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Fort Lauderdale has so amazing attractions and cool places to visit all year-round – it would take a lifetime see them all!

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All Aboard The Jungle Queen Riverboat!

Guests on board the majestic Jungle Queen Riverboat will enjoy a cruise along the Intracostal Waterway and New River of Fort Lauderdale as they tour local sights and downtown Fort Lauderdale. An all-you-can-eat buffet is provided for riverboat guests, in addition to soft drinks and alcoholic beverages at an additional cost. After dinner, guests will enjoy an evening of non-stop laughter courtesy of the boat’s hilarious variety show including comedians, magicians, and even a game show! Enjoyed by many since 1945, the Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise will leave you with memories and laughs to last a lifetime.   Click Here for information and reservations!

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  Science and Historical Museums

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The EcoDiscovery Center is the exciting new 34,000 sf addition to the Museum of Discovery and Science, located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. The AutoNation IMAX theater is in the Museum, offering first-run features and 3D Science experiences! Plan to spend a lot of time taking in all the amazing interactive exhibits, fun children’s learning center and live animal habitats!

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Bonnet House Museum and Gardens- A property of the Florida Trust, this amazing compound of history and gardens, music and learning, is one of the most revered and enjoyed gifts to the public. Located just south of Sunrise Blvd., off A1A.

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Stranahan House MuseumThe Stranahan House was built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, Fort Lauderdale’s first postmaster. His wife Ivy Cromartie, was the first teacher in the New River Settlement, which later became Fort Lauderdale. Daily tours teach the exciting and important history that was the hub of the Riverfront Settlement- shared with Seminole Indians, traders and merchants. Stranahan House is the oldest standing structure in Broward County.

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Old Dillard Museum – The first school built to educate African American students in Fort Lauderdale. The land was originally donated by Frank and Ivy Stranahan. The museum now serves as an educational and cultural resource for Fort Lauderdale’s African-American community, as well as serving as a venue for events and entertainment.

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Ft Lauderdale Historical Museum –Located along the Riverwalk in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this historic district proudly showcases several of Fort Lauderdale’s oldest structures; the New River Inn, the Philomen Bryan House, the King-Cromartie House and a replica of the city’s first schoolhouse.

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Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum This non-profit foundation was set up to ensure the preservation of the Packard Motor Company. The exhibit features 22 Packard autos and memorabilia dating from 1920 to the 1940′s. Located on Packard Drive, on SW 1st Avenue, off Andrews Avenue, Ft Lauderdale.

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Visit the Wild Everglades!

You may think the only thing to see out in the everglades is high grass and alligators, but there is so much more! A vast array of animal life inhabit these South Florida wetlands. Hundreds of bird species, fish, small mammals, white-tail deer, manatees, bottlenose dolphins, reptiles, bobcats and panthers share the wilds.

Around the hardwood tree islands and hammocks, you can find exotic orchids, Bromeliads and ferns. Beautiful mangroves, with vast root systems aide in filtering salt from fresh water, act as a natural barrier for waves, wind and erosion, and provide shade and protection for a multitude of waterlife and fish.

For a day of thrills, take a wild ride through tall grasses on an air boat, visit the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, watch dangerous alligator wrestling or ride an eco friendly swamp buggy! Whahoo!

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The Fort Lauderdale Waterways

There’s nothing more fun than cruising around the Fort Lauderdale waterway system. Whether a daytime trip up and back on the Intracoastal, down the New River, or up a canal, there is plenty to see and do! Hop on a water taxi and have lunch along the way, or spend an evening dining out, and bar hopping with friends! – it’s a fun- and safe way to get around.

If fishing is your passion, hire an experienced local guide and fish for tarpon, snook, jack crevalle and barracuda on the Intracoastal waterway, or on a quiet canal. Don’t forget to bring your camera so your friends believe it when you catch and release the big one!

Another great ways to discover Fort Lauderdale by water, is a ride on large riverboat. You can view historic Fort Lauderdale, the marinas full of beautiful yachts, see the mansions and go through huge draw bridges. Jet skis and boat rentals are a popular way to get around, with the ability to go where you want, and stop along the way. If you’re lucky, you may have a friend with a cabin cruiser or run-about to see the sites! Any way you approach it – a day on the water can’t be beat!

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See Fort Lauderdale by Air!

Two ways to take in the amazing views of the city and beaches, are by scenic helicopter and airplanes rides. They can take you and your family or friends on a daytime flight, or even a magical, romantic evening champagne tour over Fort Lauderdale, Rates are quite reasonable – and you don’t want to forget your camera or video cam!

 

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Travel By Land

For those that prefer being grounded, Fort Lauderdale has a host of means to get around town and the beaches. The Free Sun Trolley is a very popular, and easy way to get up and down the beaches and downtown.

For a bit of a lark, hop on a Rick Shaw! You can dispatch one anytime, and cruise the beaches, or take a ride up and down Las Olas Boulevard! This has become such a stylish way to get around town, that the fleet has grown substantially over the past few years.

Rent an Electric Bike, Beach Cruiser or take a SegwayTour! Electric Bikes have increased in popularity, and get you around quickly and economically! Slap on some sunblock and you’re ready to roll! Most rental are fully equipped with helmets, baskets and locks.

Finally, what would we do without the simple Local Yellow Taxi Cabs? 954-777-7777

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Visit an Orange Grove

Throughout Broward County you can find several wonderful, and historic, orange groves. More than just a great place to purchase citrus fruit, many groves offer cafes, fudge-making, fresh local seafood, Florida wines, honey, coconut products, home made pastries, smoothies, orchids, and a whole lot more!

Griffin Road boasts several old-time favorite groves and stands! Stop by for a glass of pure, fresh orange or grapefruit juice, then send a bag of fruit home to your friends in the cold climate!

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Casinos Galore!

Day or night, you can have a blast at any of the four casinos in Broward County.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, located in Hollywood (Florida!), offers the complete resort package, top of the line entertainment and free drinks while you play!

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek has just expanded it’s casino, and now offers 2400 slots, Blackjack, the new Stax Poker Lounge, new restaurants, live entertainment and ample parking.

Mardi Gras Casino, in Hallandale Beach offers a full casino, dining, free valet parking and Flea Market Friday!

Isle Casino & Racing Pompano Park, is a smoke free casino, and features The Sports Bar, entertainment, Players Club and evening live harness racing!

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Area Race Tracks


All around Broward County you can find great tracks! Whether you like the dogs or the horses, the thrill of lightning speed animals flying around the course – and the hope of a big winning- is there to be enjoyed!

The closest local thoroughbred track is the famous Gulfstream Racing and Casino Park -which is another exciting place to spend your time – and money! Racing live from December 3rd through April 8th. Located in Hallandale Beach.

Mardi Gras Racetrack and Casino, in Hallandale Beach, offers the thrill of Greyhound Racing, and live simulcast harness & thoroughbred racing from around the globe!

Isle Casino and Racing is the local place to bet on live standardbred harness horse racing, and live simulcast racing. This is an evening event beginning around 7:30pm.

Calder Race Course is located just South of County Line Road, Miami Gardens. Just 20 minutes from either Fort Lauderdale or Miami. The 2012 season opens April 9th.

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Flea Markets, Farmer’s Markets and Festival Markets!

Locals, as well as visitors from around the globe flock to Fort Lauderdale to find a great bargain! One of the most fun, and economical way to achieve your shopping fix, is to visit one of our amazing markets.

Flea Markets are a great way to kill a few hours – and always a great place to find trendy shoes & handbags, watches, sunglasses, clothes, auto accessories, and a lot more! Go early for the best selections and deals!

There are several Farmer’s Markets in Broward County that sell organic fruits and veggies, as well as fresh seafood, grass-fed meats, bakery goods and wares. Lots of great offerings from the Caribbean, South America and other parts of the world!

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Broward County C-Bike Rentals   This new bike sharing system was launched in December, initially offering 200 new bikes (with baskets!) around the county, with the expectation of another 300 bikes added in the near future. The residents of Broward are encouraged to participate, and offered an annual pass at a substantially discounted rate. Needless to say, any visitor can rent the bikes for an hour long ride, or an entire day. A lock and basket is provided in the event you want to stop for lunch, or do a little shopping along the way. Bikes can be picked up at any depot, and returned at another. Debit cards can be used at any of the stations. Volunteers and employees have been trained to facilitate the need for tire repairs, or resetting a chain.

If you use the new B-Cycle service, and happened to have some pics of your ride, please share them with us and we will post them here on our website!

For more information and depot locations, please visit the official website here B-Cycle

Remember, have fun, wear a helmet, and share the roads safely!

 


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