First-time visitor or in town for only a short time? Here are ten ways to get your feet wet in Greater Fort Lauderdale.
Only two miles north of Port Everglades, you can experience the landscaped beachfront promenade with its signature white wave wall and brick-paved path. Across the street, visit luxury hotels and The Gallery at Beach Place for casual fun, shopping and dining. Catch the Community Shuttle to downtown Fort Lauderdale, Fri-Mon 9:30am-6:30pm, $1 per person. Or rent a bicycle with AvMed Rides powered by Broward B-cycle. Check out a B-cycle and return it to any open station, $5 for the first 30 minutes, $5 each ½ hour after. Check website for locations. Distance from the Port: 3 miles, approx $12 taxi*
Downtown Fort Lauderdale, lasolasboulevard.com
Stroll, people watch, sip a latte at an outdoor cafe or shop the chic boutiques along Las Olas Boulevard, a sophisticated mile of fashion, art and sidewalk cafes. Stop by the Stranahan House, a preserved 1900s house furnished with antiques of the era. Join the party, a “Cycle Party” and go on a foodie tour of Las Olas Boulevard on a quadracycle. Or “follow the red brick road” of Riverwalk, the landscaped park, to the Arts & Entertainment District. Distance from the Port: 3.5 miles, approx $15 taxi*
Downtown Fort Lauderdale, riverwalkae.com
Located along the New River offering an array of exciting entertainment options with world-class concerts, events, unique galleries and dining -- Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale History Center, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale and the Stranahan House. The 22-block district includes Las Olas Boulevard for fashion, dining and nightlife. Take a Segway Fort Lauderdale tour and cruise along the New River. Prices starting at $35/person. 954-304-5746. Distance from the Port: 3.1 miles, approx $13 taxi*
Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi, 954-467-6677, watertaxi.com Closest dock to the Port is Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. $28 unlimited all day (seniors $23, kids $14), after 4 pm $18. Family packs available.
Jungle Queen Riverboat, 954-462-5596, junglequeen.com Bahia Mar Yachting Center on A1A. 90-minute and 3-hour sightseeing cruise + dinner cruise. Adults from $24.95, under 12 $13.95. Distance from Port: 2.5 miles*
900 N. Birch Rd., Fort Lauderdale 954-563-5393, bonnethouse.org
Learn about Fort Lauderdale history, art, nature and a true love story at this
35-acre estate, nestled between the beach and Intracoastal Waterway. Open: Tues-Sun, 9am-4pm (last tour begins at 3:30pm). Closed Mon and Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day. Adults $20, children 6-12, $16, under 6 free. Gardens Only $10, Tram Tour $2. Distance from the Port: 4.2 miles*
3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie, 954-473-2955, flamingogardens.org
60-acre botanical gardens and Everglades wildlife sanctuary. Bird of Prey Center & free-flight walk-through aviary, alligators, flamingos, bobcats, black bears & Florida panthers. Exotic & native plants, including Florida’s “Champion” trees. Open daily 9:30am-5pm. Adults $21.95, children 3-11 $15.95, under 2 free. Narrated tram tour & Wildlife Encounter show included. Distance from Port: 15 miles*
12801 West Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise, 954-846-2350, sawgrassmillsmall.com
More than 350 designer outlets, specialty shops and restaurants await, along with The Colonnade Outlets, high-end luxury fashion, including Michael Kors,
Kate Spade New York, Tory Burch, Bloomingdale’s - The Outlet Store, David Yurman, Marc Jacobs, Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth, Burberry and Salvatore Ferragamo. Dining scene includes: Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, The Villagio, P.F. Chang’s, Grand Lux Cafe and more. Allow at least three hours to experience this shopping mecca. Distance from the Port: 16 miles*
751 SW 121 Ave, Davie, 954-424-0085, youngatartmuseum.org
An artrageous adventure awaits! Ride a subway, visit a cave and discover a dig in Artscapes. Build sand sculptures and recycled puppets in GreenScapes. Learn about faraway customs in CultureScapes. Explore the world of Alice in Wonderscapes. Sun 11am-6pm, Mon-Thurs, 10am-5pm, Fri-Sat 10am-6pm. Adults and children $14, seniors 62+ $12. Distance from the Port: 13.9 miles
2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-564-1015 galleriamall-fl.com
Located just off of Fort Lauderdale beach, The Galleria offers 120 stores
including: Neiman-Marcus, Macy’s, H&M and Red Door Spa. Dine at Seasons 52, P.F. Chang’s and The Capital Grille. Distance from the Port: 6.8 miles*
FloridasHollywood.org or Hollywoodcra.org
Beach: Sheridan St. and Hollywood Blvd. Rent a “fun cycle” and cruise along the 2 1/2 mile paved Broadwalk, lined with cafes and shops.
Downtown: Browse art galleries, boutiques and sidewalk cafes. Walk through the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project, curated outdoor contemporary art murals by national & international recognized artists. Or explore ArtsPark at Young Circle. Get around via the Hollywood Trolley. Mon-Thurs 7am-9pm, Fri 7am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-7pm. $1 per ride/per person (exact change required), kids 5 & under free. Distance from the Port: 10.8 miles*
(Mural photo courtesy of Jill C. Weisberg)
*Broward County taxi rates: $4.50 for the first mile, $2.40 each additional mile, $0.40 each minute of wait time. $3 port fee for transfers between FLL Airport and Port Everglades. Uber & Lyft available.