Lying just above Miami (the Magic City) is a city with exactly the same vibe as Miami but with a lot less crowd and prices. Honestly speaking I have always been swayed by the idea of finding alternatives to everything which has attained unimaginable fame because things that are unchecked are mostly overpriced. Fort Lauderdale is a perfect laid-back vacation famous for its seafood & Latin-inspired restaurants, riverfront & beachy vibes. Here is a list of not-to-miss Fort Lauderdale attractions. This list is long but not exhaustive:
- Las Olas Boulevard: Las Olas Boulevard is one the finest & must-see attractions in Fort Lauderdale. The street is a complete experience in itself. It holds many flourishing bars, catchy food, enlightening museums, shoppers’ boutiques, and many more. It’s an amazing evening time spot to hang out. It is truly a food lover’s paradise. It’s a no-miss attraction in Fort Lauderdale!
- Hollywood Art Mural: Away from Hollywood (in Cali) is a little Hollywood on the walls in Florida. This artistic expression on the walls of Fort Lauderdale is just a few minutes from the city center. It is one of the most aesthetic places for a Hollywood lover. There are murals from international artists like Tatiana Suarez, Evoca1, Rone, The London Police, and Jessy Nite, to name a few!
- Diplomat Beach: It is among one of the best beaches in Fort Lauderdale. One of the major attractions here is a giant size pool. However, the not-to-miss activities here at this Fort Lauderdale beach are renting a poolside Cabana, visiting the Spas, and feasting upon all the delicious delicacies at Monkitail & the Diplomat Prime.
- Flamingo Garden: Run by a non-profit organization, Flamino Garden is a Botanical garden & Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary located 17 miles west of Fort Lauderdale city in south Florida. The Garden aims to preserve injured & endangered animals & birds in their natural habitat and to educate the public about the region’s flora & fauna. Animals like otters, Florida panthers, rescued bears, alligators, Caribbean Flamingoes & other bird species can be found here.
- Seminole Hard Rock Casino: Seminole Hard Rock Casino is one of the most iconic places in Fort Lauderdale. This massive dine, drink & Casino is about 140, 000 square-foot large and patrons can choose from 2,000-plus slot machines & 100-plus table games. Those who aren’t into risking business can dine lavishly at restaurants with menus ranging across regions & continents.
- Museum of Discover & Science: One of the top-most family attractions in Fort Lauderdale is this Museum of science where there are ample permanent exhibitions as well as time-to-time rotating exhibitions to educate people across the generations. On one end of the museum, you may find the living fossil of a dinosaur and on the other side, you’ll be seeing the ecosystem of the region with beautiful corals. All this diversity under one roof!
- Everglades Holiday Park: This Waterpark in fort Lauderdale has gained immense popularity of late due to being the host of some of the biggest gators in the region. There are regular shows which are shot here which made it even more popular across the US and in North America. The park also runs airboat tours of the surrounding wetlands, where you will learn about the ecosystem’s plants and animals that are unique to the Everglades.
- NSU Art Museum: NSU art museum is yet another collection of contemporary artwork from across cultures. It is a modern and distinctively unique three-storeyed building in the Las neighborhood. The Gallery features more than 7,000 permanent artworks in its collection with a focus on multicultural artwork, Cuban Art, Latin American Artwork, African and Oceanic tribal Art.
- Bonnet House Museum & Garden: Designated as a Fort Lauderdale landmark & listed on the National Register of Historic Places, US, it is one of the finest Fort Lauderdale attractions. Bonnet house is a beautiful & balanced mix of art, architecture, history & ecology. The historic house was designed by Frederic Clay Bartlett and was built in 1920. On display are collections of art and personal treasures.
- Canal Sightseeing Cruise: Fort Lauderdale has an inland waterway like canals unlike most of the waterfronts and it is a complete delight to explore it like you’re riding an iconic boat in Venice. Known as the Venice of the US. Depending on your budget and appetite for adventure, choose from kayaks, paddleboards, jet skis, private yachts, or even a large-group booze cruise.
While the world has its gaze on Miami for the ultimate beachy outlet, Fort Lauderdale remains silently suitable for a less-crowdy, less-noisy & less-expensive but equally rewarding tropical vacation gateway.