The Greater Fort Lauderdale area includes not only eight beaches but a wide variety of attractions including parks, water sports, gambling, art, tours, events & festivals and much more. There are a variety of ways to get around without getting in your car. Walking, riding bikes, and using a segway can be utilized for attractions that are close to where you are staying. But Broward County also offers a Bus Transit System, Hollywood has a Trolley, and there is the Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi and Fort Lauderdale offers the Water Shuttle. You might want to get in your car for some of the other things to do listed here that are located in Miami, Hallandale and other areas nearby.
What’s the weather like? Average temperatures in Spring are High: 82° and Low: 67° / Average temperatures in Summer are High: 90° and Low: 75° / Average temperatures in Fall are High: 85° and Low: 71° / Average temperatures in Winter are High: 77° and Low: 60°
Pack your bags: For summer you should pack shorts, tank tops, flip flops. For all other seasons depending on the weather be sure to bring along a light jacket and some long pants or long sleeve shirts. Always bring a bathing suit, beach towels, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Things to Do in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area
There are eight beaches in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area with each offering its own unique attractions. SPM Resorts manages Hollywood Beach Tower in Hollywood. This oceanfront resort is right on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, a popular attraction in the area and just steps away from the beach. In Pompano Beach, La Costa Beach Club, also managed by SPM Resorts, has its own private beach for guests. Two great places to plan your beach vacation.
Cool off and enjoy the excitement of water sports in the ocean, along the Intracoastal Waterway and other bodies of water. Jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing, paddle boarding, boating, snorkeling and diving are all popular water sports in the area. Here are a few places to check out for rentals: KC Jet Ski & Watersports, On the Beach Watersports, Life’s A Beach Watersports, Hollywood Beach Watersports, Aloha Watersports, Atlantic Coast Kayak Company, Fun Rental Boats, Pompano Dive Center, Scuba Dive It, and Hollywood Parasail.
Bluefoot Pirate Adventures
Take the kiddos on a pirate adventure. Bluefoot Pirate Adventures offers an interactive pirate cruise where children will help find hidden treasure, talk and dress like pirates and help defend the ship. Fun for the whole family.
What better way to have family time than on a fishing trip. See the excitement and pride on your kids faces as they fight to get a fish to the boat. Make a reservation for your fishing charter today with No Vacansea Fishing Charters in Hollywood, Fantastic Fishing in Fort Lauderdale, and Hillsboro Inlet Fishing Center in Pompano Beach,
If you don’t want to go out on a boat try pier fishing. Pier fishing is available at Anglin Fishing Pier in Lauderdale By the Sea, Dania Beach Fishing Pier, International Fishing Pier at Deerfield Beach, Hillsborough Inlet Park Fishing Pier in Pompano Beach, Pompano Beach Fishing Pier and Hollywood North Beach Park.
Golf is a favorite pastime of many vacationers. There are many golf courses in the southeast Florida area that are open to the public. Pembroke Lakes Golf and Racquet Club, Grand Palms Golf Courses, The Club at Emerald Hills, Bonaventure Golf Club, Carolina Golf Club, Colony West Golf Club, Cooper Colony Golf & Country Club, Eco Golf Club, and Jacaranda Golf Club are just a few of the public or municipal golf courses that are available in this area. Be sure to schedule your tee time in advance. You might also want to check out the Aqua Golf Driving Range, voted the best range in southeast Florida.
Be sure to include a tour of the Hillsboro Lighthouse in your plans while visiting the Pompano Beach area. This does require a boat ride and you should be sure to check out the rules and restrictions.
Hop on a Segway and tour the Hollywood Broadwalk. Ultimate Florida Tours offers 4.5 mile or 9 mile tours that can be informative or laid-back, your choice. Segway Fort Lauderdale offers 2 mile “Riverwalk” tours, 4-5 mile Yacht/Mansion tours or 10 miles tours that include the Causeway and the Yacht/Mansion tour. Try this new, popular way to get around with your family.
See southeast Florida from high in the sky! Fort Lauderdale Air Tours offer a wide variety of opportunities to see southeast Florida. Trips include seeing the coast, the Everglades, South Beach, Key West and more. Visit their website to schedule this memorable event for you and your family or friends.
Take an Alligator Tour in the Florida Everglades where you can see alligators, birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat.
Take a guided bike tour through different areas of Fort Lauderdale where you will see historic landmarks, eclectic neighborhoods, downtown and more.
Foodies will want to check out the various restaurant tours available in the area. Pompano Beach Food Tours offers either lunch or dinner tours. Fort Lauderdale Food Tours offers 2 hour tours along East Las Olas Blvd. visiting a variety of eating establishments.
Visit the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum to see a collection of 22 Packard autos from the 1900s to 1940s. The museum also includes a dedication to Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Who doesn’t love trains? Take some time to visit the South Florida Railway Museum in Deerfield Beach. Not only will you get to enjoy trains but also the historic Seaboard Air Line Railway Station where the museum is housed.
Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum is on the National Register of Historic places and a Florida Heritage site. Exhibits include art work, uniforms, a reconstructed barrack’s room, equipment and much more related to naval aviation.
The Stranahan House, built in 1904, is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County. Journey back in time and see the history associated with this house as you take a tour.
Interactive exhibits inspire kids to learn about the human body, recycling, rocks & minerals, space and much more at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale. A must on your list of to dos while visiting the area.
Visit ArtsPark at Young Circle in downtown Hollywood. This 10-acre complex includes an ampitheater, a water feature, playground, and visual arts pavilion. Check their website for special events and activities going on during the summer.
The Anne Kolb Nature Center is a 1,501 acre complex that includes a variety of plants and animals with boat trails and walking trails to help you enjoy the sights of this area. The exhibit hall offers an aquarium, video presentations and art work by local artists.
Be sure to take the kids to Topeekeegee Yugnee Park while you are visiting Hollywood. This unique over 138 acre park offers a fantastic water park plus bike rentals, biking/jogging path, Memorial Fitness Zone, picnic areas, tennis, basketball, volleyball, playground, fishing and geocaching.
Pompano Community Park is just one of the parks in Pompano Beach and offers visitors 43 acres of picnic and grilling areas, playgrounds, sporting fields, basketball and volleyball courts, a tennis center, an aquatic center, biking, walking and jogging trails and more.
A must do on your list of things to do while in southeast Florida is a visit to the Everglades and seeing gators. Plan a visit to Everglades Holiday Park, home of the Gator Boys and the best way to experience the delicate ecosystem of the Florida Everglades. They offer a variety of experiences to choose from so visit their website and make your plans in advance.
Teamwork, strategizing and competitiveness are all qualities you can use when you play paintball. Get your family and friends together and have some fun at Extreme Rage Paintball Park. A great way to socialize and meet new people!
Try your luck at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach. Over 850 slot machines to choose from, poker games and horse races usually five days a week. Also in Hallandale is the Mardi Gras Casino. In Pompano Beach, Isle Casino Racing offers harness racing, gaming machines, poker tables, restaurants and attractions. See if the “luck of the Irish” is with you while on your vacation. Please play responsibly.
Experience the thrill of go-kart racing at K1 Speed in Fort Lauderdale. Race against the clock or race against others. Two indoor tracks makes this a great activity in any weather. Children must be at least 4ft. tall to participate.
Flamingo Gardens is a popular outdoor attraction for both children and adults. Stroll through and enjoy the beauty of the botanical gardens, see the animals in the wildlife sanctuary and explore the Wray Home Museum built in the 1930s.
Butterfly World is a unique experience where beauty and nature come together to provide an unforgettable experience. Not only will you see some of the most beautiful and colorful butterflies from around the world but plants and birds, as well. This is an experience that will be enjoyed by all and a can’t miss opportunity while you are in this area.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
If you haven’t tried it, try one of the newest fitness and fun crazes. Visit Sky Zone Trampoline Park and experience the fun of jumping and flying on trampolines and foam pits. Definitely one of the fun things to do while on vacation in southeast Florida.
Festivals & Events
- Pompano Beach Seafood Festival
- Las Olas Wine & Food Festival, Fort Lauderdale
- Las Olas Art Fair Part II, Fort Lauderdale
- HispanicFest, Hollywood
- Hollywood St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
- Arts & Crafts Festival in the Pines, Pembroke Pines
- Taste of Little Italy, Fort Lauderdale
- Coral Springs Festival of the Arts
- Old Fashioned Fourth at Flamingo Gardens, Davie
- 4th of July Celebration at the ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood
- Bank of America Starlight Musicals, Fort Lauderdale
- Smoke on the Water BBQ Feast & Competition, Fort Lauderdale
- Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival
- Annual Great Scarecrow Competition & Harvest Fest, Flamingo Gardens, Davie
- Hollywood Beach Clambake
- Hollywood Beach Oktoberfest
- Brazilian Fest, Pompano Beach
- Riverwalk Fall Festival, Fort Lauderdale
- Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
- Las Olas Art Fair Part I, Fort Lauderdale
- Orange Blossom Festival, Parade & Rodeo, Davie
- Hollywood St. Patricks Day Parade & Festival
- Garden of Lights, Flamingo Gardens, Davie
- Fort Lauderdale Orchid Show
- SnowFest, Fort Lauderdale
- South Florida’s Italian Festival, Hollywood
- WinterFest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale