A Quick History Lesson

The Tequesta Indians were the first inhabitants of Fort Lauderdale, and they lived here for a thousand years. Though control of the area changed between many countries, it was largely undeveloped until the twentieth century when hearty pioneers ventured south.

Since that time, things have much changed. Fort Lauderdale is a center cruising, culture, and  all kinds of south Florida fun.

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Industry and Cruises

Port Everglades is known as one of the most diverse seaports in the U.S., is known as Florida’s “powerhouse port”.  As a working port, Port Everglades is among the most active with cargo shipments and cruise terminals.

Nearly four-million passengers departed cruises from Port Everglades in 2014. The Seatrader Insider chose this port as the “World’s Top Cruise Port in 2010 and 2013. Nine cruise lines and forty-three cruise ships call Port Everglades home.

Art and Culture

Frederic Clay Bartlett designed the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens . Located on thirty-five acres, the museum offers visitors the chance to see the finest orchid collection in the United States. You might also catching glimpses of playful monkeys and majestic swans. Tours of the Bonnet House focus on the work of artist Evelyn Bartlett. Her paintings and sculptures depicted Southeast Asian and African animals. Nature trails surrounding a fresh water lagoon and mangrove swamp are also part of the tour.


Fort Lauderdale is the gateway to the wild and beautiful Florida Everglades where visitors can enjoy airboat rides to see the exotic flora, fauna, and wildlife. Passengers are likely to see an alligator, or two, or three, and lucky visitors might get a glimpse of an elusive Florida panther.

The Everglades is home to the Seminole Indians. Visitors can explore the Seminole Indians’ proud history at their authentic Seminole Village where tribal members demonstrate their famous arts and crafts.

Flamingo Gardens, Botanical Gardens and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary’s sixty acres of botanical gardens houses 3,000 species of plant life, and the Arboretum contains some of Florida’s largest trees. The wildlife sanctuary is home to permanently injured and non-releasable birds and animals. Oh, and there are lots of Flamingos, too.

Family Fun

For forty-five years, the Jungle Boat Riverfront Dinner Cruise has been a top venue for visitors who enjoy a seven-mile excursion along Fort Lauderdale’s New River. The cruise includes a humorous sightseeing tour and a river-view glimpse of celebrity homes and yachts. Guests enjoy an “all you can eat” feast at the cruise stop on a “deserted isle”.

Funky Fish Ocean Camp is fun for all ages. Whether visitors plan to be in the area for a day or for weeks, this camp offers the chance to learn to snorkel in the pool and shallow ocean waters, to skim the shoreline, catch waves on boogie boards, ride a paddle board, or shred the sand on a shore surfer. Oh, and as an added treat, campers get the opportunity to tie-dye t-shirts or bandanas on the beach. Visitors can choose from a variety of programs.

Fort Lauderdale is a family friendly locale, offering a diverse choice in entertainment and fun to please every visitor.