Organizing a family reunion is a wonderful opportunity to gather loved ones you haven't seen in a while and create lasting memories together. Make things easy by choosing a memorable setting that has something for everyone, like Greater Fort Lauderdale. This South Florida destination blends the perfect mix of outdoor activities, welcoming accommodations, culinary goodness, and cultural happenings, ensuring one eventful and stress-free reunion. 

Follow along as we uncover the best group activities in the area, where to call home for a few days, and everything you can explore during your stay. 

On the Water   

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While ride-sharing is a convenient option, for a more scenic adventure that accommodates your whole crew, hop on the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi. The city boasts an impressive 300-mile network of inland waterways, and the hop-on, hop-off Water Taxi is the most fun way to explore the area’s attractions, restaurants, and shops. The taxi makes 11 stops at some of the coolest hangouts around town from Fort Lauderdale to Hollywood. 

Step back in time with the Jungle Queen Riverboat, a fleet of double-decker boats offering sightseeing cruises along the city’s waterways since the 1930s. These cruises, complete with narrated tours, allows you and your family to delve into the area’s rich history, wildlife, and landmarks while enjoying scenic vistas. Whether you opt for a 90-minute sightseeing cruise or the special Tropical Isle dinner and show with a sightseeing cruise, you're in for a nostalgic treat. 

Passengers get an up-close look at an alligator on an airboat ride through Sawgrass Recreation Park.

Further west, you can enjoy a different kind of water adventure on an airboat ride through the Everglades. Glide quickly across the River of Grass as a  knowledgeable guide points out wildlife and plants and recounts the Everglades history. There are plenty of outfitters to choose from for your airboat tour, including one at Everglades Holiday Park

Beyond airboat rides, this national park makes for a great afternoon outing with your family. Explore by boat on guided eco-tours or rent a kayak or canoe for a more serene paddling experience. See the Everglades up close by hiking along designated nature trails, which often lead through different habitats, allowing you to observe various plant and animal species. Be sure to visit one of the visitor centers to learn more about the area's history, ecology, and conservation efforts. One spectacle not to miss at Everglades Holiday Park is its live gator shows, which promise an exhilarating experience perfect for the whole family. You’ll uncover the unique characteristics of the iconic American alligator and enjoy laughter-filled moments as they unfold in the world-famous “Gator Pit.”

Far Out 

Fort Lauderdale Segway Tours

You can cover a lot of ground while bonding with the family on a segway tour. With Segway Fort Lauderdale, book a private tour and ride on the Riverwalk alongside the New River past mega yachts and mansions in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale. Learn about the area’s history from one of the awesome tour guides during a 90-minute tour. Additional tours are available in Hollywood as well. 

Family-Friendly Adventures

Blog Copy of Flamingo GardensEnjoy a day outdoors with the family at any of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s top attractions.

See tropical plants and exotic wildlife at the Flamingo Gardens in Davie. The botanical garden and wildlife sanctuary boasts 60 acres of lush greenery featuring diverse tropical and subtropical plants. Wander through themed gardens with native and exotic flora, including orchids, bromeliads, palms, and more.And meet  some of the most fascinating resident creatures, like alligators, black bears, bobcats, panthers, eagles, and flamingos. 

Venture north of Fort Lauderdale to Coconut Creek, affectionately dubbed the “Butterfly Capital of the World.” You’ll find Butterfly World, a renowned butterfly park and aviary featuring meticulously designed gardens with stunning butterflies, vibrant flowers, delicate insects, and other surprises. 

During your family reunion, immerse yourselves in the vibrant cultural scene of Fort Lauderdale with a visit to Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, a historic estate surrounded by lush gardens and filled with art and artifacts reflecting South Florida's colorful past. For a contemporary cultural experience, venture to Mad Arts in Dania Beach, a cutting-edge museum showcasing immersive and technological artworks that challenge perceptions and ignite the imagination. Dive deeper into the art world at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. Here, you can admire an impressive collection of modern and contemporary masterpieces, including works by renowned artists. 

Group Dining

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Greater Fort Lauderdale’s culinary scene caters to all palates and group sizes. 

If you want variety in a short amount of time, book a Craft Food Tour through downtown Fort Lauderdale or along the beach. These expert-led tours reveal the city's culinary treasures, offering the chance to indulge in delightful samples and drinks while learning about the dynamic culinary landscape.

You can’t go wrong with the area’s craft brewery scene, which is beaming with excellent food and drink options. Be sure to download the Visit Lauderdale Ale Trail Passport, a mobile pass leading to a collection of 15 curated breweries and distilleries where you can unlock deals and discounts. 

Funky Buddha Brewery

Not sure where to go first? Funky Buddha Brewery is one of South Florida's most well-known and beloved breweries in Oakland Park. Their taproom offers a vibrant and relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy food and a wide selection of beers, including their popular Floridian Hefeweizen, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, and Hop Gun IPA. Tarpon River Brewing is a locally-owned brewery in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale that produces a diverse range of craft beers, from classic styles to experimental brews like its flagship Big Rod Coconut Ale, Honey Love Belgian Blonde, and Gator Ale Amber Lager. You can enjoy lunch, dinner, or  Sunday brunch there as well.

Rest Well 

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Finding the perfect accommodations is key to ensuring a memorable and comfortable stay for everyone. Fortunately, Greater Fort Lauderdale offers many options to suit every family's needs and preferences. 

A great place to call home base is Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, with spacious accommodations, stunning ocean views, and multiple pools, including a dedicated family pool area with waterslides and splash zones. 

For additional family-friendly options, check out Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, Pelican Grand Beach Resort, and Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa