Fort Lauderdale is a city on Florida's southeastern coast, known for its beaches and boating canals. The Strip is a promenade running along oceanside highway A1A. It's lined with upscale outdoor restaurants, bars, boutiques and luxury hotels. Other attractions include the International Swimming Hall of Fame, with pools and a museum of memorabilia, and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, featuring trails and a lagoon.
Even though Fort Lauderdale is known internationally for its stunning beaches, there are still so many more things to do. From tours of the 300+ miles of beautiful waterways that are a historical and nature-lover's delight, to world-class and kid-friendly art and historical museums, amazing live theatre, the jaw-dropping Everglades National Park just a few miles west, to the relaxing parks that dot the city. Once known as a spring break destination, Fort Lauderdale has emerged as the perfect family-oriented year-around vacation hot spot.
You may think the only attractions in Fort Lauderdale are the beaches and delicious restaurants and world-class shopping, if you had never been here before. And it's true that the city is known for its popular blue wave beach and for an endless number of amazing eateries and over the top shopping venues. But this place, otherwise known as the Venice of America has been welcoming the world and entertaining and educating them without abandonment for many years. The folks that make this city run know the success of catching the attention of the very young to the very old and from the playful to the serious. Fort Lauderdale has become a city of world class sophistication with an amazing art museum and history and science museum, colleges and universities, one of the world's largest cruise ports, live theatre and casinos, and one of the most sought after gay vacation desinations in the country. Fort Lauderdale has set the standard in creating a city between the ocean and the magnificent Florida Everglades that draws an international crowd not only to visit and play, but also to live and call home.