Be Amazed at the Free Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale

Visiting Fort Lauderdale doesn't have to break the bank. While the city has a reputation of being world class, the idea that it costs a small fortune to enjoy yourself here is just not true. There are plenty of free things to do – quality things to do – and they will interest every member of the family. From Fort Lauderdale Beach, which is probably what everyone thinks of when they arrive, can be visited for free. And what about the majestic Florida Everglades? It's just a short drive west of Fort Lauderdale and is a wonder to behold. And for the perfect Sunday morning relaxation join hundreds, if not thousands, of jazz enthusiasts at the Sun Trust Sunday Jazz Brunch in beautiful Downtown. Take in a bit of history and local flare at the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk. Stroll this Oceanside wonder which is lined with unique shops, restaurants and family entertainment. Speaking of history, Fort Lauderdale is the home to African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. This is a treasure in the city and is full of history that will fascinate all ages. And just when the urban setting gets a bit too close, take a stroll in a natural setting in various parks scattered throughout the city such as the Secret Woods Nature Center. Escape in nature and relax. What's more, it's all free!

Stonewall Street Festival
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Held in honor of Greenwich Village's Stonewall Rebellion in 1969, this celebration of human rights, free thought and social awareness is one of the state's most eagerly anticipated Pride events. Taking place is the island city of Wilton Manors,...  Read More

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum


If you go weak at the knees over a gorgeous set of wheels, don't miss the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, an exceptional local gem. Established as a non-profit foundation for education to showcase the history of the Packard Motor Company as...  Read More



The name says it all: Fish Local Knowledge. And that's important to those travel to Fort Lauderdale to experience deep sea fishing in only the way anyone can right here in South Florida. Captain Mike will welcome you aboard the "Local...  Read More

Buehler Planetarium & Observatory


Located on the A.Hugh Adams central campus of Broward College is the Buehler Planetarium & Observatory. This fascinating facility is one of the most advanced planetariums in South Florida with its Zeiss M 1015 projector and its modern...  Read More

Secret Woods Nature Center


Rediscover serenity at the Secret Woods Nature Center Fort Lauderdale. Completely free, this well-loved attraction's 55 acres of unspoiled nature among the endless urban development of South Florida are truly priceless, both figuratively and...  Read More

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center


Visitors in search of free places to go in Fort Lauderdale should consider the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center and its magnificent 60,000-square-foot library, one of four black research libraries in the U.S. The grand...  Read More



SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch is a truly-unique Fort Lauderdale experience right along the scenic Riverwalk. This free, live, outdoor concert series brings the area's best local jazz artists. Take your pick to hear the soulful sounds on four...  Read More

Everglades Holiday Park
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The whole family will be thrilled at this live experience where you can come face to tooth with grinning gators at this most raved-about family attraction in the magnificent Everglades. An easy drive west of Fort Lauderdale, you will climb...  Read More

Hollywood Beach Broadwalk
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Perhaps the most popular of all Fort Lauderdale area free attractions, the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, located just south of Fort Lauderdale has been named one of America's best boardwalks by a national travel magazine, is a beloved brick-paved...  Read More



This beach chic destination is one of Broward County's exceptional Blue Wave Beaches, and enjoying it free. The world-famous Fort Lauderdale beachfront boasts four miles of publicly accessible coastline backed by a colorful array of exclusive...  Read More


Meet Dale Mack

Dale Mack has been involved in Fort Lauderdale tourism and promotions for over twenty years. Working for Travelhost Magazine in Dallas, Texas, he was especially drawn to the edition...  More About Dale