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.
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.
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 Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino is located near Hallandale Beach, Florida. It is one of the popular places for horse racing in the country. They also house a casino, which is as popular as the racing track. Visitors are generally seen gambling or enjoying the varied delicious menu options at the restaurant. The park also hosts concerts and live performances for people to enjoy when visiting the racing track and casino.
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.
A laid back variation on Miami's sun-soaked beach culture, Fort Lauderdale is a coastal city with an engaging spirit. It wasn't until 1838 that the United States established the eponymous fort in the area, though the fort was abandoned after the Second Seminole War, leaving the area relatively undeveloped until 1890. It wasn't until Fort Lauderdale was established as an air force training center and military base that population surged. Today, Fort Lauderdale is a popular yachting center just outside the busy waters of Miami with a harbor dotted with swanky yachts, offering a range of water activities and scenic white-sand beaches to visitors. Among its many attractions, Las Olas Boulevard with its chic bars and trendy boutiques and the paved brick roads of the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk stand out.
Fort Lauderdale can only truly be appreciated on the water, with over 165 miles (257 km) of waterways and long stretches of beaches, this city is meant to be viewed from the water. Do just that in a luxury yacht. Charter this high class cruise and pick your adventure, from cruising down New River to going out to sea. This yacht will make you feel like a celebrity and with their attentive service, flexible plans, and vast experience, you can do exactly what you want in style.
Located in Fort Lauderdale's Central Beach area, Camp Live Oak is a protected green space that is known for its recreational facilities. Due to its close proximity to the North Atlantic Ocean, watersports such as canoeing, kayaking, surfboarding and fishing. Home to a network of interconnecting trails, the park is suitable for hiking as well as casual natural walks.