From shopping on Las Olas Boulevard to rides on the canals to a historic riverfront, Fort Lauderdale is best known for its beaches, arts, culture, and events. Seven miles of beachfront and an all-year average temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit, Fort Lauderdale is a favorite for those who love the sun, sand, and surf. Of course, the main attraction for most tourists is the beaches, but you can find a full assortment of things to do here.
Fort Lauderdale Beach is located smack in the middle of the visitor's area in Fort Lauderdale. Earlier known for spring break madness, when thousands of college students came to the beach, the Fort Lauderdale beach area is now calmer but still a fun stretch of sand and one of the top beaches in Florida. The beach has an added pedestrian walk and numerous hotels and restaurants, and shops. Tourists can still find relatively smaller hotels and motels in the streets that move away from the beach. Once spring approaches, the beach gradually becomes busier and livelier as sun-seekers hit the sand.
Las Olas Boulevard sprawls across downtown Fort Lauderdale along New River to Las Olas Beach, overlooking the mansions and yachts in the Intracoastal Waterway. Here, you'll find many tourist attractions and things to do across the boulevard; From exploring museums and art galleries to shopping at over 120 specialty boutiques. It is a famous spot for dining, and the street is packed with waterside cafés and restaurants, many with patios. Another good way to explore the area is by boat, from a simple gondola tour, or by chartering your yacht for the day.
The Antique Car Museum in Fort Lauderdale is focused on the history of the Packard Motor Company. The collection in a replicated Packard showroom has nearly two dozen pre-war Packard automobiles, like the 1930 Packard Model 640 Fire Engine, the 1909 Packard Model 18 Speedster, 1916 Packard Model 1-35 Twin-Six Town Car Limo. Also on display is other memorabilia, such as a gallery dedicated to the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In addition, individual car pieces, such as hood ornaments and gear shifters, provide a unique look at trends, changes, and advancements.
Everglades Holiday Park is the frequent set of Animal Planet's "Gator Boys" and now features everyday live gator shows hosted by the cast members. The shows are not only entertaining; the staff members introduce visitors globally to the world of the Everglades' most notorious residents and even educate them about the habitat and lives of the alligators. The park also runs an airboat tour of the surrounding wetlands, where you can learn about flora and fauna unique to the Everglades.
The Museum of Discovery and Science is home to many permanent and rotating exhibits and programs that entertain and educate the whole family. You can look at dinosaurs and real fossils in the Prehistoric Florida exhibit or even explore Florida's current ecosystems, including a look at one of the most extensive living coral reefs. Both the 'Storm Center' and the 'Wall of Wind' lets you explore hurricanes and their after-effects on all aspects of life. Immersive experiences include the Everglades Airboat Adventure and various nature and feature films at the IMAX Theater.
The prime time to visit Fort Lauderdale is from December to April, which is anytime in the whole half of the year. The warm climate makes it a perfect getaway for anyone looking to escape bitter winter temperatures