Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Travel Guide

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)

For nearly 30 years, this safari outfitter (run by husband-and-wife team Mark and Alison Nolting) has been running low-impact, personalized experiences in over 15 African countries.

A few miles southeast of Fort Lauderdale, the community of Davie still has rodeos and old Florida cowpokes. You can see why photographer Bruce Weber favors Grifs for Stetson hats, Roper shirts, and Lucchese boots.

A 60,000-square foot state-of-the-art facility, only the third of its kind in the United States. Be sure to visit the collection of Haitian art and listen to the oral histories on race relations in Broward County.