It's All About Things to do In Fort Lauderdale

8 Fun Things to do in Fort Lauderdale 

Fort Lauderdale is known for its beautiful beaches, spring break, and one of the largest cruise ship ports in the US, along with an extremely vibrant nightlife. So whether you are here for a cruise, convention, on holiday, or even a local, there is so much to do in Ft Lauderdale after you have soaked up some sun and sand. No matter if you are up for an outdoor adventure, shopping, museums, or just taking in some local flavor, the options here are as diverse as the area.


 

Get Your Outdoor Adventures Going
 

1. Everglades Holiday Park - Looking for some gators and the adrenaline rush that can only come from an airboat? Look no further than Everglades Holiday Park! The "River of Grass" is home to some amazing and unique animals, from the beautiful and graceful wading birds to gators, this exhilarating experience will definitely blow your hair back! Check them out at: www.evergladesholidaypark.com


 

2. Jungle Queen - Take a cruise down the New River of Fort Lauderdale on this fully narrated boat cruise. You can see "Millionaires Row" and mega-yachts along with some beautiful homes, sailboats as you float along the "Venice of America". You can also visit their island which has gators, monkeys, lemurs (yup, lemurs!) and exotic birds as well as options for lunch and dinner. The Jungle Queen has sailings both day and night to fit your schedule. Visit them at: www.junglequeen.com


 

Get Your History On


 

3. The Historic Stranahan House - Visit the house that started it all, the Stranahan House. This beautiful house is the oldest surviving structure at the ripe old age of 1901. This historic home has an incredible view of the New River and served as post office, trading post, town hall, and home of the Stranahan's. This home tour explores the birth of a city through the lives of Frank and Ivy, especially Ivy who was an incredible woman and achiever in her own right. Check them out at: www.stranahanhouse.org/


 

4. The Bonnet House - Besides historical significance, the Bonnet House is a feast for the senses as a botanical garden and artist retreat. The lush grounds boast 5 different ecosystems and to balance the tropical gardens, an arid garden along with one of the most extensive collections of orchids on display. The Bonnet House is home to tropical birds, monkeys, and manatees can be seen also floating majestically through the mangroves and boathouse. Your visit to Fort Lauderdale is not complete without a stop at this nature preserve. See more at: www.bonnethouse.org

 

 Historic Stranahan House

Historic Stranahan House

 


 

Museums Y'all


 

5. NSU Art Museum of Fort Lauderdale - This art museum is located in the art and entertainment district, the art museum has various exhibits with both national and international exhibits and artists. Get your art on at: www.nsuartmuseum.org


 

6. The Museum of Science and Discovery - This is much more than a "kids science museum" as it has exhibits for young and those young at heart. The Aviation Exhibit is for anybody who loves the thrill of flying. With a 7D simulation, strap on some wings and feel the wind beneath your wings and experience flight from a bird's eye view. Explore cockpits, flight simulators, and for those with an interest in space, there is a Mars Rover simulator. The museum also boasts very comprehensive and interactive exhibits on the Everglades and the wildlife that calls Florida home. Explore the museum and enjoy the IMAX theater, see more at: www.mods.org


 

Shop That


 

7. Las Olas Blvd - Las Olas is situated in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Blvd is home to shady sidewalks with outdoor cafes, art galleries, restaurants, bars, fashion, and unique architecture. Las Olas (Spanish for the waves) grew from a dirt road to the beach, to the shopping and dining experience it is today. www.lasolasblvd.com


 

8. Sawgrass Mills Mall - This internationally well-known mall is one of the top largest retail malls in the United States. This outlet type mall has something for everybody all under, well multiple roofs. The Sawgrass has everything for every taste and budget, from Gap and Nike up to high-end retailers such as GUCCI and Versace and everything in between. The mall is air-conditioned, with an incredible amount of food and dining choices, and a fun way to spend a day getting some retail therapy. See the full list of stores at: www.simon.com


 

After a long day of gator watching, museums, and shopping, wrap up your evening with a leisurely walk along the New River while hearing the stories of haunted museums, massacres, rum runners, founding families misbehaving,Al Capone and his ties to South Florida, square groupers, and the bloody days of the "Cocaine Cowboys" that has all made the downtown area of Fort Lauderdale such an important and interesting place

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