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Things to do in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Florida's southeast coast rewards explorers with a natural haven of sandy beaches, sea, and floral greenery.

Our most recommended things to do in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Deep Sea Drift Fishing Trip

1. Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Deep Sea Drift Fishing Trip

Set sail on board an 85-foot Gulfcraft fishing boat and fish off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on a 4-hour morning, afternoon or evening fishing trip. The tour cost per person includes all rod and reel rental, bait and tackle. You will fish approximately 1 mile off the coast, where the ocean bottom drops off quickly to depths of up to 150 feet and the inside edge of the Gulfstream current provides perfect fishing conditions. On daytime trips, you will drift or anchor fish over the reefs, wrecks and rock piles of Fort Lauderdale, and fish for kingfish, tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo, snapper, grouper, or whatever is biting. For added adventure, nighttime trips anchor up over a spot where the crew chum the water for snapper and grouper. Everything is included in the price; just bring along any food and drink you like. This is a fun trip for novice and experienced anglers, and the crew is there to help you 1-on-1 for the entire trip.

From Fort Lauderdale: Day Trip to Bimini

2. From Fort Lauderdale: Day Trip to Bimini

Discover the beauty of Bimini Island in the Bahamas on this day trip from Fort Lauderdale. Step off the mainland and onto a high-speed 600-passenger, modern, comfortable vessel that will whisk you away from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini in The Bahamas in just 2 hours. Sit back and relax with a snack and let your worries slip away. Once on the island, you will have the day at leisure to explore the wonders of Bimini, choose from local authentic food, swim with dolphins, or kayaking. Available for $40, you may purchase a Day Pass to Hilton Resort World Bimini facilities onboard the vessel.

Key West: Day Trip from Fort Lauderdale w/ Activity Options

3. Key West: Day Trip from Fort Lauderdale w/ Activity Options

Experience the southernmost city in the US, Key West. On this day-long adventure, you will explore the many sights, shops and restaurants in Key West, all the while soaking in the Caribbean feel of the city. Beginning bright and early, you will be picked up at "Four Points by Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport" by your professional bilingual driver. En route to Key West, you will cross 42 bridges and hop 32 islands. Upon arrival in Key West, you will be enchanted by the colourful atmosphere, street artists and outdoor cafes. This day trip is perfect for travellers who like to do their own thing. You will have approximately 6 hours, from 12:00h to 18:00h to explore all that Key West has to offer. There are plenty of interesting and entertaining things to do in Key West, including visiting the Hemingway House, taking a trolley or train tour, going on a kayaking eco-adventure or enjoying a dolphin-watching cruise. These are only a few of the many possibilities. No pre-arranged activities are set during this time, so you can have the freedom to create the day on your own. If you do only one thing in Key West, a visit to Mallroy Square is a must. It is a place where many gather for a never-planned, always unique, daily celebration. Mallory Square is located by the historic waterfront. Key West is a beautiful, historic and culturally unique place with so much to see and do that you might just have trouble making up your mind!

Fort Lauderdale: Famous Yachts and Mansions Segway Tour

4. Fort Lauderdale: Famous Yachts and Mansions Segway Tour

Discover the most affluent neighborhood at the heart of Downtown Fort Lauderdale by segway. This activity requires no experience, balance, or coordination, and the local partner will prepare you with all of the training procedures and skills needed to become a pro within a few minutes. As you glide on your segway, see celebrity mansions including homes owned by Miami Dolphins players, as well as multi-million dollar mega yachts. Learn more about the history of the city from your guide. Receive recommendations on where to eat and what to see during your stay. If you choose the 8-mile tour option, you'll take in the up-close views of the world-famous Port Everglades, the beautiful downtown skyline, the Intracoastal Waterways, and Fort Lauderdale Beach, in addition to the standard 4-mile tour.

Fort Lauderdale: 1-Hour Family Pirate Adventure Cruise

5. Fort Lauderdale: 1-Hour Family Pirate Adventure Cruise

Start by arriving a half-hour early to get outfitted with pirate tattoos and a vest that will be returned at the end of the trip. Meet the captain and crew as they introduce you to the Pirate way of life. Follow the first mate to board the real U.S. Coast Guard certified pirate ship where you will learn everything you need to know to join the crew. Learn how to fire the water cannons as you navigate the Intracoastal Waterway to find the key to the treasure. Battle a villainous pirate to win back the key and leave with your share of the loot. Hear of the many tales of legendary pirates and keep a sharp eye out to spot the local wildlife.

Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

6. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

Embark on a real adventure with an airboat tour of the Florida Everglades and entry to the alligator and reptile exhibit. Explore this fascinating natural wonder, hear the history of the Seminole people, and learn about the wildlife you sport from your captain. Board your airboat and glide out into the Everglades. As you cruise, listen to fascinating historical and ecological facts from your captain. Listen to tales of how the Native American Seminole people and panthers once coexisted in this lush wilderness. Keep an eye out for rare and endangered wildlife as you skim across the glassy water, through grassy rivers, and over the tropical marsh. After your airboat tour, head into the alligator and reptile exhibit. Get up close to a baby alligator and touch its unique skin and learn about these formidable predators.

Fort Lauderdale: Flamingo Gardens Entry Ticket

7. Fort Lauderdale: Flamingo Gardens Entry Ticket

Experience a taste of tropical Florida as soon as you enter Flamingo Gardens with a jungle of tropical trees, plants, and over 1,000 orchids. Enjoy a wildlife encounter show presented three times a day, watch playful river otters, and meet some of the animals protected by the sanctuary, such as Josh, a native black bear. Take a narrated 30-minute tram tour through the back 50 acres and experience three different ecosystems, as well as the largest cycad collection in the United States. Stay on the tram the entire time or disembark to discover the Wetlands, the Cycad Garden, the Native Plant Walkway, the Wildflower Garden or the Mango Grove. Visit the Birds of Prey Center, and walk through a half-acre aviary with over 250 wetland birds native to Florida. Step into the past in the historic Wray Home Museum, built in 1933, and stop in the gallery for different shows and exhibits. Tour guides are always present to help you get a taste of old Florida history. In the summer of 2020 — from June 6 until September 13, 2020 — see the award-winning “Nature Connects” exhibit created with over 1.6 million LEGO pieces. The summer of 2021 will host David Rogers' Big Bugs exhibit, a must-see for lovers or art and nature.

Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Sport Fishing Shared Charter

8. Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Sport Fishing Shared Charter

Come out fishing on an exciting half-day sport fishing charter. Enjoy the companionship as you share the boat with a couple of anglers, with a maximum of 6 persons fishing on this trip. You will fish 1-3 miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, trolling the reefs, deep dropping around the shipwrecks, and live baiting on the edge of the Gulf Stream current. Here you can catch tuna, dolphin, wahoo, sailfish, sharks, amberjack, barracuda, grouper, and more. This half-day fishing charter will target whatever is biting best on that day to make sure that everyone catches the most fish possible. With only a few persons aboard, you can experience a very one-on-one trip with the captain and mate. No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided for you. Just bring your sunglasses, hat, and a little luck, and get ready to catch some of the biggest species in South Florida.

Everglades Eco Adventure: 2-Hour Sawgrass Recreation Park

9. Everglades Eco Adventure: 2-Hour Sawgrass Recreation Park

Explore the beautiful Everglades and discover the variety of wildlife in the area. Start your adventure with a 30-minute airboat tour of the Florida Everglades. Visit the reptile, exotic wildlife, and "swamp" yard exhibits. Your tour will be guided by experienced captains who will tell you tales during the tour of how the Seminole and the Florida panther once coexisted in this lush wilderness. You will also catch a glimpse of endangered wildlife as you skim across the glassy water.  Your adventure will include a visit to the Exotic Wildlife exhibit, which strives to educate and enlighten the public about endangered species such as the Florida panther, leopards, wolves, and even some surprise smaller mammals. A separate organization brings a variety of animals to the park each day to visit and the handlers are happy to answer any questions about these gentle animals. Take a walk on the wild side back in time with an original dinosaur – the Florida alligator. The reptile exhibit features dozens of species both native and exotic to Florida. Along with the friendly turtles and iguanas, you can learn about Cannibal – the 1,000-pound alligator. The handlers are happy to demonstrate how these animals live and survive in the wild. There is also a variety of monitors and rescued exotic snakes, and you will also have the chance to hold a baby alligator.

Fort Lauderdale: Party Bike Bar Crawl

10. Fort Lauderdale: Party Bike Bar Crawl

Hop on the party bike and enjoy a 2-hour bar crawl to three bars around Las Olas, an activity perfect for both solo travellers and groups. Las Olas is known for its stunning Yachts murals, trendy art galleries, and lively bar scene. Enjoy the music as your pilot guides you around the Las Olas district as you visit 3 local hotspots. A souvenir cup is included so you can bring your drink from the bars back onto the party bike.

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What people are saying about Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 951 reviews

A very nice trip to the Everglades. Not a typical "tourist event" with an animal show or similar. We first went for a walk in Shark Valley with our guide Lindsay from "Wild-Lime Adventure" and she told us a lot about nature, the animals and the environment. She always answered questions. After about an hour we drove to the airboat ride. On the way we stopped at an Indian station. All in all, it was a very interesting and beautiful trip that I can recommend.

It was a cold and rainy day, but we still had a great time and saw lots of animals and birds. Julio, our guide, was very knowledgeable, accommodating and caring! The boat guides were fantastic as well and made sure we all had a chance to observe the animals - we saw a lot of dolphins, as well as white and brown pelicans, and even saw a spoonbill.

Fantastic airboat ride through the Everglades! Daniel was an amazing guide - he knew all of the best places to see alligators (we saw 8-10 of them up close), and he was knowledgeable in answering our many questions about the Everglades. I went with my husband and adult children - we all loved it and would highly recommend it!

Flamingo Gardens is truly beautiful and handicapped accessable! My husband and I spent several hours there and really appreciated May's help picking out a local restaurant to continue the wonderful experience over a late lunch! Thank you so much May!

this is my 2nd ride in 4 months. i enjoyed both and gets better based on the diversity of the guide.