Far from the days of a pioneering settlement and trading post, discover Fort Lauderdale as a family-friendly destination with miles of sandy beaches, historic sights, shopping districts and attractions. Known as the "Venice of America," Fort Lauderdale is one of the world's yachting capitals too. With near-endless sunshine and 300-plus miles of Intracoastal Waterway and inland canals, Greater Fort Lauderdale is a water lovers dream. Home to a bustling entertainment district that hosts food and music festivals as well as the Winterfest Holiday Parade, the Riverwalk and the New River is a hotbed of nightlife activity.
Discover a casual, laid-back world that is filled with mega yachts, al-fresco dining, outlet shopping, scenic settings, arts and more, in Fort Lauderdale. Though the Atlantic Ocean may grab more of the attention, most residents here see far more of the Intracoastal Waterway, whether they are strolling along the banks or boating through it. The city is homeport to close to 44,000 privately owned vessels. Besides outdoorsmen and anglers, Fort Lauderdale’s scenic beauty attracts travelers seeking a laid-back retreat or activity-filled experience. Whether by bike, foot, kayak, surfboard or boat, visitors will find much to explore and do in Fort Lauderdale.
Lined with boutiques, restaurants and lush foliage, Las Olas Boulevard is an idyllic and must-visit stop. At night, restaurants and bars along the famed downtown strip come alive with bands and dancing. Of course, Fort Lauderdale is best enjoyed on the water, so make sure to book a river cruise, water taxi or gondola which take visitors out on tours to learn the history of the river and offshoot canals, or to view the magnificent sunset. Another draw is the area’s exceptional shopping. Fashionistas on a budget will find an array of shopping options at Sawgrass Mills, the largest outlet mall in the country and Florida's second busiest tourist destination, boasts more than 350 outlet stores.
While in Fort Lauderdale, take a moment to jog or stroll along the glorious coastline of one of its beautiful beaches. Head south to the Hollywood Broadwalk that stretches for more than two miles and features a brick-lined pedestrian promenade with street performers and food vendors. Take in the area’s culture at one of more than two-dozen museums or a show at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Learn the city’s history from farm community to the center of international tourism at the Bonnet House or Old Dillard Museum. For those looking to explore the city’s craft beer scene, the Brew Bus, with stops at Funky Buddha Brewery and Due South, offers a fun and refreshing experience.