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On the chic Las Olas Boulevard in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, you'll encounter boutiques, narrow alleyways, brick walkways, tiny white lights twinkling in windows and dozens of trendy restaurants. Among the shopping and dining options, you might come across homemade ice cream at a dessert cafe or a live jazz bar that is always packed. Clothing boutiques, gift shops, hair salons and art galleries round out the list. The wide variety of shops and services available ensures you’ll be able to find exactly what you need.
The Riverwalk area in downtown Ft. Lauderdale is known for its entertainment and performance options. Catch performances by local and national musicians like The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Mary Washington-Brooks, among many others. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens and Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale are a few of the attractions located in the vicinity.
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.
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.
Secret Woods Nature Center is designated as an "urban wilderness area". Take a guided or self-guided nature walk through the woods. The New River Trail offers visitors a walk through the marsh where they can view fiddler crabs. To enjoy a hike down the broadwalk, take the Laurel Oak Trail. Get cocooned by pretty butterflies at the Butterfly Island. An interpretive nature exhibit is also available as well as educational classes. The park office is happy to assist with any park-related questions. Call for additional information.
A great park for the hiking enthusiast, this 247-acre (99.95-hectare) "urban wilderness area" and wildlife refuge contains numerous hiking trails, that can be used by everyone, including a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk. Recreational and educative activities are regularly organized at Fern Forest Nature Park. The nature center also includes a butterfly bridge, an observation platform, a sensory garden and sculptures. Call for additional information.
Located on either side of Coconut Creek's Sample Road, Tradewinds Park offers 627 acres (253.73 hectares) of tranquility. The north side of the park includes a farm and farmhouse museum, that aims at providing education along with recreation. Guests can enjoy pony rides, guided horse trail rides or hop onto a steam train that operates once a month. The south area features a fishing lake with pier, disc golf course and trails for walking and hiking. South Florida's famous attraction, Butterfly World, is also nestled here.