Relax at Fort Lauderdale Beach
Fort Lauderdale Beach is a 7-mile stretch of water and sand. It's the most popular beach in the whole city and features fun recreational water activities, areas to shop, eat, and more. Be sure to walk the promenade for a relaxing stroll with great views! Lifeguards are consistently on duty so that the public may swim safely. During the peak seasons in the summer, more lifeguards are working versus in the winter months. This is the perfect place to spend an afternoon, and since it's so long, you're bound to find an area just for yourself.
You Should Know This beach gets quite busy during the day. Try to visit earlier in the morning if you want to see it at its most tranquil.
Relive history at the Stranahan House Museum
The Stranahan House Museum was built in 1901 and served as the home of Frank Stranahan and his wife, Ivy. It was a trading post initially and later became a residence for the Stranahan's just a few short years later. It's most famous for being Broward County's oldest surviving structure! Over the years, the Stranahan House Museum has served many purposes, including a trading post, town hall, residence, and more. It's located right along the water and looks truly historical compared to the more significant buildings in the surrounding area. Today, it's a popular spot to visit and explore history exhibits.
You Should Know There is public parking located nearby at the Riverside Hotel. The only way to go inside the museum is to go on a 60-minute guided tour.
See the wildlife in the Everglades
The Everglades is one of the most popular attractions in all of Florida. They are filled with breathtaking plant life and wildlife. It's a spot that's frequently visited by photographers because of how beautiful it is. One of the best ways to experience the Everglades is to hop on an Everglades airboat tour. You'll have a guide that will bring you through the park and will tell you all about the area while showing you the best sights! Don't forget your camera.
You Should Know The Everglades covers 1.5 million acres of land. You'll see just a little bit of it in Fort Lauderdale! Some of the animals in the Everglades include panthers, manatees, alligators, and turtles.
Visit the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
The Bonnet House Museum and Gardens is an old residence that covers 35 acres. It dates back to the late 19th-century when Taylor Birch, a settler, purchased it. The modern building as we know it was initially built by Frederic Clay Bartlett, an artist, in 1919. Later, it got turned into the museum that it's most well-known as being today. Inside Bonnet House Museum is an abundance of art and exciting relics that the Bartlett family once owned. The gardens are also worth exploring and are incredibly picturesque.
You Should Know There are self-guided tours available so that you can go through the whole building at your own pace! Children under the age of 6 may enter for free.
Ride the Jungle Queen Riverboat
The Jungle Queen Riverboat dates back to the early 20th century. For years it has been one of the most popular ways to sightsee around Fort Lauderdale! All you have to do is sit back, relax, and listen to your tour guide. There are a wide variety of different cruise options available. Each cruise lasts for approximately 90 minutes. Some of the daily tours even include stops at nearby tropical isles, which only adds to the overall experience.
You Should Know Purchase your tickets in advance because they're known to sell out quickly. Most people opt to take the cruise later in the day, so take the one in the morning if you can!
Walk through Flamingo Gardens
The Flamingo Gardens cover 60 acres of land. Inside the gardens is a sanctuary for wildlife and plants that are endangered, many of which are local to the Everglades. There are around 30000 different plant species alone. Flamingo Gardens opened in 1927 by Floyd L. and Jane Wray, making it one of Florida's most historic botanical gardens. The Wray Home Museum, which served as a weekend residence for Floyd and Jane, is also open for visitors to explore.
You Should Know Florida's most massive tree is located in Flamingo Gardens, so be on the lookout for it! The last entry to the gardens is always one hour before closing.
Explore the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
This 180-acre state park is located right in the city's center and serves as the perfect place to relax and escape city life for a little while. Inside, there are lots of recreational activities including picnicking, swimming, and more. There are also multiple walking trails with beautiful forest and park views. The park is named after Hugh Taylor Birch, who gave the land to Fort Lauderdale. Stop by the Terramar Visitor Center at the park to learn more about the history of the area that it's located in.
Best Time To Visit The best time to go to the park is early in the morning. This is when the least amount of people visit! Plan on spending at least a half-day here.
Check out the MASS District
The MASS District is a trendy arts district inside Flagler Village. It stands for the Music & Arts South of Sunrise. The area is filled with innovators and creators who want to give back to the community with their interests and talents. There is a multitude of fun street art throughout this area, which only adds to the ambiance. Shops, galleries, and restaurants line the streets here, so you're sure to stay busy for an afternoon.
You Should Know Events are held here often, so there might be one going on when you visit! MASS District is only a short drive from the beach. Explore the rest of Flagler Village for a great experience.
Stroll Las Olas Boulevard
Las Olas Boulevard is genuinely the most popular street in all of Fort Lauderdale. The street dates back to the early 20th-century. For the longest time, the road was made of dirt and was the main road to get to the city's beach. Today, the boulevard has completely transformed into a street surrounded by some of the city's best entertainment options. There are over 100 different stores, restaurants, museums, nightclubs, and more.
You Should Know Las Olas Boulevard spans 15 blocks and is quite walkable. Just make sure you wear comfortable shoes! If you visit only one place on this list, be sure that it is Las Olas Boulevard. It's considered to be the city's best attraction by tourists and locals alike.
Explore the Young At Art Museum
The Young At Art Museum (YAA) is a museum that teaches children to follow their imagination, experiment and create in any way possible. It's the country's first-ever museum of its kind, providing specific exhibits and learning opportunities about art explicitly geared towards children. Many of the exhibits inside the museum are unique and modern, with the most popular being the Mural Museum. Other permanent exhibits include ArtScapes, CultureScapes, WonderScapes, and GreenScapes. A lot of displays are also on rotation throughout the museum as well.
You Should Know The easiest way to get to the Young At Art Museum is to drive utilizing I-95. Tuesday is discount night every day of the year. Visitors can purchase two tickets for the price of one!