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Fort Lauderdale
Travel Guide

Deerfield Beach featuring swimming, tropical scenes and landscape views

Enjoy a slice of Florida culture, with a choice of historic houses and excellent museums in the city, and scenic habitats and gorgeous beaches by the shore.

Known as the ‘Venice of America’ due to its many inland canals, Fort Lauderdale is a place that pulls out all the stops. This city offers a fantastic mix of exciting events, activities and attractions to suit every type of visitor and every kind of budget.

With 37 kilometres of golden shores, it’s no surprise that Fort Lauderdale is synonymous with beachside entertainment. Brilliant white sands and glistening waters always draw the crowds to Palm Beach and Jupiter Beach. For somewhere quieter, head to Dania Beach or the pretty village of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. For exquisite dining, Fort Lauderdale Beach is a top destination that won’t be beaten.

Back in the city, stroll along the scenic Riverwalk and marvel at the architecture of the historic houses. Go on a river cruise and follow up with a show at the illustrious Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Browse among the trendy cafes and artisan food shops that are dotted along Las Olas Boulevard. This breezy promenade oozes extravagance and is a great spot for people watching.

For a sophisticated shopping experience, head to the up-market Galleria Mall. On a budget? With an impressive variety of goods at the Swap Shop visitors will have a great time hunting for bargains while the eclectic Festival Flea Market Mall is a great place to pick up some Florida souvenirs.

Fort Lauderdale is packed full of interesting family-friendly attractions. Learn about advances in technology and science with a range of interactive exhibits at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Get a taste of the real Florida and see flamingos, butterflies, native plants and animals at the Flamingo Gardens. While visiting this attraction, pop into the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary to see the rescued Florida panthers, alligators and bald eagles as they roam about their new habitats.

At Butterfly World, wander through the tropical rainforests and enjoy the sights and sounds of the largest butterfly park in the world. Why not bring a friend home with you by purchasing a caterpillar cocoon from the gift shop?

With all this to offer and more, it’s no wonder Fort Lauderdale is becoming an increasingly attractive option for holidaymakers in the Sunshine State.

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Where to stay in Fort Lauderdale

Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
4 out of 5
4060 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is NZ$299 per night from 3 May to 4 May
Nestled on the beach, this East Fort Lauderdale hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Anglins Fishing Pier and Fort Lauderdale Beach. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,881 reviews)
"Visited here for 5 days over Spring Break with friends and we found that it wasn't as relaxing as we expected. We aren't picky people and typically are very go with the flow but there were so many rowdy groups of adults who were screaming profanities, didn't wear masks in the designated areas, and ..."

Reviewed on 14 Apr. 2021

Ocean Sky Hotel and Resort
Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
2 out of 5
2460 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is NZ$100 per night from 6 May to 7 May
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Secret Woods Nature Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum and ...
3.3/5 (4,106 reviews)
"Property is ungoing renovations, but it doesn’t affect the guests in any way. Great job"

Reviewed on 14 Apr. 2021

Red Carpet Inn Airport/Cruiseport
The Westin Fort Lauderdale
The Westin Fort Lauderdale
4 out of 5
400 Corporate Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is NZ$210 per night from 6 May to 7 May
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Fort Lauderdale Stadium, Palm-Aire Country Club and Funky Buddha Brewery. Isle Casino and Racing ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,091 reviews)
"Loved The pool Didn’t like the fact that we had to ask for the room to be cleaned... not automatic"

Reviewed on 15 Apr. 2021

The Westin Fort Lauderdale
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Hollywood Beach Tower by Capital Vacations
Hollywood Beach Tower by Capital Vacations
3.5 out of 5
301 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL
The price is NZ$282 per night from 22 Apr. to 23 Apr.
Nestled on the beach, this Hollywood Beach condominium resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of North Broadwalk and Hollywood Beach. Hollywood North Beach Park is 1.9 ...
3.8/5Good! (1,541 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay very much. Beautiful view, clean room everything you need in walking distance. Pool cafe was great, good food, reasonably priced and amazing staff. The entire staff was so friendly and accommodating. Will definitely be back"

Reviewed on 15 Apr. 2021

Hollywood Beach Tower by Capital Vacations
SpringHill Suites Marriott Ft Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
SpringHill Suites Marriott Ft Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
3 out of 5
151 Sw 18th Ct, Dania Beach, FL
The price is NZ$159 per night from 4 May to 5 May
Located in the heart of Dania Beach, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from K1 Speed and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from The Casino at Dania Beach. Dania Pointe and Young ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,663 reviews)
"Property was clean and the fairly unique pool was a great sight to see from my room. It’s in an excellent location, within walking distance of a ton of food and shopping and right off the highway. The only thing I can really say about the property is that the carpet could use changing. Will definitely ..."

Reviewed on 12 Apr. 2021

SpringHill Suites Marriott Ft Lauderdale Airport/Cruise Port
HYATT house Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
HYATT house Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
3 out of 5
90 SW 18th Avenue, Dania Beach, FL
The price is NZ$187 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Port Everglades, Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Museum of Discovery and Science. ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,986 reviews)
"The attention was very good. The set up of the suite was good and comfortable bed."

Reviewed on 13 Apr. 2021

HYATT house Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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