Things to do in Fort Lauderdale
With an average temperature of 75.5 degrees and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, it’s no surprise that Ft. Lauderdale plays host to 12 million visitors per year, including 2.8 million international visitors.
If you are planning a visit to Ft. Lauderdale, Vinnie reminds you to take plenty of sunscreen with you and book your transportation from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) with www.goairportshuttle.com.
Besides sun, sand and 63 golf courses, visitors will find a lot of things to do in Fort Lauderdale. Vinnie Van GO and the travel experts at The GO Group suggest the following attractions:
In early June, this 17-year old festival commemorates Jamaica’s and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s independence. You and your family can enjoy live Caribbean music, a mini carnival street parade and lots of Caribbean cuisine. If you’re bringing younger children, there are arts and crafts and plenty of kids entertainment.
Las Olas Art Festival
In early January, the Las Olas Art Festival takes place on the Las Olas Boulevard, also known as the jewel of the city. The festival attracts more than 150,000 visitors who come to take in art from more than 350 artists. The art includes oil and watercolor paintings, handmade jewellery, photography and more.
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
If you’re in town in late October, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has been a popular event for the past 50 years. It’s also one of the largest in-water boat shows in the world. Ever seen a mega-yacht up close? Now you can, along with another $3 billion worth of sea vessels.
This indoor arena is the home of the NHL men’s hockey team, the Florida Panthers. There are also numerous live music events throughout the year. Check out their website to see upcoming events and ticket prices.
1 Panther Parkway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33323
The Lockhart Stadium is used mainly for soccer, and is home to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. There are a number of other sporting events occasionally hosted in the stadium. Check the website for more information.
1350 NW 55th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
The The Flamingo Gardens
Flamingo Gardens, is both a botanical garden and an Everglades wildlife sanctuary. The gardens are home to more than 3,000 species of rare and exotic plants as well as some of the largest trees in Florida. The sanctuary is home to non-releasable birds and animals as well as alligators, bear, bobcats, peacocks, flamingos and other native wildlife. Check the garden’s website for special events held throughout the year.
The Stranahan House
Built in 1901, this historic building was home to one of Ft. Lauderdale’s founding families, Frank and Ivy Stranahan. It is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County and served at different times as a trading post, post office and town hall as well as their home. Guided tours are offered seven days a week.
Las Olas Boulevard
This thoroughfare is a main attraction in Fort Lauderdale. Also known as the jewel of the city, this street is decorated with many canals and waterfront homes, as well as many bars, nightclubs, shops and art galleries along the “Riverfront”. Perfect for a stroll in Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful weather! Still not convinced? Past notable residents include Gloria Vanderbilt, Sonny and Cher and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
Ft. Lauderdale has been called the “Venice of America” because of its 500 miles and waterways, which are best appreciated by boat. Gondolas West offers two-hour and 1.5-hour canal tours on six-passenger electric vessels, which move quietly through the waters provide an intimate view of the natural habitat. There are several other fun riverfront cruises, such as the Jungle Queen Riverboat and Carrie B Cruises.
Museum of Discovery & Science
Museum of Discovery & Science, located in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, features interactive exhibits in the natural and physical sciences. Highlights include a new Eco-Discovery Center where you can ride the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane wind forces and see river otters at play. The museum is also home to an IMAX 3D theater.
NSU Art Museum
The art museum’s permanent collection contains more than 6,000 works, including the largest holdings in America by European “Cobra” artists. A post-war avant-garde movement, the Cobra school emphasizes primitive art forms and takes inspiration from Paul Klee and Joan Miro. Other prominent artists in the collection include William J. Glackens, George Bellows, Diego Rivera and Frank Stella. The holdings also includes a significant collection of ceramic works by Pablo Picasso. The museum is part of Nova Southeastern University.
The Bonnet House
This historic house in Fort Lauderdale is a part of the National Register of Historic Places. Named after the Bonnet Lily, this plantation-style home was built in the early 20th century. This beautiful property is perfect for a nice stroll around.