Beaches, everglades, and art estates to keep you busy in port
Best Beaches and Top Attractions
With some 25 miles of pristine sand, beaching is – understandably – one of the top Fort Lauderdale attractions. Hollywood Beach has a hip and retro-chic feel, along with the much-loved Hollywood Beach Boardwalk. Deerfield Beach is perfect for families, while Dania Beach is a secluded gem. For something luxurious, Fort Lauderdale Beach is always popular, yet big enough to keep from feeling too crowded.
Gambling is another popular pastime in Fort Lauderdale. Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino is a gamer’s paradise, while Isle Casino Pompano Park is another multimillion-dollar casino and entertainment venue.
Other appealing options include airboat tours in the Everglades to commune with alligators and colorful birds, or a cruise on the iconic Jungle Queen riverboat. There are also more than 60 golf courses in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area.
More Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale
Las Olas Boulevard is a must, packed with lively options for shopping, dining, and people watching in an upscale environment. Take a detour to the restored Victorian home of city founder Frank Stranahan, which is now a museum. The Riverwalk is another good place to stroll, as well as the nearby Arts and Entertainment District, home to a variety of restaurants, bars, and art galleries. For more city culture, visit the 1920s Bonnet House, an oceanfront estate that is filled with unusual contemporary artwork. The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale is another worthwhile stop, with an impressive 6,000-piece permanent collection.
With more than 4,000 restaurants, you’ll have your pick of cuisine in town. Be sure to try stone-crab claws when they’re in season – from October to May – key lime pie, and Caribbean-influenced fare. A few standout eateries include Truluck’s for fresh crab, Café Maxx for sophisticated Caribbean-fusion, and the picturesque Blue Moon Fish Company for upscale seafood.
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