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Fort Lauderdale

When you think of Florida, the first place that comes to mind is probably nearby Miami or even Tampa, but if you’re looking for charm and beauty, you’ll want to holiday in the lesser known Fort Lauderdale instead. Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Venice of America” due to its many waterways and beautiful aquatic attractions. Here the beaches are white and the waves turquoise, giving holidaymakers the perfect setting for some serious relaxation in the sun. One of the first things you’ll want to see is the famous Florida Everglades. These marshy wetlands are home to Florida’s most well-known wildlife, the mighty alligator. There are dozens of tours to be taken from Fort Lauderdale that will get you

within photo distance of one of these thrilling creatures so don’t miss out! If that’s not enough adrenaline for you, go wet and wild with some serious water sports. In Fort Lauderdale you can try paddle boarding in the pretty Richardson Historic Park, kayaking in the Everglades, deep sea fishing, air boating, banana boating and even reef snorkeling too. Back on land there’s plenty to see and one of the most fun ways of touring is by bicycle or Segway. The downtown area of Fort Lauderdale is the place to start and there’s many impressive pieces of architecture as well as cultural spots to explore.

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America’s famous Intracoastal Waterway runs from Boston to Texas alongside Florida and you can sit on the terrace of one of Fort Lauderdale’s lively bars or restaurants and watch the ships passing by for a relaxing afternoon activity. Another great waterway is the winding New River which features some of the city’s most interesting architecture. Take a boat tour to see modest bungalows next to opulent mansions and even helicopter landing pads. Many of the houses here belong to celebrities so keep an eye out for a star or two!

While you’re here you’ll want to squeeze in a bit of history, but in these parts the historical sights are as beautiful as they are interesting. Richardson Historic Park, Bonnet House and Stranahan House are good places to start and offer extensive gardens to explore as well as fascinating stately homes.If you’re after some of Florida’s famous sunshine but want to avoid the crowds of modern Miami, Fort Lauderdale might be just what you’re looking for.

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Fort Lauderdale is known as the "Venice of America” as it is built around many picturesque waterways, giving it the impression that it sits on the water.


Richardson Historic Park is a 5.4-acre park with pretty river board walk, boat dock, observation pier and pavilion, nature trails and historical manor house.


Bonnet House was the home of the American artist, Frederic Bartlett. It sits on the seafront and boasts beautiful gardens which can be toured.


Big Cypress National Preserve is a huge 720,000-acres. It was one of the first designated national preserves of the United States National Park System.


Las Olas Boulevard means ‘The Waves’ in Spanish and is nicknamed the ‘Riverfront’. It’s a good place to get out of the city heat for an afternoon.


The island of Key West sits at the southernmost point of the Florida Keys. It is around 90 miles from Cuba and has the tropical views to match!


The Intracoastal Waterway stretches 3,000 miles from Boston to Texas via Florida. Many ships travel this channel every day taking shipments all over America.


Stranahan House was built by Fort Lauderdale’s founding father, Frank Stranahan, in 1901. It is the oldest surviving building and a main attraction.


Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a great spot for picnics, fishing or camping. It is home to diverse species of wildlife including tortoises, hawks and opossums.


The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum has more than 25 antique cars dating all the way back to 1909.

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