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.
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.
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As part of the Best Western chain, the Best Western Fort Lauderdale Airport South Inn & Suites stands out as favorite for the business crowd. With a free shuttle to the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport (FLL), in-room microwaves, free Wi-Fi access throughout the... 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
Since its multi-million dollar renovation completed in 2014, the Sea Club Resort is the perfect embodiment of the Florida city in which it resides, combining updated kitchenettes, free Wi-Fi throughout (fees may apply) a stone-landscaped pool, and comfy outdoor seating.... 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
Enviably located at the water's edge in Fort Lauderdale, Beachcomber Resort and Villas is set against a backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. Take some time to sunbathe on the private beach, play volleyball, or soak up the relaxing South Florida atmosphere at the resort's two... More
Fort Lauderdale hotel lures with tiki bar and outdoor poolTravelers on a budget find the basics at Florida Beach Hotels, which covers two buildings--one directly on the beach and the other next to the A1A. Guests gather at the outdoor pool or for drinks and light... More
One of Fort Lauderdale's most striking waterfront resorts, the Pelican Beach Hotel Fort Lauderdale delivers 106 oceanfront suites, all with private balconies, for those seeking accommodations with indulgent sea-gazing. With its palm-lined patios and outdoor pools, not to... More
Modern stay in Fort Lauderdale with ocean views, pool and bistroThe Sonesta 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 valueThe 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 sits... More
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.
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?"