Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Travel Guide

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.

If you want to combine shopping with beach time, the Galleria, just a few blocks from the ocean, is the place to go. It features Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, along with boutiques like Teavana ((954)565-6474), which specializes in all things related to tea.

Since 1956, the Polynesian Island Revue in this restaurant's dining room has been the goofiest floor show in town. Sip mai tais and watch Samoan fire-knife dancers and listen to a rendition of the Hawaiian wedding song.

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)

Silversea’s fancy, pampering experience is delivered on six sleek, 132- to 540-passenger ships, done up in contemporary décor, with gourmet cuisine, spacious ocean-view suites, free booze, and top-notch service—the solicitous crew even shines your shoes and brings room service, course by course.

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