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How to Spend 3 Days in Fort Lauderdale

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How to Spend 3 Days in Fort Lauderdale
Located on Florida's southeastern coast, Fort Lauderdale is known for its beaches, canals, and bustling arts scene. With a sophisticated vibe that’s a far cry from the spring-break setting of yesteryear, the city is a prime starting point for day trips thanks to its proximity to Miami and the Bahamas. Here’s how to make the most of three days in Fort Lauderdale.

Day 1: See It by Sea
Around 7 miles (11 kilometers) of Atlantic beaches stretch out from Fort Lauderdale, offering cooling breezes in this tropical climate that averages 85°F (30°C) in summer and a balmy 75°F (25°C) in winter. View the area’s over-the-top mansions from the water on a sightseeing cruise of the port and yacht marina before spending the afternoon on the sand. Alternatively, head out to the Everglades to spot alligators from an airboat. In the evening, take a dinner cruise with live entertainment aboard the popular Jungle Queen riverboat. Another option is a live Polynesian performance at a local landmark restaurant that serves Chinese dishes and tropical drinks; the kitschy 1950s tiki setting is fun for the whole family.

Day 2: Go Fish
Head offshore on a half- or all-day fishing trip to catch snapper, grouper, trigger fish, grunts, and amberjacks, or travel to the Everglades where you can snag bass. Half-day trips typically offer morning and afternoon departure times, and private charter options are available. For those who prefer their fish on a plate as opposed to a hook, stroll down Fort Lauderdale’s picturesque Las Olas Boulevard with a small-group food crawl to sample a variety of restaurants and bars. Alternatively, join a Segway or bike tour to catch more of the city’s sights, or rent a Vespa scooter and motor around on your own. At night, grab a cocktail aboard a sunset cruise or go barhopping with a pub crawl.

Day 3: Out and About
Spend your last day exploring beyond Fort Lauderdale. Less than an hour’s drive away, Miami is a popular option; guided tours that include round-trip transportation from Fort Lauderdale are ideal for first-time visitors. Alternatively, venture off coast with a ferry ticket to Freeport Harbour on Grand Bahama, where you’ll have free time to snorkel, sunbathe, and explore the island—just remember to bring your passport. A guided day trip to Key West involves a long bus ride, so it may not be ideal for some travelers, but it offers a taste of the Keys and the chance to see top attractions such as the Ernest Hemingway House without committing to a full stay there.
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Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Show from Fort LauderdaleNature and Wildlife

Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Show from Fort Lauderdale

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Discover the Florida Everglades from Fort Lauderdale on this airboat adventure at Everglades Holiday Park. This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades. Glide across the grassy water while looking for wildlife like alligators, fish, turtles and wading birds in their natural habitat. This tour includes an alligator show after the airboat ride, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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Fort Lauderdale Daily Sightseeing Cruise City Packages

Fort Lauderdale Daily Sightseeing Cruise "On the Venice of America."

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Harken back to yesteryear on a fun Fort Lauderdale sightseeing cruise aboard the Carrie B paddlewheeler. Sail past the "yachts and homes of the rich and famous" along the New River and Intracoastal Waterway in Port Everglades. Spend time on the open sun deck or sit outside under a canopy or in air-conditioned comfort on the main deck. The captain narrates the tour. Full bar service and light snacks are available to purchase.
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All You Can Eat BBQ Dinner and Show at Tropical Isle with Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

All You Can Eat BBQ Dinner and Show at Tropical Isle with Sightseeing Cruise

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Cruise along Fort Lauderdale’s historic New River and enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner on this cruise. Board the Jungle Queen Riverboat and see the luxurious mansions and yachts along Millionaire’s Row, stretching from the Bahia Mar Yachting Center to the Intracoastal Waterway. The cruise travels to a tropical isle for an endless dinner offering barbecue ribs, and chicken with all the trimmings. Then experience a laugh-out-loud variety show to cap off an enjoyable and entertaining evening.
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Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter TicketNature and Wildlife

Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter Ticket

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Escape to the Florida Everglades for this airboat adventure and wildlife encounter at Sawgrass Recreation Park. This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades. Skim across the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour while looking for wildlife like alligators, fish, turtles, and wading birds. This guided tour includes entrance to Sawgrass Recreation Park and an admission ticket to the animal exhibit and a guided airboat tour.
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Fort Lauderdale to Key West TourDay Trips

Fort Lauderdale to Key West Tour

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Travel from Fort Lauderdale to Key West with ease on this full-day tour. Drive across the famous 7 Mile Bridge straddling the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean on your ride into the Keys, and then explore the island on your own before your return transfer back to your Fort Lauderdale lodging.
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Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show TicketTheater

Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show Ticket

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Take a step back in time to the classic tiki bars of the 1950s and 60s with this Mai-Kai Polynesian dinner show at Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Since 1956, this Polynesian eatery has been serving up the complete 'dinner and a show' experience. Enjoy award-winning Cantonese and American dishes — an appetizer, entrée and dessert — with the song and dance of the celebrated Polynesian Islander Revue. And don’t forget to try one of their world-famous tropical drinks. A night out at Mai-Kai restaurant is a night to remember forever.
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Ft Lauderdale to Key West with Optional ActivitiesDay Trips

Ft Lauderdale to Key West with Optional Activities

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Enjoy the Caribbean vibe of Key West on this day trip from Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy comfortable round-trip bus transportation to this historic island city and wander at will, or choose from a variety of tour upgrades. Add a 90-minute Conch Tour Train or a hop-on hop-off trolley tour to see all the attractions. Or get out on the water and select from a 3-hour snorkelling adventure, a 2-hour glass-bottom boat cruise or a 15-minute parasailing ride. Pickup and drop-off from Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport and Cruise Port Hotel included.
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Walking Food Tour of Las Olas BoulevardCity Packages

Walking Food Tour of Las Olas Boulevard

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Las Olas Boulevard is often considered the heart and soul of downtown Fort Lauderdale — but it boasts enough restaurants to please any empty stomach. This 3-hour culinary walking tour takes you down Las Olas Boulevard to Fort Lauderdale’s most popular restaurants, serving up everything from sushi to flatbread, with plenty of sightseeing in between. Come hungry; the tour includes enough food for a meal.
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Classic Fort Lauderdale Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Classic Fort Lauderdale Bike Tour

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Pedal through Fort Lauderdale’s scenic waterfront neighborhoods on a 2-hour bicycle tour with an experienced guide. Cruise past rows of swaying palms on the Riverwalk, and learn about the city’s trading post origins at the historic Stranahan House. See the best places to eat, drink and shop like a local along Las Olas Boulevard then visit a lush park, an entertainment district and a glamorous riverside neighborhood. Enjoy a leisurely pace, with time to stop for snacks, drinks and photos.
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Florida Everglades Fishing Charter Near Fort LauderdaleDay Trips

Florida Everglades Fishing Charter Near Fort Lauderdale

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More than just a chance to catch bass, this Florida Everglades fishing trip introduces you to one of Florida’s top natural attractions with the help of a naturalist guide. Learn about the River of Grass as you sail through it with your group, stopping at known fishing locations along the way. This tour even includes all equipment so you don’t need to rent or buy anything extra.
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Fort Lauderdale Segway Tours and RentalsCity Packages

Fort Lauderdale Segway Tours and Rentals

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Exploring Fort Lauderdale by Segway is a great way to roll around the city—there’s no need to walk in the heat as you head to top locations. Unlike other Segway tours, this Segway service offers rentals by the hour (or even by the week) for you to use on your own, in addition to traditional guided Segway tours of Hugh Taylor Birch Park and Fort Lauderdale by night.
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