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Fort Lauderdale: Family-Friendly

Here's a kid-friendly tour filled with what's best for families in Fort Lauderdale.
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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5.1 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview:  Fort Lauderdale is remembered by many adults as the perennial party town featured in the 1960 movie "Where the Boys Are."... more »

Tips:  Wear comfortable shoes and a wide-brimmed hat to protect you from the sun. Bring along sunscreen and plenty of water.

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Points of Interest

Downtown Fort Lauderdale's children's museum has great hands-on exhibits as well as a 5-story IMAX theatre.

A fun way to get to the next stop is to hop aboard one of the yellow and red Sun Trolleys. When you see the brightly colored trolley bus, wave it down and it will pull over. There are no bus stops. A ride costs just 50 cents.
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Directly across from the beach, you enter this 180 acre preserve from Sunrise Boulevard. Bike, skate and Segway rentals are a great way to explore this “Old Florida” treasure. Picnic tables along the Intracoastal Waterway allow you to wave at the luxury yachts while enjoying an inexpensive meal that will delight your kids.
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3. Central Beach area playground

To show how Fort Lauderdale has grown up from the days when it was the country's college spring break capital, there's a cute wooden children’s playground right on main drag of "The Strip." The playground is near the corner of Sebastian Street right on the beach.
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Right in the heart of Fort Lauderdale's central beach area is a landmark honoring aquatic sports. Diving, synchronized swimming and water polo are highlighted in this unique museum housing the world's largest collection of aquatic memorabilia.

Display cases hold swimsuits and medals from Olympians, including Mark Spitz. The International Swimming... More

5. South Beach Park

This is the reason you came to Fort Lauderdale: beautiful beaches along a wide stretch of golden sand.

South Beach Park is one of Fort Lauderdale's most scenic beaches. It's clean, family-friendly and has an abundance of activities for every age. There are plenty of shaded picnic tables and barbecues available. There's also a snack stand and a... More

If you and the kids have any energy left, finish your day aboard this popular dinner cruise via paddle wheel riverboat. It has entertained generations of visitors to South Florida. Daily 3-hour narrated sightseeing cruises take you on a tour of the historic New River and the luxury homes along the Intracoastal Waterway. There's also a stop at a... More