Fort Lauderdale Things To Do & Area Info
Fort Lauderdale lies along the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the New River, 25 miles north of Miami. Its warm tropical weather attracts many people throughout the year. For sun-worshippers, the city has six miles of beaches. There are also many recreational waterways with extensive boating facilities, access to every conceivable watersport, a variety of fascinating museums and trendy restaurants and an array of entertainment venues.
The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss
People have been flocking to Fort Lauderdale's beaches for decades. And with good reason. Fort Lauderdale Beach is a two-mile strip of beautiful beach featuring the recently renovated Promenade, which offers all sorts of bars, restaurants and shops.
Other Fun Things to Do
Take a 30-minute airboat ride across the Everglades, one of the most breathtaking natural areas in America. Discover a variety of fish and birds that inhabit the area, and perhaps see the most famous Everglades inhabitant - the alligator. Enjoy Sawgrass Reptile Exhibit after your ride and take the opportunity to touch or possibly hold a small alligator. Discover the replica of a Seminole Indian village. See tropical birds, rare snakes, and even the endangered Florida panther.
Take a narrated drive through Port Everglades over the Intercoastal Waterway and along the famous Fort Lauderdale Beach. Explore the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Las Olas Boulevard, the Riverwalk area and more. Stop and see Esplanade Park, the crossroads of the Center for Performing Arts and the Museum of Discovery and Science. Take a 90-minute Intercoastal Waterway cruise, and hear a lively commentary from the boat's captain on the history of the New River and Fort Lauderdale's historic sites.
Get a Taste of Local Flavor
Fish is fresh and delicious in Florida. Grouper is probably the most popular choice and is served almost any way imaginable. You'll find it fried, broiled, sautéed, and even served with pasta. But a true Floridian staple is a fresh grouper sandwich and fries eaten outside by the water. It's hard to beat this old standby.
Discover Scuba Diving
Always wanted to try scuba? Now's your chance! Spend time with one of our professional instructors here in the hotel pool. Want more excitement? Join your instructor for a one or two tank dive to a spectacular, shallow reef aboard the Pro Diver II, Ft. Lauderdale's only custom 60' glass bottom dive vessel.
Open Water Certification
Take home a lifetime of memories from your Florida trip AND a lifetime scuba diving certification! Complete your PADI Open Water Diver certification with Pro Dive, one of the world's most chosen dive training facilities.
Pro Dive is Ft. Lauderdale's premier diving operation, offering daily dive charters to visit the wrecks and reefs of South Florida. Famous dives include the Five Wreck Trek (five wrecks on one dive), Tenneco Towers (oil platforms) and the Wreck of the Mercedes. Instructor guides and rental equipment available upon request.
Looking for something different and exciting to do with your kids? How about a safe and fun introduction to scuba diving, conducted right in the shallow end of the hotel pool? We provide kids-sized equipment, professional instruction and supervision for an amazing, once in a lifetime experience for your family (minimum age for participation: 8).
Explore Fort Lauderdale's beautiful coral reefs aboard our custom glass bottom boat. Experience the colorful fish and exciting marine life that lies just beyond our coastline. Fun for the whole family! All snorkel equipment is provided.