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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.
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.
Nestled on the narrow strip of Fort Lauderdale's Central Beach neighborhood, Napoli Belmar Resort offers its guests a Mediterranean experience. The resort features two swimming pools, huge picnic ground with barbecue facilities and a court to play the Italian sport bocce. The rooms are spacious and feature minimalistic decor. Amenities like a television, small kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker are available in every room.
Candy-lovers are sure to be over the moon at this Wilton Manors store, where every imaginable confection is housed under one small roof. To The Moon is an excellent source for sweet treats unavailable elsewhere, stocking everything from Sanders fudge, Jiffy Pop and raisin crackers to black licorice, junket and My-T-Fine pudding. The store is also known for its collectibles, toys and greeting cards.
Located on Central Beach island strip, to the east of Fort Lauderdale, Premiere Hotel is an ideal sojourn option for the family. The fully air-conditioned, single and double rooms and suites feature contemporary amenities like wireless internet and televisions. The rooms offer panoramic views of the ocean. All this, at rates that won't dig too deep into your pocketbook. Premiere Hotel welcomes pets too, so no member of the family is left out on your next holiday.
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. Several 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.
This enjoyable museum for children of all ages is known for its interactive, hands-on displays, which change frequently. The Special Exhibits Gallery features some of the best science exhibits in the United States. Museum of Discovery and Science also allows its guests to get hands-on experience with fascinating exhibits such as live, native animals of Florida and the world's largest captive Atlantic coral reef. The on-site, blockbuster IMAX 3D theater is a major crowd puller, enticing visitors of all ages.
Located at the Museum of Discovery and Science, AutoNation IMAX Theater has stadium seating and a five-story-high screen for your viewing pleasure. Seated in the sloping seats, audiences are placed close to the screen, resulting in a larger-than-life movie-watching 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.
This Fort Lauderdale branch of Westin, lives up to the brand name and does not disappoint. Located in the heart of the city's Central Beach area, The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale offers guests a luxurious sanctuary by the Atlantic Ocean. Leave your worries, aches and pains at the door, and enjoy a rejuvenating session at the hotel's spa. Westin also features a Kids Club, which is a room filled with activities and games that no child will want to leave. This hotel is less than 10 miles (16.09 kilometers) away from the many attractions in downtown Fort Lauderdale and the Everglades zone.
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.
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.
Located right on Fort Lauderdale Beach, this family-owned resort features comfortably furnished rooms, and one-bedroom suites with a kitchen and living room. All rooms in Pelican Grand Beach Resort feature courtyard or ocean views and contemporary décor. The multilingual staff is friendly and helpful. Take advantage of the oceanside pool, heated whenever necessary. This location is only seven miles (11.26 kilometers) to the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Rates vary with the season.