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.
Fort Lauderdale Hotels
|New York||Fort Lauderdale||Wed, May 29 - Tue, Jun 4||$128|
|Newark||Fort Lauderdale||Tue, Jun 11 - Thu, Jun 13||$244|
|Washington DC||Fort Lauderdale||Wed, Jun 12 - Thu, Jun 13||$189|
|Philadelphia||Fort Lauderdale||Mon, May 27 - Wed, May 29||$222|
|Chicago||Fort Lauderdale||Sat, Jun 1 - Wed, Jun 5||$135|
|Denver||Fort Lauderdale||Tue, May 28 - Wed, May 29||$197|
|Detroit||Fort Lauderdale||Wed, May 29 - Wed, Jun 5||$128|
|Los Angeles||Fort Lauderdale||Wed, Jun 5 - Thu, Jun 6||$309|
|Seattle||Fort Lauderdale||Mon, Jun 10 - Sun, Jun 16||$306|
|Boston||Fort Lauderdale||Wed, May 29 - Wed, Jun 5||$128|
|Indianapolis||Fort Lauderdale||Thu, May 30 - Wed, Jun 5||$283|
|Columbus||Fort Lauderdale||Wed, May 29 - Mon, Jun 3||$226|
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.
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.
More on Fort Lauderdale from AOL Travel
Tourists looking to soak up some sun on pristine beaches or take in art and cultural events will enjoy a vacation to Fort Lauderdale. The stylish renovation of Fort Lauderdale Beach features seven miles of white sandy beaches, punctuated by a wave wall and beachfront promenade district with places to shop, dine al fresco and listen to live music. Explore the many beaches on the southeast Florida Atlantic coast and visit neighboring Deerfield Beach, Hollywood or Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Water-sports opportunities abound in Fort Lauderdale. Tourists can explore the city from the water on a sightseeing cruise, sign up for a guided kayak tour of local waterways, scuba dive or snorkel at one of the area’s 75 wrecks and reefs or parasail high above the Atlantic Ocean. Heading to Las Olas Boulevard is a must for Fort Lauderdale visitors. Home to the city’s cultural center, the Museum of Art, Las Olas Boulevard is a cultural haven full of galleries, boutiques and live music venues. With so many cultural opportunities available, Fort Lauderdale lives up to its nickname, “the Venice of America.” The strip stays busy when the sun goes down—tourists can discover fine-dining restaurants, sidewalk cafes and pubs offering an array of food and drink. Neighboring A1A also heats up in the evenings, with indoor and outdoor bars just steps away from the beach. Dotted throughout this Atlantic-Coast city are casinos, jai alai facilities and horseracing tracks, which can get gamblers’ hearts pounding with the thrill of a win.