Fort Lauderdale Vacations
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.
Best time to take a vacation to Fort Lauderdale
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.
Insider tips for Fort Lauderdale travel
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.
Young at Art Children's Art Museum
Find interactive exhibits and top studio classes in a rare art-only museum for kids.
Sea Turtle Walk
Join the Museum of Discovery and Science to explore Loggerhead sea turtle nesting grounds, select nights June to July.
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.
Historic Walking Tour
By full moon or daylight, spend one hour touring the historic district with the Fort Lauderdale Historic Society.
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Fort Lauderdale Vacation Packages
Free airport shuttle serving FLL travelers and a free breakfast Business and leisure travelers target the Best Western Fort Lauderdale Airport Cruise Port for affordable rates and an accessible location near the Broward County Convention Center and the Port Everglades... More
Economy hotel operates shuttles to Port Everglades and the airport Red Carpet Inn – Airport/Cruise Port Fort Lauderdale patrons take advantage of budget rates and shuttle service to the airport and Port Everglades from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The courtyard-style property is... More
Downtown Hollywood hotel with free breakfast buffet and pool Travelers with a taste for Hollywood nightlife, shopping arts and culture head to the Ramada Downtown Hollywood, a short ride to Young Circle, area boutiques and of course, the famous Hollywood Boardwalk. Back... More
Affordable oceanfront Fort Lauderdale hotel with poolThe Sea Club Resort attracts travelers who appreciate an on-site pool, easy beach access, and rooms with waterfront views. Guests indulge in ocean views from The Deck Restaurant or pick up souvenirs in the gift shop... More
Conveniently located off Route 7 only minutes from Fort Lauderdale, this Ramada Plaza Fort Lauderdale hotel is near Port Everglades, Butterfly World, shopping at Las Olas Boulevard and the Festival Flea Market, many museums including the Bonnet House Estate, Seminole Hard... More
One of the few resort hotel properties in Greater Fort Lauderdale that is directly on the Atlantic ocean, the Beachcomber Resort is on 300 feet of pristine private sandy beach. The resort also has 2 pools surrounded by lush landscaping, a beach volleyball court and 2... More
Whether you're coming to the greater Fort Lauderdale area for fun or for business, by yourself, with your family or as part of a group, Lauderdale Beachside Hotel is here to ensure that our beautiful beachfront location and dedicated staff will make every effort to... More
A return to tradition at a casual Fort Lauderdale beach resort A roomy veranda with rocking chairs signifies the casual appeal of Pelican Grand Beach Resort, a family-friendly hotel right on the oceanfront. Visitors enjoy watching time go by in the zero entry pool, lazy... More
Modern stay in Fort Lauderdale with ocean views, pool and bistroThe B Ocean Fort Lauderdale has 240 rooms with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Families on vacation or visitors on business trips find the location ideal: The hotel is close to the Las Olas... More
Popular hotel with beach location and sea views offering great value The Avalon Waterfront Inns is well known as an ideal base for exploring the beautiful waterfront region of Fort Lauderdale, and its location could not be better for seeing the local sights. The hotel... More
Contemporary rooms and a heated outdoor poolGuests en route to Butterfly World, Port Everglades and the Dania Jai Alai find La Quinta Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale Tamarac to be a solid choice for budget leisure travel. The property manages the basics, including... More
Newly renovated hotel in stunning 'Venice in America' beach location The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel offers guests a nonsmoking facility a few steps from the ocean and convenient to all the water sports, dining, shopping and cultural attractions of the Fort... More
This innovated hotel is located just south of the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades Cruise Port and the Broward County Convention Center, just off of I-95. Just minutes from breathtaking beaches, pristine golf courses, large variety of shops... More
Flights to Fort Lauderdale
|New York||Fort Lauderdale||Sun, Jan 26 - Sun, Feb 2||$188|
|Newark||Fort Lauderdale||Wed, Jan 22 - Wed, Feb 5||$228|
|Washington DC||Fort Lauderdale||Sun, Jan 19 - Sat, Jan 25||$222|
|Philadelphia||Fort Lauderdale||Tue, Jan 7 - Tue, Jan 14||$229|
|Chicago||Fort Lauderdale||Tue, Feb 4 - Tue, Feb 11||$188|
|Denver||Fort Lauderdale||Sun, Dec 15 - Mon, Jan 13||$168|
|Detroit||Fort Lauderdale||Tue, Jan 7 - Tue, Jan 14||$178|
|Los Angeles||Fort Lauderdale||Wed, Jan 29 - Tue, Feb 4||$228|
|Seattle||Fort Lauderdale||Wed, Jan 22 - Fri, Jan 24||$237|
|Boston||Fort Lauderdale||Tue, Jan 7 - Tue, Jan 28||$148|
|Indianapolis||Fort Lauderdale||Tue, Dec 31 - Wed, Jan 8||$311|
|Columbus||Fort Lauderdale||Tue, Dec 31 - Tue, Jan 21||$259|
Fort Lauderdale highlights
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.
Kids ages 4 to 11 score dream jobs for a day from 250 possible careers when asked, "Whatcha wanna do?"
High Taylor Birch State Recreation Area
Bike, hike or canoe mangroves, lagoons and a last-standing, significant maritime hammock.
Wander a netted aviary with hundreds of butterflies, learn about butterfly lifecycles and visit nearby Tradewinds Park attractions.
Head 25 minutes from Fort Lauderdale to Sawgrass Recreation Park for an airboat tour of this magnificent swampland.
Intercoastal Waterway and New River
Discover the "Venice of America" by water taxi, Jungle Queen river cruise or gondola.
Las Olas Boulevard
Shop this sophisticated mile downtown where high-fashion meets art and al fresco cafes.
Enter one of Florida's oldest homes, built in 1901 in vernacular style and furnished with 1900-era antiques.
Find arts and entertainment among museums, a craft market, cafes and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.