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Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

The most obvious place to start is, of course, the beach. There's the 7-mile long Fort Lauderdale Beach, but other options include Hollywood Beach, with its funky boardwalk; Deerfield Beach, popular with families; and Sebastian Beach, the section of Fort Lauderdale Beach that's especially popular with gay visitors. There's even a Canine Beach where dogs are allowed in the afternoons and evenings on the weekends. There are other sights beyond the beach:

  • Las Olas Boulevard. The city's main shopping and dining strip is lined with crowded restaurants, many with outdoor seating, and stores from familiar chains to small boutiques.
  • Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. This 1920s Caribbean-style plantation house has 35 acres of grounds planted with orchids and native Floridian flora where squirrel monkeys abound.
  • Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. The city's art museum hosts visiting exhibitions while its permanent collection is especially strong in works by contemporary Cuban artists.
  • Broward Center for Performing Arts. If the name sounds serious, the calendar of performances is largely not—Instead you'll find touring companies of Broadway musicals, popular entertainers, and light comedies.
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