Families love Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale loves families.
Once known for being a party town and for ruckus spring break crowds, this coastal city has successfully transformed itself into a world-class vacation destination ideal for a memorable family stay.
Pelican Grand Beach Resort — Photo courtesy of pelicanbeach.com
With the number of exemplary hotels and resorts located in all the right places, there will be no problem finding that home away from home. Located just steps from the Atlantic Ocean and the famous beach is the Pelican Grand Beach Resort. This premier property is popular for families; its unique lazy river tubing and sophisticated amenities make this a particularly special place to stay.
Further south, just a few miles away in Hollywood, awaits The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa. It's a seaside resort that offers spacious rooms, world-class amenities, kid-friendly programs, childcare and cribs.
Boomers! — Photo courtesy of Dale Mack
Entertainment for the day is all around; just take your pick. A quick ride to Dania Beach and to the locally popular Boomers! is a sure bet to please the kids. This complex of pure fun has been entertaining South Florida for many years. Here you can conquer the Rock Wall, the Flame Thrower, Sidewinder, laser tag and the Family Ride Park, or spend some time as a family in the Miniature Golf course.
Also be sure and pencil in the ever-exciting Funderdome. This 8,600-square-foot family entertainment center is Fun Central and houses state-of-the-art, interactive play systems. Parents can take advantage of the their own me-time in the café and enjoy the free WiFi or watch their favorite sporting event on TV, or even join in the fun themselves.
For a fun and educational afternoon, visit The Museum of Discovery and Science. This attraction delights the entire family with its exhibits of nature and science (even rocket science).
Bru's Room — Photo courtesy of Dale Mack
Dining out can be a delicious and fun adventure. Why not stretch those vacation dollars and try a restaurant where kids eat free? Head to either of two locations of the Bru's Room in Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach or Pompano Beach. Kids eat free on Tuesdays from 5 pm to 9 pm with the purchase of an adult entrée.
For a great taste of Mexican food, head to the Orale Mexican Restaurant in Hollywood. Kids under 12 eat free the first Friday of the month from 4 pm to 8 pm. Or for a popular favorite, pizza, go where the university students go at Pizza Loft in Davie. Up to two kids can eat a kid’s pasta dish or slice of pizza with a drink free on Wednesdays with the purchase of an adult entrée.
Fort Lauderdale awaits with its world-class resorts right on the beach, exciting entertainment and endless restaurant options which assure families of a memorable vacation with an invitation to return.