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Fort Lauderdale's Favorite Spots

This is the must-see tour of Fort Lauderdale from bucolic Riverwalk to luxurious Las Olas & the beautiful beaches.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.5 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  This tour covers the major highlights of this resort city once known as the spring break capital of the United States.

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Tips:  It's hot in Fort Lauderdale, so bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water.

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Points of Interest

1. Riverwalk

From the 1960s through the 1980s, Fort Lauderdale was known as the perennial party town. By the late 1980s, this resort city known for the 24-hour happy hour, decided it needed to change its image.

It invested in a beautiful waterfront arts and entertainment district, known as the Riverwalk, similar to the one in San Antonio, Texas. Located... More

Head east along Riverwalk's brick path to the posh pedestrian shopping area of Las Olas Boulevard. When you get to Las Olas make a right and then another right at 6th Avenue and you'll be at Stranahan House. This is your chance to get a peek into Fort Lauderdale's past.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Stranahan House was the... More

Considered the Rodeo Drive of Fort Lauderdale, enjoy an afternoon stroll along this posh pedestrian shopping boulevard. Lush landscaping, sidewalk cafes, trendy boutiques, an abundance of art galleries, and a charming historic hotel have made Las Olas a longtime favorite destination for tourists and locals. One of Fort Lauderdale's favorite events... More

With 300 miles of winding waterways, Fort Lauderdale is known as "the Venice of America." There's no better way to explore those waterways than aboard Fort Lauderdale's unique mode of transportation, the water taxi.

You can pick up the water taxi on the Intracoastal Waterway, just one block south of Las Olas Boulevard and 9th Avenue,... More

Exit the water taxi at the Bahia Mar stop. Walk across A1A to the beach and get ready for a nostalgia trip as you step inside the Sheraton Hotel. Originally named the Yankee Clipper, and still known by that name by locals, this hotel resembling a ship was built in the 1950s and anchored the Fort Lauderdale beach scene.

There's a nautical theme... More

Although Fort Lauderdale is no longer the spring break capital of the United States, the spirit of spring break lives on at this beachfront bar, featured in the popular 1960 movie, "Where the Boys Are."

Fort Lauderdale has worked hard to attract more families to the beach and to clean up the famed "Strip" along A1A. Yet... More