You are a Fort Lauderdale, Florida local in need of some new things to do or a visitor who doesn’t want to miss out on must-see attractions. You’ve come to the right place. Highlights listed below include popular day trips, beaches, nightlife action and more. Choose what appeals to you most, head out and enjoy.
Affordable Trips & Tours in Fort Lauderdale
The city may be home to Millionaire’s Row and an abundance of wealthy retirees but you do not have to be one to have a good time in Fort Lauderdale. On a budget but want to see some popular sites, have fun and explore? There are many things to do in Ft. Lauderdale. Check these out:
Everglades Eco Adventure: 2 Hour Sawgrass Recreation Park - For $24.50 you get a two hour airboat ride zipping through the Florida everglades at 40 mph and may see a crocodile or two. Would you like to hold a baby alligator? You can here at the reptile exhibit. For more information click here: Sawgrass Recreation Park.
Fort Lauderdale: 4 Hour Deep Sea Drift Fishing Trip - Don’t own a boat? No problem. Step aboard the “Catch My Drift” and cruise the Gulfstream current while drift fishing for mahi mahi, grouper, snapper and more. More information here: Fishing Headquarters.
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park - Shaded walkways, nature trails, swimming, bicycle paths, canoe, kayak, jet ski rentals and visitor center. Located between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. More information: Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.
Fort Lauderdale Segway Tour - Always wanted to ride one of these two-wheeled electric vehicles but never had the opportunity? Now you do. The tour comes with 30-minutes of instruction how to motor around before you head off on a 10-mile guided tour of downtown, beaches and celebrity mansions. For more information click here: Fort Lauderdale Segway Tours.
Ski Rixen - Grab onto a cable line and be whisked through the water on water skis, a kneeboard, wakeboard or even surfboard. Located at Deerfield beach More information including pricing, summer camps and private lessons is located here: Ski Rixen USA.
Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park - Two boat ramps with ocean access through Port Everglades inlet. Activities include surf fishing, swimming and canoeing in mangrove-lined waterway. The park is named after civil rights leaders who made it accessible to all. Fascinating history from the late 1800s on, read about it here: Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park.
Beaches of Fort Lauderdale
Heading to the beach is one of the most popular pastimes in this sun-drenched city with a tropical rainforest climate. Even at Christmas time the sun is usually shining and days warm enough to stroll some of the 23 miles of sandy shores. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average daily temperature in Ft. Lauderdale is 75.55 degrees F.
Grab a towel and get your beach bliss on by heading to one of these eight city beaches:
Fort Lauderdale Beach - Popular beach located in main tourist area, arrive early to get a parking spot if not walking from your hotel. Las Olas Boulevard with shops and restaurants is nearby.
Deerfield Beach - Northern-most beach located on a cove. Ski Rixen is here. Has a pier for fishing and leisurely strolling.
Hillsboro Beach - Is a turtle nesting area and has a lighthouse. Located on Atlantic Ocean and fronts the mansions of mega-rich locals, hence the nickname: “Millionaire’s Mile”.
Pompano Beach - Named after the flat-bodied, saltwater fish Pompano. Annual seafood festival and rodeo. Warm, Gulf Stream-sourced, clear waters.
Dania Beach - Quiet, less-crowded beach with an ocean park and fishing pier. Jai Alai at the Casino at Dania Beach can be watched for free - small balls hurled at speeds up to 175 mph at a wall.
Hollywood Beach - Dog park where the “Marley & Me” movie was filmed. Two and a half mile long boardwalk and trolley rides. Arts park for art classes during the day, Seminole Hard Rock Casino to party at night.
Hallandale Beach - Located on the south side of the city halfway to Miami. Greyhound dog racing at Gulfstream Park and Mardi Gras Casino, tennis, golf and saltwater fishing.
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea - Snorkeling (BioRock Reef) and diving (sunken SS Copenhagen) and fishing at Anglin’s Fishing Pier. There is live music on Friday nights.
Nightlife & Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
You’ve had fun in the sun, now it’s time to enjoy an evening out on the town. Options abound for all food tastes and entertainment preferences. You can enjoy a gourmet meal in a four-star restaurant such as Casa D’Angelo Ristorante or head to Tenth Level Tavern and have a griddled cheese sandwich and craft beer while playing video games or before belting out a karaoke tune. Whatever suits your fancy.
For meat-lovers head to Steak 954, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Las Pampas Grill, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Capital Grill, Truluck’s, Tropical Acres or Shula’s On The Beach. All are recommended by happy customers on Yelp, some with more than 300 four-star reviews.
Is International cuisine your passion? Why not try Hot & Soul serving cajun-creole inspired dishes such as soba noodle salad, mushroom manchego bread and sweet pulled pork sandwiches. Coconuts is another local favorite serving seafood, breakfast and brunch. Menu items include house-smoked salmon eggs benedict, conch fritters, lobster and steak salad.
If you want to listen to live music try Blue Jeans Blues (3320 NE 33rd St.), Revolution Live (100 Nugent Ave), Elbo Room (241 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd), Original Fat Cats (320 Himmarshee St.), Culture Room (3045 N. Federal Hwy) or Dicey Riley’s Irish Pub Bar located at 220 SW 2nd St.
For classical music concerts, operas, ballets, plays and Broadway musicals check what is on at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Other arts venues are: Parker Playhouse (1,191 seat neo-classical theater), Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (smart stage with local student performances and summer theater camp) and the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center (academic seminars and arts programming) located on the Nova Southeastern University campus.
Like something a bit different? Some fun options for a casual night out are Rhythm & Vine (drinks in casual, backyard party atmosphere), Painting with a Twist (wine plus paints and easel) and Ghost Walk (two-hour guided tour of all the haunted, spooky spots). How about bowling or riding go karts at Xtreme Action Park?
Whether you are new to the area or have lived in Ft. Lauderdale your entire life, described above are some highlights of the city you may want to check out. Have fun.