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What to Do in Fort Lauderdale: Must See Attractions

Fort Lauderdale Attractions

Sitting north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale is to everglades tours and wildlife what Miami is to nightlife and trendy beach parties. Of course, Fort Lauderdale is no stranger to spring breakers and sun worshipers, either. Fun things to do in Fort Lauderdale range from leisurely river boat cruises to invigorating jet ski adventures, and everything in between. Even land lubbers and foodies can find plenty to do. Whether you are headed to this south Florida city as a family or in the company of friends, you will find something to satisfy your travel appetite.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale

Some neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale appeal to the water lover, while others will inspire those looking to try a new seafood dish or stay out late. Whether you are in southern Florida with your entire family, on a couples trip, or getting away with friends, you can find Fort Lauderdale activities right up your alley.

Riverwalk — Riverwalk is easy to navigate thanks to the pedestrian walkway here. As you work your way along the New River, stop for dinner, spend some cash at a small boutique, and cap off your day with a theater show. This is a great place to see what the cultural side of Fort Lauderdale is bringing to the table.

Pompano Beach — Just north of Fort Lauderdale proper, Pompano Beach is a good destination for anyone who is a fishing aficionado or just likes to taste a fresh catch. Aside from being a hotspot for boating and fishing and home to an impressive pier, Pompano Beach also has an off-shore coral reef that is appealing to divers and one of the best natural attractions in Fort Lauderdale.

Downtown — Much as you would expect from any downtown area, the hub of Fort Lauderdale is teeming with activity. From the nightlife along Las Olas Boulevard and in Historic Himmarshee Village to the outdoor dining, there is something new around every corner.

Things to See in Fort Lauderdale

Before you get your feet wet or even start to explore the Fort Lauderdale nightlife scene, there are several ways to sit back and be entertained. When it comes to photo opportunities, the coast is riddled with spots to snap picturesque images of the sunrise or surfers out on the waves. If you’re most entertained by the arts, stop by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and catch a bit of Broadway in Fort Lauderdale.

Sightseeing in Fort Lauderdale

Once you’re ready to strap on some tennis shoes or swim fins, you’ll be excited to learn that there is a nearly endless list of land and water activities in Fort Lauderdale. Go on a scuba diving tour, rent a kayak for the afternoon in Wilton Manors, or take advantage of paddleboard rentals from a number of local vendors. Of course, things to do in Fort Lauderdale also include land-based fun. Rent a bicycle for one of the more athletic Fort Lauderdale tours, or try your hand at 18 holes of golf.

Free Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale

Vacationing on a tight budget in Fort Lauderdale? Spend time, not money, on great experiences.

Beaux Arts Galleries - Filled with interesting objects and exhibits, this place is a paradise for minds that burn with curiosity.

Easterlin Park - Make this place your first stop for a little fun during your stay.

City of Fort Lauderdale Las Olas Marina - This is a bustling place where you can absorb the vibe and feel the rhythm of local life.

Port Everglades - If you're eager to check out a few of the more important or interesting places in the community, this is a great place to start.

First Presbyterian Church - Incorporate some spirituality into your escape by visiting this religious site.

Las Olas Beach - Play a game with the kids or simply sit back and catch some rays at this lovely coastal spot.

English Park - No matter if you can tell your peonies from poppies, you're sure to find beauty in this stunning display.

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Deerfield Beach

Relax in a waterfront park, walk between local trees in the arboretum and enjoy locally caught seafood in this coastal neighborhood.

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Known by locals as the butterfly capital of the world, this small town, filled with restaurants, shopping strips and parks, is an ideal family vacation destination.

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Teeming with local history and set apart from its surroundings by its rural atmosphere, this town is a great day trip from Miami.


Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Along with an enviable beach, this urban location has a pleasant mixture of glitz and charm. Walk straight through to be greeted by the ocean at the end.

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If you're spending some time in East Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Beach and Las Olas Beach are top sights worth seeing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Fort Lauderdale on a sunny day?

What to do in Fort Lauderdale on a rainy day?

If it's bucketing down during your visit, ditch the umbrella and try your hand at these appealing indoor activities:

What should I not miss in Fort Lauderdale?

If you'd like to experience the best of this destination, pencil these attractions into your schedule:

  • Port Everglades
  • Sawgrass Mills
  • Aventura Mall
  • Deerfield Beach Pier

Are there cheap things to do in Fort Lauderdale?

What can you do in Fort Lauderdale for free?

You'll hardly have time to take your wallet out of your bag with so many wonderful free attractions:

  • Port Everglades
  • Sawgrass Mills
  • Aventura Mall
  • Weston Town Center