Fort Lauderdale, nicknamed the Venice of America, is one of the most popular Florida cities. Host to thousands of spring breakers annually, home to palm trees, golden sands, and clear-blue waters, the city exudes excitement and an atmosphere of fun. Travelers of all kinds flock to the seashores on a yearly basis, and the stretch of sidewalks and beaches in Fort Lauderdale are considered family-friendly.
While summer is the busiest season for the city, this Florida town is a year-round destination for beach-goers that love great weather and lots of attractions. If you go for the ocean adventures, book a Water Taxi to take you and your fellow travelers wherever you want to go. There are over 22 stops that you can hop on or hop off. Or, you could simply sit and ride all day long with nothing but the waves in your sights.
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a traveler favorite with dynamic opportunities for exploration and adventure. Aside from a gorgeous freshwater lagoon, the park features several nature paths, hiking trails, bike routes, and chances to observe local wildlife in their natural habitats. At dusk, stay to watch the sunset over the ocean from lagoon-side docks, rented paddle boats, or kayaks.
If you love a thriving arts scene, head down to the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, directly off of East Las Olas Boulevard. There are huge exhibits featuring historic artworks from well-known artists, but the museum’s pride lies in exhibits that change every month with a new, local artist feature. Or, if you love all things automotive and historic, visit the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum. There are 30,000 acres, much of which is covered with exhibits featuring classic cars and beautiful restorations. It takes several hours to stroll through all of the sights to see, so bring a good pair of walking shoes and your camera.
Fort Lauderdale is a bustling Florida town with plenty to do and see. However, if you are staying within the city limits, you can expect to shell out a bit of cash for a comfortable resort. According to both TravNow and TripAdvisor, the following are the best hotels in Fort Lauderdale: The Westin Beach Resort, The Aqua Hotel, Riverside Hotel, and Snooze.
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Stay at one of Ft. Lauderdale's best hotels
The Western Resort
The Westin Beach Resort on North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard is a beautiful place to spend your vacation. This Fort Lauderdale beachfront hotel offers oceanfront views, so you never miss a sunrise or a wave-rippling thunderstorm. Divided into two towers, the hotel offers home-like accommodations with a few tossed-in luxuries.
For example, essential in-room amenities include air conditioning systems, a kitchenette with utensils and must-haves, and a spacious bathroom, as well as a super-comfortable bed that some guests have called “heavenly.” Hotel luxuries and indulgences include an on-site gym with updated equipment, summertime activities for children and families, spa services (massages, facials, and scrubs), and room service. Plus, book time with the hotel concierge to map out your travels of Fort Lauderdale.
While the seashores offer plenty to do throughout the day, such as soak up sunshine and jump ocean waves, the Casablanca Cafe is a must-visit for lunch. Within walking distance, the café offers upscale versions of your favorites, like fish and chips, walnut chicken, and Mahi tuna salad.
Situated on Windamar Street, the Aqua Hotel is a themed experience with a well-kept landscape and beautiful views. The exterior walls are lit up in blue to represent the oceans at night, while the courtyard is well-manicured with palm trees and lounge chairs for a beachy, breezy atmosphere. The hotel features a swimming pool, free high-speed internet, and a multi-lingual, courteous staff for all of your trip needs. The rooms are basic but comfortable, with a spacious kitchenette, modern bathroom, and plush queen-size beds.
If you get tired of surfing and lazing around the seashores, visit the Bonnet Museum and Gardens on North Birch Road. Created in 1921, there are 35 acres of ponds, tropical flowers, and beautiful blooms, with a waterfront mansion seated at the center. Take a stroll through the yards, or book a guided tour through the home.
The Riverside Hotel
The Riverside Hotel, located on East Las Olas Boulevard, is situated in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, where restaurants, shops, and nightlife abound. The district is a bit historic, and often used for business meetings; therefore, the hotel hosts a lot of business professionals. However, their services are for everyone, and some of their amenities include: room service, free high-speed internet, an on-site restaurant and bar, a lounge area, an on-site fitness center, and concierge services. There is also an on-site banquet room for celebrations, and conference facilities for business meetings.
The Las Olas Boulevard offers everything you want to do and see, aside from the ocean. You can walk the sidewalks for hours. Stop to get a homemade cupcake, peruse local art galleries, have a mixed cocktail at an outdoor bar, and watch the world go by.
Snooze, an aptly named Ft. Lauderdale hotel with comfortable accommodations, is a favorite for budget-minded travelers. The hotel sits back from the seaside, but you simply have to walk across a not-so-busy road to reach the seashores. A boutique hotel with the old-fashioned charm and a comfy, themed décor in each room, the hotel offers beautiful views of the ocean. Other features include a rooftop terrace with lounge chairs and a summertime bar, a self-serve laundry room, free high-speed internet, and free parking in a private lot.
Ranked number two for on-the-beach fun, Snooze provides in-room accommodations that are both comfortable and practical. The beds are plush and fluffed, the air conditioning system provides relief from sweltering Florida summers, and the kitchenette is well-stocked with cooking essentials.
If you love fishing and looking out over the waters, book a rental with Fishing Headquarters. They'll take you out onto the ocean for an all-day fishing trip. Rent their gear, or bring your own.
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