Fort Lauderdale, FL off the beaten pathWelcome to Fort Lauderdale, FL!

When people hear Fort Lauderdale, FL, spring break, beach and bar hopping come to mind. To be fair, this lovely city by the sea has seen its share of enthusiastic teenagers and twenty-somethings.But, the Fort Lauderdale, FL we love and want to share with you is a little different from that image. It’s a little slower-paced and a lot more family friendly!!

Arts & Entertainment

Did you know that Fort Lauderdale,FL has its own International Film Festival? That’s right – every Fall, filmmakers and fans alike descend on Fort Lauderdale and watch the next great hits.

It’s not just film that excites Fort Lauderdale, FL, music is beloved, also! Music shows cater to every taste in music! Enjoy the RiverWalk Blues & Music Festival for blues favorites. Rockfest 80s  is for rock fans. Tortuga Music Festival is for the country music buffs. Each show is held once a year.

Fort Lauderdale, FL also treasures its monthly art walks at F.A.T. Village, Pompano Beach’s East Village and Downtown Hollywood. Free glass- blowing demonstrations in Hollywood’s Artspark.

Sports & Recreation

Fort Lauderdale, FL (and its environs) is home to several professional sports teams – The Florida Panthers, The Miami Marlins, The Miami Dolphins, the Miami Heat and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Catch a game next time you’re in town.

If the beach is not your thing, you can still spend your day outside. Visit any one of the wonderful attractions available to visitors and locals alike. Butterfly World features the largest butterfly aviary in North America. It also boasts an impressive insectarium and an incredible hummingbird habitat. Flamingo Gardens & Wray Botanical Collection  spans 60 acres and is home to a wide variety of native plants and trees. A Bird of Prey Center features an exciting free-flight aviary. Enjoy your opportunity to see alligators, flamingos, bobcats and Florida panther in their natural habitats. At Anne Kolb Nature Center  in Hollywood, try your hand at kayaking through narrow canals where mangrove trees create a tangled canopy above the water. Other outdoor adventures include a visit to the John U. Lloyd Beach State Park  in Dania Beach. The park offers fishing, canoeing and other boating, and has one of the area’s most important turtle nesting beaches.

Science and History

One of the hidden gems of Fort Lauderdale, FL is The Bonnet House. Owned by artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife Evelyn Fortune Lilly, this home was their artistic retreat and their many whimsical touches are on display today. Mrs. Bartlett donated the home and grounds to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. This incredible gift ensured that generations could enjoy the beautiful grounds and artwork of The Bonnet House

Stranahan House is the former home of Fort Lauderdale, FL pioneers Frank and Ivy Stranahan. Built in 1901 as a trading post and converted into a residence for the Stranahans in 1906, the house is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and today operates as a historic house museum. The Stranaham House also offers a river ghost tour on Sunday nights. You will surely be fascinated by the tales of the spirits. Come along! Maybe you’ll encounter a ghost, too……

Last, but certainly not least, spend some time at the Museum of Discovery and Science, a great day for kids of all ages.  Take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, enjoy the playful antics of river otters, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant megalodon shark, and see exciting science theater shows.

Experience Fort Lauderdale as you never have before!