Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Florida's southeast coast rewards explorers with a natural haven of sandy beaches, sea, and floral greenery.

Our most recommended things to do in Fort Lauderdale

From Fort Lauderdale: Day Trip to Bimini

1. From Fort Lauderdale: Day Trip to Bimini

Discover the beauty of Bimini Island in the Bahamas on this day trip from Fort Lauderdale. Step off the mainland and onto a high-speed 600-passenger, modern, comfortable vessel that will whisk you away from Fort Lauderdale to Bimini in The Bahamas in just 2 hours. Sit back and relax with a snack and let your worries slip away. Once on the island, you will have the day at leisure to explore the wonders of Bimini, choose from local authentic food, swim with dolphins, or kayaking. Available for $40, you may purchase a Day Pass to Hilton Resort World Bimini facilities onboard the vessel.

Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

2. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

Embark on a real adventure with a 30-minute airboat tour of the Florida Everglades. View this fascinating natural wonder from a unique perspective. Enjoy a tour guided by an experienced captain. Listen to tales of how the Native American Seminole people and panthers once coexisted in this lush wilderness. Catch a glimpse of rare and endangered wildlife as you skim across the glassy water. Immerse yourself fully in the Evergaldes as you tour this natural landscape in a memorable way. Feel the thrill of traveling through this landscape of grassy river and tropical marsh. After your airboat tour, take advantage of admission to the alligator and reptile exhibit. Get up close to a baby alligator and touch its unique skin.

Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Deep Sea Drift Fishing Trip

3. Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Deep Sea Drift Fishing Trip

Set sail on board an 85-foot Gulfcraft fishing boat and fish off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on a 4-hour morning, afternoon or evening fishing trip. The tour cost per person includes all rod and reel rental, bait and tackle. You will fish approximately 1 mile off the coast, where the ocean bottom drops off quickly to depths of up to 150 feet and the inside edge of the Gulfstream current provides perfect fishing conditions. On daytime trips, you will drift or anchor fish over the reefs, wrecks and rock piles of Fort Lauderdale, and fish for kingfish, tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo, snapper, grouper, or whatever is biting. For added adventure, nighttime trips anchor up over a spot where the crew chum the water for snapper and grouper. Everything is included in the price; just bring along any food and drink you like. This is a fun trip for novice and experienced anglers, and the crew is there to help you 1-on-1 for the entire trip.

Fort Lauderdale: Flamingo Gardens Entry Ticket

4. Fort Lauderdale: Flamingo Gardens Entry Ticket

Experience a taste of tropical Florida as soon as you enter Flamingo Gardens with a jungle of tropical trees, plants, and over 1,000 orchids. Enjoy a wildlife encounter show presented three times a day, watch playful river otters, and meet some of the animals protected by the sanctuary, such as Josh, a native black bear. Take a narrated 30-minute tram tour through the back 50 acres and experience three different ecosystems, as well as the largest cycad collection in the United States. Stay on the tram the entire time or disembark to discover the Wetlands, the Cycad Garden, the Native Plant Walkway, the Wildflower Garden or the Mango Grove. Visit the Birds of Prey Center, and walk through a half-acre aviary with over 250 wetland birds native to Florida. Step into the past in the historic Wray Home Museum, built in 1933, and stop in the gallery for different shows and exhibits. Tour guides are always present to help you get a taste of old Florida history. In the summer of 2020 — from June 6 until September 13, 2020 — see the award-winning “Nature Connects” exhibit created with over 1.6 million LEGO pieces. The summer of 2021 will host David Rogers' Big Bugs exhibit, a must-see for lovers or art and nature.

Key West: Day Trip from Fort Lauderdale w/ Activity Options

5. Key West: Day Trip from Fort Lauderdale w/ Activity Options

Experience the southernmost city in the US, Key West. On this day-long adventure, you will explore the many sights, shops and restaurants in Key West, all the while soaking in the Caribbean feel of the city. Beginning bright and early, you will be picked up at "Four Points by Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport" by your professional bilingual driver. En route to Key West, you will cross 42 bridges and hop 32 islands. Upon arrival in Key West, you will be enchanted by the colourful atmosphere, street artists and outdoor cafes. This day trip is perfect for travellers who like to do their own thing. You will have approximately 6 hours, from 12:00h to 18:00h to explore all that Key West has to offer. There are plenty of interesting and entertaining things to do in Key West, including visiting the Hemingway House, taking a trolley or train tour, going on a kayaking eco-adventure or enjoying a dolphin-watching cruise. These are only a few of the many possibilities. No pre-arranged activities are set during this time, so you can have the freedom to create the day on your own. If you do only one thing in Key West, a visit to Mallroy Square is a must. It is a place where many gather for a never-planned, always unique, daily celebration. Mallory Square is located by the historic waterfront. Key West is a beautiful, historic and culturally unique place with so much to see and do that you might just have trouble making up your mind!

Everglades Eco Adventure: 2-Hour Sawgrass Recreation Park

6. Everglades Eco Adventure: 2-Hour Sawgrass Recreation Park

Explore the beautiful Everglades and discover the variety of wildlife in the area. Start your adventure with a 30-minute airboat tour of the Florida Everglades. Visit the reptile, exotic wildlife, and "swamp" yard exhibits. Your tour will be guided by experienced captains who will tell you tales during the tour of how the Seminole and the Florida panther once coexisted in this lush wilderness. You will also catch a glimpse of endangered wildlife as you skim across the glassy water.  Your adventure will include a visit to the Exotic Wildlife exhibit, which strives to educate and enlighten the public about endangered species such as the Florida panther, leopards, wolves, and even some surprise smaller mammals. A separate organization brings a variety of animals to the park each day to visit and the handlers are happy to answer any questions about these gentle animals. Take a walk on the wild side back in time with an original dinosaur – the Florida alligator. The reptile exhibit features dozens of species both native and exotic to Florida. Along with the friendly turtles and iguanas, you can learn about Cannibal – the 1,000-pound alligator. The handlers are happy to demonstrate how these animals live and survive in the wild. There is also a variety of monitors and rescued exotic snakes, and you will also have the chance to hold a baby alligator.

Fort Lauderdale: 1-Hour Family Pirate Adventure Cruise

7. Fort Lauderdale: 1-Hour Family Pirate Adventure Cruise

Start by arriving a half-hour early to get outfitted with pirate tattoos and a vest that will be returned at the end of the trip. Meet the captain and crew as they introduce you to the Pirate way of life. Follow the first mate to board the real U.S. Coast Guard certified pirate ship where you will learn everything you need to know to join the crew. Learn how to fire the water cannons as you navigate the Intracoastal Waterway to find the key to the treasure. Battle a villainous pirate to win back the key and leave with your share of the loot. Hear of the many tales of legendary pirates and keep a sharp eye out to spot the local wildlife.

Fort Lauderdale: High-Flying Parasailing Adventure

8. Fort Lauderdale: High-Flying Parasailing Adventure

Spark your adrenaline on a parasailing ride in Fort Lauderdale. Glide high above the Atlantic and soak up the views of the South Florida coast. Choose to participate as a passenger on a fast-paced speedboat ride. Meet your captain and get strapped into your harness. As the boat picks up speed, be hoisted into the sky for a breathtaking ride above the water. Take in the views of the city skyline and even spot the Bahamas on a clear day. Enjoy this family-friendly activity with the option to ride as a passenger on the boat if you prefer not to fly. Your instructor will also have have photo packages available to remember your trip.

Ft. Lauderdale: Hollywood Beach Jet Ski Rental

9. Ft. Lauderdale: Hollywood Beach Jet Ski Rental

Explore the Intercoastal Waterways off Hollywood and Dania Beaches with maximum freedom by renting your own jet ski. Learn from a jet ski professional, then experience the excitement of speed as you jet along the Intercoastal. Choose between a single or double jet ski. After checking in and completing the paperwork and cash deposit payments, get acquainted with the new Yamaha & Seadoo jet skis from a professional instructor. Then, head off to discover the joys of jet skiing on your own, enjoying the freedom to travel at your own pace. Admire the millionaire homes and skyline of Hollywood Beach as you glide over the water. As you travel across the open waters on your jet ski, keep your eyes out for dolphins, manta rays, sea turtles, manatees, and other ocean wildlife.

From Fort Lauderdale: Bahamas Full-Day Trip by Ferry

10. From Fort Lauderdale: Bahamas Full-Day Trip by Ferry

Journey across the sea from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas for a tour of the Caribbean sun and sea. Get picked up early from your accommodation in Miami and driven to the ports. From there, spend the day working on your tan or searching out hidden gems in Grand Bahama. Enjoy the scenic ferry ride by taking a seat above deck or by the windows below and checking out the snacks and drinks available in the coffee shop. Find staff at the information booth for tips on activities and attractions on the island so you can plan your time in advance. Upon arrival at Freeport, Grand Bahama, you’ll have around 5 hours to go on some island adventures around beaches, towns, or shops. Discover famous locations like Crystal Beach/Pig Beach to get up close with island wildlife or the historic market in the International Bazaar.In the late afternoon, board your return ferry to Florida and get driven back to your Miami accommodation.

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What people are saying about Fort Lauderdale

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 951 reviews

Captain Jimmy was a great time!!! We went the week after hurricane Ian hit the west coast and I went with no expectations to catch a fish but instead to enjoy the ride and conversation. We had 5 people on our boat and everyone caught a kingfish . The crew was very kind and were very willing to answer questions about the area and give suggestions on places to go ! They cleaned our catch wonderfully! I would definitely recommend this guide service !! What a great time!

Ryan, Jeremy and the Billy were amazing. 100% great time. This was beyond an amazing experience knowledge of what was going on below and bait to use was so helpful. Will be back again every trip we do to Florida. Great attitudes (even in the rain). Just an amazing experience all . around. Recomend 200%%

We bought the ticket for 3 activities. That was around 39€. With that we did a hop on hop of tour, a salsa course and the Artechhouse. The salsa night alone would have cost €79 per person. So if you want to experience a lot, it is worth buying the pass.

The tour guide was super knowledgeable and personable ! He was very communicative and understanding ! I would recommend this to others .

very well we saw an alligator it is cheap and fast as an activity