Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

Two small colorful sailboats sit on the beach sand in Fort Lauderdale

Top 5 things to do in Fort Lauderdale

  1. Lounge on Fort Lauderdale Beach
  2. Take an airboat ride in the Everglades
  3. Bike, kayak or SUP at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
  4. Shop and dine on Las Olas Boulevard
  5. See the canals and homes of celebrities by way of water taxi
Known for: BeachesYachtingCanalsShoppingDiving and Fishing

Welcome to Fort Lauderdale, the stunning South Florida gem known the world over for its beautiful beaches, Venice-like waterways and, to those like us who love cruising, as home to Port Everglades, a heavy-hitter when it comes to Caribbean and Bahamian cruising options.

But here's what you may not have heard about Fort Lauderdale: It's gone upmarket. No longer the spring break, tequila-shooting party central of yore. Fort Lauderdale now attracts an increasingly international and cosmopolitan crowd interested in the delicious local dining options, beaches perfect for relaxing on, boutique and high-end shopping and popular art and science museums. And while most of the action happens around the water, visitors are exploring outside the beach area to check out sporting venues, go on air boat rides in the Everglades, tour local breweries and jam to the live music in the hip urban neighborhoods.

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Fort Lauderdale Highlights


  • Homes of celebrities along the canals
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach
  • Gators in the Everglades


  • Antique Row on Dania Beach
  • Boutiques and galleries on Las Olas Boulevard
  • Bargain shopping at the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop


  • Conch fritters at Coconuts
  • Brunch at ROK:BRGR
  • Romantic Italian dinner at Timpano Chophouse

Shore Excursions

  • Airboat ride in the Everglades
  • Explore Big Cypress Swamp
  • Scuba dive the Rapa Nui Reef


  • Explore the Museum of Discovery and Science
  • Go on a sea turtle night walk
  • Visit Butterfly World


  • Fort Lauderdale Beach (at Las Olas Blvd)
  • Family-friendly Hollywood Beach
  • Dania Beach

Solo Exploration

  • Go Sport Fishing
  • Tour Funky Buddha Brewery
  • Check out the gators in the Everglades


  • Go midnight kayaking at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
  • Cuddle up at the Swap Shop Drive-In Theater
  • Couples massage at Bliss Spa


  • Tour the historic Stranahan House
  • Live music at Revolution Live in Himmarshee Village
  • Urban art scene in FAT Village