Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Last updated on August 26th, 2018 at 04:02 pm

Visit the Beach

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With 23 miles of white sand and crystal blue water, you should take time to enjoy the beautiful Fort Lauderdale beaches. Enjoy the northernmost Deerfield beach and it’s one-of-a-kind cable water ski park at Ski Rixen, or the low-key charm of Lauderdale-By-The Sea. The iconic and chic Las Olas beach in downtown Fort Lauderdale is a great spot to go for a stroll along the brick boulevard, or take your dog to the dog beach at Hollywood Beach.

The Everglades

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The Everglades, the U.S’s largest sub-tropical wilderness, over 1.5 million acres of jungle, swamp and sawgrass fields, is always worth experiencing. You could make the most of your visit by going on an airboat tours, giving you a close look at the fascinating wild life in the area, which includes American alligators, manatees, birds, turtles and perhaps the elusive Florida panther. Buy tickets online now.

Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

Las Olas Blvd Fort Lauderdale Florida

Though charming during the day, the time to visit Las Olas Boulevard is in the evening, when the lights come on and the street becomes magical. With over 30 dining options, most of which are al fresco, shops, art galleries and museums, it is a must-see in Fort Lauderdale. At 17 blocks long, you’ll be sure to find something for everyone.

Intracoastal Waterway Cruise Tour

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There are many companies that offer tours of Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal waterway. Nicknamed the “Venice of America,” you will see Fort Lauderdale from a different view when on the water. See million dollar homes and yachts, many of which are hidden to the public on land, and it’s not uncommon to see a manatee swimming along side. Most tours offer professional guides, showing the hot spots of the rich and famous. Buy tickets online now.

Watch a Florida Panthers Hockey Game

BB&T Center Florida Panthers arena

For hockey fans, no trip to Fort Lauderdale would be complete without a visit to the home rink of the Florida Panthers – BB&T Center, located at One Panther Parkway. Get to meet the players in person or see them in practice and exhibition matches and possibly even actual games! The experience is certain to be an enjoyable one no matter what event you catch. A bonus for avid hockey fans is that tickets for games are far cheaper than games played in cities like Toronto, Chicago or New York

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Top Excursions in Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale FL

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Riverfront Cruises Venice of America Tour
Take a leisurely narrated cruise of Fort Lauderdale otherwise known as "Venice of America" because of its intracoastal waterways and canals. See luxurious mansions and yachts along Millionaire's Row, piers and marinas where you may catch a glimpse of a manatee. Enjoy the sights from the open air observation deck, or the air conditioned cabin.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Activity Level: Easy
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes on first deck only.

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Fort Lauderdale to Key West Day Trip
Climb about your coach bus in Fort Lauderdale and head south with your informative guide. You'll cross 42 bridges on the Overseas Highway which link the keys to the mainland. You'll have lots of time to explore Key West's unique history, food and beauty on your own before heading back to Fort Lauderdale.
Duration: 17 Hours
Activity Level: Easy
Wheelchair Accessibility: Folding wheelchairs acceptable

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Everglades Airboat and Wildlife Experience
Spend your time at Sawgrass Recreational Park where you'll board your speedy airboat for a tour through the unique Everglades ecosystem, seeing gators, turtles and much more before touring all the exhibits and seeing the shows in the park.
Duration: 2+ Hours
Activity Level: Moderate
Note: Located 30 mins west of Fort Lauderdale
Wheelchair Accessibility: Park is wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to transfer to airboat.