Miami’s South Beach is a great area to visit… when you’re in your early 20s. That’s why savvy locals and smart travelers alike are instead flocking to Miami’s sexy neighbor to the north, Fort Lauderdale. There’s a calmer vibe to Fort Lauderdale and you don’t lose out on the warm weather, sunshine, gorgeous beaches or culture that you’ve come to know and love. In fact, you could even argue that Fort Lauderdale has more to offer for those that are looking for some R&R, cultural experiences and even a bit of adventure. If you’re curious, here are seven things that you absolutely must do when you visit Fort Lauderdale.
Sunbathe at Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
This adorable little town in Broward County has everything that you want: Quaint little restaurants, plenty of shopping and, even better, a fantastic beach. Spend the day sunbathing in nice weather, bike around the area or even take part in some of the diving and snorkeling activities nearby.
Stay at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
Although there’s plenty of hotel options in the area, there’s nothing quite like the newly renovated Marriott property. Featuring breathtaking views, a poolside cabana, plenty of watersports and a gorgeous spa for when you need some extra relaxation time, this right-on-the-beach hotel might make you never want to leave.
Get smart at the Museum of Discovery and Science
A perfect place to check out if you have little ones in tow but just as fun for adults that are kids-at-heart, this two-story museum allows you to spend the day discovering the best of science. There are plenty of interactive exhibits and even an IMAX theater that has plenty of fascinating 3D movies, such as ones about the Amazon, animals in the wild and so much more.
Eat well on Las Olas Boulevard
There is plenty to do and even more to eat on this busy street in the middle of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Some favorite restaurants include ROK BRGR for their El Diablo Burger, Chima Steakhouse for Brazilian meat served straight to your table, Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar for the best of Mexican in FL, KavaSutra for delicious non-alcoholic drinks, SuViche for sushi and ceviche (and pisco sours!) and Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille for amazing seafood all year long.
Relax and see history at the Bonnet House
This beautiful, historic house has been open since 1920 and is a perfect example of some of the history of this area. Today it serves as a wonderful place for visitors to soak in what historic Fort Lauderdale has to offer as well as a place to relax and view the beautiful gardens. There’s a lot to learn and a lot to see in this favorite of all out-of-town visitors and locals alike.
See beauty at the NSU Art Museum
Miami might have a great art scene, but there’s plenty to see at the NSU Art Museum. Exhibits constantly rotate to feature new artists and themes, which makes this a place that you’ll want to revisit again and again. It’s a great place to have a date night with that very special someone.
Do Broadway at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Culture is definitely NOT lacking at the Broward Center, where you can take classes and (most importantly) see theater productions. One of the best ways to view Broadway shows without the hefty price tag is to make sure to get tickets to whatever production is currently in town. The best tours come through here, so you’re sure to always see a winner.