Fort Lauderdale Travel Guide & Information
Sunny weather, marinas and beautiful sandy beaches make Fort Lauderdale one of the most popular travel destinations for travelers. Originally, the popularity of Ft. Lauderdale was attributed to the teen movie "Where the Boys Are", the movie touted the destination it as “Numero Uno” choice for spring break travelers.
However, Fort Lauderdale has outgrown that image. Today, proudly, the "Sunshine State" markets itself as a "Family destination" with various options for travelers like, alfresco dining, outlet shopping, eco-adventures, arts and cultural centers, proof that Fort Lauderdale has now graduated from not only being a spring break travel destination, but to an idyllic family vacation spot.
Fort Lauderdale’s premier attraction is expansive with an intricate canal system, giving it the nickname, "Venice of America". Book flights to Fort Lauderdale and explore a culturally vibrant city that hosts a number of annual outdoor festivals and offers a lively performing arts community. The coastal town's many recreational activities, including deep-sea fishing, boating, snorkeling and diving also shape Fort Lauderdale as one of the most popular travel destinations.
Things to do in Fort Lauderdale
Being a premier coastal town, Fort Lauderdale hosts some of the "Must See" boat festivals.
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show: The Boat show is billed as the world's largest show. This annual October show displays more than $1.6 billion worth of boats in every size, shape and price range, at the Bahia Mar marina and five other venues.
Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade: Conducted in mid-December, 100-plus vessels are adorned with festive decorations lighting up the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale. The show is a hot favorite amongst celebrities, eagerly taking part in the festivities. Winterfest was just named by Readers Digest as “100 Best in America”, which lists the top events in the United States.
Fort Lauderdale offers a plethora of things to see and do for every type of traveler.
The Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop is a 14-screen drive-in theater in Lauderhill, Florida, USA, that doubles as the largest drive-in and largest daily flea market in the world. The swap shop has been dubbed by local broadcast advertising channels to be "Florida's second-biggest tourist attraction". The Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop has been operating since 1963 and is the largest Drive-In movie theater and daily Flea Market in the world.
International Swimming Hall of Fame: Is dedicated to promoting the sport of swimming and immortalizing the achievements and contributions of those who have distinguished themselves in the various branches of aquatic sports, like competitive swimming, water polo, diving and more. Conveniently located on Fort Lauderdale Beach, it houses a large aquatic complex, as well as a museum, theater and research library.
Antique Car Museum: The Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, Inc. was established as a non-profit foundation for education to ensure the preservation of the history of the Packard Motor Co. and to show the progress and development of skills in American engineering. The museum also features a gallery dedicated to the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt, plus several special collections of automobile memorabilia.
Broward Center for the Performing Arts: The Broward Center for the Performing Arts offers an opportunity to discover something new to love about the arts. With performances year round, the center is host to various music and dance programs, ranging from classical, to opera, to pop and ballet, as well as modern.
Where to Stay in Fort Lauderdale:
Whether you’re looking for a room with a view of the ocean or you’re planning on relaxing in tranquil surroundings, there's a wide variety of hotels to fit every traveler’s comfort, style and budget. In Ft. Lauderdale you can choose cheap hotels or 4-Star Hotels Under $99.
Port Everglades Area: The area boasts is in close proximity to the Convention Center, shopping malls and restaurants near downtown Fort Lauderdale. Gleaming cruise ships and comfortable passenger terminals, this area also offers lots of restaurants and attractions.
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Area: The area is located close to the Fashion Mall, a two-tiered enclosed shopping center. The Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport boasts lots of chain hotels that offer busy travelers convenient lodging with excellent amenities, close to main highways, attractions, shopping and restaurants.
North Beach Area: The area is near the famous downtown shopping area, along famous Las Olas Blvd. One can find many places to stay in this vicinity. Hotels are comfortable and modest, offering simple amenities, but are close to many attractions and the beach.
Passport & Visa Requirements
For US Citizens:
* A valid identification in order to board the plane.
For Canadian Citizens:
Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:
* A passport or
* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.
This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.
We recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting "Venice of America".
*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.
When to visit Fort Lauderdale
Ft. Lauderdale is a year-round, warm-weather resort destination, with two different visitor seasons. The winter is the high season and most popular time to visit, attracting people in the north looking to escape the cold weather.
The summer season brings mainly international tourists, business and convention visitors, budget travelers, families and students.
People planning to travel on a budget can also plan to travel during the low season with warm weather, fewer visitors and reduced prices. This also coincides with school breaks, making it a favored time for family vacations.
Planning your Visit:
High season: (January to mid November)
Shoulder season: (October to mid-December)
Fort Lauderdale Weather
Ft. Lauderdale experiences a year-round average temperature of 76 degrees. Fort Lauderdale enjoys a moderate climate with pleasant ocean breezes. Weather here is typical of the tropical climate in South Florida.
* The winter months of December, January and February feature the coolest climate of the year, with January temperatures dropping to around 24°C.
* Wintertime also enjoys the driest weather of the year, usually between December through March.
Currency and Language:
United States Dollar or USD($) is the prime currency
Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available in many parts of Fort Lauderdale.
* English is spoken by the majority of Floridians.