Neighboring Miami may get all the glory, but there’s a thriving cultural, dining and shopping scene in Fort Lauderdale that should not be missed. We’re bringing you our top 10 favorite things to do in Ft. Lauderdale before (or after) your next cruise.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

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Step back in time and explore Fort Lauderdale through the years at the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. The one-time plantation home is now a stunning museum, taking you through the history of the city, and art gallery brimming with spectacular gardens.

Las Olas Boulevard

Perfect for al fresco dining and people watching, the palm tree line street that stretches from the beach to the Intracoastal is filled with chic boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.

WonderMunch Food & History Tour

A great way to get the “real scoop” on Fort Lauderdale this tour highlights the interesting history of rich politicians, damsels in distress, hurricanes, and juicy love stories all while sampling the city’s best flavors at meticulously selected establishments.

Fort Lauderdale Beach Park

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Spend the day relaxing on white sand beaches and swimming in the temperate calm waters of the Atlantic. Less crowded than Fort Lauderdale Beach, the beachfront park boasts showers, restrooms, picnic areas, volleyball courts, and lifeguards during the day. This park also puts you in close proximity to shops and dining. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available to rent.

Jungle Queen Riverboat

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Dubbed the Venice of America, take a cruise along Ft. Lauderdale’s spectacular waterways on a traditional riverboat. Since 1935, Jungle Queen has been taking visitors by Millionaire’s Row for a peek into the lives of the rich and famous, stunning mansions and mega yachts. Day sightseeing cruises and evening dinner cruises are available.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

A nature buff’s haven, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park sits between the Intracoastal and the Atlantic. The park is perfect for kayaking, canoeing, biking, and viewing the abundance of wildlife such as turtles, tortoises, and hundreds of species of birds.

Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District

Nestled along the New River, the downtown Fort Lauderdale entertainment complex offers concerts, events dining and galleries in a lush tropical setting.

F.A.T. Village Art District

The once empty warehouse district is now a thriving art scene for budding artists, culinary innovations and quaint coffee shops. On the last Saturday of each month, the village showcases an Art Walk debuting new exhibits and artists as well as providing food and entertainment.

Flamingo Gardens

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Alligators, flamingos, and black bears abound in this 60-acre botanical garden and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore the many facets of the geography as well as the Wray Home Museum, built in 1933 it’s the oldest residence in Broward County west of University Drive.

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum

While vintage car lovers will appreciate the largest collection of Packard cars and memorabilia, there really is something for everyone in this museum. In addition to cars, enjoy the nostalgia of hood ornaments, old gas stations signs, magazines, photos and so much more.