Fort Lauderdale in a nutshell
With more than 300 miles of navigable inland waterways and 40,000 resident yachts, it’s no wonder Greater Fort Lauderdale
is known as the "Venice of America." Although once known primarily as a mecca for college students on spring break,
Fort Lauderdale has become a dynamic family-oriented vacation destination. Families can enjoy water taxi
rides to various entertainment venues or stroll along the meandering Riverwalk to many downtown cultural sites.
For an unforgettable trip to the beach, families choose from more than 23 miles of sparkling sand, stretching from Deerfield Beach in the north
to Hallandale in the south. Some popular spots include Pompano Beach and its famous 1,800-foot municipal fishing pier and plentiful oceanside playgrounds and mini-picnic pavilions; Fort Lauderdale Beach for its new $26-million pedestrian promenade, where families and couples can stroll arm-in-arm; and Dania for John U. Lloyd State Recreation Area, which offers 244-acres of canoeing, swimming, fishing and picnicking.
Shopping opportunities range from Sawgrass Mills, the world’s largest discount outlet mall, to the 2,000-vendor, 75-acre Swap Shop.
Kids will love the Swap Shop’s giant carousel, while everyone will enjoy the free daily entertainment, including a real circus complete
with elephants and a man on the flying trapeze. While parents shop nearby malls, kids can explore the Young at Art museum and Art Center in Davie.
Here, kids will learn about computer art, how to build sculptures and even attend art classes.
Visitors to Fort Lauderdale can enjoy a number of free activities, including jazz concerts the first weekend of each month at Riverwalk and a broad,
serpentine pedestrian promenade along Fort Lauderdale’s famed beaches.
Get into the spirit of the "Venice of America" by hopping aboard a water taxi, which provides an economical and interesting way to tour area historical
and cultural locations. In addition, the city’s Superior Small Lodging program features a selection of 50-room or less, owner-operated hotels, which offer
affordable accommodations in distinctive settings.
Venturing away from the popular beaches and downtown areas of Greater Fort Lauderdale, visitors will find several unique towns set firmly in local traditions.
Fort Lauderdale the Venice of America
Fort Lauderdale has become a dynamic family-oriented vacation destination.