Fort Lauderdale

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Fort Lauderdale's appeal to vacationers is undeniable, starting with a beautiful new beach promenade and strand of sand which we in some ways prefer to that of Miami Beach, continuing with a surprisingly sophisticated arts and museum scene, and one of America's top gay and lesbian scenes. Most of the attractions, along with the Intracoastal islands and canals, are concentrated in a core area east of Interstate 95.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

A tranquil escape from beach traffic, this art-filled 1920 plantation home blends indoor/outdoor living space on 35 acres of lush grounds. Guided tours available.

900 N. Birch Rd., FL, 954-563-5393, www.bonnethouse.org
Tags: historic | things to do | museum | gardens

Broward Performing Arts Center

The city's self-professed "cultural embassy" and anchor of the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, the BPAC is one of the most visited theaters in the country, which continues to catalyze downtown's exciting rebirth by hosting a jam-packed schedule of various year-round events including ballets, operas, concerts, theater performances (by award-winning local troupes as well as Broadway's best shows).

201 SW 5 Ave., FL, 954-462-0222, www.browardcenter.org
Tags: family | arts and culture | theater | things to do | performing arts

Butterfly World

Almost 1,000 free-flying butterflies and birds call these botanical gardens just fifteen minutes north of Fort Lauderdale home. For $7, you can even take a cocoon home with you and watch your own butterfly emerge and spread its wings.

3600 West Sample Rd., FL, 954-977-4434, www.butterflyworld.com
Tags: family | things to do | wildlife

Carrie B Harbor Tours

Cruise the canals of "the Venice of America" and marvel at the high-dollar real estate, a true hodgepodge of architectural styles.

North New River Dr. East at Riverwalk, FL, 954-768-9920, www.carriebcruises.com
Tags: cruise | things to do | architecture | tour

Everglades Holiday Park

Take an airboat through the Everglades and experience the “River of Grass,” where sawgrass yields to reveal the shallow waters beneath. Alligators and 16 species of wading birds call the park home.

Northwest of Pembroke Pines in the Everglades, 21940 Griffin Rd., FL, 954-434-8111, www.evergladesholidaypark.com
Tags: family | things to do | wildlife | adventure

Fort Lauderdale Beach

This palm-fringed stretch of warm sand is the reason the city landed on the vacation map. A brick-lined beachfront promenade encourages strolling and rollerblading.

Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. (a.k.a. A1A), between Sunrise and Las Olas Blvds., FL,
Tags: beach | family | things to do | outdoors

Museum of Art – Fort Lauderdale

Besides an ever-changing menu of exhibits highlighting an eclectic mix of internationally renowned, contemporary artists (like Banksy and Norman Rockwell), the Edward Larrabee Barnes-built museum features an active social calendar of weekly events, ranging from jazz concerts to wine tastings to art classes for all skill levels - packing lots of cultural punch into a not so very large (by modern museum standards) space.

One E. Las Olas Blvd., FL, 954-525-5500, www.moafl.org
Tags: arts and culture | art | things to do | museum

Museum of Discovery and Science

Get hair-raisingly close to sharks, bats, and iguanas; view the largest living Atlantic coral reef in captivity; and chill out in the Blockbuster IMAX Theater.

401 S.W. Second St., FL, 954-467-6637, www.mods.org
Tags: family | things to do | museum | aquarium

Stranahan House

With new construction in high gear, it's refreshing to see that the city's oldest home, built as a trading post for settlers and Seminoles in 1913, remains unchanged.

335 S.E. 6th Ave., FL, 954-524-4736, www.stranahanhouse.org
Tags: historic | things to do | architecture | tour

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