Greater Fort Laud­erdale: Hello Sunny!

2017 Travel Guide to Florida - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - BY KEVIN FRITZ

Span­ning a 23-mile shore­line from Deer­field Beach south to Hal­lan­dale Beach, Greater Fort Laud­erdale is the ideal fam­ily get­away. Come and make your own mem­o­ries by en­joy­ing the area’s coast­line, fan­tas­tic shop­ping and restau­rants that please ev­ery palate.

DO

Get out and feel the warm sand be­tween your toes on one of the area’s eight beaches. Snorkel or scuba dive along the 69 miles of nat­u­ral off­shore coral reef. Take an air­boat ride into the Ever­glades to spy al­li­ga­tors and an ex­otic land­scaped can­vas only Mother Na­ture could pro­duce.

Sit back and take in your fa­vorite sport. The Florida Pan­thers skate at BB&T Cen­ter in Sun­rise, or catch a Mi­ami Dol­phins game at the Hard Rock Sta­dium.

Af­ter a day of fun in the sun, set your sights on shop­ping. Visit Saw­grass Mills, the world’s largest dis­count and en­ter­tain­ment mall, or dis­cover the Swap Shop, the largest flea mar­ket in the south. Stroll down Las Olas Boule­vard and duck into a quaint bou­tique, grab some lunch or peo­ple-watch from an out­door café. Take the Water Taxi to Las Olas, which will also jet you over for more shop­ping at The Gal­le­ria.

SEE

Don’t miss But­ter­fly World, the largest but­ter­fly aviary in North Amer­ica. Leave the car be­hind and hop on the Sun Trol­ley to take in the Bon­net House Mu­seum & Gar­dens, the Fort Laud­erdale His­tory Cen­ter or the Strana­han House. Board River­front Cruises and learn about the celebri­ties who live in the man­sions along the river.

EAT AND PLAY

Go­gobot named Fort Laud­erdale the num­ber one mid-sized city for nightlife in the coun­try. Whether it’s salsa danc­ing or en­joy­ing a cock­tail by the sea, this area hops. Don’t miss the River­walk Arts & En­ter­tain­ment Dis­trict or cruise aboard the fa­mous Jungle Queen renowned for its bar­beque and shrimp din­ner.

Check the con­certs on tap at the Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, Hard Rock Live and the BB&T Cen­ter.

TOP: An aerial view of Greater Fort Laud­erdale.

CEN­TER: Em­bark on an air­boat ride into the Ever­glades.

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