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Things to do in Fort Lauderdale
The city of Fort Lauderdale is a popular tourist destination in the US state of Florida. Known as the “Venice of America”, it has an expanse of canals, world-class beaches, exciting wetlands and swamps, as well as cool shopping strips and museums. Whether you’re travelling solo, with someone special, your kids or friends, Fort Lauderdale should be on your US travel bucketlist.
Because the city is popular for its beaches, grab your sun block and start picking among Fort Lauderdale’s best ones. You can choose the popular and pristine Fort Lauderdale Beach, where you can go boating, snorkelling, jet skiing, wind surfing, scuba diving and more. The beach is also lined with various shops, amazing dining options and fantastic nightlife destinations.
Check out other beaches that will give you sun-kissed skin, stunning views, and even privacy. There’s the award-winning Deerfield Beach where you can go water-skiing. Pompano Beach is a great place to get a tan, but don’t forget to check the place out at night so you can enjoy the unmatched beauty of the moonlit ocean. If you want some peace and quiet, head straight to John U. Lloyd Beach State Park and Hillsboro Beach.
Fort Lauderdale’s outdoors isn’t all about beaches. Nature lovers and explorers are in for a treat too! See the wildlife at the Flamingo Gardens, which is a botanical garden and wildlife sanctuary for rare plants and native animals. The Butterfly World and Tradewinds Park also have beautiful flora and butterflies.
Experience something new and cruise the swamps at Sawgrass Recreation Park while riding an airboat or swamp buggy. You can also explore the waters of Florida Everglades Holiday Park and might even see a crocodile or two.
Being in South Florida, Fort Lauderdale is also a shopper’s dream. Stop by the famous Las Olas Boulevard shopping strip where you’ll find classy and high-end shops. There are also great shopping malls in the area like Pompano Citi Centre, Westfield Broward Mall, and Pembroke Lakes Mall. Are you into quirky and eclectic items? Spend your US dollars at the Festival Flea Market Mall.
Get to know the city even better and learn more about their culture in Las Olas Boulevard and downtown Fort Lauderdale. Catch a show at Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Browse through the NSU Museum of Art, where the building itself is a work of art. Or go back in time when you visit the Antique Car Museum.
If you’re enjoying this trip with your kids, stop by the Museum of Discovery and Science or the Young at Art Museum to keep them entertained while learning at the same time. They’re very interactive, so you’ll enjoy them too.
One of the best ways to complete your Fort Lauderdale experience is by enjoying a dinner cruise on an old-fashioned riverboat. You get to see the city in a cool and unique way while enjoying delicious food made by the locals.
What you should know
The best time to visit Fort Lauderdale is from December to April when you can enjoy the warm climate. Just remember to pack some sun block and your sunnies. There are also some great events during these months that you can visit, like Christmas on Las Olas, Winterfest Boat Parade, Las Olas Art Fair, and Las Olas Wine and Food Festival.
English is the main language in Fort Lauderdale so you won’t have any trouble talking to the locals and wandering around the city.
Secure your travel visa now so you can fly to the US and visit Fort Lauderdale as soon as possible. Singaporeans can also choose to apply for a Visa Waiver Programme (VSP) to travel to the US visa-free for up to 90 days. Check out the US Department of State website for more info.
Travelling to and around Fort Lauderdale
You will be landing in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. From there, you can reach the city by taxi, cruise line bus, and hotel shuttles. Start wandering Fort Lauderdale by trolley, bus, water taxi, and taxi. We recommend choosing the first three for you to enjoy a more scenic route around the city.
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