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Top 10 Tourist Attractions of Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is located on the southeastern coastline of Florida. The city is a very popular tourist destination and a major port of call for cruise ships. It gets its name from the forts that were built here during the Second Seminole War in the mid 19th century. The forts were named after Major William Lauderdale. Today, Fort Lauderdale is home to a staggering 4000 restaurants, 278 parkland campsites, 132 nightclubs, 63 golf courses, 16 museums, and 12 shopping centers. It also has 100 marinas with nearly 45,000 resident yachts! A clear indication that there is no dull moment in this coastal city.


  1. International Swimming Hall of Fame and Museum
International Swimming Hall of Fame and Museum

International Swimming Hall of Fame is a museum and a hall of fame that is dedicated to swimming and water related sports. It was established in 1964 and aims to promote the benefits of swimming as a sport as well as a life skill. The museum has an interesting display of art that focuses on major moments in swimming history. It houses several artifacts and pieces of memorabilia related to swimming. Some of the major names inducted in the Hall of Fame include Johnny Weismuller, Matt Biondi, Kristin Otto, and Greg Louganis.



  1. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

The Hugh Taylor Birch State Park was originally the private estate of Hugh Taylor Birch who gifted it to the people of Florida. It is spread over 180 acres and is a popular attraction for nature lovers. The park features 2 nature trails, several picnic spots, freshwater lagoons, cycling paths, and beach access. Canoe rental shops are also present in the park. The park is home to the Birch House Museum.


  1. Stranahan House
Stranahan House

The Stranahan House is a house museum located in Broward County in Fort Lauderdale. This pine wood house was built in 1901 as a private residence and has gone through several expansions and restorations over the decades. It has also played many roles. Stranahan House as a trading post, community center, post office, boarding house, restaurant, and even the town hall! The house is listed on the US National Registrar for Historic Places not only for its historical significance but also for its beautiful Victorian style of architecture.


  1. Antique Car Museum
Antique Car Museum

If you are a car lover, particularly historical ones, then this is a must-visit attraction for you. The museum is located on Packard Avenue and features 22 historical automobiles of the Packard Motor Company. These automobiles date from 1909 to the 1940s. There is also a gallery dedicated to the former US President Franklin Roosevelt. Some of the models on display in the museum are 1901 Packard Model 18 Speedster, 1918 Packard Brougham, 1922 Packard Model 1-16 Sport Phaeton, and the 1940 Packard Model Super Eight Sedan.


  1. Museum of Art
Museum of Art

The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, or simply Museum of Art is a gallery-cum-art museum located in the popular Las Olas Boulevard. The highlight of the collection is certainly the large collection of ceramic artworks by the master Pablo Picasso. The museum focuses on contemporary 20th-century artworks and features over 125 artists from different parts of the world. It moved to its present location, a spacious modernist building, in 1986. The Museum of Art, with its nearly 7000 square meters of floor space, is a part of the Nova Southeastern University.


  1. Bonnet House
Bonnet House

Bonnet House is a popular tourist attraction and a prominent architectural landmark in the city of Fort Lauderdale. Also known as the Bartlett Estate, the house is listed in the US National Register for Historic Places. It is named after the Bonnet Lily, a kind of water lily. The plantation-styled home was used as a winter residence by its owners until it was gifted to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation in 1983. It has since been refurbished into a house museum. The beautifully landscaped gardens and the wealth of personal arts and artifacts on display are the major attractions of the Bonnet House.


  1. Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop
Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop

The Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop is not only a 14-screen drive-in theater but also one of the largest daily flea markets in the world. An estimated 12 million people visit this attraction, making it one of the most popular in the whole of Florida. The site is also the largest drive-in in the world. It started as a 1-screen theater in 1963 with the flea market in 1966. Expansions over the years has made the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop a major commercial and entertainment hub of the city.


  1. Everglades Holiday Park
Everglades Holiday Park

The Everglades Holiday Park is a theme park and wildlife reserve that is spread over 29 acres of wetlands in the Fort Lauderdale area. It is an attraction for the whole family, offering live alligator shows, wildlife viewing, fishing, camping, and live alligator shows. However, the most prominent attraction is the airboat ride over the Everglades.


  1. Las Olas Boulevard
Las Olas Boulevard

If you are looking to soak in the feel of Fort Lauderdale, then take a stroll along the Las Olas Boulevard. This popular thoroughfare was constructed in 1917 and runs from Andrews Avenue in CBD to Fort Lauderdale Beach. The most vibrant is its 1-mile commercial stretch which features bars, restaurants, bridal stores, art galleries, boutiques, and even night clubs. Within the neighborhood, you will also see the Museum of Art, the IMAX cinema, an art house movie theater, and Las Olas’ own historic house. Las Olas Boulevard is considered to be one of the best places for shopping and dining in South Florida.


  1. Fort Lauderdale Beaches
Fort Lauderdale Beach

The most popular attractions of Fort Lauderdale are certainly its beaches. The Fort Lauderdale beaches were once a popular destination for spring breakers. The wild partying has, over the years, moved southwards to the Miami beaches, leaving Fort Lauderdale for the more laid-back beach goers. The long stretch of white sand perfectly complements the clear blue waters of the sea. It is close the heart of the city center and is a popular hangout place for the locals and tourists alike. The southern end of the Greater Fort Lauderdale beaches also offers various beach sports. Some of the best known beaches of Fort Lauderdale include Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Dania Beach, and Hallandale Beach.

Originally posted 2017-06-29 13:11:25.

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