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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.
Before or after a Port Everglades cruise, travel famed waterways to five top stops, including the beach and Las Olas.
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.
Join the Museum of Discovery and Science to explore Loggerhead sea turtle nesting grounds, select nights June to July.
Find interactive exhibits and top studio classes in a rare art-only museum for kids.
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
Bonnet House Museum and Gardens (0.5 mi/0.8 km) Hugh Taylor Birch State Park (1.1 mi/1.8 km) Jungle Queen Riverboat (1.2 mi/1.9 km) Las Olas Boulevard (shopping) (1.5 mi/2.4 km) Broward County Convention Center General Four-acre site located directly on Fort Lauderdale... More
The Sonesta Fort Lauderdale is a newly renovated hotel offering breathtaking views of Fort Lauderdale Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. This AAA Four Diamond approved hotel offers 240 guest rooms including 23 suites all featuring panoramic views of Fort Lauderdale Beach and... More
The Universal Palms Hotel surrounds you with all the tropical essentials you would expect from a South Florida establishment, from its jungle-wrapped swimming pool to its rocky waterfalls. Inside, the Venetian Restaurant showcases the hearty passions of Italy in its... More
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
This 84 room hotel offers well-appointed rooms within walking distance of the beaches and Ocean. Relax in our large pool or sip a refreshing cocktail while you soak up the beautiful Florida sun! There are also many fine restaurants and bars for your dining pleasure and... 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
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
Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Resort Spa and Marina towers over its crown jewel: a 127-slip marina and Aquatic Center, where guests can dock their yachts, rent water sports equipment or take a leisurely ride along the Intracoastal Waterway. Inside, visitors lap in the luxury of... 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
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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.
Shop this sophisticated mile downtown where high-fashion meets art and al fresco cafes.
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.
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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