Photo courtesy of Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve
Wilton Manors is known as the gay district, but it much more. While this island city does claim the majority of gay residents and businesses, it is also a family-friendly neighborhood with beautiful homes and schools, great shopping, dining, beautiful parks, and even the very first South Florida Dairy Queen.
See & Do
Colohatchee Park is a picturesque slice of nature with a wooden bridge that transports hikers from the urban surroundings to this tranquil paradise. City planners have painstakingly preserved this as well as Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve for a pleasant walk, or for a place to start their kayak adventure down the scenic Middle River.
Seriously, nightlife doesn’t get any better than this. With established and well-known venues such as the hopping dance club Boom, or the popular bar Georgie’s Alibi, or the very elegant and much-talked about The Manor, this place sizzles every night of the week. Come early for parking (some is paid parking) and have a ball!
While accommodations here may be few, those that are here are unique and aim at the gay traveler. The Cabanas Guesthouse & Spa welcomes visitors as they cross the Middle River on NE 26th Street. Closer to the heart of the action, the Ed Lugo Resort is another guest house that makes the most discrimating traveler feel at home with its fine service. Wilton Manors knows how to welcome guests and keep their stay a pleasant one.
From the quirky To The Moon Marketplace with its amazing selections of candies and novelties from yesteryear (the candy is fresh; it’s just the favorites you bought as a kid but no longer find), home design at Decades, or club clothing at Gay Mart, or two great thrift stores: Poverello and Out of The Closet, plan to spend a day shopping in Wilton Manors. You will delight at the options and smile at the service.