Apart from serving as a city park, where families with children come to have a fun time, the Las Olas Oceanside Park serves as a busy entertainment venue too. In the sprawling premises of this parkland, Fort Lauderdale holds some of the most awaited events of the year. Right from the weekly farmer’s market to annual music events, the Las Olas Oceanside Park has witnessed it all. The park is a prominent part of The LOOP, a circular route that encompasses major parks and open spaces of the city.
The Link Trainer Building in Fort Lauderdale became the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum. It is of great importance, having served as one of the 257 air stations in World War II. It aims at the preservation of national as well as international naval air artifacts in a way that educates the public. The museum was dismantled in 1998 and relocated to its current location in 1999. The research library offers a great deal of knowledge via more than 3000 volumes, touching various aspects of history.
The Fort Lauderdale Beach is surrounded by hotels, shops, restaurants and residential areas. Other than sun-bathing, tanning and swimming, the Fort Lauderdale Beach is also known for hosting various open-air events, cultural festivals and boat shows aplenty. The sunny beach has seen tourists from all over the world flock here to enjoy the smooth blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. If you are in the mood for some cocktails, lounging under umbrellas, shopping and acquiring a beautiful tan, you won’t find a better place to be than the famous Fort Lauderdale Beach.
The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) in Fort Lauderdale is dedicated to the history of the African-American community of the United States. The beautiful library is adorned with sculptures and is stocked with resources that aid the study of African-American and Caribbean legacy and culture. The AARLCC is also a cultural center with an ultra-modern auditorium, meeting room and a special art gallery, which exhibits artworks of renowned artists. The place often hosts cultural and recreational programs.
Dating back to 1921, this historic two-story, 35.4-acre (14.16-hectare) waterfront house was once the winter home of artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his wife, Evelyn. The Bonnet House is serenely elegant and preserved amidst the urban expansion of Fort Lauderdale Beach, which is what makes the land so special. Mrs. Bartlett, who died in 1997, gave the estate to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation in 1983 to keep the property unchanged. Several concerts and events are held here throughout the year, and the house is available for private events such as weddings. Named after a waterlily, which once inhabited the property, the Bonnet House is open year-round for guided tours.
This massive park was Hugh Taylor Birch's donation to the state of Florida. Birch came to Florida in the latter part of the 19th Century and promptly fell in love with the area. He eventually purchased more than three miles of oceanfront property in the little town of Fort Lauderdale. More than a century later, Fort Lauderdale is now a busy metropolis, and Birch's land thrives as a wildlife preserve and botanical wonderland. Several animal and plant species have found a safe home here. Visitors are free to hike or bike the designated trails, canoe around the lagoon, take a dip in the ocean and visit Birch's home. Excellent camping facilities can also be availed here.
ArtServe situated in the busy East Sunrise Boulevard is a getaway for Fort Lauderdale's artistic and creative minds. The various temporary and permanent exhibitions at this wonderful art gallery features work by talented underground as well as popular artists. Sketches, paintings, photographs, amazing sculptures and murals amongst many others is what you can expect at ArtServe. Every Tuesday is open mic night where you will get to witness raw and unfiltered comedy as well as music performed by artists in the neighborhood. Apart from these, classes in dance, stand-up comedy, performing arts, visual arts, music, acting, photography and wellness are offered to people of all ages.
Victoria Park is a neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale, nestled in the heart of the city. This small district is surrounded by various neighborhoods, Flagler Village lies to its west, Beverly Hills to its south, Lake Ridge to the north and Sunrise Key and Nurmi Islands on the east. Victoria Park blends modernity into its historical beauty. Holiday Park is a prime attraction in this neighborhood; it features play fields for various sports, hockey rink and an auditorium. Enjoy a walking tour around Victoria Park.
Founded in 1954, Smith's picture framing and art gallery is a privately owned institution that offers services like picture framing, customized framing, art paintings and illustrations. It is now a very popular Art framing facility in South Florida, where you can get your special memories framed for a lifetime.
Annie Beck House in Fort Lauderdale is not a very popular tourist attraction but has great historical significance. Annie Beck was one of the pioneers of Fort Lauderdale who secured the title of Citizen of the year in 1975. The library at Garden center in Birch State Park is named after her as an honor. Her grand mansion was a symbol of skilled craftsmanship made up of Dade county pine. Her mansion now holds immense historic worth for it displays craftsmanship and artistic wit.