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Fort Lauderdale Things to Do – Attractions & Must See

Fort Lauderdale Things to Do

Fort Lauderdale is a favorite destination for retirees, families, and college students seeking an escape from the cold winters up north so they can spend time enjoying the sunshine, beaches, and other attractions in the area. If you are going to be headed to Fort Lauderdale, here are some things you should do and see while spending time in this Southern Florida community.

The Beach

Fort Lauderdale has a beautiful beach without a crazy party scene (except maybe during the few weeks of spring break for colleges). The beach has sugary sands and crystal clear water. The beach stretches for miles along Route A1A and offers chairs and umbrellas to rent for the day (there are also plenty of showers and restrooms along the beachfront). Along the shoreline is a promenade bustling with tee shirt shops, tourist shops, bars, and restaurants. However,  metered parking is limited near the shore. You might be better off taking the bus or a cab to the beach, especially if you plan to visit one of the many bars near the beach.

Las Olas Boulevard

Las Olas Boulevard is the main shopping and dining street in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Most of the shops and restaurants, with the exception of Cheesecake Factory, are independently operated and not chains like McDonald’s or KFC. Las Olas Boulevard runs down to the beach and most people take the Sun Trolley or the bus from the beach to get to the section with restaurants and shops. The trip is about 2 ½ miles.

Riverwalk Park

The Riverwalk park is located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale and is considered by some to be Florida’s most beautiful mile. The park showcases lush tropical landscapes and winding walkways link together downtown Fort Lauderdale’s attractions, restaurants, and shops. You can easily visit the Broward Center for Performing Arts, the Museum of Discovery and Science, the Florida Grand Opera, Old Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, and the Stranahan House. All are within walking distance of one another along brick-lined Riverwalk Park. The 22 block district also includes the chic sections of Las Olas Boulevard and Las Olas Riverfront. You can even leave your mark in Fort Lauderdale on the Riverwalk trail with a personalized, engraved signature brick.

Sea Escape Cruise

Taking a Sea Escape cruise is an entertaining way to spend an evening. The cruises offer dinner, dancing, cocktails, bingo, gambling, and various other activities. The ship, by the way, is truly international as it is a Russian vessel (you’ll notice that all of the signs for fire extinguishers and other things are in Russian with English added as an afterthought!) sailing under a Bahamian flag. The crew members come from all around the world. Some of the cruises go all the way to the Bahamas and others simply go around the harbor off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. You have to go to the Cruise Port Terminal to get to the Sea Cruise.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do and see in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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