Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Travel Guide

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.

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)

Country-club casual is the mantra of this upscale, midsize ship line that succeeds in being fancy without being fussy.

Florida's most extensive designer outlet mall, with some 300 shops (David Yurman, Coach, Kate Spade, Theory), atop Wannado City, an interactive play city for kids.

This 1924 African-American schoolhouse has been converted into a museum. Its collection includes the "Heritage Room," a re-creation of a 1920's classroom, and a faux 1950's jazz club honoring Cannonball Adderley, once the band director of the school.