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As a local in Fort Lauderdale since 1978 I have seen it grow over the years. Fort Lauderdale has much to offer the vacationer and I hope this helps.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

8 Places

4 City Tips

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8 Places

Southport Raw Bar

Restaurants

Mai-Kai Restaurant

Restaurants

La Bamba Mexican and Spanish Restaurant

Restaurants

Waxy O'Connor Irish Pub & Eatery

Restaurants

Las Olas Boulevard

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Shopping Malls

Museum of Discovery and Science

Science Museums, Movie Theatres

Stranahan House

History Museums

Water Taxi

Ferries

Swordfish911's City Tips

  • Boating is a staple of Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale is the boating capital of the world. Many large yachts are always in the marinas and great to see. Many tours are available as well.
  • The Everglades are not that far from Fort Lauderdale and worth the adventure. Many airboat tours are available and great for the kids and adults.
  • Numerous fine restaurants can be found offered by local owners throughout the city and many near A1A and Oakland Park Blvd. Sunrise Blvd and Federal Hwy offers many as well. A must for any visitor is the Mai-Kai at 3599 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308. This Polynesian restaurant is a 50 year staple in Fort Lauderdale and has an excellent happy hour at the bar area. The show and food are fantastic and can run about $60 per head for dinner and the show.
  • Get your reservations early since many conventions are held throughout the year. A lot of nice hotels can be found on the SE 17th Street Causeway.
  • Southport Raw Bar
    Restaurants (Seafood)
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    Swordfish911 Says:

    The best Clam Chowder around! The seafood is awesome and the outside dock is a relaxing atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • More Parking is in the rear.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 1,019 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lunch-tastic 02/12/2018
    • First meal in Fort Lauderdale - recommended 02/12/2018
    • Southport Raw Bar
    Address:
    1536 Cordova Rd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-2125
    Phone:
    +1 954-525-2526
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 - 02:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 03:00
    Other:
  • Mai-Kai Restaurant
    Restaurants (American, Asian, Polynesian, Seafood)
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    Swordfish911 Says:

    Great Happy hour at the bar and great food. The Dinner and show are awesome.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make reservation for dinner and the show. The early bird dinner is a great savings.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #207 of 1,019 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    • Great Show!!! Great Gardens!!! Great Drinks!!! Great Food!!! 09/12/2018
    • Great experience! 26/11/2018
    • Mai-Kai Restaurant
    Address:
    3599 N Federal Hwy
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-6222
    Phone:
    +1 954-563-3272
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$50
    Hours:
    Sun
    16:00 - 22:00
    Tue - Fri
    17:00 - 22:00
    Sat
    16:30 - 23:30
    Other:
  • La Bamba Mexican and Spanish Restaurant
    Restaurants (Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish)
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    Swordfish911 Says:

    Awesome food and a must for all to go to.to enjoy great Latin and Mexican food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #102 of 1,019 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fresh Mexican food 30/11/2018
    • Excellent 29/11/2018
    • La Bamba Mexican and Spanish Restaurant
    Address:
    4245 N Federal Hwy
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-5532
    Phone:
    +1 954-568-5662
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:30 - 22:30
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Waxy O'Connor Irish Pub & Eatery
    Restaurants (Irish, Bar, Pub)
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    Swordfish911 Says:

    Great Irish Pub and very good. Sheppard's Pie is very good as well is the atmosphere and beer.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #179 of 1,019 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Ft L pub 20/05/2018
    • Good solid Irish pub 09/05/2018
    • Waxy O'Connor Irish Pub & Eatery
    Address:
    1095 SE 17th St
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-2116
    Phone:
    +1 954-525-9299
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:30 - 02:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:30 - 03:00
    Other:
  • Las Olas Boulevard
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Shopping Malls
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    Swordfish911 Says:

    Very great to walk and window shop through many of the private owned shops as well as some name brand stores. Great restaurants and entertainment as well.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 99 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Acquired taste 09/12/2018
    • Disappointed! 09/12/2018
    • Las Olas Boulevard
    Phone:
    +1 954-937-7386
    Other:
  • Museum of Discovery and Science
    Science Museums, Movie Theatres
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    Swordfish911 Says:

    Great science museum for the kids and young at heart.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 25 Fun & Games in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • We thoroughly enjoyed! 06/11/2018
    • Small impressive place 05/11/2018
    • Museum of Discovery and Science
    Address:
    401 SW 2nd St
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-1707
    Phone:
    +1 954-467-6637
    Price range:
    US$16 - US$16
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Stranahan House
    History Museums
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    Swordfish911 Says:

    Nice historical home in Fort Lauderdale. This family was the founders of Fort Lauderdale.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 99 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stranahan House 09/12/2018
    • heart of pine 11/11/2018
    • Stranahan House
    Address:
    335 SE 6th Ave
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2256
    Phone:
    +1 954-524-4736
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    13:00 - 16:00
    Other:
  • Water Taxi
    Ferries
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    Swordfish911 Says:

    A great way to see the intercostal waterway, homes, and sites of Fort Lauderdale.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 99 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Day Trip 10/12/2018
    • Fun way to get around with some great views 10/12/2018
    • Water Taxi
    Phone:
    +1 954-467-6677
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$28
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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