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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Besides its former reputation as a Spring Break hotspot, today's Ft. Lauderdale is an affluent international business center. Moreover, it is well-known for its boating manufacturing and leisure time industry and has earned the nickname 'Venice of America'. Whether you like to relax in luxury spas, or rather go second hand shopping on big flea markets, the place has offers for every one and every pocket. Moreover, Fort Lauderdale hosts one of the world's largest Drive-In cinemas for the perfect retro experience on screen. Centrally located between Miami and Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale was originally named after Major Lauderdale, as were the three forts in the city. While none of these forts exist today, the place is now a desirable location for new or relocating businesses. It supports a diverse range of industries, such as film and television production, finance, marine, manufacturing, aerospace, insurance and real estate. Riverwalk, the foundation of the city's art and historic district, features the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Art and Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum, and Museum of Science and Discovery.

The City

The Fort Lauderdale of today is a destination that will keep the well-traveled with discriminating taste satisfied. The year-round mild temperatures make the sandy beaches the ideal relaxing spot during daytime. At night, however, the long boulevards turns into a vibrant party mile including clubs, bars and pubs as far as the eye can reach. With some of the best restaurants, shops and boutique hotels in the state, this city is a hipster's paradise.

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Do & See

There are many options for the adventure seeker as well as the relaxed traveler. With museums, historical mansions and architecture, and even alligator-seeking swamp rides, all types of visitors will be entertained.

Billie Swamp Safari

Daily tours on swamp buggies take visitors through wetlands, hardwood hammocks and wildlife areas all on the Seminole Indians 2,200-acre Big Cypress Reservation. The kids will love the alligator farm and, if feeling very adventurous, you can stay the night in a native Tiki hut.

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Butterfly World

Following the success of Clive Farrell, founder of the London Butterfly House, Roland Boender opened not only one of the most colorful tourist attractions in the area but also established a research and education facility. Pay a visit to the fragile and kind creatures, learn more about rare and most peculiar species and dive into the world of butterflies.

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Bliss Spa

Feeling tired and worn out? Then treat yourself with massages, aroma body therapies, relaxation for hands and feet, and many more services for every taste and need. Check in to Bliss Spa, recharge your energy and make yourself glow again.

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Fire and Safety Museum

You've always wanted to catch a glimpse of the heroic job of fire fighters? Fort Lauderdale invites you to visit a small museum that provides great insights into the routine of some of today's heroes. The historic building, dating back to 1927, used to be a fire station and showcases old and new fire prevention techniques. An entertaining and educating experience for adults and children alike.

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Sea Experience

Whether you're scuba diving or snorkeling, the warm water conditions of Florida makes it an ideal location for a glimpse under the water surface. At Sea Experience you can join a glass bottom boat cruise into the blue or take scuba diving courses to get closer to world of sea dwellers.

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Jungle Queen Cruises

While there are many guided tours on the Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterways, the Jungle Queen Cruises are probably the most famous ones. Old-fashioned sternwheeler ships travel the rivers and offer tours between 90 minutes and three hours. Not only the beautiful view but also dinners and shows on the riverboats will make this cruise a memorable moment.

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Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Not far from the coast lies the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park with its colorful flora and fauna. Tortoises, squirrels and various birds can be found among its wildlife. As a visitor you can explore the tropical hammock by canoeing in the lagoon, cycling on paved roads or simply hiking between trees and bushes.

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Dining

Some of the finest Florida dining is in this area of the state where seafood meets creativity and the fusion possibilities are endless.

Cafe Vico

Don't let the strip mall exterior fool you! When you enter Cafe Vico, you are invited to a beautiful Tuscan experience that is voted most romantic restaurant year in and out. The menu is changed daily. The home-made pastas are a must for every meal with their stuffing such as crab meat with lobster cream sauce.

Grille 66 & Bar

The panoramic view of the Intracoastal Waterway is definitely not the only reason why you should dine at Grille 66 & Bar. If you choose a table at the high-class restaurant, an award-winning four stars chef will serve you everything from aged steaks over stuffed lobster to seasonal fish and vegetables. Don't forget to take a look at the extensive offer of wine and enjoy the excellent tastes of the restaurant's bar menu.

Coconuts

Put another straw in your coconut and relax in the Caribbean atmosphere by the sea. While some 60 years ago the place was a spring break hotspot for students from all over the country, nowadays you will find a laid back restaurant to let the evening fade away. Located next to the beach, you can choose between various seasonal sea food and a broad range of refreshing cocktails right after a swim.

Anthony's Coal Fried Pizza

It's getting hot! Anthony's Coal Fried Pizza serves you food that has been exposed to an 800-degree oven. Of course, the Italian place offers various authentic specials besides the round dough. No one can say no to their Italian Soul Food, Eggplant Marino or meatballs with ricotta cheese.

Steak 945

If you're craving a gourmet steak, you'll want to make everything right. Steak 945 is the ideal place for a luxury dinner in an elegant and classy setting. Try the tenderness of a Kobe steak or enjoy the robust flavors of their raw bar and seafood cocktails. An experience you don't want to miss!

The Pirate Republic Bar, Seafood & Grill

Sitting at the water's edge will make you feel like dining on a Pirate boat. To create the perfect seafood experience the owners have sailed the seven seas and brought back just the best of each part. This is where Brazilian taste meets Caribbean lifestyle and brings forth a menu rich in flavors and variety. Try the Crab Cakes and don't miss out on the Fire Coral Shrimps.

Bars & Nightlife

People are drawn to the quality of life in Fort Lauderdale. The beach climate and cultural and entertainment aspects draw visitors and residents alike.

American Social Bar

Located on the famous Las Olas Boulevard, this is a place you don't want to miss. How does local and regional craft beers, frozen pour-it-yourself beer taps, fresh fruit spirits and traditional cocktails sound? Just step on in!

Tap 42 Bar & Kitchen

Tap 42 Bar & Kitchen claim to serve the best beer in town. With 50 craft beers on tap, 1 rotating cask Ale and 42 premium rotating Bourbons they might not be too far from the truth.

Parrot Lounge

This sports bar has quite some experience in entertaining its guests as it was established already in 1970. So, this is the place to be if you're looking for a fun night out but don't want to miss out on a recent football game. It has a large choice of craft beer and also serves you cool cocktails with your traditional sports bar finger food.

Essential Information

Hollywood International Airport

Hollywood International Airport is the main airport for the Fort Lauderdale area. There are four main terminals, serving a number of airlines, including domestic carriers Continental, American, JetBlue, Delta, Southwest, Northwest, AirTran, Spirit, and US Airways, as well as international carriers like Air Canada, Air Jamaica, and Finnair. Just a few miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale, the airport offers easy access to major roadways including I-95, I-75, I-595, U.S. 1 and Florida's Turnpike to destinations in South and Central Florida. The airport is also in a prime location for those taking cruises, just two miles from Port Everglades, from where most cruise ships leave. There are 12 rental car companies offering over 5,400 cars in one accessible location.

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