Located about 30 miles north of Miami, along south Florida’s east Coast, Ft. Lauderdale is a popular spot for tourism no matter the time of year. This is mainly thanks to average temperatures that rarely dip below 75 degrees Fahrenheit and easy beach access. In addition to its world-famous beaches, there are plenty of other attractions and activities to keep you busy in this beautiful city.
The Greater Ft Lauderdale area boasts 23 miles of sandy beaches, making up seven different public beaches. Each offers something unique, be it easy access to luxury hotels and shopping or quiet seclusion, but what you can count on from each of them is clear water, powder soft sand, and lifeguard towers from 9:45 am to 5:00 pm. It is important to keep in mind that these beaches can differ greatly than other beaches around the state of Florida. In Jacksonville, for example, the water clarity is not as great, but the current is stronger and great for surfing.
Culture and history is an important part of any getaway, and Ft. Lauderdale has plenty to offer in the way of museums and other attractions. Some spots you will not want to miss include the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, the Buehler Planetarium, the Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, and the Ft. Lauderdale Historical Society. Ft. Lauderdale also hosts the Swap Shop, which is a flea market that has the largest drive-in movie theater in the world.
If you enjoy a more active getaway, Ft. Lauderdale is a great destination. The Florida Everglades are a great way to experience the natural side of the state. The Everglades are a nationally protected park as well as a world heritage site, and visitors can camp as well as tour the grounds by boat or tram.
Additionally, there are more than six dozen parks throughout the city, including the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, which is 180 acres along the shore that includes a visitor’s center with exhibits about the local ecosystem, picnic spots, several nature trails, and areas for camping.
Alligator tours, fishing, boating, and scuba diving are other fun and popular ways to get outdoors and have a great time in Ft. Lauderdale, and don’t forget to stop into Butterfly World, the largest butterfly park in the world.
When the sun goes down and the beaches clear off, that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Many people head right over to Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, which runs from the coast to the heart of the city’s downtown. If you head west along Las Olas Boulevard, you will encounter a number of eclectic shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs, as well as art galleries, the Florida Grand Opera, and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. This section of town alone is a great way to explore local nightlife, though the city as a whole hosts over four thousand restaurants and 120 nightclubs, so you’re never far from a good time.
With such a diverse landscape to explore, you will want to make sure you take the time to plan out your Ft. Lauderdale getaway so that you make the most of your time. A charter bus is a great way to take the pressure of worrying about transportation off your plate, and as an added bonus, you will get to see the city in style.
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