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

Lighthouse Point

Known for Beaches

Unwind in this quaint oceanfront town where the historic Hillsboro Lighthouse and the Atlantic provide a picturesque backdrop.

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$125
per night
27 Oct. - 28 Oct.
3.8/5Good! (2,628 reviews)

"The service was fantastic, very much enjoyed the beach and pools"…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2019

B Ocean Resort
Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
2 out of 5
2460 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL
AU$79
per night
15 Oct. - 16 Oct.
3.1/5 (8,944 reviews)

"The pool was nice, but there was a lot of debris floating in it. Apparently the skimmers weren't working. Rooms are spacious, bed was comfy. Very happy with the hotel and will return. Nice that they had free shuttles to the cruiseport and airport. Restaurant onsite, and the food was quite good, and ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct. 2019

Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ft. Lauderdale Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ft. Lauderdale Airport
2.5 out of 5
2620 N 26th Ave, Hollywood, FL
AU$141
per night
15 Oct. - 16 Oct.
4.1/5Very Good! (2,064 reviews)

"Excellent staff but the rooms are very dated bathroom doors swollen and wouldnt shut the air conditioner beaten up and very very load as was the toilet flush."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2019

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ft. Lauderdale Airport

Popular activities in Fort Lauderdale

Deerfield Beach Pier
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Deerfield Beach Pier

1/5(1 review)

Fish, swim, and sunbathe around this idyllic pier surrounded by bustling restaurants and cafés.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
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Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

A subtropical oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
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Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

Walk into a historic Caribbean-style plantation house surrounded by breathtaking gardens at this impressive waterfront estate.

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

AU$89

Join us for an entertaining and relaxing fully narrated cruise down the “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale's historic New River. See Millionaire's Row with homes of the Rich and Famous, spectacular Mega Yachts, and sights beyond belief.

Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show
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Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show

AU$70

Since 1956, we have captivated people with our warmth and magical aura. The Mai-Kai authentically recreates a Polynesian Village, complete with tiki torches, a thatch roof, tropical gardens, waterfalls and museum quality artifacts.

Everglades Airboat Adventure and Animal Sanctuary Admission
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Everglades Airboat Adventure and Animal Sanctuary Admission

AU$36

Get up close with many Everglade natives, including alligators, panthers, and migratory birds. Enjoy a thrilling airboat ride and wander through exhibits on reptiles and other wildlife as you take in all that this natural wonder has to offer.

90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
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90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Cruise

AU$35

Get the yachter's introduction to Millionaire's Row with a breezy riverboat cruise. With expert narration, a smooth ride, and terrific views, you can see Florida's coast and the homes of the rich and famous the way they were meant to be seen.

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$139

Soak up the sun from Key West to Miami Beach with your own choice of activities and tours. Go for a glass-bottom boat cruise to spot colorful sea life in Key Largo, rent a bike to check out South Beach’s Art Deco architecture, or visit the creatures and critters of the Miami Zoo and Miami Seaquarium.

Flamingo Gardens, Botanical Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary
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Flamingo Gardens, Botanical Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary

AU$29

Flamingo Gardens is a 60 acre not-for-profit Botanical Garden Collection of native, exotic and rare plant species. It is also an Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary for injured and endangered animals. Flamingo Gardens has been a part of the South Florida Community for the past 91 years.

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