For proponents of pilates
Sign up for a free session at ProPilates Lifestyle Solutions or take a class for as low as $25. There are lots of options at various times for various prices. ProPilates is located at 1861 Cordova Road. Call 954-767-8005 or go to ProPilates.com.
Gearheads will not be able to resist the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum. The 30,000-squarefoot museum has cars dating back to 1900, including an impressive collection of Packards. Always call first since the museum is often booked by private parties. The Antique Car Museum is located at 1527 S.W. First Ave. For more information, call 954-779-7300 or go to AntiqueCarMuseum.net.
Like to bike?
If you think your legs will give out trying to cross the mammoth 17th Street Causeway Bridge, then an electric bicycle may be a smart choice. Depending on what kind you want, you can rent an electric bike for
$75, $100 or $125 a day at Pedego Fort Lauderdale, which is located at 1825 Cordova Road. Call
954-652-1823 or go to PedegoElectricBikes.com. You can also rent a bike at one of the Broward BCycle stations located throughout the county. The rates are $5 for 30 minutes or $50 for the day. There’s one just outside the entrance of Port Everglades at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
(1738 S.E. 17th St.). Go to Broward.BCycle.com and enter “17th Street Causeway” in the Find a Station field at the top of the page.
Do you even lift, bro?
It doesn’t matter if you’re a gym bunny or a workout virgin, getting a guest pass at the nearby LA Fitness is a feel-good way to go. LA Fitness is located at 1900 S.E. 10th Ave. Call 954-233-5526 or go to LAFitness.com. Visitors walk through the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum. The Savor Cinema is an art movie house in Fort Lauderdale. It is also the home of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
Are you kneaded?
Sometimes, just getting to Fort Lauderdale to take your relaxing Caribbean cruise can up your stress level so much that you could be halfway through your vacation before you truly relax. Why not get a head start on Zenning out with a massage? There are several places near Port Everglades, but the ones we can recommend include: Massage Envy (1917 Cordova Road; 954-626-6200; MassageEnvy.com) and MJ Massage (1388 S.E. 17th St.; 954-835-5575; MJ -Massage.Business.site).
Veni, vidi, vici, vino
Drink wine for free at Total Wine (the Harbor
Shops Plaza, 1906 Cordova Road; 954-828-9463). Go to TotalWine.com and click on “sampling hours” on the right side of the page for that store to see if the schedule works out for you.
Take Kitesurfing lessons at Adventure Sports. There are various plans lasting from one to six hours, with prices ranging from $35 (a supervisor offers tips and you use your own equipment) to $1,400 (the most extensive package, which takes you from never-doneit-before to kiteboard rider). Adventure Sports is located at 741 S.E. 17th St. Call 954-526-9367 or go to AdventureSports.com. The view from the top of the 17th Street Causeway Bridge, which is perfect for selfies.
Of course, in Fort Lauderdale, the Venice of America, there are loads of places to grab a selfie with water in the background. But just outside the main entrance of Port Everglades is the 17th Street Causeway Bridge, where preeners and posers can take a selfie with downtown Fort Lauderdale or the port itself in the background. Depending where your cruise liner is docked, you might be able to angle just so to get the ship in your shot.
Hair today, gone tomorrow
Ran out of time to get your hair styled or run up into the barbershop? Lucky for you, there are a bunch
of places that will make your follicles fine. Our faves include: Inspire Salon (1416 S.E. 17th St.; 954-234-2728; InspireSalonByMia.com); Studio 703 Hair Salon (1600 Cordova Road;
Studio-703-Hair-Salon .business.site); Hair Circus
(1602 Cordova Road;
954-822-9246; Facebook .com/HairCircusFreaks); and Gentlemens Quarters Barbershop (1552 Cordova Road; 954-463-4441; Gentlemens QuartersBarbershop.com).
Do you really need another tacky souvenir gathering dust in your home? Why not commemorate your stay in South Florida, no matter how brief, with a tattoo? There’s Kreepy Tiki Tattoo, at 2606 S. Federal Highway. Call 305-8039014 or go to KreepyTiki Tattoos.com. There’s also True Love Tattoo of Fort Lauderdale, at 1055 S.E. 17th St. Call 954-587-7557 or go to TrueLoveTattoo Studios.com.
Not too far away, maybe an eight-minute shared or taxi ride, is Savor Cinema, Fort Lauderdale’s arthouse cinema. Formerly called Cinema Paradiso, the building was originally a church and then the Vinnette Carroll Theatre. Now, it’s the home of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, hence the URL for the website. Savor is located at 503 S.E. Sixth St. For more information, call 954-525-3456 or go to FLIFF.com.
I’ll have a superhero and a latte please
You can easily lose track of time browsing through Lauderdale Comics, with its shelves and racks full of comic books, graphic novels, manga/anime, action figures, T-shirts, games and other comic-related items. Even better, it has an inhouse coffee and tea bar. Lauderdale Comics is at 1929 S. Federal Highway. Call 954-530-6722 or go to LauderdaleComics.com or Facebook.com/ LauderdaleComics.
Puppies and butterflies
Snyder Park is the home of the very popular Bark Park. There’s something truly relaxing about watching dogs romp around. But just in case that isn’t your thing, there’s a butterfly garden. If the doggies don’t work, then observing butterflies flit and flutter for an hour or so will more than likely evaporate any stress. Snyder Park is located at 3299 S.W. Fourth Ave. Call 954-828-4585 or go to FortLauderdale.gov/ Departments/Parks -Recreation/City-Parks/ Snyder-Park.