Accommodation & places to visit in Fort Lauderdale
Located 23 miles (37km) north of Miami on the Atlantic coast, the city of Fort Lauderdale was named after Major William Lauderdale and a series of soldier forts that were built during the Second Seminole War. However, it wasn't until after the forts had been abandoned for more than 50 years that the city began development. Today, the city attracts more than 12 million visitors per year and has a wide expanse of offerings. In the greater Fort Lauderdale area you will find more than 278 parkland campsites, 132 nightclubs, 16 museums, 12 shopping malls, 63 golf courses, 4,000 restaurants, 561 hotels and motels, and much more.
When to visit
Knowing the best time to visit Fort Lauderdale FL can save you from a not-so-great travel experience. Fort Lauderdale's peak travel season lasts from January to April, which is the best time of the year for good weather. Even though March and April bring plenty of spring break travelers to crowd the beaches and boardwalks, other travel destinations have taken the pressure off of South Florida in recent years.
Fort Lauderdale's off-duty season lasts from May to September. This is when summertime temperatures on the highest and hurricane season comes into full swing from June to November. If you can take the heat, savvy travelers can take advantage of the discounted summer rates for restaurants and hotels.
Activity often picks up towards the end of hurricane season from October to December. This is when temperatures begin to cool down and a wide variety of festivals and attractions bring travelers from all over the world.
• Mid-October to Mid-November - Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
• Late October or Early November - Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
• December - Christmas on Las Olas & the Winterfest Boat Parade
With monthly temperatures that always average more than 65°F (18.3°C) and very little seasonal variation, Fort Lauderdale has a tropical rainforest climate. Unlike many tropical climates, Fort Lauderdale does not feature a true dry season and the average monthly precipitation is more than 2.39 inches (60.71 mm).
From May to October is Fort Lauderdale's summer wet season, which is typically wet, hot and humid with average highs reaching into the range of 86–90°F (30–32°C) and plenty of thunderstorms in the afternoons and evenings. The winter dry season lasts from November to April and has average highs that range around 75–82°F (24–28°C). Although, periodic cold fronts can bring highs down to the 60s°F (16-21°C).
With so many things to do in Fort Lauderdale Florida, you may have to plan a few return trips in order to experience it all. Regardless of where your preferences run, Fort Lauderdale has something for everyone. From beaches and parks to museums, gardens, shopping, entertainment and the nightlife, Fort Lauderdale offers a myriad of wonders to explore.
Top things to do in Fort Lauderdale FL include:
• QLS Transportation Day Tours
• Intracoastal Waterway
• Boat Tours
• Fort Lauderdale Beach
• Broward Center for the Performing Arts
• Bike Tours
• Segway Tours
• Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
• Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
Naturally, at the top of the list of things to see in Fort Lauderdale are the beaches and parks.
• Fort Lauderdale Beach
• Las Olas Beach
• Fort Lauderdale Beach Park
• Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
In addition to the amazing beaches, there are a few other sites and landmarks in Fort Lauderdale that you are definitely going to want to see:
• Las Olas Boulevard
• Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale
• Old Fort Lauderdale Village & Museum
• Lockhart Stadium
• Old Dillard Art and Cultural Museum
For the retail traveler who loves to shop, Fort Lauderdale offers some of the most enticing in trendy outlets:
• Las Olas Boulevard
• Joe Picasso's
• Broward Mall
• Le Macaron French Pastries
Tips & Recommendations
• Navigating the city of Fort Lauderdale may seem confusing at first, however, there is a strange bit of logic follow to guarantee you reach your destination.
> 'Avenues' and 'Drives' run from North to South
> 'Streets', 'Boulevards' and 'Roads' run from East to West
• While you're in Fort Lauderdale, don't dismiss the notion of visiting some of South Florida's other amazing cities as well. Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach Florida are all located within an 1 ½ hour drive of each other (depending on traffic).
• For thrifty and cost-conscious travelers, Fort Lauderdale offers a few ways to get the most bang for your buck. To start, you can get the best rate on your flight by choosing from multiple airports in Miami, West Palm and Fort Lauderdale. To get the best rate on lodging and restaurants, consider going during the off-peak season and hottest summer months. Finally, the cheapest and best attraction in Fort Lauderdale is the beach, which costs nothing at all.
For a budget property, the 2-star Elysium Gay Men's Resort is good value. Close to International Swimming Hall of Fame, this location also allows easy access to Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area. Recommended: A visit to Fort Lauderdale's famous nearby monument Bonnet House.
The Pillars Hotel is a small, intimate lodge in Fort Lauderdale. A good option for those who seek a greater degree of comfort in Fort Lauderdale. Nearby (and worth visiting) are Bonnet House and International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort Hotel & Suites complements its large selection of rooms with a high level of service. The rooms here are rated 2-star(s). Anglins Fishing Pier and Coral Ridge Country Club are a short walk from here.
In contrast with impersonal corporate hotels, Granada Inn offers a more intimate atmosphere. 2-star rooms are a good value here. Bonnet House is located close to this location, as is International Swimming Hall of Fame. Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area is one of the Fort Lauderdale landmarks you may wish to visit.
The large Homewood Suites by Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Airport-Cruise Port offers plenty of rooms. The 3-star rating ensures a memorable stay here. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is 2.3 km (1.4 miles) from this location.
You'll enjoy a touch of opulence at 3-star Villa Venezia. This is a great choice for a more private, intimate stay. The War Memorial Auditorium and Parker Playhouse can be reached on foot from here. Holiday Park is one of many landmarks in the area. The nearby International Swimming Hall of Fame, 1.7 km (1.1 miles) away, is worth visiting while in Fort Lauderdale. Near this location, you can visit Bonnet House monument.
Private Residences at the Atlantic Resort and Spa is a large property in Fort Lauderdale. The comfortable rooms are 4-star rated. During your stay visit nearby International Swimming Hall of Fame and Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area. Bonnet House is near this Fort Lauderdale accommodation.
The modest-sized La Casa Del Mar offers intimate spaces and comfy rooms. The rooms here are rated 2-star(s). Close to International Swimming Hall of Fame, this location also allows easy access to Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area. Near this location, you can visit Bonnet House monument.
Save money by staying in this 2-star The Bridge at Cordova Boutique Hotel and Hostel. The distance from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to this accommodation is 3.7 km (2.3 miles). Princess Cruises Terminal is just one of the attractions within a short distance. You'll find several tourist attractions and plenty to do at Broward Convention Center every season of the year.
At the popular Cheston House - Gay Men Only rooms go quickly thanks to its small size. Relax, unwind and enjoy staying at this fine 3-star property. International Swimming Hall of Fame and Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area are within walking distance from this location. Bonnet House is close to this location.
With its 3 star rating, Victoria Park Treasure guarantees a comfortable stay. Nearby, you'll find Museum of Art and The War Memorial Auditorium. This location is not far from Holiday Park and Downtown Fort Lauderdale.
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