You don’t have to break the bank to have a great time during your Fort Lauderdale vacation! In our busy city, there are plenty of free events and attractions that make for an awesome afternoon. So get ready to discover some incredible local talent and explore some beautiful landscapes as you find the best free things to do in Fort Lauderdale!
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4 Free Things to do in Fort Lauderdale!
Walk Down Las Olas Boulevard
Las Olas Boulevard is a popular thoroughfare in Fort Lauderdale with plenty of shops, galleries, and museums to explore. Browse over 75 shops and 12 major international art galleries! The NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale has free admission the first Thursday of the month from 4-8 p.m, so you can browse the amazing collections at no cost! When you’re hungry, there are plenty of amazing restaurants and cafes to choose from, in all price ranges.
SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch
The first Sunday of the summer months bring Sunday Jazz Brunch. A local favorite, Sunday Jazz Brunch turns the average walk down Riverwalk into a musical extravaganza! Live musicians perform in free outdoor concerts on three different stages. Attendees can also walk along the historic brick-lined walkway to browse local vendors. Visit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and discover your next favorite performer!
Explore the Secret Woods Nature Center
Discover Fort Lauderdale’s best-kept secret! Secret Woods Nature Center is a great way to spend the afternoon. Visitors can explore the Laurel Oak Trail and the New River Trail. The trails are both made out of recycled materials and take you from a hardwood hammock to a tidal marsh area before returning you to the center. You’ll get to experience a wide variety of Florida wildlife, perfectly preserved and undisturbed. After you’re done hiking, visit Butterfly Island. It’s a 3,800-square-foot butterfly garden that features more than 20 species of plants that attract butterflies. Rest on the benches and try to count how many species you can spot. Finally, visit the Monarch Interpretive Center. It’s home to an art project called Metamorphosis, a ceramic tile floor by Raymond Olivero. The building itself is a work of art; the doors in the entryway are made out of brightly colored butterfly “fresco glass,” also designed by Olivero. Secret Woods Nature Center shows you don’t have to pay an entrance fee for a great afternoon!
Have Fun in the Sun at Fort Lauderdale Beach
The best free thing to do in Fort Lauderdale is, of course, visiting the beach! From our soft, warm sand to the beautiful, clear water, our beaches make a great vacation no matter the time of year. You can easily enjoy the beach at no cost – just bring your swimsuit, a towel, and plenty of sunscreen and you’re all set for a great day!
If you’re staying during the 4th of July, you’re in luck! Fort Lauderdale’s 4th of July Spectacular is always a fun event. The Independence Day Celebration is a patriotic extravaganza, with live bands, a kids zone, beach games, contests, family activities, and an amazing fireworks display! The celebration begins at noon, with the fireworks lighting up the sky at 9 p.m.
Start Planning Your Visit Today!
After enjoying all of these amazing free things to do in Fort Lauderdale, return to your Fort Lauderdale Stays vacation home or condo. Harbor Haven, a beachfront condo, is perfect for a couple exploring our gorgeous South Florida city!
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