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Landing in Fort Lauderdale, you'll immediately understand why this beach playground is called the “Venice of America.” Hundreds of yachts and mansions line the city's 266 km of inland waterways, snaking through the heart of the city and its outlying communities. You'll be greeted by a cosmopolitan, cool and relaxed atmosphere here.
Water and water sports are a way of life in Fort Lauderdale for locals and visitors alike. Whether you splash, swim, dive, paddleboard or surf, make sure to treat yourself to a water-themed fun day.
In Fort Lauderdale, the landscape grabs your attention in every direction. The blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean are to the east, while the Everglades borders the west. When you visit, take a sightseeing or fishing cruise on the Intracoastal Waterway or out on the ocean. Then, tell the folks at home about the sights you saw or the big fish you caught.
Fort Lauderdale has more than its share of sunshine, sandy beaches and water activities. But it also has a rich restaurant, nightlife and cultural scene.
If you're feeling hungry, you can choose to dine at one of the more than 4,000 restaurants in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. Located so close to the Atlantic Ocean, restaurants here serve up a tantalizing array of seafood daily. Not a seafood fan? There are a number of Italian, Mexican, Thai, Indian, French, American and Brazilian restaurants too. If you have kids or are looking for more affordable options, there are plenty of family- and budget-friendly restaurants here as well.
Kids will love the variety of indoor activities and cultural attractions in Fort Lauderdale. The museums and other venues will keep them engaged with fun and interactive exhibits.
Venture outside and launch your adventures on land or on water. You can glide along in an Everglades airboat and search for alligators or learn a new sport. Try a surfing or paddleboard lesson, or head to the links for a round of golf. Watch out for the water hazards though – courses here are known to include alligators!
Fort Lauderdale also has great shopping spots you won't be able to resist. Visit Sawgrass Mills, the world's largest outlet shopping mall, and give your wardrobe an upgrade with new clothes at enticing prices. There are also plenty of upscale boutiques, restaurants and cafes along Las Olas Boulevard. The numerous beach and surf wear shops are excellent for stocking up on warm weather essentials – and they just might bring out your inner surfer.
Fort Lauderdale is a fantastic destination for:
- shopping and dining
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