Fort Lauderdale was once the spring-breaker’s go-to destination. While the city on the southeast coast of Florida still attracts those looking to soak up the sand, sun, surf and maybe a cocktail or two, the city is showing a different crowd another side. From historic homes to mermaid shows, Fort Lauderdale surprises with its rich natural scene, art and culture. You won’t want to miss these seven exciting attractions in town.
Take a Gondola Ride on the Canals: Fort Lauderdale is often referred to as the Venice of America due to its wealth of canals. The city sits on an expansive and intricate canal system. To showcase the scenery and wildlife along the canals, a number of companies offer gondola rides on the city’s canal system.
Stroll the Fort Lauderdale Beach and Promenade: Fort Lauderdale features a wide promenade composed of brick. The promenade dots with palm trees and acts as a good place to run, walk and bike. The promenade backs on a white sand beach, stretching for seven miles. The Fort Lauderdale Beach is one of the cleanest in the nation.
Tour One of Florida’s Oldest Homes, The Stranahan House: Constructed from Dade County pine, the Stranahan House serves as the city’s trading post, town hall and post office. The rich example of Florida vernacular design is available for guided tours, including ghost tours. With its many original furnishings, the Stranahan House is one of the state’s oldest houses.
Spot The Many Species at Flamingo Gardens: Flamingo Gardens has a somewhat misleading name. While you can expect to see flamingos throughout the 60-acre tropical area, the space also boasts over 3,000 species of tropical, subtropical and native plants. The area includes the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary and the Wray Botanical Collection.
Have a Drink Underwater with Mermaids at the Wreck Bar: Located on the site of the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, the Wreck Bar has been enticing visitors to its counter since the 1950s for its famous mermaid shows. You can grab a drink and watch the MeduSirena Show in the surrounding aquariums.
Shop Along Las Olas Boulevard: Located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard is a shopper’s paradise. The thoroughfare lines with a number of high-end shops and galleries. Window shoppers will even be pleased with the intriguing window displays.
Float Like a Butterfly Through Butterfly World: If you are in the Fort Lauderdale area, you can float on over to Butterfly World. Conceived from one man’s love of butterflies, the site boasts a world-renowned butterfly farm and research facility. Butterfly World also holds 10 acres of aviaries and botanical gardens, along with a bug museum.
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