Best Things To Do In Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is more than just a pretty beach and good weather. This gem of south Florida has a variety of attractions. Eco-tourists, foodies, and boating enthusiasts will all find something to enjoy here.

Best Things To Do In Fort Lauderdale

If money is not an option, there is plenty to splash out on. However, many activities and sights are cheap or even free. These are our top picks for the best things to do in Fort Lauderdale.

Take The Water Taxi

This is a great way to get around If you don’t have a car or want to avoid looking for parking. You can buy a half-day, full-day, or even multi-day pass for as little as $20.

Boats run every 35-45 minutes along set routes. Hop on hop off as you please at some of Fort Lauderdale’s top sights. Don’t miss Historic Stranahan House, furnished with antiques from the 1900s.

Climb off at Beach Place for a drink at Elbo Room. This ’80s dive bar with live music is sure to bring back old memories. Fair warning, it can get crowded.

Get Into The Ocean

Fort Lauderdale is a prime destination for water lovers. Some of the best beaches are Dania Beach, Holywood Beach, and North Ocean Park.

It’s lesser-known that Fort Lauderdale has some of the only coral in the USA. Visit Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Swim just 80 yards offshore to explore a  honeycombed, limestone reef.

Rent a mask and snorkel or book a tour. With a guide, you have a better chance of seeing nurse sharks and moray eels. Feeling lazy? Book a SEABOB tour and cruise around on an underwater jetski.

Las Olas Boulevard

A mile-long strip of boutique stores, galleries, and delicious food options. The Las Olas Blvd is a highlight for many Fort Lauderdale visitors. 

We recommend an expresso at Anne’s Florist and Coffee. The smell of freshly baked pastries, ground coffee, and flowers leaves a lasting impression. At Louie Bossi, gorge yourself on Spaghetti and homemade salumi boards at 

Visit an international art gallery. At  NSU Art Museum. Exhibits change regularly and feature a strong Latino influence.

Learn about the world at Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of science and discovery. The Fire and Safety Museum is also worth a stop.

Rent Your Own Yacht

Fort Lauderdale deserves its reputation as the world’s yachting capital. Expect open waters and ample docking space. In October, the city hosts the world’s largest boat show.

Get in on the sailing action with boat rental in Fort Lauderdale. Choose between a variety of vessels in different sizes. Most yachts have luxury sleeping quarters.

An experienced captain and crew will take care of everything you need onboard. This is a bit of a splurge but well worth it for that special occasion. Imagine sipping champagne at sunset on your own private boat.

Go On A Craft Beer Crawl

There are loads of options for beer lovers in Fort Lauderdale.

The Riverside Market stocks a whopping 550+ varieties of craft beers. This has earned it the title of ‘Fort Lauderdale’s Official Craft Beer Hangout”.

Funky Buddha Brewery is all about good vibes. Follow them online for regular events and live performances.  Choose from 6 beers on-tap including the famous Floridian.

Find Invasive species Brewing in Flagler Village.  Expect a relaxed atmosphere as locals mix with visitors. Grab a bite from the food trucks parked in front. 

Take a tour of Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery in FATVillage.Here, you can also join a cooking class.

Hugh Taylor Birch Park

South Florida is a nature lover’s paradise and Fort Lauderdale is no exception. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park sits between the intercoastal waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. There is access to the beach directly through a tunnel under the A1A.

Rent a kayak and get out onto the parks’ largest dune lake. The Coastal hammock trail is an easy walk, look out for gopher tortoises. Bring your rod and go fishing off the seawall.

On Fridays and Saturdays, you can join interpretive walks with a ranger.  Birders will enjoy spotting some of the 250 + species found here. 

Go Sightseeing By Bicycle

The city has worked hard to make Fort Lauderdale cycling-friendly. There is a  network of paved cycle lanes. Rent a bike for $5 an hour and spend time cruising between local attractions. 

Broward BCycle is one of many rental agencies.  An app makes it easy to book and collect your bike using a code. When you are done, simply drop off the bike at the nearest station.

Guided tours are available and bikes come with a helmet lock and lights. As a bonus, you will get in a little exercise.

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