Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Sun, Beaches and More - A Travel Guide.

Fort Lauderdale Florida marina

Is Florida on your radar? Then Fort Lauderdale in Florida should be at the top of your list. Often referred to as the "Venice of America," this city attracts millions of visitors each year. And for a good reason.

The beaches are wide and clean, the water clear and inviting. But Fort Lauderdale Florida offers more than just beach fun. Here you will also find a lively culture, exciting history and a relaxed atmosphere. It is the ideal place to escape from everyday life and recharge your batteries. It is suitable both as a stopover on a Florida road trip with a rental car as well as for a longer stay.

Travel planning for Fort Lauderdale

Your trip to Fort Lauderdale is coming up, and the anticipation is building. But how can you best plan your trip? Here are our tips to help you plan your visit to Fort Lauderdale.

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History of Fort Lauderdale Florida

The history of Fort Lauderdale, Florida is fascinating and multifaceted. Originally inhabited by the Tequesta Indians, this city has seen many changes over the years. A fort was built here in the 19th century, which later gave the town its name. But that is only a small part of their rich history.

Over time, Fort Lauderdale has evolved from a sleepy fishing village into a vibrant hub. The introduction of the railway in the early 20th century played a key role in this. It connected the city to the rest of Florida and brought prosperity and growth. But not only the railway contributed to this. The beaches and the warm climate also attracted more and more people.

In the 1960s, Fort Lauderdale Florida became known as a spring vacation destination for students. This trend has continued and today the city is a magnet for travelers from all over the world. Its history combined with its modern cityscape makes it a place worth visiting.

The climate and the best time to travel

Fort Lauderdale's climate is a sun-worshipper's dream. With an average of 246 days of sunshine a year, the city almost always offers perfect weather. Summers are warm and humid, with temperatures often exceeding 30 degrees. But don't worry, a gentle sea breeze often provides a pleasant cooling.

Winters in Fort Lauderdale are mild and dry. The temperatures are usually between 15 and 25 degrees. It's the ideal time to enjoy the beaches without worrying about the heat. Rainy days are also rare at this time of the year. The last time we were in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was shortly after Christmas and we really enjoyed the break from the German winter.

So if you're looking for the best time to visit Fort Lauderdale, Florida, there are two recommendations. The months from April to June are ideal for everyone who loves the sun and warmth. Temperatures are pleasantly warm and the city is less crowded. However, if you prefer milder temperatures, the months from December to February are perfect. It's the peak tourist season so expect more tourists, but the weather is just gorgeous.

 

Beach in Fort Lauderdale
Beach in Fort Lauderdale

 

Fort Lauderdale Beaches

For example, Fort Lauderdale in Florida is known for its stunning beaches. Each of them has its own character and charm. Central Beach, often referred to as Fort Lauderdale Beach, is a hotspot for activities. Here you will find a lively promenade lined with palm trees. It's the perfect place to people watch or enjoy a stroll.

A little further south is Las Olas Beach. This beach, on the other hand, is known for its calm atmosphere. It's the ideal place to read a book or just watch the waves. If you like it even quieter, you should visit Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. This natural beach offers shade and tranquility away from the busy main beaches.

There are a few tips for a relaxing day at the beach. First, come early. Parking lots fill up quickly, especially on weekends. Second, pack sunscreen. The Florida sun can be strong, so protect your skin. Third, bring snacks and water. Some beaches do have stalls, but it's always good to be prepared.

That has to be in your   suitcase for a beach vacation in Fort Lauderdale

 

Arts and Culture

A must for art lovers is the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale in Florida. Here you will find impressive collections of contemporary as well as local art. The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens also provides an insight into the history of the city. The historic property is surrounded by beautiful gardens and depicts what life was like in Florida in the 1920's.

Stranahan House is also a highlight for history buffs. It is the oldest surviving building in Fort Lauderdale Florida and tells the story of the founding of the city. Another historical museum is the Old Fort Lauderdale Village. Here you can visit old buildings and learn more about the beginnings of the city.

If you're looking for a chilled out spot, check out the Riverwalk. This walkway takes you along the New River and offers numerous dining, shopping, and entertainment options.

A visit to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts is also a must. Top-class shows and performances are held here throughout the year.

Fort Lauderdale as seen by a local

Fort Lauderdale in Florida has many faces. Off the beaten track, there are places that only locals know. Here are some insider tips to give you an authentic experience.

Stroll through the Flagler Village area. Here you will find murals by local artists and small boutiques.

Visit the Secret Woods Nature Center for a quiet afternoon. There are hiking trails through mangrove forests. The region is also a paradise for bird watchers. Another insider tip is the Wilton Manors area. Here you will find a lively community with many small shops and restaurants.

In the evening, a visit to the "Riverside Market" is worthwhile. It is not only a place to eat and drink, but also a meeting place for locals. Here you can try local beers and end the day in a relaxed atmosphere.

If you want to experience the real Fort Lauderdale, visit the Swap Shop flea market. It's one of the largest in Florida and has everything from antiques to fresh fruit. We spent a very varied rainy day there.

Locals also love Snyder Park. It is a quiet place to relax, have a picnic or swim.

Conclusion

Perhaps you are drawn to the sound of the sea or the opportunity to immerse yourself in the city's rich history and culture. Maybe you are looking for a place where you can get away from it all and recharge your batteries. Fort Lauderdale offers all that and more.

Fort Lauderdale Questions and Answers

What are the best modes of transportation for Fort Lauderdale?

Water Taxis are very popular in Fort Lauderdale. Not only do they offer a convenient way to get around, but they also offer beautiful views of the city from the water. Otherwise, rental cars, bicycles and public transport are also good options.

Are there events or festivals in Fort Lauderdale?

Yes, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is an annual highlight. The Tortuga Music Festival also attracts many visitors. It is therefore worth keeping an eye on the calendar of events.

How Safe is Fort Lauderdale for Tourists?

Fort Lauderdale is generally safe for tourists. However, as in any city, you should always watch your personal belongings and be careful at night.

What local specialties should I try in Fort Lauderdale?

You should definitely try fresh seafood, especially stone crabs. Key lime pie is also a must in Florida.

Is there good shopping in Fort Lauderdale?

Absolutely! Las Olas Boulevard offers a variety of boutiques and shops. The Galleria Mall is also a popular shopping destination.

What day trips can I do from Fort Lauderdale?

The Everglades are a popular day trip destination. A visit to Miami or the Florida Keys is also easily feasible from Fort Lauderdale.

Where are the best viewpoints in Fort Lauderdale?

The Las Olas Riverfront offers great views of the city as well as the river. Also, Fort Lauderdale Beach Park is a great place to watch the sunrise.

 

Do you like to travel by motorhome?

  • Do you want to rent a motorhome? Then you will find information and a selection in these  booking options.
  • Check our packing list for campers to see whether you have packed everything for your motorhome tour.
  • There are many campgrounds in and around Fort Lauderdale. For example, one is Easterlin Park, 1000 NW 38th St, Oakland Park, FL 33309, United States.

 

Travel Arrangements

Parking at the airport

Here you can reserve your parking space at the airport.

Excursions and tours

Excursions and Tours in and around Fort Lauderdale * get your guide

Travel guide for Florida

Florida Travel Guide *

Hotels in Fort Lauderdale

Accommodation in Fort Lauderdale * you can book here. We have stayed in these hotels.

 

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Source: own research on site. We also appreciate the support of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Travel Tips for Slow Travelers you can also find it here. However, our opinion remains our own.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Sun, Beaches and More - A Travel Guide.

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.