Beautiful beaches, year-round warm weather, and landmarks that will appeal to history buffs everywhere are just a few of the reasons why visitors flock to Fort Lauderdale - and you’ll have front-door access to all of them when you stay in one of our Fort Lauderdale vacation rentals!
Nestled between the bright lights and big city of Miami and the quaint coastal town of Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale is equal parts laid-back beach haven and lively arts and entertainment mecca. It’s also one of the most popular destinations for Florida vacation rentals, thanks to its access to both small town living and big city amenities.
Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Lauderdale is a popular location for vacationers of all different ages because it has something for everyone. Catch some rays on any of Fort Lauderdale’s 23 miles of sun-kissed beaches - including Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, and Hollywood Beach - all within a short walk from restaurants, shopping, and even your front door!
Kids will love building sandcastles on the white sand beach and swimming in the aquamarine Atlantic waters while you relax and read a great novel with a South Florida-inspired plot by author Carl Hiaasen, one of Fort Lauderdale’s native sons. Afterwards, head over to any of the area’s low-key beach bar and grill restaurants, like Coconuts, for noshing on some conch fritters and catch-of-the-day seafood as you watch yachts sail by on the New River Sound.
When the sun goes down the nightlife comes alive, so put on your dancing shoes and head to the city’s Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Here you’ll find art galleries, world-class concerts at the Broward Center for Performing Arts, and tours with the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society of the area’s stately historic homes, like the Stranahan House. On these guided walks you’ll also learn about the city’s founding families and their lasting legacies. Though kids are welcome on these tours and in the Riverwalk area, the events in this district undoubtedly will appeal more to grown-up tastes.
Outdoor Adventures in Fort Lauderdale, FL
While Fort Lauderdale offers plenty to see on land, the city’s coastal location boasts plenty of underwater activities too! So naturalists and those seeking outdoor adventure take note: snorkeling and scuba diving off Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Beach has a three-tiered reef system that divers can enjoy exploring year-round. Divers can snorkel right off the beach and discover the unique Biorock Project, an artificial reef structure deployed in 2011 and now home to sea turtles, tropical fish, and many more sea creatures. It also provides the backdrop to BugFest-by-the-Sea, a week-long series of fun events, seminars, and contests for scuba divers centered around Florida’s two-day lobster mini-season at the end of July!
Day Trips from Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Lauderdale offers immediate access to the blue waters and great surf of Florida’s Atlantic coast. Many of Florida’s famed Atlantic beaches north and south of Fort Lauderdale, including Palm Beach, South Beach, and Vero Beach, are easily reached via Interstate 95.
Giant alligators, snakes, and other assorted swamp critters can be seen in preserved native habitat 73 miles away in the Everglades National Park. In the cooler (but still warm!) winter months, kids will love a visit to this national park, where daily tours on airboats give up close views of all the swamp species. For a more urban experience, Miami's world-famous food, shopping, and nightlife scenes are just 30 miles down the road.
For a fantastic home base in the entertainment and relaxation hub of southeast Florida, you can’t go wrong with a stay in any of our Fort Lauderdale vacation rentals!
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