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Tourists flock to the city's popular beaches and marinas, but there are plenty of different things to do in Fort Lauderdale away from the sea. Shopping is one of them, and the buzzing E Las Olas Blvd offers versatile retail options in addition to a vibrant night scene. Built by Fort Lauderdale's founding father, Historic Stranahan House appeals to history buffs, while the interactive exhibits at Museum of Discovery and Science will keep curious minds occupied for hours. Fort Lauderdale Beach remains the city's biggest attraction with its shops, restaurants, cafes, entertainment venues, and many opportunities for various water sports.

Fort Lauderdale is best known for its Beaches, Nightlife, and Shopping Malls.

Top 15 things to do in Fort Lauderdale

1. Fort Lauderdale Beach

Punctuated by shops, restaurants, cafes, and entertainment venues, Fort Lauderdale Beach stretches for over 11 km (7 mi) along the Atlantic Ocean. You can boat, windsurf, jet ski, snorkel, scuba dive, and fish, or simply pick a private spot on the golden sand and spend the day relaxing in and out of the turquoise waves. The popular beachfront contains over 3 km (2 mi) of continuous public beach, featuring staffed lifeguard towers. Near the beachfront you can also visit the city's renowned aquatics center, which notably contains two large swimming pools and a diving pool. Take a walk along the pedestrian beachfront promenade to see the famous wave wall, the area's signature attraction.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $35 › Learn more about Fort Lauderdale Beach

2. Boat Tours & Water Sports

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

Built in 1920, Bonnet House Museum and Gardens centers around a plantation-style building featured on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Once the winter home of Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife Helen, it is now the residence of two American artists, but it remains open to the public. Inside you'll find the art collection and personal items from the original owners. The gardens feature five different ecosystems. Look for exotic parrots, cockatiels, and swans in the aviary, while the grounds showcase wild squirrel monkeys, gopher tortoises, and manatees.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $35 › Learn more about Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

4. Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi - All Day Pass

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Enjoy narrated tours, explore our 11 Water Taxi Stops, and see the beauty of the Venice of America all for one ticket! Water Taxi captains and crew will tell you where the best places to shop, eat, and play are! As well as share facts about the gorgeous homes, yachts and South Florida history. Board from any of our Stops, boats arrive 35 - 45 minutes apart from each stop.
Suggested duration: 1 to 10 hours
Tours from $35 › More about this tour at viator.com ›
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5. Stranahan House

Stranahan House is the home of Fort Lauderdale pioneers Frank and Ivy Stranahan. Built in 1901 as a trading post and converted into a residence for the Stranahans in 1906, the house is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and today operates as a historic house museum. The House is open for guided tours at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. some days, and hosts special events throughout the year.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
Tours from $22 › Learn more about Stranahan House

6. Las Olas Boulevard

Don’t miss a minute of the buzzing street life and vibrant night scene on Las Olas Boulevard. Stretching from the city’s central business district to the oceanfront, the 1.6 km (1 mi) long boulevard is home to an alluring mix of trendy restaurants, art galleries, museums, and shops. Marked by its unique sub-tropical breezeways and old-world architecture, the street serves as the city’s hub for culture and entertainment. Browse the upscale boutiques for a special souvenir or sip wine and listen to live music at one of the street’s quaint bistros. Plan to walk to take public transit to the area. Parking is expensive and hard to find.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $35 › Learn more about Las Olas Boulevard

7. Fishing Charters & Tours

Fort Lauderdale private charters and fishing tours allow you to cruise the canals of the "American Venice" and the backwaters of Indian River Lagoon in search of a hard-fighting catch, such as the colorful peacock bass or the local king of the shallows, "the snook." In addition to fishing rods, reels, baits, and safety equipment, you will be given casting lessons and fishing instructions. These fishing trips provide a great way to do some sightseeing from the water. Tours usually last 4 or 12 hours.
Suggested duration: 4 hours
Tours from $65 › Learn more about Fishing Charters & Tours

8. Speedboat Sightseeing Tour of Miami

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Miami's only off-shore, speedboat tour. Experience thrills during a 45-minute speedboat ride across Miami waters. Soar along the Miami coastline in a comfortable speedboat with ample plush seating, taking in views of the city’s spectacular skyline, Star Island’s multi-million dollar mansions, and the stunning Art Deco designs of Miami’s South Beach District. Tours depart hourly! 
Suggested duration: 45 minutes
Tours from $45 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

9. Intracoastal Waterway

A navigable inland waterway that runs 4,800 km (3,000 mi) along the Gulf and Atlantic coast, Intracoastal Waterway plays host to commercial and recreational vessels. Consider a boat tour--you can find excursions through the canals or swamp areas where ecosystems thrive. The waterway serves as a popular alternate when the seas are too rough for travel and also as a go-between for vessels on major U.S. rivers, like the Mississippi.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $35 › Learn more about Intracoastal Waterway

10. Las Olas Beach

Enjoy a quiet stretch of sand at Las Olas Beach, which is also known for its restaurants. The beach is rarely crowded. Biking along the promenade is a popular pastime; you can rent a bike at one of a few shops near the beach. For authentic home cooking and fresh seafood, head to one of the restaurants on promenade. Consider a short water-taxi ride from the shore to visit some of the nearby sites along the coast.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $35 › Learn more about Las Olas Beach

11. Scuba & Snorkeling, Key Largo

Suggested duration: 3h 30 min
Tours from $65 › Learn more about Scuba & Snorkeling

12. Half Day Snorkel Trip on Reefs in the Florida Keys

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Come join us snorkeling some of the most beautiful reefs within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Pennekamp State Park. We have many possible reefs to explore: Molasses, Elbow, French Reef and the famous Christ of the Abyss on Dry Rocks. These protected areas offer an opportunity to see turtles, spotted eagle rays, moray eels and a variety of different fish. These special reefs are part of the 3rd largest living reef system in the world and the ONLY living coral reef in the US. We stop at two different locations on the reef. Each stop is determined by the captain based on the day's conditions. We cannot guarantee any specific site.In an effort to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that ends up in our oceans, we recommend bringing a reusable water bottle. We have water coolers in our shop and on our boats for your convenience!
Suggested duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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13. Shark Valley Visitor Center, Everglades National Park

Shark Valley Visitor Center offers an opportunity to explore America's marshlands using a paved road, a limestone trail, and a boardwalk. Take a self-guided tour through the sawgrass slough and tropical hardwood forests. As a part of Everglades National Park, the 24 km (15 mi) trail winds through alligator territory and is also home to turtles, deer, and other wildlife. Halfway along the path, climb the observation tower to view the valley's panorama. You'll find bicycles for rent and tram tours available at the site as well.
Suggested duration: 3h 30 min
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14. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami

A taste of Europe in Miami, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens once served as the home of businessman James Deering. Begun in 1910, with architecture and gardens modeled on the Mediterranean Revival style, the estate was Deering's winter residence from 1916 until his death in 1925. Today, the museum and gardens attract visitors who are drawn by the villa's collection of antique furniture, tapestries, paintings, and decorative arts. The seaside gardens brim with fountains, sculptures, gazebos, trails, and pools. The estate frequently hosts dignitaries from around the world. Check online for thematic tours and upcoming special events.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
Tours from $6 › Learn more about Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

15. Carrie B Venice of America Fort Lauderdale Sightseeing Tours

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The Carrie B sightseeing paddlewheel tour boat is owned and operated by Harbor Tours, Inc. We have been providing scenic sightseeing boat tours and private charters since 1959. As a third-generation family-owned and operated business, we have plied the waters of Hampton Roads’ Norfolk Harbor, Virginia and the waterways of Fort Lauderdale, FL for generations of guests. Today we are pleased to offer a full-time presence in both locations.Let the Carrie B show you Fort Lauderdale at its best! Any day of the week,rain or shine,our staff is ready  to serve you as you tour  the beautiful waters of the New  River and the Intracoastal Waterway.See Yachts and Homes of the Rich and Famous and ships from around the world in Port Everglades. Stroll around the Sun Deck, seating outside under a canopy or enjoy air conditioned comfort on the main deck. Entertaining and Informative Live Narration from your Captain. Full bar service with light snacks available.
Suggested duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Tours from $30 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

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