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Welcome to Fort Lauderdale

Sandwiched between the sizzling beach scene of Miami and the glitz-and-glamour of Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale offers respite for travelers seeking the simple pleasures of a Florida vacation: sunshine, shopping, and wholesome family fun. Although it has a past reputation as a spring-break party destination, the city has come into its own over the past couple decades, with a renovated waterfront, a burgeoning culinary scene, and daydream-worthy beaches bringing rightful attention to the “Venice of America.” Experience all the area has to offer with a hop-on hop-off water taxi or a sightseeing cruise down the Intracoastal Waterway, featuring views of popular attractions such as Millionaires Row, Hyatt Regency Pier 66, the 17th Street Causeway, and the Las Olas Riverfront. Round out your day with a post-cruise shopping trip or a Segway tour down the boardwalk. Practically in Fort Lauderdale’s backyard, the 1.5 million–acre (607,000-hectare) Everglades National Park promises a full day of family fun. Board an airboat to scout for sightings of alligators, roseate spoonbills, and egrets on a swamp tour through the aptly named ""River of Grass;"" or take a nature walk through palmetto-lined trails. Other easy day trips include snorkeling in Key West or fishing in Pompano Beach, making Fort Lauderdale a convenient base for your South Florida vacation.

Top 10 attractions in Fort Lauderdale

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Fort Lauderdale Beachfront

Fort Lauderdale Beachfront

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Thanks to more than 23 miles (37 kilometers) of pristine sand, visitors to the Fort Lauderdale beachfront are spoiled for choice when it comes to water sports and sunbathing spots. Spend the day swimming, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, or more—or stay on land playing volleyball, jogging, or just kicking back in a lounge chair.More
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Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale

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Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale is a linear public park located by the New River in the historic downtown district of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its tropical landscaping and winding pathways link some of the city’s best attractions.More
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Intracoastal Waterway Fort Lauderdale

Intracoastal Waterway Fort Lauderdale

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Stretching 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers) between the United States' Atlantic and Gulf coasts, Fort Lauderdale's Intracoastal Waterway provides easy access to maritime activities and on-shore attractions along the 300 miles (483 kilometers) of inland canals that wind through south Florida's unmistakable sky-high resorts and Everglades ecosystem.More
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Las Olas Beach

Las Olas Beach

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With soft, white sand and clean, calm waters ideal for families and people who like to wade and relax in the ocean, Las Olas Beach is the quintessential Fort Lauderdale beach. The beach offers great sunbathing, and you can also rent beach umbrellas and chairs.More
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NSU Art Museum

NSU Art Museum

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The NSU Art Museum is located on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard, a key part of the vibrant art district. Visitors can view more than 6,000 works in the museum’s international collection, which has a strong focus on South Florida and Caribbean culture, with artwork by Cuban artists, William Glackens, and northern European CoBrA artists.More
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Sawgrass Recreation Park

Sawgrass Recreation Park

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Located only 30 minutes outside downtown Fort Lauderdale, Sawgrass Recreation Park offers guided airboat rides through the marshy, humid swamp waters of the Florida Everglades. Visitors can spot alligators and other marshland animals, such as pythons, black leopards, and the endangered Florida panther living in the wild.More
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Las Olas Boulevard

Las Olas Boulevard

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You can spend a full day strolling up and down this eclectic South Florida district, which is filled with art galleries, boutiques, and al fresco dining options. The 10 blocks that span all the way to the ocean are lined with palm trees and Mediterranean architecture, and set the stage for a relaxing day or night in Fort Lauderdale.More
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Historic Stranahan House Museum

Historic Stranahan House Museum

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The Historic Stranahan House Museum is the oldest surviving structure in Fort Lauderdale. It was built in 1902 as a trading post by Frank Stranahan, the founder of the city, and used by Stranahan’s wife, Ivy, as a school house. Over the decades it has also served as a post office, community center, and town hall. Today it’s a historic attraction that’s open daily for guided tours.More
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Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

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The Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, which spans 80 acres (73 hectares) of land, is a ruggedly beautiful park in the middle of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There’s something for everyone here: paved paths for bicyclists, several nature trails for hikers, and more than 200 plant species. A freshwater lagoon is a great place for canoeing or kayaking, and you can fish here, too.More
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Everglades Holiday Park

Everglades Holiday Park

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Everglades Holiday Park is a classic (if a bit kitschy) introduction to the Florida Everglades and its wild inhabitants. Geared toward the whole family, the 29-acre (11.7-hectare) park has been entertaining and educating visitors for almost 40 years and is also the home of Animal Planet’sGator Boys TV show.More

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Champagne Sunset Cruise in Ft. Lauderdale
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Ft Lauderdale to Key West with Optional Activities
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1 Hour Jet Ski Rental in Fort Lauderdale

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Recent reviews from experiences in Fort Lauderdale

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Great cruise
Jeanne_D, Jan 2021
Fort Lauderdale Daily Sightseeing Cruise - On the Venice of America
Wonderful cruise and informative / humorous narration A nice way to see the waters and homes of Fort Lauderdale
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We had a great time on this trip...
achorpenning, Jul 2017
Key West Sail and Snorkel Day Trip from Fort Lauderdale
The only downfall was we spent almost 10 hours traveling.
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Excellent trip to see the three...
Debra P, Feb 2017
Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Ft Lauderdale
Excellent trip to see the three different eco systems within the Everglades and Big Cypress area.
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This tour was awesome my kids had a...
Rene B, Mar 2016
1-Hour Interactive Pirate Cruise in Ft. Lauderdale (arrive 30 minutes early)
Highly recommend for parents looking for things to do with there kids in Fort Lauderdale
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The water taxi is a great way to see...
James T, Jan 2014
Water Taxi - Daily Unlimited Hop On Hop Off
The water taxi is a great way to see Fort Lauderdale.
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Sailing in the ocean
Michael_W, Jul 2020
Fort Lauderdale Sailing Charter
It gave everyone a chance to see the sites including countless yachts, boaters and numerous drawbridges that rose at the Captain’s request.
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July fourth River of Joy
Nghia_D, Jul 2020
All You Can Eat BBQ Dinner and Show at Tropical Isle with Sightseeing Cruise
It was a joy to see families gather together in this fun freedom fest holiday of America ‘s independence .
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Great bus ride, with pickup and delivery!
Tour19329438449, Jan 2019
Fort Lauderdale to Key West Tour with Optional Add-on
After arriving in Key West after a relaxing bus trip from Fort Lauderdale, we took a local narrated train-trolley trip (paid there) from the center of town to see and tour all around and hear about this very, very historical town.
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Great way to see Fort Lauderdale. Tour...
Cathy P, Oct 2018
Fort Lauderdale Segway Tour
Great way to see Fort Lauderdale.
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A unique way to see Fort Lauderdale...
Andrea K, Mar 2017
Water Taxi - Daily Unlimited Hop On Hop Off
A unique way to see Fort Lauderdale!
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We had a fantastic time, our guide Matt...
Ken M, Sep 2016
Fort Lauderdale Segway Tour
A great way to see Fort Lauderdale.
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We were in Florida for a cruise and...
nomarfan5, May 2017
Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Ft Lauderdale
There was an abundance of wildlife to see from herons using the presence of the boat to catch fish to baby alligators laying in the sun.
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Booked this trip through Viator...
Sandra V, Jul 2016
Ft Lauderdale to Key West with Optional Activities
Kind of leary that he might fall through the floor.
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This was a great way to see Key...
skolker, Feb 2017
Fort Lauderdale to Key West Tour with Optional Add-on
This was a great way to see Key West.
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We were in Fort Lauderdale for one...
Sandra N, Jan 2014
Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter
Since we are from Washington state we thought it would be interesting to see alligators in the wild and see some of the swamp area while in Florida.
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A good way to see the waterways of...
ROBERT L, Mar 2018
Water Taxi - Daily Unlimited Hop On Hop Off
A good way to see the waterways of Fort Lauderdale, but beware of being stranded.
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I can't praised this too highly...
Glenna M, Nov 2016
Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Ft Lauderdale
What impressed me in the first place was how well the whole thing was organized: not much standing around, an extraordinary number of activities that fit into one day, and the whole thing just flowed seamlessly.
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The water taxi was great - we wanted...
Ellen B, May 2017
Water Taxi - Daily Unlimited Hop On Hop Off
The water taxi was great - we wanted to see everything on our first full day in FLL, so we did the entire 'circle' first - down river, then up to the New River, then up to north Fort Lauderdale, and then back to the Hilton, where you change taxis all
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My wife and I loved this Canal Tour...
Krishnamurthy C, Mar 2014
Water Taxi - Daily Unlimited Hop On Hop Off
This is simply the best hassle-free way to see Fort Lauderdale beaches, Restaurants and Shopping.

All about Fort Lauderdale

When to visit

Boasting festivals and ideal beach weather in April and May, it's no wonder Fort Lauderdale is a famous spring break destination. Join springtime crowds lounging at the beach and jamming at Tortuga Music Festival if you visit in April. Meanwhile, fall promises a low-key vacation full of cultural events, including Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

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