When you vacation with us at Fort Lauderdale Stays, you will be close to all the best things to do in Fort Lauderdale. Whether you are staying in one of our gorgeous rentals in Wilton ManorsLas OlasFort Lauderdale BeachPoinsettia Heights, or Imperial Point, you'll be surrounded by some of the best attractions in South Florida!  

Below, you'll find some of our top picks for things to do in the Fort Lauderdale area. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

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Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale for the Ultimate South Florida Vacation


Water Excursions

Where else in the world can you go on a pirate adventure, take a water taxibecome a pro at surfing, deep-sea fish in the Atlantic Ocean, and snorkel along a picturesque reef all in one trip? Fort Lauderdale is known for its wide variety of high-thrill water activities. What will you choose to do in our crystal-clear waters? Here are a few ideas to start you off. 

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Parks and Nature Trails

Think you'll tire of the beach but still want fresh air? One of Fort Lauderdale's best-kept secrets is its array of inland beauty spots. If you envision a perfect day playing outside this spring break with your kids or pets, then you need to check out the area's spectacular parks and botanical gardens. For example, you can explore 60 acres of tropical paradise at the Flamingo Gardens, home to at least 3,000 species of exotic, tropical plants!  

You'll find great parks in Fort Lauderdale for any adventurer, including Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, but here are a few of our other favorites. 

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Shopping

Fort Lauderdale is one of the best cities in America for shopping! Here, you'll find affordable outlet malls, high-end boutique malls on the Intracoastal Waterway, and themed strip malls for the quirkiest of tastes. There's something for everyone, so be sure to reference our Vacation Guide to Fort Lauderdale for all of our best recommendations! Here are a few places we suggest starting with.  

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Dining

Fort Lauderdale dining is world-renowned. Whether you're enjoying a day on the beach or spending your time exploring the Las Olas Riverfront, you're never far from a fantastic eatery. Guests love waterfront dining in Fort Lauderdale, as well as exploring the region's selection of local, family-owned cafes. Or, for an experience like no other and unique to Fort Lauderdale, you can embark on some of the sightseeing cruises for dinner and a sunset.  

Read on for just a few of our top restaurant picks. 

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Nightlife

A Fort Lauderdale vacation would not be complete without getting a taste of the area's vibrant nightlife. The Las Olas Riverwalk and Marina Bay are just a few of the best Fort Lauderdale locations to grab a drink and dance the night away. Our Vacation Guide lists even more top-rated watering holes, so don't forget to check it out! Consider the following three spots for your first night out on the town

 

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Festivals and Shows

One defining characteristic of Fort Lauderdale is its full calendar year of festivals and shows. You can't go wrong visiting our beautiful city any time of year! Whether you're a music festival junkie or a social justice warrior, you're sure to stumble upon a festive event that's tailored to your interests. Here are a few of our favorites.  

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Art Galleries and Museums

People flock to Fort Lauderdale year-round to experience the area's flourishing community of local artists, scientists, performers, and history buffs. If you're into science, architecture, sculpting, the fine arts, the performing arts, or even swimming, there's something in Fort Lauderdale for you to enjoy.  

Art lovers will be ecstatic to discover the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District. It's on the New River in Downtown Fort Lauderdale with incredible attractions like the Broward Center for the Performing ArtsNSU Art Museumthe Historic Stranahan House Museum, and the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens.  

Here are three of the area's coolest galleries and museums!  

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Kid-Friendly Activities & Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale

At Fort Lauderdale Stays, kids are not only allowed; they're welcomed! The Fort Lauderdale area offers so many kid-friendly activities, so it's hard to go wrong bringing the little ones along! Whether you've got a pirate lover, a butterfly lover, a smart one, or a crazy one, Fort Lauderdale has a great attraction your family will adore! Check out these three hubs for kid-approved Fort Lauderdale fun!  

 

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Don't forget to download our free Fort Lauderdale Vacation Guide for a complete list of the absolute best Fort Lauderdale attractions!