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Elementary and Middle School Lessons Encourage Local Kids to Become Expert Tour Guides

GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (May 6, 2020) – Thanks to the Visit Lauderdale Junior Ambassador online learning program, homeschool or virtual summer camp feels like you’re on vacation and learning at the same time. 

Lessons for elementary and middle school kids developed by the tourism sales team at Visit Lauderdale involve many of the cool places, people and things around Greater Fort Lauderdale, while incorporating lessons in math, science, geography, language, history, sports, the arts, and local culture. Kids that complete all the lessons become certified Visit Lauderdale Junior Ambassadors. 

“We saw an opportunity to turn this challenging time period into a great learning experience for kids,” says Ritter. “We hope these lessons about our local tourism industry will inspire future family travel.” 

With the regular school year coming to an end and many summer camps either cancelled or offered as virtual experiences, free lessons presented by the Visit Lauderdale tourism team provide local Greater Fort Lauderdale kids fun, fact-filled information about what’s happening in their own backyard. Kids from anywhere will get a kick out of learning about the area’s attractions, wildlife, and things to do, and can start dreaming about a future visit. 

Free lessons at tourism website explore locations including Anne Kolb Nature Center, Butterfly World, the Everglades, Stranahan House, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and lots more. 

See also: Kid-Friendly Virtual Entertainment in Greater Fort Lauderdale

Elementary lessons are geared to grades three through five and the middle school curriculum is aimed at grades six through eight. Those that finish all the lessons and get their Visit Lauderdale Junior Ambassador certificate will be provided with post cards showing cities and locations all throughout Broward County. They can use the postcards to invite family and friends from other places to come visit and take guided tours to the locations they’ve learned about. 

“In normal times, the leisure travel sales team provides in-depth destination training about the many things to experience throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale to travel agents and tour operators,” said Tracy Vaughan, Senior Vice President Tourism Sales. “They have a wealth of local knowledge they couldn’t wait to share with kids that live right here in South Florida, as well as kids from around the world curious about what it’s like to vacation here.”

About Greater Fort Lauderdale 
Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts an average year-round temperature of 77˚F and has 3,000+ hours of annual sunshine. Explore 4,000+ eateries, 300+ miles of navigable waterways, eight distinct beaches, a thriving arts and culture scene, craft breweries, rooftop bars, outdoor adventure, and world-class shopping – all conveniently located in the center of South Florida. Made of up 31 municipalities, the destination boasts more than 35,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a cosmopolitan vibe. Upon arrival at FLL Airport (Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport), it is just five minutes to the beach, Port Everglades, the Broward County Convention Center and downtown. For trip planning inspiration, visit and follow @VisitLauderdale. 

About Visit Lauderdale
Visit Lauderdale, a.k.a. the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) is the tourism marketing organization for Broward County, Florida. The GFLCVB markets Greater Fort Lauderdale’s community of 31 municipalities to a global audience of leisure and business travelers and books conventions into the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and area hotels and resorts. The GFLCVB produces marketing and brand campaigns to keep the destination top-of-mind with travelers and maintains relationships with and hosts site tours for travel journalists, social media influencers, meeting planners, sports event planners, tour operators and travel agents. For more information about the destination, visit and follow @VisitLauderdale on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.  

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JoNell Modys 
Visit Lauderdale
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Ivonne MacMillan
Visit Lauderdale
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