Collected by GiAnna Wyatt, AFAR Local Expert
Along the coast of the Atlantic in south east Florida is Fort Lauderdale, a city known as the Venice of the America's. As you make your way through popular neighborhoods like Pompano Beach, Lauderdale by the Sea, Riverside and famous Las Olas, you'll discover an entertaining variety of restaurants, bars, boutiques and experiential activities that will inspire you.
801 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, USA
The Jungle Queen dinner cruise experience has been a Fort Lauderdale institution since 1945. Take the kids and board the historic riverboat on a three-hour cruise through downtown Fort Lauderdale to a tropical island. You'll see superb views of...
2541 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, USA
On a recent drive through Fort Lauderdale, I felt dowdy walking down buzzing Las Olas in a casual ensemble I had put together at the last minute. The glittery streets filled with beautiful, sun-kissed bodies inspired me to upgrade my summer...
3601, 1 Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308, USA
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a quiet beach town of bars, parks, and casual eateries within a couple walkable blocks along the Atlantic. Aruba Beach Cafe is by far the largest restaurant in the area, and the most popular spot for happy hour. For years,...
4400 N Ocean Dr, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308, USA
Yasou! That's what they say when you walk in to Athena by the Sea. The Greek restaurant is only half a block from the ocean. The interior is filled with marble, stone, and water features. The traditional decor brings guests out of the classic...
6002 N Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, USA
Gather around the table on a wooden patio aligned with the crashing waves of the Atlantic at Sea Watch On the Ocean. The Fort Lauderdale hot spot is a social and relaxing restaurant to celebrate with loved ones. Try a glass of wine and curl up for...
18 Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308, USA
You never know what you'll find at a good souvenir shop. In Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, we dug through the racks of bikinis, textiles, and apparel until we collected enough South Florida gear for the entire family. You'll find more at Scot's than just...
4404 N Ocean Dr, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308, USA
South Florida has its own, distinct style. At Country Squire Menswear in Lauderdale by the Sea, set yourself apart from others with custom suits, pants, jackets, polos, shorts and ties. The boutique is located only two blocks rom the beach. I...
2600 N Palm Aire Dr, Pompano Beach, FL 33069, USA
To experience some of South Florida's best golf, be sure to check out the Palm-Aire country club. There are three courses onsite, two of which were designed by the renowned duo of Tom & George Fazio; the third course was laid out by William...
125 N Riverside Dr, Pompano Beach, FL 33062, USA
Board a 45-foot catamaran or a small, private charter and dive into the blue Atlantic to swim and interact with marine wildlife. For those interested in snorkeling, the South East Florida Reef Tract goes from Miami to Palm beach. There's about 23...
2 Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308, USA
Since 1963 Anglin's Pier have provided locals with boatless fishing and tours. Stop into the shop for bait, tours and a snack at the cafe. The owners are always providing fisherman with new experiences for recreation and sightseeing. Take a tour...
1140 NE 7th Ave #4, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, USA
An economical and healthy choice for South Florida locals is Broward B-Cycle, the new bike sharing program in Fort Lauderdale. If you have to run an errand, grab lunch or get a good workout in, purchase a membership online and rent a bike from any...
Fort Lauderdale's trademark is defined by its emerald waters, gorgeous hotels, and golden sand. See it all aboard a jetski or parasail ride from the Sands Harbor Marina. Parasail right off the beach and sail above the Atlantic, through the air,...
3208 W Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309, USA
After the owners left Brazil and headed to South Florida, they combined their love for fresh juices and flavorful ingredients to open Smoothie Jungle. The eatery serves fresh and delicious smoothies and entrees with no preservatives. The smoothies...
1900 SE 15th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, USA
Arrive by boat or auto at this fun, local seafood eatery tucked inside the famous Fort Lauderdale Marina to experience breathtaking views of the 17th Street Causeway drawbridge. Seafood dominates the menu, from shrimp ‘n’ grits with trugole cheese...
2471 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, USA
It doesn't get more local in Fort Lauderdale than Hott Leggz, a super fun sports bar on popular Commercial Blvd. There are TVs all over the bar and fantastic drink specials. Creative menu choices include their trademark crab legs, frog legs, gator...
1075 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, USA
Fort Lauderdale is a healthy city, which is obvious from the beach filled with people exercising, and the popularity of Green Bar & Kitchen. The vegan restaurant has a whole menu of healthy options, including raw and gluten-free options, juices,...
603 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, USA
Fort Lauderdale is a destination known for its warm sunny beach days and breezy nights in famous Las Olas. While walking the strip, I stopped into Shop 603 boutique. The vibe is super trendy as is the apparel on the racks. The fun and playful...
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
Picture yourself gliding on water, each paddle stroke across crystal clear water propels you faster as you fly across the glassy plane. You'll feel completely relaxed surrounded by gorgeous sand, water, and wildlife. The Hawaiian sport of stand up...
350 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, USA
What do you get when you combine New Orleans–style seafood, classic pub comfort cuisine and a gigantic surplus of bacon? The Royal Pig Pub & Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale celebrates swine, beer, and home-style entrees. The staff will take you out of...
1525 NW 56th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309, USA
Fort Lauderdale Air Tours conduct scenic and adventurous flights over Fort Lauderdale beaches, and the spectacular Florida Everglades. The plane departs from Pompano Beach and soars over the ocean and along the beach, providing views of the...
3750 S Flamingo Rd, Davie, FL 33330, USA
The Florida Everglades is home to a vast array of plant and animal life, and an airboat cruise through part of Everglades National Park’s 1.5 million acres reveals a beautiful display of south Florida’s natural flora and fauna....
2 Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308, USA
Since 1941, the historic Anglin Fishing pier has served as Lauderdale By-The-Sea's main focal point. The pier was rebuilt in the 1960s as the longest pier in South Florida. Today, Anglins serves as the first eco-friendly cafe in...
1 Hall of Fame Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, USA
On a rainy day in Fort Lauderdale, locals have to sacrifice their beach days and take the fun indoors. An affordable and educational option is the International Swimming Hall of Fame. The facility includes the world's largest collection of aquatic...
101 Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308, USA
Lauderdale by the Sea is a quaint beach town where the locals visit daily for beach, breeze, and sunshine. Just 50 yards from the water is 101 Ocean. The casual eatery is decked out with water features, fish tanks, and mosaic stone work. The...
460 S Cypress Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33060, USA
At Calypso Restaurant & Raw Bar in Pompano Beach, Florida, the cuisine and energy of the Caribbean comes to life. Since 1990, owners Lora and Chuck have traveled throughout the world to find the best recipes and ingredients to serve Broward...
40A W McNab Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33060, USA
Since 2001, By Their Fruit has produced vine-ripe beefsteak tomatoes, salsa, hummus, Georgia peaches, and other high-quality produce to the city of Pompano Beach. Owners Kristy and Roque Cavazos come from a long line of produce retails, and...
777 Isle of Capri Circle, Pompano Beach, FL 33069, USA
Known as one of the best casinos in Florida, Isle of Capri Casino in Pompano Park is a popular attraction for locals. The 157,000-square foot Las Vegas-style casino include over 1,500 slot machines and a super fun harness racing track. There's a...
3731 Military Trail, Pompano Beach, FL 33064, USA
Ready to knock a fun water sport off your bucket list? This is South Florida, where you have the sun, lakes and ocean at your fingertips. It's time to get out on the water and try waterskiing or wakeboarding. LTS makes your first experience a...
4404 El Mar Dr, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308, USA
Located only half a block away from the ocean and sand, The Village Grill is a combination of three eateries into one. The grill serves a large variety of bar food, specialty cocktails, wine, beer and sushi. This is a big crowd pleaser in South...
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