21 Outdoor Activities in Fort Lauderdale You Need to Experience

It’s no secret that the Sunshine State offers plenty of Vitamin D and fun activities under the sun. If you’re looking for a combination of fresh air, water sports, relaxation, and adventure, look no further because you’ll find an array of outdoor activities in Fort Lauderdale for everyone in your crew. Read on to start crafting together your ultimate outdoorsy getaway around the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. 

And, for the best places to fuel up, take a break in the AC, or experience even more activities, make sure to unlock our FREE Vacation Guide to Fort Lauderdale. We’ve put together a list of the best restaurants, attractions, shopping, museums, and more for your vacay.

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Outdoor Activities in Fort Lauderdale You Need to Add to Your Vacation Itinerary 

Water Sports in Fort Lauderdale 

There’s no better way to discover the best things to do and see around South Florida than with a week of thrilling adventures on the water. If the ocean is calling your name, you need to add some water sports to your vacation itinerary. Some popular things to do outdoors in Fort Lauderdale include scoping out the marine life with a snorkeling or scuba diving excursion, a relaxing morning of paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, or zipping along the coast of the Intracoastal Waterway or ocean on some jet skis!  

  1. Snorkeling in Fort Lauderdale 
  2. Scuba Diving in Fort Lauderdale 

  3. Paddleboarding in Fort Lauderdale 

  4. Fishing in Fort Lauderdale 

  5. Jet Skiing in Fort Lauderdale 

  6. Kayaking in Fort Lauderdale 

Fort Lauderdale Tours 

Explore Fort Lauderdale with a variety of unique tour options by land, sea, underwater, and more!

7. Segway Tours in Fort Lauderdale

8. Boat Tours in Fort Lauderdale 

9. Port Everglades Tours 

10. Snorkeling Tours 

Discover Florida Wildlife & Nature 

Searching for a day of greenery and wildlife? No worries! We recommend taking a nature walk on some of the best state park nature trails, other wildlife attractions, and Fort Lauderdale parks. 

11. Fern Forest Nature Center 

12. Anne Kolb Nature Center 

13. Fort Lauderdale Beach Park 

14. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park 

15. John U. Lloyd Beach State Park 

16. Holiday Park Fort Lauderdale  

Outdoor Festivals and Events in Fort Lauderdale 

From music festivals to boat shows to extravagant parades, Fort Lauderdale is always lively with exciting events to look forward to year-round! 

  1. Friday Night Sound Waves Live Music Series – Las Olas Oceanside Park

  2. Dancing Under the Stars – Hollywood Beach Theatre 

  3. Stonewall Festival and Pride Parade 

  4. 20. Christmas on Las Olas 

  5. Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade – Intracoastal Waterway 

waterfront view fort lauderdale vacation rentalCool Down in the Best Vacation Rentals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

For the most relaxing experience during your trip, unwind in a beautiful vacation rental along the water! Fort Lauderdale Stays offers a great selection of rentals for you, your friends, and family. In addition to featuring the best amenities like waterfront views, heated private pools, and fully equipped kitchens, you’ll be close to all the best indoor and outdoor attractions! 

So, what are you waiting for? Check our availability, and book your dream vacation today!