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Fort Lauderdale, FL

Getting to Know Fort Lauderdale, FL
For a city teeming with fun activities, golden beaches and a semi-tropical climate, make Fort Lauderdale your oasis. Known as the Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale boasts an extensive canal system, and it also offers over 60 golf courses, 4,000 restaurants and 100 nightclubs. Nestled on the coast, the celebrated city of Fort Lauderdale is a sanctuary for outdoor recreation, relaxation and enjoyment.. In addition to the beautiful beaches, Fort Lauderdale offers a vibrant cultural and historic district, art and science museums, and entertainment for all ages.

 

Education in Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale is also home to multiple academic institutions including Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University and Broward Community College. Additionally, the region boasts a top school district, an award-winning library and numerous county parks.

 

Fort Lauderdale Apartments and Neighborhoods

The apartments in Fort Lauderdale, FL vary from luxury accommodations with amenities like a clubhouse, heated pools and fitness centers, to efficiencies and suites for college students. Apartment Guide makes finding a Fort Lauderdale apartment stress-free. Search through the extensive database of up-to-date listings for all the information you need on Fort Lauderdale condo rentals. By using the helpful search tools, you can define your criteria to look for Fort Lauderdale vacation rentals, pet-friendly condos or budget-conscious apartments.

 

Those looking to stay by the water should consider Galt Mile, a neighborhood overlooking picturesque Fort Lauderdale Beach. If downtown is more your scene, check out Victoria Park for a home base that is just minutes from the beach as well as fine dining and nightlife.

 

Fun Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale's namesake beach offers four miles of sand, surf and sun at no cost to visitors. Here are our top picks for other free things to do:

  • Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum: View 22 vintage Packard automobiles on display at this fascinating museum that honors the history of cars.
  • Buehler Planetarium & Observatory: Take advantage of free admission on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights to gaze through high-tech telescopes at the stunning evening sky.
  • Secret Woods Nature Center: Visit this 55-acre park to tour the butterfly house and reptile habitat or stroll the scenic walking trails.
  • SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch: Come out the first Sunday of each month for a free outdoor concert featuring live jazz music between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Held in Esplanade Park, you'll also find food vendors and crafts.
  • Hollywood Beach Boardwalk: People-watch, eat ice cream, or bike ride on this bustling, 2.5-mile-long promenade overlooking the beach.

 

Other fun events (often available year-round at a low cost) include outdoor concerts, arts and crafts festivals, sporting games and wine and food tastings.

 

Families with Kids in Fort Lauderdale
Find the perfect playground for children at the Museum of Discovery and Science with simulated airboat rides, a 7-D capsule theater that teaches the mechanics of aviation, and a giant IMAX theater. The Funderdome is another entertainment venue for all ages, complete with a climbing wall, a sky trail and a laser maze.

 

Fort Lauderdale is backed by an excellent school system with standout schools like Bayview Elementary School and City/Pembroke Pines Charter High School.

 

Outdoor Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is home to an abundance of water parks, golf courses, recreational centers, beachside parks, outdoor arenas and movie theaters. The Everglades Holiday Park offers exhilarating airboat rides and an up-close look at alligators, tropical birds and other marine life. For camping, picnicking and recreational water activities, head to the 180-acre sanctuary of Hugh Taylor Birch Park.

 

Getaways from Fort Lauderdale
If you're looking to escape the bustle of Fort Lauderdale Beach, head to the John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, just 18 minutes away, for a relaxing oasis ideal for kayaking, scuba diving and viewing the famous sea turtle nests. Pompano Beach is another getaway just 21 minutes from Fort Lauderdale, and is one of the area's best beaches, noted for its warm waters and gorgeous reefs for scuba diving and snorkeling.