One thing visitors notice first and foremost during their time in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is just how many things there are to do in and on the water. After all, this place isn’t called the "Venice of America" for nothing. This is what draws visitors here in the first place. So why not enjoy every method and vehicle available to see as much of the amazing city and county as possible?
Get on the water, whether on the ocean, one of many lakes in the area or the more than 300 miles of navigable waterways that keenly snake through some of the city’s most desirable shopping districts, prestigious neighborhoods. You'll see up-close-and-personal views of magnificent yachts on Millionaire's Row, as well as historical points.
There's no way a visit here is complete without some time on the water.
Take a Ride on the Duck Tour — Photo courtesy of Dale Mack
Certainly one of the most unique ways to see both water – and land – is on one of the very popular Fort Lauderdale Duck Tours. Talk about the best of both worlds! This 90-minute tour of Fort Lauderdale starts on dry land and becomes even more exciting, as the amphibious vehicle splashes down and the tour becomes of water.
This tour passes by many memorable hot spots throughout the city, including the ever-popular Las Olas Boulevard with its boutique shopping, fascinating and delicious restaurants and ideal people watching, as well as stops in the fascinating historical districts, where the history of the city is on full display.
Along the way, just sit back and enjoy the interactive experience, which is narrated by an entertaining DUCKtainer who really knows the city.
The "Quack Shack" in Fort Lauderdale — Photo courtesy of Dale Mack
So, first of all, head to the Quack Shack, located on the second floor of the very popular Beach Place (south wing) on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Buy your tickets and climb aboard this vehicle, which will be waiting at the corner of A1A and Cortex Street, and let the fun begin.
This activity is especially great for families, as kids will marvel at the land and sea experience, and it's especially relaxing for those who just want to sit back and enjoy the ride. It's also fun to take along business associates on that off day for a brief respite.
Even better, this is available year-round, thanks to the sub-tropical weather.
Tours are available daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for adults cost $30, $22 for seniors and $16 for children. Those under the age of three ride along for free.
Bring along your phone (or a camera) for great pictures and memories that will last a lifetime.