The Most Unique Experiences in Fort Lauderdale

Sea Sport Fishing  ©  Elaine Smith / Flickr
Sea Sport Fishing © Elaine Smith / Flickr
Looking for some unforgettable adventures while vacationing in Fort Lauderdale? These are the most unique activities to try.

Night Tour of the Everglades

Prepare for “oohs” and “aahs” during a night tour at the Sawgrass Recreation Park and get ready for all kinds of creepy as you glide through the marshy swamps of the Everglades on an airboat in the dark. During the 60-minute tour, you’ll spot alligators and endangered species and tune into the sounds of animals cooing. Plus, listen to the captain tell the tales of how the Seminoles coexisted with panthers in the wetlands. Tickets are $38 plus tax for adults, $18 plus tax for children 4-12, and free for kids 4 years & younger.

Sawgrass Recreation Park, 1006 N. US Highway 27, Weston, FL, USA, + 1 888 424 7262

Hot Air Balloon Over Fort Lauderdale

It’s hard to match the incredibly scenic views of the city that you get during a trip in a hot air balloon. Thrilling and memorable, graze through the clouds while in total awe, and fly as high as 2,000 feet in the air. Soaring Sports offers shared hot air balloon rides for up to 60 minutes or private rides for those looking for a more personal experience or a special romantic evening.

Hot air balloon © Tanay Mondal/Flickr

Deep Sea Fishing

When in Florida do as the Floridians do. Deep-sea fishing is no doubt popular in Fort Lauderdale, with many charters along the coast. Rent a charter at Fishing Headquarters from $40 per person. Fish for snapper, grouper and more in the morning, afternoon or evening. The 85-foot-long boat is even air conditioned.

Fishing Headquarters, 301 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, +1 754 214 7863

Fort Lauderdale Film Festival

Film fanatics should head to the 2017 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, which runs through November 19. The films are shown at various venues, but be sure to check out the historic SAVOR Cinema, an old church-turned-theatre and center for culture and independent film. Tickets are $9 for students and military members, $10 for seniors 60 years or older, and $12 for general admission.

SAVOR Cinema, 503 SE 6th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, +1 954 523 3456

Flamingo Gardens

Botanical Garden
A Caribbean flamingo at Flamingo Gardens Florida
Flamingo Gardens rehabilitates Florida’s injured wildlife | © Peter Etchells / Alamy Stock Photo
Spend an afternoon at this botanical garden for a look at butterflies, hummingbirds, Florida’s largest tree in the Champion Register and to marvel at the beautiful pink flamingos. With more than 3,000 tropical, subtropical and native plants and one of the largest collections of Florida native wildlife, Flamingo Gardens is a must-see for nature lovers.
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Catch a Show at the Broward Center

Indulge in a cultural activity with a visit to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Overlooking the New River in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, the venue hosts ballets, Broadway musicals, concerts and operas with performances by renowned companies, such as the Florida Grand Opera. Experience the arts on a dazzling stage for an out-of-the-ordinary evening.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, +1 954 462 0222

Taste Local Craft Beer

You can’t leave Fort Lauderdale without tasting the craft beers, and there are a whole lot of suds to sip through. Funky Buddha Brewery, LauderAle, Tap 42—the list goes on. Navigate through the local breweries until you find the best one. Cheers to that!

Fort Lauderdale Water Shuttle Tour

Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Venice of America” because of its winding canals and rivers, so why not get a tour of the city by water? Hop on the pink Water Shuttle to get a view of the city and take advantage of the various stops to discover the most popular points of interest. You can also take the Blue Discovery Ecotour with a local marine biologist and photographer for a deeper look into the mangrove forests and manatees.

Water Shuttle, 300 SW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, +1 954 463 3440