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International Swimming Hall of Fame

One Hall of Fame Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (Central Beach)
954-462-6536
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Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This museum has exhibits of swimming legends.
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I live here in South Florida and for years assumed it was a cheesy, tourist attraction. How wrong I was. It has been there since 1964 and has memorabilia and stories of great feats, tales of true courage and amazing stories of never giving up. I was choked up from beginning to end. Most amazing were the stories of women... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Trained here as a kid and visited some 10 years later for fun. Excellent facility with plenty of pool space to train. There is a free museum that is worth a look together with a shop

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I swim for fun and fitness so I was pretty keen to see this. It had everything you can imagine related to competitive swimming and just swimming in general: medals earned by some of the greatest swimmers ever to compete such as Johnny Weissmuller, Duke Kahanamoku, Esther Williams to Michael Phelps. They even had some old videos of Gertrude Ederle's... More

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New Jersey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My husband is a life-long, talented swimmer, so whenever we are in the Ft. Lauderdale area we stop at the Swimming Hall of Fame. We enjoy the museum and the gift shop, and never skip a swim in one of their pools. Our only complaint.....it's in need of a facelift which we understand is coming. Too bad it means the... More

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Wisconsin, USA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

Who wouldn't like a museum where they show a clip of Rodney Dangerfield's famous dive from Back to School? From gold medals, to glitzy swimsuits to the history of flippers, this museum was a fun diversion! Huge competitive pools - I think we counted 24 lanes. Just fun.

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Oakton, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

If you want a kid friendly place to go, Fort Lauderdale, Florida is just the place for you. There are very fun activity's for example, If your kid is a big swimmer the International Swimming Hall of Fame would be a great place to go. When my family and I went to Fort Lauderdale we saw really cool things and... More

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Rochester, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Loved the outdoor swim… using a day pass. I swam my routine, thinking it was a standard yard measured pool. After my swim, I was told it was a meter pool. EXTRA CREDIT!! Did not have time to visit the museum or gift shop. The locker room is a disgrace. Keep shoes on your feet. The facility needs a major... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

A coworker of mine who is a huge Michael Phelps fan would constantly talk about how great the International Swimming Hall of Fame was for years. This past May on our anniversary, my wife and I traveled to Ft. Lauderdale and decided to visit - sort of as a passing thought. We did NOT regret it! First of all, we... More

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Pueblo, Colorado
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98 reviews 98 reviews
44 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

The history of swimming from ancient times to the present is on display here. The collection is amazingly complete partially through the generosity of some of the world's star swimmers who have items on loan here. Water polo and other aquatic pursuits are not forgotten. The building is old, however, and not designed to prevent fading and deterioration. That said,... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

I was a college swimmer. Now in retirement, I found the ISHOF a very welcoming, friendly environment during my winter times in South Florida. With two 50-meter pools, diving well, museum, shop, etc., it is a swimmer's paradise. Every swimmer should visit, whatever your age, level or interest in water sports. It is also one block away from a beautiful... More

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