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Fort Lauderdale. Not as "trendy" as South Beach, but just as much fun. There are tons of places to go, things to do and people to see... if you have the frame of mind and time.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Like a Local

19 Places

4 City Tips

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19 Places

Fort Lauderdale Beach

Beaches

Eduardo de San Angel

Restaurants

Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor

Restaurants

Canyon Southwest Cafe

Restaurants

Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q

Restaurants

Water Taxi

Ferries

Chima Steakhouse

Restaurants

Primanti Brothers Restaurant

Restaurants

Everglades Holiday Park

Boat Tours, Eco Tours, Fishing Charters & Tours, Private Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours

IL Mulino

Restaurants

The Capital Grille

Restaurants

Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar - Fort Lauderdale

Restaurants

Museum of Discovery and Science

Science Museums, Movie Theatres

Stranahan House

History Museums

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum

Speciality Museums

International Swimming Hall of Fame

Speciality Museums

Riverwalk Water Trolley

Mass Transportation Systems, Ferries, Taxis & Shuttles

YOLO

Restaurants

Southport Raw Bar

Restaurants

Venis3's City Tips

  • It gets hot so be prepared to drink and if youre around in the rainy months, perhaps some insect repellant (just in case).
  • The weather. Bring sunscreen and an umbrella. We are known to have a afternoon thunderstorm for about 20 minutes followed by beautiful, clear skies.
  • Transportation. If you intend to see a lot of sights, visit a few restaurants/bars and aren't a fan of far walks--youll want to rent a car.
  • Always remember, unlike South Beach, Fort Lauderdale (for the most part) does not include gratuity in the final bill. Please tip your waiter/waitress 15%-20%.
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach
    Beaches
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    Venis3 Says:

    If youre in Fort Lauderdale, you should take advantage of the beach. Lots of touristy stores, restaurants and bars close-by so you can really spend all day and night here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Sunscreen, sunscreen and more sunscreen. try and purchase before getting here or youll PAY for it.
    • Feel free to bring your own food and beverages to save on costs. Be advised of our "open container" laws though.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 100 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • My Hometown! 15/12/2018
    • Great view 14/12/2018
    • Fort Lauderdale Beach
    Phone:
    +1 954-828-4597
    Other:
  • Eduardo de San Angel
    Restaurants (Mexican)
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    Venis3 Says:

    Perhaps some of the best and authentic Mexican food you will ever have. This renowned restaurant is consistently picked as one of the top restaurants (especially for Mexican) nationally. Costly but quite worth it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be prepared, this wont be a cheap experience.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 1,023 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very good food and ambience 05/12/2018
    • Amazing 09/11/2018
    • Eduardo de San Angel
    Address:
    2822 E Commercial Blvd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-4206
    Phone:
    +1 954-772-4731
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$80
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    17:30 - 21:45
    Other:
  • Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor
    Restaurants (American)
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    Venis3 Says:

    Homemade ice-cream with all the fixins. This parlor has been in existence for over 50 years and once inside youll understand why. Don't be deterred by the line outside, its worth the wait. Or, you can always walk up to the counter and order "to-go."

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • No reservations, but its worth the wait.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 63 restaurants in Dania Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious food and ice cream 11/12/2018
    • If you like good ice cream .... 28/11/2018
    • Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor
    Address:
    128 S Federal Hwy
    Dania Beach, FL 33004-3695
    Phone:
    +1 954-923-4445
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Thu
    11:30 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Canyon Southwest Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Southwestern, Contemporary)
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    Venis3 Says:

    Southwest eclectic/fusion. A delicious meal in a quiet and sophisticated atmosphere. The restaurant itself is quite small and the standing room might be a pain, but again... well worth it. Do not leave (or wait) without having at least one prickly-pear margarita (salt is up to you). Youll thank me later.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Not the type of place you want to wear a t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops to, but a suit and tie isn't necessary either.
    • Be prepared for a little wait... especially at prime time dining hours and on the weekend.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 1,023 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent food, better service 06/12/2018
    • Still perfect after all these years! 07/11/2018
    • Canyon Southwest Cafe
    Address:
    1818 E Sunrise Blvd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-3040
    Phone:
    +1 954-765-1950
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$80
    Hours:
    Sun
    17:30 - 22:00
    Tue - Thu
    17:30 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    17:30 - 22:30
    Other:
  • Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q
    Restaurants (American, Barbecue)
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    Venis3 Says:

    Some of the best, homemade bbq in South Florida. Everything is made fresh daily and smoked on the premises.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • During lunch time you might encounter a line.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 1,023 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • VERY DISAPPOINTING - tough meat 14/12/2018
    • Amazing Food and Fast Service 07/12/2018
    • Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q
    Address:
    1236 S Federal Hwy
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-2067
    Phone:
    +1 954-522-5046
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$20
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    11:00 - 20:30
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Water Taxi
    Ferries
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    Venis3 Says:

    What better way to see Fort Lauderdale, the "Venice of America," than by taking a ride on the Water Taxi? Youll be able to get on/off as much as you like and it really gives you a nice way to see the area. Even if you want just a relaxing ride along the Intracoastal.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't worry... the taxi stays in the Intracoastal so sea-sickness shouldn't even be a worry.
    • If you plan on hopping on and off, make sure you purchase the correct ticket.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 100 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Noisy but fun 14/12/2018
    • Must do in Fort Lauderdale 13/12/2018
    • 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:
  • Chima Steakhouse
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Brazilian)
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    Venis3 Says:

    All you can eat Brazilian steakhouse! Food is of how quality and the service meets that standard, as well.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try and get a reservation.
    • Attire really ranges, but you wont find a local walking in with a t-shirt and shorts on. Dress up a little.
    • Don't fill up on the starches and salad bar!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 1,023 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • AMAZING 12/12/2018
    • Meat Overload 09/12/2018
    • Chima Steakhouse
    Address:
    2400 E Las Olas Blvd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    Phone:
    +1 954-712-0580
    Price range:
    US$37 - US$57
    Hours:
    Sun
    16:00 - 21:00
    Mon - Thu
    17:30 - 21:30
    Fri
    17:30 - 22:00
    Sat
    17:00 - 22:30
    Other:
  • Primanti Brothers Restaurant
    Restaurants (American, Italian, Pizza)
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    Venis3 Says:

    A local favorite. One of the best "after-party" places to go after a night of drinking near the beach. Or, if youre there during the day, stop in for a pizza or some amazing sandwiches.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 1,023 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Pizza 13/12/2018
    • Best pizza anywhere! Pizza dough made fresh. Perfect! My first sandwich here was an experience! 10/12/2018
    • Primanti Brothers Restaurant
    Address:
    901 N Atlantic Blvd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-3310
    Phone:
    +1 954-565-0605
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Everglades Holiday Park
    Boat Tours, Eco Tours, Fishing Charters & Tours, Private Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours
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    Venis3 Says:

    The Everglades, or "River of Grass," is well worth the drive (about 20 minutes west of Fort Lauderdale). One can spend all day going out on an airboat, seeing the wildlife and walking around this gorgeous natural area.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your sunscreen, water and insect repellant.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 129 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 12/12/2018
    • You have to go 12/12/2018
    • Everglades Holiday Park
    Address:
    21940 Griffin Rd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33332-2099
    Phone:
    +1 954-434-8111
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • IL Mulino
    Restaurants (Italian, Pizza, Wine Bar)
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    Venis3 Says:

    Italian food at its best! Located close to the beach, but far enough away that you can see other things.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 1,023 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • My Favorite Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale 13/11/2018
    • Poor quality of food 07/11/2018
    • IL Mulino
    Address:
    1800 E Sunrise Blvd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-3040
    Phone:
    +1 954-524-1800
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$29
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:30 - 22:00
    Mon - Sat
    11:30 - 23:00
    Other:
  • The Capital Grille
    Restaurants (Seafood, American, Steakhouse)
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    Venis3 Says:

    A classy establishment with delicious food. The mussel app is amazing!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Dress up a little for this place.
    • Close to other restaurants, lounges and bars so you can really make a night out of this meal if you want.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 1,023 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • They Never Let You Down 12/12/2018
    • So Disappointng 11/12/2018
    • The Capital Grille
    Address:
    2430 E Sunrise Blvd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-3130
    Phone:
    +1 954-446-2000
    Price range:
    US$35 - US$65
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:30 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar - Fort Lauderdale
    Restaurants (Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Bar, Spanish)
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    Venis3 Says:

    Great restaurant with some of the best, table-side made guacamole you've ever had. By night the place is packed with both food and drink seekers.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Youll see everything here from casual attire to professionals coming after work in their suit.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 1,023 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Love this place! 11/12/2018
    • Amazingly fresh food, great staff 10/12/2018
    • Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar - Fort Lauderdale
    Address:
    1313 E Las Olas Blvd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2333
    Phone:
    +1 954-524-9550
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$23
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 02:00
    Mon - Thu
    11:30 - 02:00
    Fri
    11:30 - 03:00
    Sat
    11:00 - 03:00
    Other:
  • Museum of Discovery and Science
    Science Museums, Movie Theatres
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    Venis3 Says:

    A great place if you need to be indoors for a few hours. Kids will love it and there is much for the adults to see too!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 26 Fun & Games in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Touring Ft. Lauderdale 13/12/2018
    • We thoroughly enjoyed! 06/11/2018
    • 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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    Venis3 Says:

    A little piece of old Fort Lauderdale stuck in the middle of downtown. Worth a couple hours to walk and see.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 100 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Field trip with 4th graders 14/12/2018
    • Very cool place! 11/12/2018
    • 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:
  • Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    Venis3 Says:

    A large selection of antique cars will keep you walking around and photographing for hours. Another nice selection for those rainy and/or hot days.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 100 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unique collection.. Must visit for car lovers 13/12/2018
    • Amazing Packard collection 13/12/2018
    • Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
    Address:
    1527 SW 1st Ave
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315-1710
    Phone:
    +1 954-779-7300
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 - 16:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 04:00
    Other:
  • International Swimming Hall of Fame
    Speciality Museums
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    Venis3 Says:

    One of the largest selections of swimming artifacts in the country. Located close to the beach so after walking around the museum you can walk to the beach and practice your stroke!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 100 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lots to see 10/10/2018
    • The International Swimming Hall of Fame Remains in Fort Lauderdale 03/10/2018
    • International Swimming Hall of Fame
    Address:
    1 Hall of Fame Dr
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-1694
    Phone:
    +1 954-462-6536
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$8
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 17:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 14:00
    Other:
  • Riverwalk Water Trolley
    Mass Transportation Systems, Ferries, Taxis & Shuttles
    Venis3 Says:

    Another great way to get around the "Venice of America," Fort Lauderdale. The air conditioned ride will also cool you down on those hot days.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you purchase the correct ticket if you plan on going off and on all day.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 46 Transportation in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • You get what you pay for 16/11/2018
    • The Difference Between the Water Trolley and Water Taxi -- This is Free ! 24/10/2018
    • Riverwalk Water Trolley
    Address:
    290 NE 3rd Ave
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1148
    Phone:
    +1 954-761-3543
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 14:00
    16:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • YOLO
    Restaurants (American, Bar)
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    Venis3 Says:

    You Only Live Once is a great restaurant. Delicious food. The atmosphere changes as the evening progresses from restaurant to more of a cocktail crowd. With other nightclubs, bars and restaurants close-by, YOLO offers a great way to begin the evening.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Be prepared for a wait without reservations.
    • Great place to schmooze and have a drink.
    • Close to many other restaurants, lounges and bars to get your evening started right.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #120 of 1,023 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing food 12/12/2018
    • Fabulous Food Fabulous Location 28/11/2018
    • YOLO
    Address:
    333 E Las Olas Blvd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2259
    Phone:
    +1 954-523-1000
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 22:00
    Mon - Thu
    11:30 - 23:00
    Fri
    11:30 - 00:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Southport Raw Bar
    Restaurants (Seafood)
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    Venis3 Says:

    A great local restaurant right on one of the Intracoastal inlets. Outstanding oysters. Don't expect white gloves here, but you wont regret it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Only beer and wine are served
    • A very casual atmosphere so don't feel the need to get into your fancy dress.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 1,023 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place for a cold beer. 12/12/2018
    • Lunch-tastic 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:
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