Get outside and discover Greater Fort Lauderdale in South Florida, both on and off the water.
With nearly 60 kilometers of pristine beaches, top-notch dining and cultural institutions, the area is an urban oasis steeped in natural beauty. From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale offers visitors a chance to enjoy beaches, boating, Everglades wildlife, dining, shopping and culture.
Explore the Everglades
The vast, tropical ecosystem known as the Everglades is, in fact, not a swamp but rather a shallow, slow-moving river that’s hope to a wide variety of wildlife. Tour this “River of Grass” via airboat or car to spot gators, manatees, birds, bobcats and maybe even a panther. Native Americans have lived in the area around the Everglades for thousands of years. Visit the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum at the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation to learn about the history and culture of the Seminole people.
Spotting alligators from an airboat ride through the Everglades
Cruise Inland Waterways
Greater Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Venice of America,” thanks to its more than 400 kilometers of canals that make up the Intracoastal Waterway. Go beyond the beach to discover the beauty of this inland area through boat tours, sailboat and powerboat charters, and freshwater and saltwater fishing. Hop on a water taxi for a guided tour from the captain covering the area’s history and attractions (be on the lookout for mega-mansions and yachts). Or, go for a free ride on the Water Trolley, which makes eight stops along the river.
Aerial view of one of the waterways winding through Greater Fort Lauderdale
Fun at the Beach
Greater Fort Lauderdale’s top beaches have been Blue Wave certified – a designation created to promote healthy and clean waterfronts – for two decades. From Deerfield Beach to the north and Hallandale Beach to the south, there are eight unique beach towns offering a variety of natural excursions. Stroll the 3.5-kilometer Broadwalk at scenic Hollywood Beach. Book a deep-sea fishing excursion. Start the day with sunrise yoga on the beach, or get an adrenaline rush by parasailing or water skiing.
Snorkeling turquoise waters right offshore
Take a break from the sun to discover more of the area’s entertainment options. Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to diverse dining, from casual and upscale beachfront spots to a variety of international cuisines. Shop at Fort Lauderdale’s high-end boutiques or stroll the world’s largest outlet and retail shopping destination, Sawgrass Mills. Tour the historic Stranahan House Museum, a pioneer house that is the city’s oldest structure, or take the family on an educational adventure at the Museum of Discovery and Science. The area also boasts a thriving performing and visual arts scene and regular annual events and celebrations.
Mural art adorning the walls of Hollywood
Fly directly into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and rent a car or hail a ride to take you to your hotel.