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Got a bit more time on your hands? Southern Florida has plenty to keep you occupied, from ritzy, Rolls-choked Palm Beach to sultry Miami Beach and Key Largo, the northernmost island in the Florida Keys. Adventure seekers can head into nearby Everglades National Park for virtually guaranteed 'gator encounters.

 

Day Trips from Fort Lauderdale

Everglades National Park

The largest subtropical wilderness in the country offers bike and canoe trails, camping, and the opportunity to view alligators, American crocodiles, and 16 species of wading birds.

73 miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale, FL, www.nps.gov/ever
Tags: family | day trip | wildlife | national park

Grand Bahama Island

A short flight or daily ferry provides access to the fourth largest Bahamian island, home to markets filled with native crafts and the limestone caves of 40-acre Lucayan National Park.

94 miles northeast of Fort Lauderdale, Grand Bahama Island, www.bahamas.com
Tags: beach | day trip | national park

Key Largo

Drive down to the northernmost island in the Florida Keys, where John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park brings snorkelers face to face with tropical fish, stingrays, and a sunken Jesus statue.

92 miles south of Fort Lauderdale, FL, www.fla-keys.com
Tags: family | snorkeling | day trip | wildlife

Miami Beach

Its Art Deco architecture inspires fashion photographers and filmmakers around the globe; celebrity-studded nightlife, chic restaurants, and a wide beach dotted with whimsical lifeguard stands add to its allure.

Miami Beach, 27 miles south of Fort Lauderdale, FL, www.miamibeachfl.gov
Tags: beach | historic | trendy | day trip

Palm Beach

Turn-of-the-century estates, Worth Avenue's tony boutiques, and ladies-who-lunch populate this wealthy seaside enclave, which inspired Lily Pulitzer's colorful print dresses.

46 miles north of Fort Lauderdale, FL, www.palmbeachfl.com
Tags: luxury | historic | day trip

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