If you’re not from Fort Lauderdale, you may be surprised to learn that our beautiful city has a history of competitive swimming dating back to the early 20th century. At one point, this beachside community was seen as one of the major hubs of the sport. That’s why Fort Lauderdale was the obvious choice to house the most prestigious organization of its kind, The International Swimming Hall of Fame. This not-for-profit explores the vast and interesting history of this classic sport and the iconic athletes who dominated it in the past century. Discover what you need to know before visiting this top-notch museum. If you’d like recommendations on other excellent things to do in the area, download our free Vacation Guide!
What You’ll Find at The International Swimming Hall of Fame
The Origin Story
In 1965, The International Swimming Hall of Fame opened by then-president Johnny Weissmuller. Film buffs may recognize Weissmuller as the actor who played Tarzan in one-dozen movies. In the swimming community, however, he is regarded as one of the best athletes in the 20th century. For almost 20 years, Weissmuller helped shape this museum into a living record. From the wave-shaped design of the building to the exhibits therein, no detail has been missed.
Tour the Museum
There are over 40 exhibits and displays in the museums, illustrating this sport’s history. It starts with the origins of the practice (beginning in 3000 B.C.) and continues to modern icons of water polo, diving, and synchronized performing. The ISHOF also houses the world’s largest collection of aquatic memorabilia, including Olympic medals, competitive trophies, and swimsuits. Another highlight of the museum is The Tripp Family Art Gallery, which showcases an array of aquatically themed art pieces. From bronze sculptures to lithographs, you’ll find just about every medium and style represented here.
Families traveling with children will especially appreciate the Health and Water Safety Display. When visiting beaches with your little ones, it’s always smart to get a refresher on how to stay safe in the water. Plus, you’ll get to see some antique safety equipment dating all the way back to the 1800s!
The International Swimming Hall of Fame’s hours are Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Saturday, the hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students.
Are you ready for an outstanding getaway? The International Swimming Hall of Fame is just the beginning of the many wonderful things to do in Fort Lauderdale. However, before you can enjoy the many nearby restaurants, shops, and beaches, you need to book a vacation rental from Fort Lauderdale Stays! Browse our gorgeous inventory of homes to find the one that best suits your needs. Whether you want a beachfront rental or you’re searching for the perfect pet-friendly accommodations, you won’t find a better selection anywhere else in town. Add to that our outstanding amenities and concierge services, and you’re ready for the trip of a lifetime.