Things to do in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Take It or Leave It:

Kids will find most attractions interesting and educational.

Hot Tips:

Check each attraction's website before you go for special, and even money-saving, offers.

Caution:

Book early if you're visiting between December and June.

Hot Tips:

As a popular gay visitor destination, Fort Lauderdale is home to many affordable gay guest houses.

Take It or Leave It:

Take advantage of the outdoor seating many restaurants offer and enjoy the beautiful weather, especially in the dead of winter.

Be Sure to Sample:

Key lime pie anywhere that serves it!

Caution:

Take a cab from your hotel to avoid heavy traffic and limited parking.

Take It or Leave It:

Shorts, t-shirts and flip flops are proper attire for the day, but at night you'll want to look your best.

Avoid:

Sawgrass Mills on weekend afternoons is packed. Best time is the evening or during the week.

Best Local Souvenir:

Beach attire, of course!

 

 

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Fort Lauderdale is known for...

Five of Fort Lauderdale's most unique features and characteristics.

1. The Venice of America:

Known as the Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale is home to over 300 miles of navigable sparkling waterways, which snake through this city and county of one million, and are trafficked with astounding yachts as well as many smaller vessels, each captained by enthusiastic nautical lovers from all over the world.  These coveted waterways are a tourist magnet as they are lined with spectacular mansions, many of which are owned by some of the country’s most successful business tycoons and even some celebrities.

2. Yachting Capital of the World:

Fort Lauderdale has been dubbed the Yachting Capital of the World. Each year the city hosts the spectacular International Boat Show, which draws thousands of yachting enthusiasts and proves to be a major source of fuel to the local economy. The city’s unique location on the Atlantic coast, together with its hundreds of miles of navigable waterways, makes this the perfect spot for this exciting industry. Providing over a hundred thousand jobs in Broward County alone, Fort Lauderdale proves that it takes the business of recreation seriously.

3. Year-Round Warm Weather:

With an average temperature of 75 in the dead of winter and 90 in the heat of summer, Fort Lauderdale is the destination for sun worshippers of every age and or for those who love the promise of year-round terrific weather. Fort Lauderdale is the perfect destination for raising a family or for that long-awaited retirement. It is here that people enjoy this laid-back lifestyle with its abundance of beaches, parks, and endless venues of outdoor recreation.

 

4. Cruise Ship Powerhouse:

Rising to the occasion, Fort Lauderdale’s busy Port Everglades is a powerhouse in South Florida’s ever-expanding multi-billion dollar cruise ship industry. Nearly every cruise ship company is represented here, making Port Everglades one of the world’s busiest cruise ship ports as well as home to the world’s largest cruise terminal. Fort Lauderdale also has the bragging rights as being home port of Royal Caribbean’s mega ships, Oasis Of The Seas and Allure Of The Seas.

 

 

 

5. Gay Vacation Destination:

Fort Lauderdale is known for being a premier vacation destination for gay travelers. With more than 100 gay-owned and gay-friendly guesthouses, bars, clubs and restaurants, Fort Lauderdale and the island city of Wilton Manors, welcomes over a million gay visitors a year, many of which decide to stay and become residents. This gay mecca has four popular gay beaches, houses the second largest Metropolitan Community Church in the nation, and supports four gay and lesbian weekly publications.