Fort LauderdaleUnited States of America

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Florida’s city of canals and sunshine is the “Venice of America” and the perfect place to enjoy beach chic.

Fort Lauderdale is at the heart of South Florida’s Gold Coast, known for sunshine, golden beaches and watersports. With Latino-influence Miami to the south and posh Boca Raton to the north, Fort Lauderdale is a laid-back and central location along a 23-mile (37-kilometer) strip of beautiful beaches. The 300 miles (480 kilometers) of inland canals and waterways, towering luxury high-rise architecture and 100-year-old history all add to the city's immense appeal.

With tropical summers and relatively mild winters, Fort Lauderdale offers year-round activities. Remember to enjoy what Fort Lauderdale is famous for, its beaches. Relax at the uncrowded Dania Beach, dine in style at Fort Lauderdale Beach, or head to Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, a cute village by the ocean. Further north you will find a string of beaches and seaside communities, including Jupiter Beach and Palm Beach.

The palm-fringed beaches attract sun seekers and are a hub for outdoor fun, from rollerblading to surfing. Las Olas Boulevard has many of the area’s best restaurants, cafes, bars and boutiques. Close by, Riverwalk’s pink-paved sidewalk takes you past luxury yachts and cruise boats to the prestigious Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Shopping in Fort Lauderdale ranges from the upscale, air-conditioned comfort of the Galleria Mall to the eclectic Festival Flea Market Mall. Explore the Swap Shop, another emporium for bargain hunting, which hosts drive-in movies after dark.

Fort Lauderdale is also home to a handful of top museums and gardens. The Museum of Discovery and Science is great for families, with plenty of hands-on exhibits, animals and an IMAX theater.

Don’t miss the Flamingo Gardens, one of the longest established botanical gardens in South Florida. It features the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary, which has the most comprehensive collection of Florida's native wildlife in the state. Another family favorite is Butterfly World where you can walk among more than 80 species of butterflies in superb tropical rainforest gardens.

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Lighthouse Point

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Top Hotels in Fort Lauderdale

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
B Ocean Resort
B Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
1140 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
CA $296
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

Located in East Fort Lauderdale, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Bahia Mar Marina, Jungle Queen Riverboat and Fort ...

3.8/5Good! (3,245 reviews)

"Loved the location, and the beach..I would definitely stay here again:)"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2020

B Ocean Resort
Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
2 out of 5
2460 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL
CA $89
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum, Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum and K1 Speed. ...

3.1/5 (9,670 reviews)

"Good Airport Value Hotel with Transportation Problems"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2020

Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
4.5 out of 5
1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL
CA $481
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

Located near the airport, this family-friendly resort is within 9 mi (15 km) of Hollywood Beach, Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Port Everglades. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,025 reviews)

"CLEANLINESS WAS GREAT DID NOT LIKE ..FROM PARKING GARAGE DOWN TO CASINO UP TO ROOMS."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 27, 2020

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Popular things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Beach
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Fort Lauderdale Beach

4.5/5(687 reviews)

With seven miles of flawless beach, a team of dedicated lifeguards and luxury retailers and restaurants, this is the perfect Florida vacation destination.

Las Olas Boulevard
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Las Olas Boulevard

4.5/5(316 reviews)

Shops, art galleries and restaurants line a two-lane street that is Fort Lauderdale’s answer to California’s Rodeo Drive. 

Riverwalk
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Riverwalk

4.5/5(95 reviews)

Discover a scenic strip of parkland, shops and historic buildings in the center of the city.

Top activities in Fort Lauderdale

All You Can Eat BBQ Dinner/Show at Tropical Isle with Cruise
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All You Can Eat BBQ Dinner/Show at Tropical Isle with Cruise

86% of travellers recommend
CA $79
Per adult
Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show
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Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show

84% of travellers recommend
CA $62
Per adult
Everglades Airboat Adventure and Animal Sanctuary Admission
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Everglades Airboat Adventure and Animal Sanctuary Admission

80% of travellers recommend
CA $33
Per adult
90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
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90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Cruise

76% of travellers recommend
CA $31
Per adult
Go Miami Explorer pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Tours & Attractions
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Go Miami Explorer pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Tours & Attractions

CA $125
Per adult
Fort Lauderdale Sailing Charter
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Fort Lauderdale Sailing Charter

CA $120
Per adult

Reviews of Fort Lauderdale

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
326
5 - Excellent 33.64293085655315%
4 - Good
481
4 - Good 49.63880288957689%
3 - Okay
149
3 - Okay 15.376676986584107%
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2 - Disappointing 1.0319917440660475%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.30959752321981426%

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Feb 26, 2020

Expensive and busy

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 24, 2020

Came here to go on a cruise. Didn’t have time to explore

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 23, 2020

Went on Jungle Cruise of the River it was good. Also took Uber to Riverwalk reasonable food there

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 23, 2020

We just flew in to go on an cruise so we were not able to check out Fort Lauderdale. Next time.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 22, 2020

Not there long enough. Boarded ship next day.

5/5 - Excellent

JohnG

Feb 21, 2020

The ocean is across the street and there is an area for hotel guests.

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