Great Places to Visit in Fort Lauderdale

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Fort Lauderdale is a city made for beach bums and nature lovers. Case in point: Fort Lauderdale Beach and Sawgrass Recreation Park, home to alligators and other Florida wildlife. History buffs will find things to do here as well. And though the Venice of America may lack the rollicking nightlife adjacent cities are known for, downtown Fort Lauderdale has its charms. The Riverwalk, the arts and entertainment district along the New River, and Las Olas Boulevard host art exhibitions and concerts that might surprise you with their quality.

With seven miles of beachfront and a year-round average temperature of 75°F, it is a favorite for beachgoers. Once known as a spring-break hot spot, Fort Lauderdale has become a more sophisticated urban destination. The city's wide boardwalks and seemingly endless restaurants and shops give it the laid-back atmosphere that tourists crave in a Florida vacation.

Fort Lauderdale Beach lies at the heart of the tourist area in Fort Lauderdale. The beach is backed by a pedestrian walk and numerous hotels, restaurants, and shops which line the street running alongside the beach. In the streets that lead away from the beach visitors can still find smaller hotels, motels and other great properties to rent such as this great property which has 2-bedroom 1-bathroom listed on AirRentalz.com.

Here are a few other things to do and see in the area.

Beachfront Promenade

Only two miles north of Port Everglades, you can experience the landscaped beachfront promenade with its signature white wave wall and brick-paved path. Across the street, visit luxury hotels and The Gallery at Beach Place for casual fun, shopping and dining. Catch the Sun Trolley to downtown Fort Lauderdale, Fri-Mon 9:30am-6:30pm, $1 per person.

Las Olas Boulevard

Stroll, people watch, sip a latte at an outdoor cafe or shop the chic boutiques along Las Olas Boulevard, a sophisticated mile of fashion, art and sidewalk cafes. Stop by the Stranahan House, a preserved 1900s house furnished with antiques of the era. Join the party, a “Cycle Party” and go on a foodie tour of Las Olas Boulevard on a quadracycle.

Flamingo Gardens

60-acre botanical gardens and Everglades wildlife sanctuary. Bird of Prey Center & free-flight walk-through aviary, alligators, flamingos, bobcats, black bears & Florida panthers. Exotic & native plants, including Florida’s “Champion” trees. Open daily 9:30am-5pm. Adults $19.95, children 3-11 $12.95, under 2 free. Narrated tram tour & Wildlife Encounter show included. Distance from Port: 15 miles*

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale

Located just off of Fort Lauderdale beach, The Galleria offers 120 stores including: Neiman-Marcus, Macy’s, H&M and Red Door Spa. Dine at Truluck’s, Seasons 52, P.F. Chang’s and The Capital Grille. Distance from the Port: 6.8 miles*

Hooray for Hollywood

Beach: Sheridan St. and Hollywood Blvd. Rent a “fun cycle” and cruise along the 2 1/2 mile paved Broadwalk, lined with cafes and shops. Downtown: Browse art galleries, boutiques and sidewalk cafes. Walk through the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project, curated outdoor contemporary art murals by national & international recognized artists. Or explore ArtsPark at Young Circle. Get around via the Hollywood Trolley. Mon-Thurs 7am-9pm, Fri 7am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-7pm. $1 per ride/per person (exact change required), kids 5 & under free. Distance from the Port: 10.8 miles*