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One Day in Fort Lauderdale

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If you've only got one day to spend in Fort Lauderdale, optimizing your time is key. Luckily, many of the city's unique systems of transportation, from its water taxis to its trolleys, take you right up along some of the best destinations for food, fun, and sun.

Good for
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Trendsetter

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Sun Trolley

Tramways

Fort Lauderdale Beach

Beaches

Fort Lauderdale Beach Park

Parks, Beaches

Intracoastal Waterway

Bodies of Water

15th Street Fisheries

Flea & Street Markets

Stranahan House

History Museums

Joe Picasso's

Gift & Speciality Shops

Xtreme Action Park

Bowling Alleys, Room Escape Games, Game & Entertainment Centres

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Theatres

Parker Playhouse

Theatres

Madison S's City Tips

  • The local water taxi makes multiple whistle stops - if you're unsure that your destination is a general stop, tell the captain ahead of time to make sure the taxi stops.
  • If you're coming in from a swim to eat, make sure to check dress requirements at your restaurant, and to bring along extra, dry clothes - some places don't allow beach-chic.
  • If you're looking for a good deal on food, try to go off the beaten path. Restaurants slightly off the beachfront are generally cheaper.
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    Sun Trolley
    Tramways
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    Madison S Says:

    All Aboard! Get your day off to the right start on the Sun Trolley - it goes directly to the beaches and is cheap to ride. In addition to the main beach, you can take it most anywhere in the city, from Las Olas Street to central Broward. Best of all, there's air conditioning on board for those stifling months!

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Trolley has no specific stops besides the Downtown Transportation Center, the Harbor Shops, and Beach Place. Flag it down to get it to stop, much like you might a taxi cab.
    • The mobile application 'Sun Trolley Tracker' tells you the location of the Trolley. Download in advance to plan your pick-up and make life easier, or get a route map at your hotel.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 164 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Super convenient 22/07/2018
    • Very handy 20/07/2018
    • Sun Trolley
    Phone:
    +1 954-761-3543
    Other:
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    Fort Lauderdale Beach
    Beaches
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    Madison S Says:

    If you're in Fort Lauderdale, you're probably here with the beach in mind. Well, all 23 miles of it boast silky sand and clear, mild waters, perfect for swimming or getting up on a surf or boogie board - especially if it's your first time trying! Along the beach are also some of the city's best restaurants and shopping areas, so tuck in, and prepare to spend a day combing the landscape in your favorite swimsuit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Along with restaurants, there are a number of street vendors in the area that make grabbing a quick bite while you continue to explore delicious and easy - no shoes needed!
    • Be aware that May-October is Florida's 'rainy season.' While the beach is still wonderful in a bit of drizzle, make sure to have a backup plan in case it really comes down.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 164 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Beach, hard to park 22/07/2018
    • Warm water and right on the strip 22/07/2018
    • Fort Lauderdale Beach
    Phone:
    +1 954-828-4597
    Other:
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    Fort Lauderdale Beach Park
    Parks, Beaches
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    Madison S Says:

    Located directly on the beach, Fort Lauderdale Beach Park features an array of volleyball courts, picnic tables, public-use grills, and a children's playground. It's a great place to stop over and enjoy an outdoor lunch or a friendly match, right on the water.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For those traveling by car, Beach Park has its own lot with plenty of space. If you're taking a picnic with you, it's easy access to leave accessories in the car before and after.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 164 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice Spot, but Not Much Nearby 09/07/2018
    • Exelent for family and friend 07/07/2018
    • Fort Lauderdale Beach Park
    Address:
    1100 Seabreeze Blvd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-2426
    Phone:
    +1 954-828-7275
    Other:
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    Intracoastal Waterway
    Bodies of Water
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    Madison S Says:

    The canals of Fort Lauderdale have given the city its famous nickname, the "Venice of America." Whether you take a tour boat or a water taxi, the views along the Intracoastal Waterway are breathtaking. Millionaire's Row offers a look at some of the most expensive waterfront homes and yachts, or you can use the water taxi to access some of the best eating and shopping along the canals.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Paying a one-off fare for the water taxi gives you a round-trip ticket from your home port to any stop and back, at any point in the day. It's ultra-convenient for quick travel.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 164 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice ride of beautiful homes in Ft Lauderdale 22/07/2018
    • Get on a water taxi 20/07/2018
    • Intracoastal Waterway
    Address:
    Rua Professor Carlos de Carvalho 75 AP 41
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 04531-080
    Phone:
    55 11 7889-2552
    Other:
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    15th Street Fisheries
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Madison S Says:

    Accessible by water taxi and located in the famous Lauderdale Marina, 15th Street Fisheries restaurant offers you the freshest catches while giving you a waterfront view of the busy dock and the restaurant's own tarpon fish nursery.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • The staff feed the tarpon, in a green-lit nursery, between 5-6:00 PM daily. Quite the sight to see while dining! You can also purchase shrimp and feed them yourself, at any time.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 164 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    • Eats in Fort Lauderdale 09/07/2018
    • Great view not so great food 08/07/2018
    • 15th Street Fisheries
    Address:
    1900 SE 15th St
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-3006
    Phone:
    +1 954-763-2777
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:30 - 21:00
    Mon - Thu
    11:30 - 21:30
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Stranahan House
    History Museums
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    Madison S Says:

    Historic Stranahan House and Museum is located in one of the city's oldest and most historic buildings. Inaugurated in 1901 by one of the Fort Lauderdale's founders, Frank Stranahan, today Stranahan House is home to a number of important artifacts and well-preserved rooms which detail the city's economic, governmental, and cultural past, while also narrating the stories of some of its most prominent early advocates.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The museum provides informative guided house tours between 1-3:00 PM, on the hour. Recommended to enrich your experience at the museum.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 164 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • bit disapointed 20/07/2018
    • Great place to learn about city’s history 13/07/2018
    • Stranahan House
    Address:
    335 SE 6th Ave
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2256
    Phone:
    +1 954-524-4736
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    13:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Joe Picasso's
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Madison S Says:

    After a day at play, it might be nice to cool off and do something relaxing. At Joe Picasso's, a local favorite, you can glaze ceramics, create mosaics, or even paint canvasses - creating your own unique souvenir. Geared toward both children and adults, and offering classes as well as free-paint, Joe Picasso's will make sure you'll leave having made something truly one of a kind.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The venue allows you to bring your own beer or wine (adults!), or simple snacks and juice boxes (for kids... or, let's face it, for adults too!).
    • On Wednesday, a Ladies' Night discount is offered. General discounts are available on Mondays, via the Joe Picasso Facebook page.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 69 Shopping in Fort Lauderdale
    • Great escape from rain or heat with a prize at the end 28/05/2017
    • Fun activity 23/05/2015
    • Joe Picasso's
    Address:
    1495 N Federal Hwy
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-1472
    Phone:
    +1 954-462-2551
    Other:
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    Xtreme Action Park
    Bowling Alleys, Room Escape Games, Game & Entertainment Centres
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    Madison S Says:

    Just in case you'd like some adventure, the XBK Zone offers a nice break from the beach and the sun while still being high-energy. Complete with an indoor go-kart race track - the longest in Florida - the XBK zone is one part arcade, one part indoor entertainment center.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • XBK Zone also boasts a bowling alley - good for an alternative evening out.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 25 Fun & Games in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent entertainment for families! 22/07/2018
    • Low key fun night!! 18/07/2018
    • Xtreme Action Park
    Address:
    5300 Powerline Rd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-3172
    Phone:
    +1 954-491-6265
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Theatres
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    Madison S Says:

    Ending your night at one of the city's wonderful theaters will give you an experience to remember. At the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, touring Broadway shows make local stops, and musical and theater productions are always on. Check out timetables and don't miss a show!

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Drinks and food at this venue can be a little pricey, so it's recommended that you eat dinner and grab drinks before or after the show.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 164 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Place 24/06/2018
    • jersey boys 10/06/2018
    • Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    Address:
    201 SW 5th Ave
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-7112
    Phone:
    +1 954-462-0222
    Other:
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    Parker Playhouse
    Theatres
    Madison S Says:

    A great stop for a late-night show, the Parker Playhouse is an extremely professional venue for theater and live performance, presented in an intimate space.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The theater is small, comfortable, and lacks a center aisle, so there's great visibility from almost any seat. Don't stress over where to get the best view, as it's great anywhere.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 164 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    • Beautiful small theater 07/05/2018
    • Beautiful historic venue 29/04/2018
    • Parker Playhouse
    Address:
    707 NE 8th St
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-2729
    Phone:
    +1 954-462-0222
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    12:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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