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SOUTH FLORIDA LOCAL INFORMATION

Welcome to Broward County

Below are official city and county websites:  

Broward County Miami-Dade County Palm Beach County
Coconut Creek
Cooper City
Coral Springs
Dania
Davie
Deerfield Beach
Fort Lauderdale
Hallandale
Hollywood
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
Lighthouse Point
Margate
Miramar
Oakland Park
Pembroke Park
Pembroke Pines
Plantation
Pompano Beach
Sunrise
Tamarac
Weston
Wilton Manors

Aventura
Bal Harbour
Bay Harbor Islands
Biscayne Park
Coral Gables
Doral
El Portal
Florida City
Golden Beach
Hialeah
Hialeah Gardens
Homestead
Indian Creek Village
Islandia
Key Biscayne
Medley
Miami
Miami Beach
Miami Gardens
Miami Shores Village
Miami Springs
North Bay Village
North Miami
North Miami Beach
Opa-Locka
Pinecrest
South Miami
Sunny Isles Beach
Surfside
Sweetwater
Virginia Gardens
West Miami

Atlantis
Belle Glade
Boca Raton
Boynton Beach
Briny Breezes
Cloud Lake
Delray Beach
Glen Ridge
Golf
Golfview
Greenacres
Gulf Stream
Haverhill
Highland Beach
Hypoluxo
Juno Beach
Jupiter
Jupiter Inlet Colony
Lake Clarke Shores
Lake Park
Lake Worth
Lantana
Manalapan
Mangonia Park
North Palm Beach
Ocean Ridge
Pahokee
Palm Beach
Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach Shores
Palm Springs
Riviera Beach
Royal Palm Beach
South Bay
South Palm Beach
Tequesta
Wellington
West Palm Beach

Places to Go, Things to Do
The  information and links below will provide resources for having a fantastic time while enjoying the great attractions and the multitude of fabulous dining establishments in and around the South Florida area.

Discounts to Area Attractions
Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Florida Lottery
Florida Golf Courses
Fishing Charters

The Water

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Fort Lauderdale Beach
A1A - between 17 Street and Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL

If you have not been to Fort Lauderdale beach in the last few years, come now and see the changes! A $26-million renovation, complete with wide brick walkways, lush landscaping, and a "wave wall" with neon accent lighting, has given Fort Lauderdale's famous beach new style and sophistication. You will find jogging, biking, and just taking a stroll a pleasure in this new setting.

With seven miles of beautiful beaches and 185 miles of local waterways, watersports activities are the most popular forms of recreation. The Atlantic Ocean offers the perfect setting for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts to observe tropical undersea life, sunken ships and communities of coral reefs.

For information regarding the beach or general information on the beach area, call (954) 468-1595.

Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk - Florida's Most Beautiful Mile
400 SW 2 Street (along the New River from NE 6 Ave to SW 6 Ave.)  Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

One of the most memorable walks you can take in Fort Lauderdale is on the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk. This recently completed linear promenade along the New River in downtown is considered by many "Florida's Most Beautiful Mile," linking boutiques, restaurants, shops and museums with lush, tropical scenery.

From the Historic District, including the 1901 trading post now called the Stranahan House, to the exciting Arts & Science District with the Museum of Discovery and Science, Riverwalk reflects the many faces of Fort Lauderdale - past and present.

Riverwalk also encompasses Esplanade Park, with interactive navigational and meteorological exhibits, which is located at the foot of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Included along Riverwalk's path you'll find romantic gazebos, a picnic area, native plant exhibits and a butterfly garden.

Fort Lauderdale's Riverwalk is a "must see" when you are in town. For a free brochure, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (954) 761-5346.

International Swimming Hall of Fame and Museum
501 Seabreeze Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 462-6536 (museum)
(954) 468-1580 (pool)

Hall of Fame Museum
Only at Fort Lauderdale's International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum can you see memorabilia like:

Johnny Weissmueller's Olympic medals,
Annette Kellerman's scandalous 1908 swimsuit she was arrested for wearing,
Stubby Kruger's clown diving costume worn when the "Aquacades" toured around the world, and
Special exhibits on Greg Louganis and Mark Spitz.

Located on Fort Lauderdale's beach, the Hall of Fame annually honors and inducts the world's greatest aquatic heroes.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame's forerunner, the Casino Pool, dates back to the 1920's and was the first Olympic-sized pool in Florida. In 1935, the Casino Pool became the site of the annual college winter training - attracting college swim teams from around the country.

In 1962, the Amateur Athletic Union's idea of a Swimming Hall of Fame drew strong support from Fort Lauderdale's residents. As a result it was selected over many contenders as the site for the new Hall.

By 1965, upon the first induction of aquatic greats into the Hall of Fame, the facility was recognized by the Federation Internationale de Nation Amateur (FINA) Congress as the official International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Among the nearly 400 inductees are: Dawn Fraser (Australia), Alex Baumann (Canada), Zhou Jihong (China), Kornelia Ender (Germany), and Americans Buster Crabbe, Penny Dean, Catherine Rawls, John Naber, and Micki King.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum is open 7 days a week, weekdays from 9am to 7pm, and weekends 9am to 4pm.

For additional information, call (954) 462-6536.

Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex:

When you are ready to make your own waves, jump into one of two 50-meter Olympic size pools or the diving well which is open to the public at the Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex.

Recently renovated, this beautiful center includes the two pools and diving well, a teaching pool, swimming flume, and weight room. National and International aquatic meets are often held here, taking advantage of the 2,500-seat spectator gallery and two alpha numeric scoreboards.

The swimming complex is open 7 days a week from 8am to 4pm and weekday evenings from 6pm to 8pm unless a large event is being held.

To use the locker rooms, bring your own lock. There is no charge to use the kickboards and pull buoys.

For more information on the Hall of Fame Swimming Complex, call (954) 468-1580.

MUSEUMS

International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania (954) 922-4212. Three story museum includes five galleries, an outdoor marina, a theater and indoor/outdoor demonstration areas. 

Bonnet House
900 North Birch Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
(954) 563-5393

This 35-acre beachfront estate is a tribute to the history of old South Florida. Its architecture, artwork, and natural environment are truly memorable. Registered with the National Register of Historic Places, this house museum is open to the public with guided tours May through November. Open Wednesday through Sunday.

Fort Lauderdale Historical Museum
219 SW 2 Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 463-4431

Learn about the history of Fort Lauderdale and the South Florida area at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Museum. The current special exhibit is "Panorama of the Past: A Chronological Look at the History of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County."

Also, see history as it still stands in three of Fort Lauderdale's oldest structures: the New River Inn, the Philomen Bryan House, and the King-Cromartie House. There is even a replica of the city's first schoolhouse!

Active educational programming provided by the Historical Society includes workshops and lectures, walking and boat tours of local historical sites, and children's camps. Open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Museum of Art
One East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 525-5500

Recognized as one of the finest museums in the United States, you can view permanent collections of 19th and 20th century European and American art, as well as African and South Pacific wood carvings. Traveling exhibits such as the recent Botero sculptures attract residents and tourists year-round.

Tours are available throughout the week. For information on exhibitions, educational programs and special events, call the museum's 24-hour hotline at (954) 763-6464. The Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Sunday.

Museum of Discovery and Science and Blockbuster IMAX Theater
401 SW 2 Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 467-6637 (Museum)
(954) 463-4629 (Theater)

Discover over 200 hands-on exhibits in this "playground for the mind." There are eight themed areas in this 85,000 square foot museum: Florida EcoScapes, KidScience, Gizmo City, Space Base, Sound, Choose Health, No Place Like Home and the Traveling Exhibit Hall showcasing changing exhibits from across the country.

Visitors can meet over 100 species of live animals face to face in Museum exhibits and programs including sharks, birds of prey, alligators, turtles and bats!

An exciting new permanent exhibit called "Gizmo City" opened in September! This 22,000 square-foot city unlocks the secrets to the way things work by introducing visitors to simple science, the key to technology. Gizmo City has four interactive areas: The Sports Arena, The Construction Zone, The Factory, and TimeSquared - Information Central park. Here you can play virtual reality volleyball, access the information superhighway, lift a 500-pound weight with a giant lever, and program a robot. Wow!

And do not miss the spectacular films on the five-story-high movie screen and 42-speaker digital sound system at the Blockbuster IMAX Theater. It's South Florida's only IMAX theater offering a changing schedule of film adventures for all ages!

Only minutes from downtown, this interactive science museum is situated in the Arts & Sciences District in Riverwalk Park. Open Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 8:30pm; Sunday noon to 5pm.

Stranahan House
355 SE 6 Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 524-4736

Fort Lauderdale's history as a city began in this historic building. Once a trading post, residence to Frank and Ivy Stranahan, a restaurant, post office and town hall, the Stranahan House is now a historical museum.

Restored to its original configuration, it features early 1900 furnishings and paintings. It is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm.

TOURS

Fort Lauderdale, the Venice of America, is a beautiful city to see, with a variety of ways to see it at its best. Choose your favorite transportation mode and see the city like you've never seen it before...

By Land

Downtown Trolley
Save time and money getting around downtown by using the free, air-conditioned Downtown Trolley. The route runs from the main bus terminal on Broward Boulevard through downtown, to the courthouse and back, with dozens of stops along the way. The Downtown Trolley runs every 10 minutes, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Downtown Trolley also runs a "Lunchtime Express." Following a Las Olas loop, the Trolley stops at a variety of restaurants and even gives you a pass to present to your restaurant server so you will be served promptly. The Lunchtime Express runs weekdays between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

For more information on the Downtown Trolley or for a free brochure, call (954) 761-3543.

WaveLine Trolley
The WaveLine Trolley, is Fort Lauderdale's beach shuttle and operates between the Crown Sterling Suites on S.E. 17th Street and the Galleria Mall. This trolley also runs historical tour routes and is available for charter.

For information, call (954) 429-3100.

By Water

The Carrie B
This charming 19th century paddleboat will show you the sights daily on a one and one half hour sightseeing cruise. An informative tour on the scenic New River and Intracoastal Waterway, highlights include Millionaire's Row, with gorgeous estates and yachts of the rich and famous, and Port Everglades, home to several cruise ships and visiting naval vessels from around the world.

Aboard the Carrie B, you can relax in air-conditioned comfort downstairs or take in the sea breeze from the canopied upper deck. A full bar service & snack bar are on board. Cruises run 365 days of the year, departing from Fort Lauderdale's fashionable Las Olas Boulevard at SE 5 Avenue.

The Carrie B departs at 11am, 1pm and 3pm daily. Sunset cruises are available February 1 to April 31, departing at 5pm.  Group rates available upon request.

Call (954) 768-9920 for a free brochure, more information, or to make reservations.

Jungle Queen
Hop aboard this world famous Fort Lauderdale sightseeing cruise for a cruise up the New River. See the "Venice of America's" Millionaire's Row, and stop off at the Indian Village to see rare birds, monkeys, and even alligator wrestling!

The 4-hour Barbeque Ribs and Shrimp Dinner Cruise includes an "all you wish to eat" dinner, hilarious vaudeville show, and a sing-a-long. More than 6 million guests over the last 50 years have been on this cruise!

Daily sightseeing cruises of Fort Lauderdale, multilingual and guided tours, and handicap facilities are also available. Open daily 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information call (954) 462-5596.

River Front Cruises
1 1/2 hour sightseeing cruise aboard luxurious 55-foot catamaran. Multiple departures. Mon.-Sun. Downtown Fort Lauderdale, 100 New River Drive, West, (954) 463-3440.  

Water Taxi
A unique and exciting way to see Fort Lauderdale! Water Taxi is an on-call pick-up service with many on/off locations along the water, such as the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, restaurants, shops and beaches. Group rates and tours are available.  Call (954) 467-6677 when you need a ride, for a free brochure or more information.

By Air

Helicopter Charters and Air Tours

Sky Limo Air Charters

Hot Air Excursions
See South Florida with a bird's eye view: from a hot air balloon! You will take off for at least an hour of thrilling air time and head with the wind over North Fort Lauderdale. Once you come back to land, you will enjoy the 200 year old tradition of the "after flight celebration," with champagne, crackers and cheese, and strawberries.

Flights are available every day of the week and are best if you arrive when the dawn is just breaking in the early morning. Allow approximately two and a half hours for this scenic air tour of South Florida. Three to five people can fit comfortably in one balloon (depending on size). Several balloons can sail at the same time to handle groups up to 15-20 people.

For more information, call (954) 966-1395.

Hot Air Balloon Rides - Coconut Grove

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
3109 East Sunrise Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
(954) 564-4521

At Birch State Park, as it is commonly known, you will find several ways to enjoy the scenery and sunshine of South Florida. There's a path for rollerblading/biking/walking/jogging (whichever you prefer), a lagoon for canoeing, two marked nature trails (the Exotic Trail and the Hammock Trail), two volleyball nets, two play areas, and a visitors center.

Bird watching is very popular at this park, so bring your hats and binoculars to see some fine feathered creatures. Three pavilions are available for rent, so gather some of your best friends, family, or co-workers and enjoy the day at Birch State Park.

This park is open every day of the year, 8am to sunset. Costs are $3.25/per vehicle (up to 8 people) or walk in for $1 per person. Yearly passes are available: $31.80 for individuals or $63.60 for a family.

Leisure

Fort Lauderdale WWW
Fort Lauderdale!
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show
Las Olas Boulevard
Riverwalk
Fort Lauderdale Air & Sea Show

Shopping and Attractions

Shopping

Attractions

Culture

Broward Center For the Performing Arts
Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre
The Museum Of Discovery and Science

South Florida Newspapers

Miami Herald
Sun-Sentinel
Palm Beach Post
Town-Crier Newspaper - Palm Beach County
Waterfront News Florida's nautical newspaper and magazine.

The Palm Beach Daily News

Miami New Times Weekly

Diario Las Américas

 

   
 
 

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