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Your Fort Lauderdale vacation
Somewhere between Miami glamour and South Beach relaxation lies the perfectly balanced, totally vibrant Fort Lauderdale. Once a teenage party destination, Fort Lauderdale still sings with golden beaches and ocean breezes, but the scene is decidedly cooler and swankier.
Play at notoriously clean beaches or spy mega-yachts and world-class cruise ships. Explore the vast Intercoastal or take on countless cultural or eco adventures. Shop Las Olas boutiques and dine in style or hit happening local bars for happy hour.
Whatever your pleasure, let the Orbitz travel team inspire your Fort Lauderdale vacation with the top 10 things to do, best times to hit the beach and lesser-known gems.
Known for hot (and hotter) weather, Fort Lauderdale brings on warm beach vacations with gusto. For ideal beach weather and the most popular time to visit Fort Lauderdale, plan your trip between November and April when highs range from the 70s to the low 80s, with nighttime lows in the 60s.
For the best hotel deals and fewer crowds, come to Fort Lauderdale late May through October. But here's the catch: this "rainy season" typically brings brief afternoon showers, followed by increased humidity which can make the heat downright intense. On the flip side, the town is much more accessible, open and affordable.
Cruiser's Express water taxi
Before or after a Port Everglades cruise, travel famed waterways to five top stops, including the beach and Las Olas.
Historic Walking Tour
By full moon or daylight, spend one hour touring the historic district with the Fort Lauderdale Historic Society.
Celebrate a Fort Lauderdale tradition from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with reduced drinks and food at Southport Raw Bar, Tarpon Bend and more.
Sea Turtle Walk
Join the Museum of Discovery and Science to explore Loggerhead sea turtle nesting grounds, select nights June to July.
Young at Art Children's Art Museum
Find interactive exhibits and top studio classes in a rare art-only museum for kids.
Fort Lauderdale Vacation Packages
For the ultimate oceanfront experience in South Florida, look no further than B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale. Located directly on the pristine white sand beach, B Ocean Resort is where you'll want to B for the ultimate beach vacation. With 487 bright and airy guest... More
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Few hotels encapsulate the laidback luxury of Fort Lauderdale quite as well as The Westin Beach Resort and Spa. Perched right on the waterfront, with a 6,335-foot sundeck crowning the hotel's brilliant blue high-rise, guests will take in the Atlantic Ocean in all of its... More
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High-rise Florida luxury on the Intracoastal WaterwayYachts glitter on the lazy waters of the Intracoastal Waterway, the backyard for Gallery ONE - A Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel. The prestigious address--just next to posh Galleria Mall--makes VIPs feel right at home... More
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Enjoy the Best of Florida at Our Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale Just a mile from the Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood Int'l Airport (FLL), our hotel is the perfect choice if you're coming to soak up the sun, do businesses in downtown or just stopping by Fort Lauderdale before... More
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Experience tropical delight in this renovated luxury hotelThe builders of the renovated Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Port Everglades Hotel cite the Renaissance era of discovery, conquest and trade as their design inspiration. The guest rooms, lobby, restaurant and various... More
Each room and suite at the Atlantic Hotel and Spa in Florida features a full kitchenette with microwave, stove and fridge, so guests can stock up on their favorite snacks and juices for in-room meals, or call room service to have delicious foods prepared and delivered.... More
One of Fort Lauderdale's most striking waterfront resorts, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, A Noble House Resort delivers 106 oceanfront suites, all with private balconies, for those seeking accommodations with indulgent sea-gazing. With its palm-lined patios and outdoor... More
Visit this Ft. Lauderdale, Florida hotel conveniently located near the Ft. Lauderdale Airport, the Broward County Convention Center and Port Everglades. Offering free round-trip transportation to and from the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. The friendly hotel staff can also help... More
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Towering over the Port Everglades city on North Beach, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is a 4-Star hotel right on the oceanfront. Play the part of the pampered diva in one of the Hilton's signature suites by chilling in the Italian marble bath, or head down to the... More
If you want to stay near the beach, with rooms spacious enough to call home, the Ocean Sky Hotel Fort Lauderdale fills the bill. The scent of polished wood, tiki canopies and palm trees hangs in the air, and when dusk settles, the hotel lights up in aqua hues, preparing... More
Fort Lauderdale beaches
Swim or sun at eco-friendly, clean beaches such as Deerfield, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Promenade and Pompano.
Board a cruise or stand in awe of towering ocean liners at one of the world's best seaports.
Find arts and entertainment among museums, a craft market, cafes and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Enter one of Florida's oldest homes, built in 1901 in vernacular style and furnished with 1900-era antiques.
Las Olas Boulevard
Shop this sophisticated mile downtown where high-fashion meets art and al fresco cafes.
Intercoastal Waterway and New River
Discover the "Venice of America" by water taxi, Jungle Queen river cruise or gondola.
Head 25 minutes from Fort Lauderdale to Sawgrass Recreation Park for an airboat tour of this magnificent swampland.
Wander a netted aviary with hundreds of butterflies, learn about butterfly lifecycles and visit nearby Tradewinds Park attractions.
High Taylor Birch State Recreation Area
Bike, hike or canoe mangroves, lagoons and a last-standing, significant maritime hammock.
Kids ages 4 to 11 score dream jobs for a day from 250 possible careers when asked, "Whatcha wanna do?"
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