The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum has an amazing collection of cars from the first half of the 20th Century. Parked here are Packard automobiles, the oldest of which is the Packard Model 18 Speedster from 1909. Although the last Packard model was produced in 1958, a chance to marvel at these legends of luxury makes a trip to this museum worth every dime.
The Link Trainer Building in Fort Lauderdale, Florida 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.
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.
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.
For more than 50 years, visitors have traveled on the stately Jungle Queen Riverboat. Tours sail past estates while an entertaining monologue by the captain points out the homes of the famous and the infamous. On three-hour day tours or four-hour dinner voyages you can sail to an island where you will dine amid tropical foliage. Evening cruises feature a dinner of barbecued ribs and shrimp, with a variety revue and sing-a-long cruising back.
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.
If you are looking for a night's live entertainment, you can hardly do better than Parker Playhouse when in Fort Lauderdale. Comedies, tragedies, musicals and more are performed on Parker Playhouse's stage. At this 1167-capacity theater established in 1967, you can catch anything from Charlotte's Web to The Nutcracker.
The selection of fine art on display at MAC aims to make an ever-lasting impression on art enthusiasts. Owned by Mary Ann Cohen, for whom it is named, the gallery specializes in fine art, but also has some contemporary works on display. Elaine Murphy, Walter Redondo, Everett Day and Alfred Gockel are a few of the artists who have had their art displayed at MAC.
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.
Pocock Fine Art and Antiques takes great pride in the authenticity of their eclectic collection, which includes a variety of works from the mid-20th Century. Curator Stuart Pocock is an extremely respected man in the fine art industry, having plied his trade in the business for many years. The three rooms of the gallery have framed canvases that are ready for purchase. Also scattered about are a few antique sculptures that are just waiting to be picked up. For nearly three decades, this gallery has piqued the interest of art lovers around the Fort Lauderdale area.