Fort Lauderdale with Friends
Collected by Calliope Gianpoulos , AFAR Local Expert
Along the Florida coast lies Fort Lauderdale, a city known as the Venice of the Americas. As you make your way through the city's popular neighborhoods, you'll discover a variety of restaurants, bars, boutiques, and experiential activities that will inspire you.
3440 E Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062, USA
Irish pub Briny has two Fort Lauderdale outposts. This one, however, has the benefit of a riverfront setting so guests can watch the boats go by while sipping on happy hour specials and munching on Briny's "famous" fish n' chips. Not that this pub...
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...
1125 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, USA
If you’re in the mood for classic Italian fare, you’re in luck: Cafe Vico has a full menu of everything you’d expect, including old faithfuls like gnocchi in pesto sauce and eggplant parmesan. Locals rave about the burrata salad and the lasagna—...
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,...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
3599 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, USA
While the Mai-Kai restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale is an experience all in itself, with a dance show, interior décor like no other, and a gift shop sporting Polynesian paraphernalia—not to mention that the drink menu is pretty delish. I...
1140 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, USA
Ever see a mermaid? Me, neither. At least, not until I visited The Wreck Bar in Ft. Lauderdale last week. The magical mermaids return from their sea adventures every Friday, and always promise to put on quite the show. Just make sure you get there...
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