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Fort LauderdaleUnited States of America

A sunny coastal city in Florida with its charming network of canals make this the Venice of America and a popular Spring Break destination.

Fort Lauderdale dishes up pristine beaches, an eclectic mix of art and culture, and a dazzling array of dining options in the heart of South Florida's Gold Coast. Tucked between the Latino-influenced Miami in the south and the luxurious Boca Raton in the north, Fort Lauderdale's 37-kilometre stretch of centrally located white sand beaches beckons visitors looking for a relaxed, sunny holiday. Adding to the city's charm is the 480 kilometres of inland canals and waterways, luxury high-rise architecture and rich century-old history.

With tropical summers and temperate winters, Fort Lauderdale is a popular holiday destination all year round. Spend some time on one of the beaches that Fort Lauderdale is renowned for. Sunbathe at the secluded Dania Beach, unwind in a swanky restaurant at Fort Lauderdale Beach, or explore Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, an adorable ocean-side village. Head up north where a strip of beaches and seaside communities lie, including the ever popular Jupiter Beach and Palm Beach.

While the stretches of golden sand attract beach lovers and offer a myriad of outdoor activities, from rollerblading to surfing, head to the busy Las Olas Boulevard where you’ll find some of the area’s best restaurants, cafés, bars and boutiques. Not far away are Riverwalk’s scenic pink-paved walkways which wind among luxury yachts and cruise boats to the acclaimed Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Shoppers will delight in Fort Lauderdale's plate of offerings. From the up-market, air-conditioned Galleria Mall to the expansive Festival Flea Market Mall where bargains abound, the options are plentiful. Bargain hunters should also head to the Swap Shop, which sells discounted merchandise and hosts drive-in movies after dark.

Besides the typical beach scene, there are some great museums and beautiful gardens waiting to be explored. Visit the Museum of Discovery and Science for hours of family fun with hands-on exhibits, animals, and an IMAX theatre.

Visit the Flamingo Gardens, one of the oldest botanical gardens in South Florida and the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary within, which houses the largest collection of Florida's native wildlife in the state. Families will also delight in Butterfly World, which whisks visitors into a tropical rainforest paradise with more than 50 species of butterfly flitting about.

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Where to stay in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale which includes a lighthouse, a bay or harbour and general coastal views

Lighthouse Point

Lighthouse Point

Top hotels in Fort Lauderdale

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
B Ocean Resort
B Ocean Resort
4 out of 5
1140 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
AU$162
per night
5 Apr. - 6 Apr.

Located in East Fort Lauderdale, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Bahia Mar Marina, Jungle Queen Riverboat and Fort ...

3.8/5Good! (3,472 reviews)

"Great place! Very nice staff!! The pool was very clean and the food and drinks were tasty."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2020

B Ocean Resort
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
4 out of 5
999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Located in East Fort Lauderdale, this romantic resort is within a 15-minute walk of Fort Lauderdale Beach and The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale. Las Olas Beach ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,850 reviews)

"close to the beach/ and mall. could have a bigger swimming pool."…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar. 2020

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach
Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
2 out of 5
2460 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL
AU$102
per night
4 Apr. - 5 Apr.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum, Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum and K1 Speed. ...

3.1/5 (10,075 reviews)

"Love the pool. Room was very nice. Would recommend."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar. 2020

Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport

Popular activities in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Beach
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Fort Lauderdale Beach

4/5(13 reviews)

With seven miles of flawless beach, a team of dedicated lifeguards and luxury retailers and restaurants, this is the perfect Florida vacation destination.

Las Olas Boulevard
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Las Olas Boulevard

4/5(8 reviews)

This vibrant district packed with chic boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants offers a welcome break from the beach.

Riverwalk
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Riverwalk

5/5(4 reviews)

Explore this scenic spot brimming with shops, historical structures, and ample green space, right in the city centre.

Top activities in Fort Lauderdale

All You Can Eat BBQ Dinner/Show at Tropical Isle with Cruise
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All You Can Eat BBQ Dinner/Show at Tropical Isle with Cruise

86% of travellers recommend
AU$98
Per adult
Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show
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Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show

84% of travellers recommend
AU$78
Per adult
Everglades Airboat Adventure and Animal Sanctuary Admission
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Everglades Airboat Adventure and Animal Sanctuary Admission

80% of travellers recommend
AU$42
Per adult
90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
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90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Cruise

78% of travellers recommend
AU$38
Per adult
Go Miami Explorer pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Tours & Attractions
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Go Miami Explorer pass: Choose 3, 4 or 5 Tours & Attractions

AU$164
Per adult
Miami Family Tour ( Private 5 Hours )
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Miami Family Tour ( Private 5 Hours )

AU$114
Per adult

Reviews of Fort Lauderdale

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Nov. 2019

We had 1 nt between a cruise and a flight.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

31 May 2019

Enjoyed what I came for.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

7 Apr. 2019

Didn’t get to see anything, arrived late, left early

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Mar. 2019

Didnt havd enough tine to see a lot.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Feb. 2019

Lovely, sunny place to stay. The beach area is just beautiful.

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