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Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre (FLCT) was conceptualized by a couple of mothers in 1952 and is one of the rare theaters in the United States who use children and young adults not only as actors but backstage crew, technicians and assistant directors as well. Enthralling audiences through many decades now with their superb productions, the main focus of the theater is to develop cultural opportunities for kids in a safe, creative and fun environment. With various outreach programs, classes, camps and shows, they have created an impact on many young people and their families. FLCT has also won many awards for its contribution to the community as well as theater.
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. The sunny beach has seen tourists from all over the world enjoy the smooth blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. If you are in the mood for some cocktails, umbrellas, shopping and a tan, you won’t find a better place to be.
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.
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.
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.
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 cleanest beaches in the area, Las Olas is also one of the best for a fun day out. Whether it is to watch the sunrise, go for a run, indulge in water sports, enjoy a family picnic or just get a tan, Las Olas Beach is an excellent spot to pick. The fact that parking is easily available and many restaurants and bars are located close by makes the beach even more appealing.
This indoor go kart venue features 90,000 square feet (8361.27 square meters) of pure entertainment. Aside from the half-mile (0.8-kilometer) race track, the facility also features party rooms, 18 holes of mini-golf, more than 100 arcade games, a cafe, and a full-service sports bar with televisions and pool tables. Advertising itself as having the "fastest indoor karts in Florida," Xtreme puts drivers behind the wheel of European Bowman Race Karts that gain speeds of up to 45 mile per hour (72 km per hour). Kids 8 and up can drive the less powerful Cadet Karts.
Established with the aim of providing education through the medium of art, Young At Art Museum can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Spread over 55,000 square feet (5109.67 square meters), the museum houses exhibits like ArtScapes, dealing with art history; CultureScapes, an artistic depiction of global cultures; and more. A cafe serving healthy food is also located at Young at Art Museum.
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.
299 acres (121 hectares) of pure fun await you at the C.B. Smith Park, located in the heart of Pembroke Pines. The perfect place to take your kin, this park is crammed with excitement. Waterslides, a private beach and lagoon, a lake, tennis and basketball courts, miniature golf and much more await you. You can go canoeing or biking or maybe just relax at the on-site snack bar. This venue is known to organize great family picnics and events, such as hayrides and concerts. Campsites are available too.
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.