Fort Lauderdale Travel Guide
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.
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.
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.
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.