10 Fun Things To Do In Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is the third largest city in South Florida, full of pristine beaches and adrenaline-packed possibilities.

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Fort Lauderdale, a beachfront metropolis in Florida, is a 40-minute drive North of downtown Miami. This city boasts outdoor restaurants lined up on a long stretch of promenade. The excellent year-round weather makes it the ideal place for an unforgettable trip with family and friends. There are frequent concerts for eminent artists and comedy shows, so make sure to check out ticket-selling websites for upcoming events. Here are 10 must-do activities while in Fort Lauderdale.

Xtreme Action Park

38 Mill Plain Rd, Danbury, CT 06811

For adrenaline chasers, Xtreme Action Park is a must-visit spot since it’s the largest indoor entertainment venue in Florida sized at 200,000 square feet. The half-mile-long track has gas-powered go-karts with asphalt floors instead of concrete to improve guests’ lap times. There are also three escape rooms named Dine In At Dusk, Geneva Trails, and Two Thirty Nine. Guests must work together to solve various difficult puzzles, brain twisters, and challenges. Each room can last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, with a minimum of three people required to play. Other activities include mini golf, arcade games, bowling, laser tag, roller skating, and rope courses. Mondays through Thursdays, travelers can take advantage of the 2 for 22 promotion, which offers two activities for $22.

Rent a boat for the day

Fort Lauderdale is often deemed the “Venice” of Florida for its 300 miles of extensive connected waterways, which makes it perfect for boating. Enjoy the pristine waters by exploring picturesque canals, cruising the coast, or anchoring at a secluded spot to go swimming and snorkeling. It’s also great for bachelorette/bachelor parties, bar hopping “on water,” and docking at waterfront restaurants. Boatsetters is a popular website to find captains as well as select any type of ship you’d like.

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The Bonnet House and Gardens

900 N Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Turn back time to immerse yourself in the Bonnet House and Gardens. This historic estate from 1895 showcases stunning architecture, lush gardens, in addition to an impressive art collection. Guided tours demonstrate the artistic legacy of this unique property and its long history. On-site, there are five different ecosystems: the Atlantic Ocean beach, primary dune, secondary dune, freshwater slough, and mangrove wetlands. The area is now a sanctuary for migrating birds, local Florida wetland birds, and manatees seeking refuge in nearby canals. This establishment encompasses an example of a native barrier island habitat in South Florida. Reservations can be made for weddings, large events, and photo shoots.

Visit Millionaire’s Row

Located along New River, Millionaire’s Row is the most distinguished walkway in all of Fort Lauderdale. Take a scenic boat tour along the Intracoastal Waterway to marvel at magnificent mansions, mega-yachts, and luxurious waterfront properties owned by several of the world’s wealthiest individuals. Here are several celebrities that reside on Millionaire’s Row: Jay Leno, Jason Taylor, John Schnatter, Andrew Heller, Wayne Huizenga, David Cassidy, Hélio Castroneves, and Michael Egan.

Shop on Las Olas Boulevard

This unassuming outdoor mall called Las Olas Boulevard is Fort Lauderdale’s famed shopping and dining district. Opened since the 1960s; guests can discover a wide array of boutiques, art galleries, and specialty shops. After shopping, treat yourself to a delicious meal at one of the many acclaimed restaurants nearby. Here, you’ll find Cuba Libre hosting bottomless brunch pitchers every Saturday and Sunday. Travelers can also take advantage of an early morning yoga class before walking over to the beach to unwind. For more store options check out 10 of the biggest malls in South Florida.


Soar above Fort Lauderdale with Aqua Flights by strapping on a water-propelled jetpack to lay your eyes on the pristine coastline. Guests can learn to fly out of the ocean within five minutes, despite what most people believe. It is recommended to bring swimsuits, towels, spare clothes, and a form of valid ID. Safety measures are taken seriously, so guests are mandated to wear helmets and life jackets while flying. Thrill-seeking travelers should see the 9 must-dos for the water lover in Florida.

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Indoor Skydiving

Feel the rush of skydiving without jumping out of a plane at iFLY. This state-of-the-art facility uses vertical wind tunnels to simulate freefalling. The safe and exhilarating adventure is suitable for anyone from age three and up. This hidden gem is perfect for adrenaline seekers who want to skydive but want a taste of the thrill first. Flights can last 45 to 60 seconds, depending on which package is purchased.

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314, United States

This brightly lit, guitar-shaped hotel is impossible to miss when driving by. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is an engineering masterpiece standing at 450 feet tall and hosts a daily light show with six high-powered beams projecting at least 20,000 feet into the sky to mimic a guitar neck. Live music can be heard during this spectacular display, which features colors and intensities that are synchronized with the songs played. Hard Rock was purchased by the Seminole tribe in 2007 and now has locations in over 68 countries. Travelers can expect to find 2,700 slot machines, nearly 200 table games, and over 45 poker tables in the casino.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

3109 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, United States

Located next to Bonnet House & Gardens is Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, which is largely regarded as the “Central Park” of Fort Lauderdale. Visitors of all ages will find something to enjoy here. Immerse yourself within this urban oasis by taking a leisurely bike ride on the 3-kilometer park drive, kayaking through freshwater lakes, or hiking on one of the four available trails. Pavilions can be rented for birthday parties and large gatherings. Families with young children can make new friends at campgrounds and playgrounds. The A1A highway pedestrian tunnel allows visitors direct beach access.

Jungle Cruise

Since 1935, one of Florida’s oldest running attractions has been the Jungle Queen Cruise, a hop-on-hop-off boat which allows guests to sightsee, view a traditional Polynesian fire dance show, or cruise down Millionaire’s Row. Travelers can enjoy unlimited baby back ribs, roasted chicken, seasoned potato wedges, baked beans, coleslaw, and dinner rolls. For vegetarian or vegan-friendly meals, visitors can choose from a garden salad or roasted vegetables with balsamic glaze and brown rice. It’s recommended to reserve in advance since spots fill up quickly.

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Jungle Queen Facebook
Natalia Guerra

Contributing Editor

Natalia Guerra was born in Miami and comes from a Cuban background. Aside from her passion for travel writing and culinary arts, she also loves to step out of her comfort zone to live life to the fullest. Her lifestyle is being a digital nomad, working remotely as she travels the world one city at a time. Her favorite country has been Spain for its beautiful architecture and food, which reminds her of her Cuban culture.

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