The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum has an amazing collection of cars from the first half of the 20th Century. Parked here are Packard automobiles, the oldest of which is the Packard Model 18 Speedster from 1909. Although the last Packard model was produced in 1958, a chance to marvel at these legends of luxury makes a trip to this museum worth every dime.
Dating back to 1921, this historic two-story, 35.4 acres (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 for a waterlily that once inhabited the property, the Bonnet House is open year-round for guided tours.
On the chic Las Olas Boulevard in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, you'll encounter boutiques, narrow alleyways, brick walkways, tiny white lights twinkling in windows and dozens of trendy restaurants. Among the shopping and dining options, you might come across homemade ice cream at a dessert cafe or a live jazz bar that is always packed. Clothing boutiques, gift shops, hair salons and art galleries round out the list. The wide variety of shops and services available ensures you’ll be able to find exactly what you need.
Dating back to 1901 and built by the “Father of Fort Lauderdale,” Stranahan House is also referred to as the Pioneer House. In 1984, this mansion was opened for public viewing as a house museum and almost 10,000 tourists visit this landmark annually. Now a historic riverside museum, the elegantly restored house contains antiques, turn-of-the-century furnishings and old photographs of the area. It is also an example of classic Florida Frontier architecture. The house has previously been used as a post office, town hall and general store. The events hosted here includes tours, the Pineapple Jam, the Peter Pan Pirate Party and more. This lovely museum can also be hired for private events and special celebrations.
The Fort Lauderdale History Center is run by the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and is a historic museum complex that comprises of three well preserved 19th-century buildings. The 1905 New River Inn is the main history museum with period artifacts, dioramas and photos. The 1907 King-Cromartie House gives visitors a glimpse of an early 20th-century home. The center offers programs for children which include hands-on re-enactments, schoolhouse classes, guided tours of exhibits in the museum of history, guided walking tours of the grounds and lectures throughout the year.
Located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosts a wide variety of events, including Broadway shows, philharmonic orchestras, the Florida Grand Opera, the Gold Coast Jazz Society and the Miami City Ballet, just to name a few. Established in 1991, it encompasses 5.5 acres (2.22 hectares) of space. The Abdo New River Room, Au-Rene Theater and Amaturo Theater are the three stages within this performing arts center.
Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, the F.A.T. Village Arts District is the city's cultural and creative hub as it is where some of Florida's most renowned artistic minds express themselves through various mediums such as festivals, street shows, art exhibitions, theater, and films. Another feature of the area are the walls, which are generally covered with innovative graffiti work that convey important socio-cultural messages, making casual strolls around the district a lot more fun.
Bellagio is truly an international gallery, featuring works by artists from Russia, South America, Canada, Australia and many parts of Europe, in addition to those by artists from the United States. Regina Lyubovnaya, Joelle Blouin, Colleen Black and Nano Lopez are some of the artists who have had their art displayed at Bellagio International gallery. Home shows are also offered.
The Broward County Library is one happening place with its workshops and writing seminars on a regular basis. The Library offers free wireless internet access at all its venues, so you are never out of touch with the virtual world. You need to call at least a week before the workshops to register.