Miles of canals, white sand beaches, and sultry temperatures explain part of Ft. Lauderdale's appeal to sun-seeking vacationers. But that's not all the South Florida City has: there's no shortage of history, culture, and dining to enrich the offerings. Ft. Lauderdale made its name 50 years ago as a premier spring break destination. While it still welcomes the college set for the sunny rite of passage today, the city has made great strides in creating an environment welcoming to families and other travelers looking for a more relaxed getaway. It's easy to spend endless days swimming and relaxing on the sand, but there's more than just surf at the beach. The beachfront promenade is lined with sidewalk cafes, restaurants and pubs, and shops and boutiques. Off the beach, the Arts & Entertainment District is home to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Florida Grand Opera, Historic Second Street, the Museum of Art- Ft. Lauderdale, and the Museum of Discovery and Science. The district is also home to dozens of cafes and restaurants, plus the red-brick Riverwalk, a shop-lined walking path. Las Olas Boulevard is another Ft. Lauderdale hotspot, featuring shops, historic hotels, and the Elbo Room beachside bar. Visitors willing to explore beyond city limits will be rewarded with such finds as the Art-Deco-rich Hollywood and the seaside village Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Airlines, including a number of low-cost carriers, offer plenty of flights to Ft. Lauderdale.
Ft. Lauderdale is a year-round, warm-weather resort destination, with two different visitor seasons. The winter high season is the most popular time, attracting people in the north looking to escape the cold weather. The summer low season or "second season" brings mainly international tourists, business and convention visitors, value travelers, families, and locals. The low season has warm weather, fewer visitors, reduced prices, and coincides with school breaks, making it a favorable time for family vacations. The city experiences a brief shoulder season in late fall, when the humidity drops and prices remain low. Visitors should keep a close eye on the weather during hurricane season. high season: mid-December to mid--May low season: mid-May to September shoulder season: October to mid--December