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.
Unlike many breweries, the Tarpon River Brewing offers its customers a set of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options coupled with handcrafted beer. The minute patrons venture into this place, which seems to be a world in itself, they will be greeted by the aroma of fresh drafts and great food. An interesting feature of the brewery is its unique furnishing which is reminiscent of a stable. Comfortable tables and chairs are set up at regular intervals, and smooth high tables line the bar area. The soothing ambiance and calm atmosphere of the open spaces will allow patrons to unwind as they sample a variety of beers available on tap. These are all innovative creations that will win the hearts of beer lovers. Efficient service and friendly staff will ensure that you leave with good memories!
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.
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.
Standing in the heart of the city, the World AIDS Museum & Educational Center is a prominent destination of Fort Lauderdale for avid learners. Built with the aim of sensitizing people and spreading awareness about the chronic disease, this phenomenal center packs in a rich array of displays and artifacts that chronicle the stirring history of the disease. A first of its kind, this museum holds innumerable displays that mark the timeline of HIV/AIDS, facilitating an enlightening and educational visit for all. The World AIDS Museum & Educational Center also holds year-round events such as children’s art exhibits and screenings of documentaries and films.
This cineplex has four screens for your viewing pleasure. For a more enjoyable experience, sit back and relax with popcorn and a soda from the refreshment stand. For film times, ticket prices and further information please see their website.
With a history dating back to 1951, The Classic Gateway Theatre still retains its retro charm and legacy. Offering classic hits for nostalgic movie goers as well the latest blockbusters and independent movies for the more modern cinema lover, this movie theater is one of the most loved in the neighborhood. Renovated with digital halls and comfortable seating, it also hosts festivals and other events.
Since its inception, Empire Stage has been dishing out some of the most iconic shows and performances the city has seen. Owned and run by a group of artists, this theater is one of the flag-bearers for local performers, artists and the arts. Committed to inspiring audiences with dynamic theatrical productions, the theater plays host to a number of original and reproduced shows. From drama, comedies and tragedies, to musicals, contemporary stage shows and classics; entertainment and inspiration comes in many forms at the Empire Stage.