Top Things to do in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Florida - Fort Lauderdale - Activities - Attractions
Florida - Fort Lauderdale - Activities - Attractions

Fort Lauderdale, Florida is filled with attractions, from the beach to the suburbs. Whether you want to mingle with nature at one of the many parks and reserves or cruise the beautiful beaches, Fort Lauderdale has you covered.  

Eat or drink your way around some of the best restaurants around or check out some of the best attractions. To begin with, let’s unpack the Top Things to do in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park   

Located on E Sunrise Blvd in Fort Lauderdale, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a popular destination for paddleboarding. Considered Fort Lauderdale’s own “Central Park.” As such, it’s a vibrant center for the community.  

Here you can enjoy anything from inline skating to reading under the shade of palms and oaks. You can access the beach via the pedestrian tunnel under A1A. Open from 8 AM to 6:30 PM daily, admission is only $2.00 per person. You can rent a paddleboard at Park & Ocean, and while you’re there pick up some beers and grub.  

Check Out Fort Lauderdale Waterways via Jungle Queen Riverboat 

The double-decker Jungle Queen Riverboat offers sightseeing tours of Fort Lauderdale waterways, as well as dinner & show cruises. With Jungle Queen you can tour around the mansion-lined waterways of Fort Lauderdale from the comfort and convenience of the boat.  

From the boat, you can also enjoy all-you-can-eat BBQ ribs, or chicken as well as live music and shows. They’re open from 10 AM–6:30 PM daily. Prices start at $33. 

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Visit  Las Olas Gondola and Tour Beautiful Fort Lauderdale 

You may not be aware, but Fort Lauderdale is called the “Venice of America.” If you employ an authentic Italian gondola from Las Olas Gondola, you can check it out in traditional fashion, with a gondolier at the helm.  

Located on SE 1st Ave, Las Olas boasts “a gondola and professional gondoliers available for daily tours of Fort Lauderdale 7 days a week, rain or shine, with few exceptions.” Hours follow: 

  • Monday 9 AM–9 PM 
  • Tuesday 9 AM–9 PM 
  • Wednesday 9 AM–9 PM 
  • Thursday 9 AM–9 PM 
  • Friday 9 AM–10 PM 
  • Saturday 9 AM–10 PM 
  • Sunday 9 AM–10 PM 

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Take an Airboat Tour of Sawgrass Recreational Park 

Sawgrass Recreational Park is a one-of-a-kind experience near Fort Lauderdale and you can check it out in style via an airboat tour. Get up close and personal with alligators and other wild critters.  

Reserve an airboat tour for after-dark runs and see nocturnal critters doing their thing or arrange a private tour, such as a sunrise tour, for a completely different kind of experience. Sawgrass is open from 8 AM to 6 PM daily. Prices start at $26.95 for adults, $16.95 for teens. Kids under 4 get in free.  

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