Comprising serene 60 acres (24.28 hectares), the Flamingo Gardens have an impressive collection of rare tropical plants, massive oaks, native birds and other tropical critters. The gardens are one of the region's few remaining citrus groves and are home to a large collection of wading birds. You can chug around the grounds on a narrated tram tour or explore the Wray Botanical Collection and historic Wray Home.
Sawgrass Recreation Park offers all kinds of nature-oriented and historic activities. Take an airboat tour of the Everglades, see a replica of an Indian village or visit the wild animal exhibit. RV camping facilities are available on the grounds. The half an hour airboat ride will take you on an insightful tour of the flora and fauna in the Everglades.
One of the most intriguing attractions in the region, this diversion focuses on things that fly. Butterflies take center stage. Learn how they grow, what they eat and how to lure them into your garden. Part of Tradewinds Park, Butterfly World includes a breeding laboratory, butterfly museum, and insectarium with displays of unusual insects and butterflies from around the world.
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. A number of 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.
These water taxis arrive at various waterside destinations, including dozens of restaurants and shops and a surprising number of offices as well. The Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi, traverses between Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale, giving visitors a glimpse into various city attractions. These little green and yellow boats will also take groups on tours. Piloted by licensed captains, the taxis depart from downtown via the canals, Intracoastal Waterways and rivers. The schedules vary so call for details.
The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is one of South Florida's major cultural attractions. It is located in the downtown entertainment district and hosts varied exhibits and cultural activities throughout the year. Under the Studio Arts Program, you can take part in the educational art classes to learn about painting, drawing, design and music from professional artists. Permanent exhibitions feature the black and white photography of Ansel Adams and contemporary paintings by Stephen Scott Young. The museum offers a truly striking showcase of the cultures of South Florida and the Caribbean.
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.
Bienes Museum of the Modern Book is a unique museum which houses rare and special collection of books and journals. The museum has a special display section where the books are kept and visitors can know more about them. Apart from this, the museum has a special Reading Room which houses really rare and old books and reading materials. The museum also has a comic book collection which has comics from the 1950s to the 1980s. A truly unique museum for the lovers of literature.
The Carrie B offers three daily sightseeing cruises at 11a, 1p, and 3p. Stroll around the Sun Deck, seating outside under a canopy or enjoy air conditioned comfort on the main deck. The boat is Coast Guard certified for up to 300 passengers. The cruise also has entertaining and informative live narration from the captain. There is full bar service onboard with light snacks available. All cruises last for an hour and a half. Visit their website for more information.