This blog post was updated on July 8, 2021.
Located less than 25 miles north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale is a destination that’s climate and weather have attracted visitors for generations. From east coasters in the 1920s taking advantage of the recently built railroad to travel to a cooler locale in the summer, to college students from across the country looking to party down in the 1980s & 90s, millions have been attracted to the region’s mid-70s average daily temperature and 300 plus days of sunshine. But hitting the beach, with its famed white sands and clear waters, and partaking in the city’s notorious nightlife aren’t the only things to do Fort Lauderdale.
Here are three things that most travelers don’t know they can do in a visit to Fort Lauderdale, Florida:
See Some Historic Homes:
Although the Fort Lauderdale area was home to Native Americans for hundreds of years before European explorers even thought such a place could exist, the region remained largely unsettled between the mid 18th century and the early 20th century. When people finally did start moving to the area, one of the only landmarks was the Stranahan House. First built in 1901 by one of the city’s early founders Frank Stranahan (and serving at various times as ferry business office, post office and town hall), this prime example of early American victorian architecture offer visitors a rare glimpse into the city’s history. After that, be sure to check out the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, a 36-acre estate that was built as a summer home for the wealthy in the 1920s and is now a historic landmark.
Commune with Nature…On Land:
Most potential visitors will likely imagine that any nature-based activity would involve the ocean. And while you can do plenty of stuff out on the sea in Fort Lauderdale, there’s even more to do on land. From visiting the largest butterfly house in America to checking out Everglades Holiday Park.The city even has a 180-acre state park, the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, located almost directly in the city’s center. Other great attractions to see includes the Flamingo Gardens and Secret Woods.
Visit Some Museums:
Although museum hopping might seem like the territory of a more a capital city like London or Washington D.C., Fort Lauderdale offers quite a bit of opportunities for museum fans to get their learning on. Art fans should make a point to stop by the NSU Art Museum, while pretty much everyone should visit the Antique Car Museum. The city is also home to the Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum and the kid-centric Museum of Discovery and Science.