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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Fort Lauderdale Florida During Vacations

Sep 10, 2014   //   by Fort Lauderdale Shuttle   //   Blog  //  No Comments

While thinking of going on a vacation, Fort Lauderdale Florida is a must remember famous for its beaches, arts, culture and events. From shopping on Las Olas Boulevard, to gondola rides on the canals, to a historic riverfront. Just two miles north of Port Everglades, you can experience a landscaped beachfront promenade, with its signature white wave wall and brick paved path. Across the street, visit luxury hotels, and enjoy shopping or dining or a narrated 90-minute amphibious tour of quaint Las Olas Boulevard, historical districts, and the mansions and yachts dotting Millionaires Row. Stop at the Stranahan House, a preserved 1900s home furnished with antiques of the era. Or “follow the red brick road” of Riverwalk, the landscaped park, to the Arts and Entertainment District. Trying to stay fit? Dive into the Atlantic, hike into the Everglades or enjoy a workout and healthy fare at a resort spa in Fort Lauderale Florida.

 5 Best Reasons to visit Fort Lauderdale Florida

Las Olas Boulevard

Las Olas Blvd Downtown.

I apparently wasn’t paying attention when people told me to visit Las Olas Boulevard, for some reason I thought that the section they were referring to was near the beach so we started walking and walking and walking. We finally got there, I’m not even sure how long it took, but most people will want to take the Sun Trolley or the bus to get to the section with restaurants and shops. The section closest to the beach is interlaced with canals and multi million dollar waterfront homes and boat docks. From the beach to Andrews Street is about 2 1/2 miles so it is a bit of a hike from the beach. Las Olas Boulevard is the main shopping and dining street in Fort Lauderdale Florida.

Beach from the cruise ship

Beaches

We didn’t spend anytime sitting on the beach but I did get to walk a long portion of it from where the 17th Street Causeway meets the beach north to Terramar Street, about halfway between Las Olas Blvd. and Sunrise Blvd., where the Fort Lauderdale Rough Water Swim race started. You can either walk on a sidewalk the whole way or you can walk along the beach. It was early in the day when I walked it so we didn’t see a lot of people but I’m guessing it gets more crowded as the day goes on. Lots of shops, restaurants and hotels along the beach which stretches the length of Fort Lauderdale Florida.

Everglades Airboat ride

One of the options post cruise was to book an airboat tour which then dropped us at the Miami airport so we opted to do that. We had a nice day for the airboat ride at the Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale Florida. Our ride was probably shortened because it was affiliated with the cruise, I think it was about 1/2 hour and their website says it’s an hour tour. The first part of the tour is a thrill ride at a high speed sometimes going a bit sideways, then they cut the engine and float for a bit to do some alligator spotting. We saw two, a fairly big one and a smaller one, they don’t seem to be afraid of the boats and you are pretty close to them although it’s probably not a good idea to try and pet one.

IMAX Theater

IMAX Theater at the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale Florida. The $3 million 3-D Blockbuster IMAX Theater at the Museum of Discovery & Science, is the highest attended ticketed museum in Florida. Like all IMAX’s I have been to, this one is superb!! It is a treasure of exhibits that challenge, educate and delight youngsters, built to promote the understanding and appreciation of science in children and adults. It achieves this through entertaining interaction with educational exhibits, programs and films, and with the Discovery Center opened in 1999. Designed for toddlers and pre-schoolers, the Discovery Center is a place for them to meet new friends and have fun while developing motor skills and learning basic science

undefined Water Taxi

Had it been a bit warmer, we probably would have bought a day ticket for the water taxi and explored some of the intercoastal waterway that runs through Fort Lauderdale Florida but it was a cool windy day and I didn’t think that being on the water would be all that pleasant.From the website, it looks like an all day ticket with on/off privileges is $20, no option to buy a single ticket which I think is a little odd. If you stay on the boat for a round trip tour it takes about 3 hours, another 45 minutes if you do the Hollywood route. It’s not a circular tour, rather there and back between Oakland Park Boulevard and Southeast 17th Street along the Intracoastal waterway, then west along the New River into downtown Fort Lauderdale to the Las Olas Riverfront complex.

 

So, this is the short compilation of the beauty of Fort Lauderdale Florida. Come and enjoy your vacations with your loved ones and have a lots of fun things to do. Good Day!