For Wilton Manors, it’s the people who make the place. Vibrant and welcoming, the residents of Wilton Manors are filled with pride -- for both their city and their community. Wilton Manors is ranked the “Second Gayest City” in the United States (next to Provincetown, Mass.) for its thriving LGBT+ population. Its streets are lined with gay-owned businesses, bars, and hotspots, each built out of love and acceptance.
Rosie’s Bar and Grill is a restaurant that provides a colorful and bubbly atmosphere -- both in its staff, decor and menu. The menu item names include funny tidbits like the “Quinoa Tifah,” the “Briney Spears” and “Kaling Me Softly.” Rosie’s burgers are also famously out-of-this-world.
The Alchemist Cafe is located in an outdoor garden with rustic-chic chairs and greenery. The Avocado Slicers are both gigantic and delicious, while The Alchemist Iced Coffee, served in a mason jar with a handle, is a fan favorite.
You can catch the people of Wilton Manors for a night out dancing at Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar, one of South Florida's longest-running gay restaurants, bars and nightclubs rolled into one. Make it a night out with some of the best entertainment in the city, and meet exciting people who travel far to hit the dance floor.
Wilton Manors’ “Island City” nickname stems from the fact that it actually is an island. Urban habitats Colohatchee Park and Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve act as great sites for spotting many native species of birds, plants, animals, and trees. With black and red mangroves and an observation deck, the boardwalk nature trail at Colohatchee Park does not disappoint.
Wilton Manors is located on the outskirts of downtown Fort Lauderdale. You can have access to dozens of beachfront resorts, hotels, and accommodations on your trip. Stay at the Island Sands Inn on Wilton Drive to be within walking distance of 15 bars & 18 restaurants, or kick back at the Ed Lugo Resort for an oasis inside a residential area.
Sebastian Street Beach, one of the best gay beaches in the U.S. is also nearby. The city truly has the best of both worlds: a quaint, small-town feel paired with close proximity to urban (and beachside) life.