators and more. Kids under seven will stay busy in the Discovery Center.
The Swap Shop has become one of the most popular attraction in the area and offers indoor as well as outdoor entertainment on over 80 acres. You can get a retro experience in one of the world’s largest Drive-In cinemas and refresh yourself with farmer’s products in the big food court. Moreover, in between movies you can go and get a bargain at the flea market with over 2,000 stalls or stop by at the video arcade.
As Ft. Lauderdale is the “Venice of America” a boat cruise in its colorful rivers is a must. The well-equipped yachts will take you to important attractions such as the historical Stranahan House, it will lead you trough areas with high-class condos and will show you hidden gems such as the House of Butterflies. Lean back and enjoy the stunning view!
Following the success of Clive Farrell, founder of the London Butterfly House, Roland Boender opened not only one of the most colorful tourist attractions in the area but also established a research and education facility. Pay a visit to the fragile and kind creatures, learn more about rare and most peculiar species and dive into the world of butterflies.
Take off your shoes and stroll in the warm sand of Las Olas Beach! Should you ever get tired of relaxing in the sun or swimming in the azure blue sea you can always grab a bite at the various restaurants along the beach or check out the luxury boutiques nearby.
You’ve always wanted to catch a glimpse of the heroic job of fire fighters? Fort Lauderdale invites you to visit a small museum that provides great insights into the routine of some of today's heroes. The historic building, dating back to 1927, used to be a fire station and showcases old and new fire prevention techniques. An entertaining and educating experience for adults and children alike.
While Fort Lauderdale's waters aren't specifically known for high waves, it's a perfect spot for surfing beginners. EZride Surf School equips you with everything you have to know about boards, techniques or water safety and provides lessons by professional surfers on a daily basis.
As leading cultural and arts venue, the Boward Center of Performing Arts hosts over 700 shows and events per year and has its own education program for arts students in the US. Located in the Riverwalk Entertainment District, it is a venue of talent, music and theater and provides an ideal opportunity for a magical experience on stage.
Whether you’re scuba diving or snorkeling, the warm water conditions of Florida makes it an ideal location for a glimpse under the water surface. At Sea Experience you can join a glass bottom boat cruise into the blue or take scuba diving courses to get closer to world of sea dwellers.
Founded in 1927, the Botanical Garden is home to more than 3000 exotic animals and some of the tallest and oldest trees in Florida. The associated Wildlife Sanctuary is a refuge for rehabilitated animals such as alligators, panthers, otters, peacocks and flamingos. Join a narrated tram tour through the jungle and wetlands or discover the peculiarities of the tropic wildlife during special encounter shows.
Not far from busy Fort Lauderdale lies the town Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. You can leave behind the rush of the Hollywood area, stroll along Anglins Fishing Pier and soak up the sun on its peaceful sandy beaches. Enjoy the small-town vibe as a day trip or check in to one of the many quiet hotels in the area.
While there are many guided tours on the Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterways, the Jungle Queen Cruises are probably the most famous ones. Old-fashioned sternwheeler ships travel the rivers and offer tours between 90 minutes and three hours. Not only the beautiful view but also dinners and shows on the riverboats will make this cruise a memorable moment.
Not far from the coast lies the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park with its colorful flora and fauna. Tortoises, squirrels and various birds can be found among its wildlife. As a visitor you can explore the tropical hammock by canoeing in the lagoon, cycling on paved roads or simply hiking between trees and bushes.
This sprawling 1921 estate gives an amazing flashback to the Florida of years gone by. This waterfront home, once inhabited by world-renowned artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife, Evelyn, is accessible now by a guided tour. The formal tropical gardens and unique design are worth the few hours of lazy afternoon exploration.
This California cuisine with an island kick is a Fort Lauderdale culinary gem. No one can say no to the Bimini bread appetizer, oatmeal and molasses yeast roll with honey inside. The St. Kitts Lump crab cake and Diane salad are other huge hits! The ambience and waterfront view transport guests into an easy island vibe.
Mangos is the perfect Happy Hour and lunch spot with good deals on drinks and appetizers daily. A young after-work crowd and late-night after-bar crowd keep this restaurant-lounge packed, both inside and outside. The outside seating and daily live music provide great enjoyment of the balmy Florida weather.
Don’t let the strip mall exterior fool you! When you enter Café Vico, you are invited to a beautiful Tuscan experience that is voted most romantic restaurant year in and out. The menu is changed daily. The home-made pastas are a must for every meal with their stuffing such as crab meat with lobster cream sauce.
Begin with a Prickly Pear Margarita and the fried oysters. This Southwestern fusion restaurant combines Asian and South American influences to make creative dishes such as ostrich skewers, coriander crusted tuna with sticky rice and smoked salmon tostada. The fresh seafood and wild game are accentuated with tastes like mango, wasabi, chipotle, and red chillies. The great cuisine is enhanced by a fun and upbeat crowd.
The panoramic view of the Intracoastal Waterway is definitely not the only reason why you should dine at Grille 66 & Bar. If you choose a table at the high-class restaurant, an award-winning four stars chef will serve you everything from aged steaks over stuffed lobster to seasonal fish and vegetables. Don’t forget to take a look at the extensive offer of wine and enjoy the excellent tastes of the restaurant’s bar menu.
Put another straw in your coconut and relax in the Caribbean atmosphere by the sea. While some 60 years ago the place was a spring break hotspot for students from all over the country, nowadays you will find a laid back restaurant to let the evening fade away. Located next to the beach, you can choose between various seasonal sea food and a broad range of refreshing cocktails right after a swim.
With locations in Boca Raton, the Bahamas and Fort Lauderdale, Casa D’Angelo is one of the most popular Italian restaurants in the area. The authentic cuisine focuses on inspiring seasonal dishes and the ambiance provides a Tuscan-experience right in South Florida. Enjoy your meal with one of the hand selected wines and count on the experienced wine steward for your perfect match.
Whether you’re seeking brunch, lunch or dinner, Johnny V is your fit on Las Olas Boulevard. Name giver and chef Johnny Vinczencz is known for his bold creations and delicious dishes. If you’re spending a day on the nearby beach, don’t miss the happy hour and its specials from Sunday till Friday.
Not only raw food buffs and vegetable-lover will find new favorites in the Green Bar & Kitchen. The menu stretches from Avocado-Toast to rustic burgers or bowls of chili and offers dishes for every meal and every taste. Get your share of fresh and organic vegetables and feel the energy revive body.
This lovely decorated and exotic ambiance restaurant invites you to an extended dinner. To keep their guests happy and to provide a menu rich in variety the specials are subject to change, ranging from Coconut Soup to Chilean Seabass Filet or various meat dishes. A must for spicy-food lovers!
It’s getting hot! Anthony’s Coal Fried Pizza serves you food that has been exposed to an 800-degree oven. Of course, the Italian place offers various authentic specials besides the round dough. No one can say no to their Italian Soul Food, Eggplant Marino or meatballs with ricotta cheese.
If you’re craving a gourmet steak, you'll want to make everything right. Steak 945 is the ideal place for a luxury dinner in an elegant and classy setting. Try the tenderness of a Kobe steak or enjoy the robust flavors of their raw bar and seafood cocktails. An experience you don’t want to miss!
The vegan spot in the heart of Fort Lauderdale is not merely a restaurant but has a vision of making the world just a little bit better. The owner actively supports animal welfare and creatively realizes her efforts in the animal-free cuisine of Sublime. The appealing plant-based dishes come with exotic spices and innovative combinations. Crispy cauliflower meeting sweet chili will tickle your taste buds and you’ll find yourself in chocolate nirvana with the dairy-free dessert creations.
At Bao you can find all the flavors of Asia, Indonesia, India or Korea in one place. Owner Simon Bai made it his mission to bring Asia to South Florida and established a restaurants that offers Tapas and Truffle Rice next to traditional Sushi. Pig out on the Bao Buns with pork and Apple Kimchi and enjoy the rich flavor!
No matter how modest it might seem from the outside, Hary Park won’t disappoint you. Located outside the noisy center, the small but excellent bistro is a hidden gem of local cuisine and offers premium products and dishes in generous servings. Perfect for a quick lunch or a romantic dinner for two.
With its rustic interior and homely atmosphere, eating at Gilbert’s is like dinner at grandma’s. The family restaurant is a quality burger place that naturally also serves a wide range of rips, roast pork and grilled dishes. Home-made Lime Pies or Cheesecake invite you to linger for a while and remember the good old times.
Nestled at the Portside of Fort Lauderdale, Market 17 focuses on a wide range of organic products and brings them from the farm right to your table. Besides excellent quality and healthy dishes, it offers a special way of experiencing food to its guests. Here you've got the chance to dine in the dark and explore the sensitivity of your taste buds in several courses. With friends and family you can make clues about the food on your plate, discuss charming odors and flavors and share a special evening together.
Sitting at the water’s edge will make you feel like dining on a Pirate boat. To create the perfect seafood experience the owners have sailed the seven seas and brought back just the best of each part. This is where Brazilian taste meets Caribbean lifestyle and brings forth a menu rich in flavors and variety. Try the Crab Cakes and don’t miss out on the Fire Coral Shrimps.
This bakery and bistro in one serves a bit of everything. The bakery offers fresh cakes, tortes, mousses, cheesecakes, tarts, pastries and pies while the bistro side gives a huge selection of salads and soups. The sandwiches and empanadas are a lunchtime treat. This is the perfect place to meet friends and grab a delectable bite.
Who wouldn’t fall for the romantic atmosphere of a café that breathes the charm of the motion picture? Café Casablanca has all you need for a special time with your better half and offers you local bites as well as outstanding bakery. Drop by at the happy hour between 16.00-19.00 and discover the colorful bar menu.
One of the oldest French Cafés of Fort Lauderdale lies in between the many Intracoastal Waterways and right next to many shopping opportunities. Grant your feet a rest from a long day of sightseeing in their outdoor dining area and catch your personal wine tasting class on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
As the location of the 60s blockbuster “Where the Boys are”, the Elbo Room is among the most popular bars in the area. While you can always enjoy a drink or two in the two-story building, you can also catch rock and pop live bands on a regular basis. The place can get crowded so make sure you get your drinks with a straw and prepare for a bit of dancing.
This sports bar has quite some experience in entertaining its guests as it was established already in 1970. So, this is the place to be if you’re looking for a fun night out but don’t want to miss out on a recent football game. It has a large choice of craft beer and also serves you cool cocktails with your traditional sports bar finger food.
On the 4,000 square-feet dance floor you cannot only hear but also feel good music. Once you’ve entered the nightclub on the famous Las Olas Boulevard there’s only one thing left to do: let the beats carry you away and party like there’s no tomorrow. You can even book your private VIP lounge but mind the dress code and make sure to pick your perfect classy chick outfit for a night in the vibe.
If you’ve always wanted to dive into the world of Lucky Luke or Billy the Kid, this Western-bar is your fit. The rustic saloon not only offers retro line-dance lessons but also has more up-to-date Dj sessions on its weekly program. This gay-friendly place is a Cowboy hot spot and revives the myth of the Wild Wild West.
This American tavern is famous for its excellent bar foot and features a number of large plasma TVs for sports or music screenings. For a relaxing evening with a couple of friends you can also book a private lounge in the busy pub. Try some innovative bites with your craft beer or wine and let the lobster nachos or bacon wrapped shrimps tickle your taste buds.
Interior designers have been shopping this row for 25 years. The delightful shopping area features stores selling antiques ranging from the 17th to 20th centuries. For those who want to make a day and evening of this antiquing experience, stay at the Biba hotel, a boutique hotel on the strip. Art galleries, restaurants and specialty shops make this a must see attraction.
This 100,000 square-foot giant sports the usual chains such as Sunglass Hut as well as chain bars and restaurants such as Hooter’s. While it was once all the rage with the Spring Break set, Beach Place is now aiming for a much more upscale clientele, adding many new higher-end stores and restaurants.
If you’re looking for art galleries, go straight to Las Olas Boulevard, where there are hundreds of shops with intriguing window designs (like kitchen utensils posing as modern-art sculptures). Very close by the Arts and Science District is Las Olas Riverfront, a retail complex of restaurants, retail stores, arcades, and a movie theater.
The Swap Shop has become one of the most popular attractions in the area and offers indoor as well as outdoor entertainment on over 80 acres. You can get a retro experience in one of the world’s largest Drive-In cinemas or refresh yourself with farmer’s products in the big food court. Moreover, in between movies you can go and get a bargain at their flea market with over 2,000 stalls or stop by at the video arcade.
Are you looking for a fresh sound and want to enjoy modern art while testing a new guitar? Then drop by at Jeffrey D’s music and art store and find your perfect match. As a guitarist and singer the owner knows very well what to offer his customers. Professional musicians as well as beginners will find the selection of classic guitars and amps exceptionally appealing.
This perfectly American mall holds numerous shops and exciting boutiques for your visit. Plan a whole day of shopping including a lunch break in one of the many restaurants and an evening screening at the nearby cinema, or just stop by for a short sightseeing break. You’ll like what you find!
This record store will warm the hearts of Hard Rock buffs. You can get a rare Iron Maiden on vinyl or find your all-time-faves on tape. Simply browse through good old times in their second hand section or discover new favorites among fresh releases. Radio-Active Records has got it all.
In Sunrise just outside Fort Lauderdale, you'll learn that luxury doesn’t always have to be expensive. At the Colonnade Outlets you can get quality fashion and top brands for a reasonable price. The shops include high-end designer clothes and outlets of Burberry, Barneys New York or Hugo Boss. Lose yourself in the special offers and find your perfect deals.
Experience the charm of one of the smaller malls in town. Several gift shops offering everything from home ware to clothing as well as retro fashion stores will make your visit a lasting experience. Moreover, near the old-fashioned 1950s estate you’ll find many boutiques, beauty shops and restaurants. If you’ve visiting on an evening, don’t forget to drop by at the Classic Gateway Theater and catch one of their art or indie movies.
This consignment store is your place for quality and high-end fashion. The family run business offers as-good-as-new products and provides a variety of affordable designer handbags and brands. Retro hunters will find unique pieces with each visit as the inventory is updated on a regular basis.
This district is a must-visit for antiques lovers and collectors. Close to the Dania Beach Boulevard you can find all kinds of arts and craft shops and in the center mall you’ve got over 30 vendors providing finest china, well-preserved furniture and beautiful retro home accessory. Bring your walking shoes and prepare for some extensive shopping!
Whether you’re planning to learn a new sport during a trip or are already a trained water athlete, the Adventure Sports store is your place for surfing and paddling gear. Next to selling top-notch equipment and fashionable accessory, their professional staff offers to supervise and test your own gear. On top of that, you can also book a personal training session with one of their certified instructors.
Hollywood International Airport is the main airport for the Fort Lauderdale area. There are four main terminals, serving a number of airlines, including domestic carriers Continental, American, JetBlue, Delta, Southwest, Northwest, AirTran, Spirit, and US Airways, as well as international carriers like Air Canada, Air Jamaica, and Finnair. Just a few miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale, the airport offers easy access to major roadways including I-95, I-75, I-595, U.S. 1 and Florida’s Turnpike to destinations in South and Central Florida. The airport is also in a prime location for those taking cruises, just two miles from Port Everglades, from where most cruise ships leave. There are 12 rental car companies offering over 5,400 cars in one accessible location.
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