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How to Spend 1 Day in Fort Lauderdale

How to Spend 1 Day in Fort Lauderdale

Called the “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale boasts a network of yacht-filled canals lined with marinas. Just 23 miles (37 kilometers) north of Miami, this sophisticated city ditched its rowdy spring-break reputation years ago and has become a buzzing cosmopolitan base for experiencing Florida. Here’s how to see this city in one day.

Morning: Take a Water Taxi

See the sights of Fort Lauderdale from its famous waterways. While many cities offer hop-on hop-off bus tours, this Florida town offers the same service via water taxis, with routes that include stops at various scenic points. Tickets are usually valid for 12 hours, so you can use it throughout the day, allowing you to jump off for a drink and bite to eat before hopping back aboard. Or join a more structured tour aboard a grand paddle steamer along the New River and Intracoastal Waterway. Landlubbers can tour the town via Segway or bike or on foot.

Afternoon: See the Everglades

Located about 30 minutes away from Fort Lauderdale, the Everglades are a unique Floridian landscape where you can spot local wildlife such as alligators, fish, turtles, and wading birds while on an airboat tour. Glide across the grassy water, reaching speeds of up to 40 miles per hour (64 kilometers per hour) in this subtropical ecosystem. At Sawgrass Recreation Park, which features exhibit areas where rescued reptiles and mammals such as turtles, iguanas, and snakes live, you can learn about the park’s conservation efforts. Or join an afternoon food tour and stroll down Las Olas Boulevard, known for its restaurants, bars, and boutiques, stopping for tastings while window-shopping.

Night: Evening Cruise or Pub Crawl

End your day on a riverboat cruise, such as the popular Jungle Queen, which includes a stop on land to enjoy a buffet dinner and live entertainment. Travel down Fort Lauderdale's New River, sailing past the lavish homes of Millionaire's Row. Some cruises include dinner aboard the boat, or you can simply grab cocktails instead of a meal. Alternatively, join a party bike pub crawl for happy hour and pedal around Fort Lauderdale, stopping at bars along the way. It’s a fun, safe, and social way to explore the city’s nightlife scene.

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Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Show from Fort Lauderdale

Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Show from Fort Lauderdale

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Discover the Florida Everglades from Fort Lauderdale on this airboat adventure at Everglades Holiday Park. This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades. Glide across the grassy water while looking for wildlife like alligators, fish, turtles and wading birds in their natural habitat. This tour includes an alligator show after the airboat ride, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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$58.99
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All You Can Eat BBQ Dinner and Show at Tropical Isle with Sightseeing Cruise

All You Can Eat BBQ Dinner and Show at Tropical Isle with Sightseeing Cruise

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Cruise along Fort Lauderdale’s historic New River and enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner on this cruise. Board the Jungle Queen Riverboat and see the luxurious mansions and yachts along Millionaire’s Row, stretching from the Bahia Mar Yachting Center to the Intracoastal Waterway. The cruise travels to a tropical isle for an endless dinner offering barbecue ribs, and chicken with all the trimmings. Then experience a laugh-out-loud variety show to cap off an enjoyable and entertaining evening.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.95
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Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter

Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter

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Escape to the Florida Everglades for this airboat adventure and wildlife encounter at Sawgrass Recreation Park. This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades. Skim across the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour while looking for wildlife like alligators, fish, turtles, and wading birds. This guided tour includes entrance to Sawgrass Recreation Park and an admission ticket to the animal exhibit and a guided airboat tour.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.56
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Fort Lauderdale to Key West Tour with Optional Add-on

Fort Lauderdale to Key West Tour with Optional Add-on

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Travel from Fort Lauderdale to Key West with ease on this full-day tour. Drive across the famous 7 Mile Bridge straddling the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean on your ride into the Keys, and then explore the island on your own before your return transfer back to your Fort Lauderdale lodging.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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Everglades VIP Tour and Show with Transportation Included

Everglades VIP Tour and Show with Transportation Included

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Combine an airboat tour in the Everglades with an alligator show by the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue Team (of Animal Planet fame) on this tour from Ft. Lauderdale. Make sure you tick off the most important highlights of the Everglades with a guide in the lead. Race through the River of Grass listening to in-depth commentary on the local environment and wildlife, then learn about alligators' biology and behavior at the exciting show.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.00
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Ft Lauderdale to Key West with Optional Activities

Ft Lauderdale to Key West with Optional Activities

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Enjoy the Caribbean vibe of Key West on this day trip from Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy comfortable round-trip bus transportation to this historic island city and wander at will, or choose from a variety of tour upgrades. Add a 90-minute Conch Tour Train or a hop-on hop-off trolley tour to see all the attractions. Or get out on the water and select from a 3-hour snorkelling adventure, a 2-hour glass-bottom boat cruise or a 15-minute parasailing ride. Pickup and drop-off from Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport and Cruise Port Hotel included.
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  • 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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Classic Fort Lauderdale Bike Tour

Classic Fort Lauderdale Bike Tour

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Pedal through Fort Lauderdale’s scenic waterfront neighborhoods on a 2-hour bicycle tour with an experienced guide. Cruise past rows of swaying palms on the Riverwalk, and learn about the city’s trading post origins at the historic Stranahan House. See the best places to eat, drink and shop like a local along Las Olas Boulevard then visit a lush park, an entertainment district and a glamorous riverside neighborhood. Enjoy a leisurely pace, with time to stop for snacks, drinks and photos.
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  • 2 hours
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$75.00
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Half-Day Fishing Trip in Fort Lauderdale

Half-Day Fishing Trip in Fort Lauderdale

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A half-day fishing trip in Fort Lauderdale s a great way to get out on the water, admire coastal views, and reel in a few favorites like grouper, trigger fish, and snapper. This tour is geared toward beginner fishers and includes the instruction and equipment you need to make your first catch. Plus, fish cleaning is included so you can cook up your catch when you get home.
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  • 4 hours
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Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show Ticket

Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show Ticket

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Take a step back in time to the classic tiki bars of the 1950s and 60s with this Mai-Kai Polynesian dinner show at Mai-Kai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. Since 1956, this Polynesian eatery has been serving up the complete 'dinner and a show' experience. Enjoy award-winning Cantonese and American dishes — an appetizer, entrée and dessert — with the song and dance of the celebrated Polynesian Islander Revue. And don’t forget to try one of their world-famous tropical drinks. A night out at Mai-Kai restaurant is a night to remember forever.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.99
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Florida Everglades Fishing Charter Near Fort Lauderdale

Florida Everglades Fishing Charter Near Fort Lauderdale

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More than just a chance to catch bass, this Florida Everglades fishing trip introduces you to one of Florida’s top natural attractions with the help of a naturalist guide. Learn about the River of Grass as you sail through it with your group, stopping at known fishing locations along the way. This tour even includes all equipment so you don’t need to rent or buy anything extra.
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  • 4 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$327.70
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Fort Lauderdale Segway Tours and Rentals

Fort Lauderdale Segway Tours and Rentals

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Exploring Fort Lauderdale by Segway is a great way to roll around the city—there’s no need to walk in the heat as you head to top locations. Unlike other Segway tours, this Segway service offers rentals by the hour (or even by the week) for you to use on your own, in addition to traditional guided Segway tours of Hugh Taylor Birch Park and Fort Lauderdale by night.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.18
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90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Cruises

90-Minute Narrated Sightseeing Cruises

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Perfect for those who want to squeeze a lot of sightseeing into a limited amount of time. A fully narrated 90-minute cruise along the New River through Fort Lauderdale will let you soak up such sights as the lavish homes and mega yachts along Millionaire's Row.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.49
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