Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Travel Guide

This exclusive thoroughfare is where ladies who lunch drop in on sophisticated shops like Lauderdale Lifestyle: A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store (819 E. Las Olas Blvd.; (954)524-5459) or Maus & Hoffman (800 E.

This 1921 Caribbean-style plantation served as the winter studios of artists Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett, and the whimsical 35-acre spread—complete with wild Brazilian squirrel monkeys, swans, and the Bartletts' ornate murals—is on the National Register of Historic Places.

In a town where bars have a way of veering into the terminally raucous, this is a sanctuary for a sophisticated, older crowd, working a quiet groove to jazz singers Valerie Tyson and Nicole Henry.

Beachfront hangout since 1938

This restaurant and lounge is ideal for people-watching on weekends, when the hip crowds swill cucumber cocktails and watermelon martinis and dance to hip-hop.

The city's arts and entertainment district includes the Broward Center for the Performing Arts ((954)462-0222; www.browardcenter.org), the Museum of Discovery & Science ((954)467-6637; www.mods.org)

A vast room of floor-to-ceiling movie memorabilia.

A store dedicated to Brazilian artifacts and furnishings, all made from natural materials. The offerings include mahogany chairs, recycled-wood figurines, and mirrors with frames of banana leaves and papiermâché.

The museum of the Seminole Tribe of Florida is also the cultural center of the Seminole Big Cypress Reservation, in the Everglades.

The city's arts and entertainment district includes the Broward Center for the Performing Arts ((954)462-0222; www.browardcenter.org), the Museum of Discovery & Science ((954)467-6637; www.mods.org)

Insider find: A roster of local guides across Africa, including in the Zambezi River Valley, in Zimbabwe, and in Hwange National Park, near the Botswana border. Their walking and canoeing expeditions bring clients face-to-face with bull elephants, rhinos, and lions.

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival's art house has a tasty little café with first-rate popcorn, populated by local intelligentsia.

The city's arts and entertainment district includes the Broward Center for the Performing Arts ((954)462-0222; www.browardcenter.org), the Museum of Discovery & Science ((954)467-6637; www.mods.org)