Welcome to beautiful Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where the sun shines 3000 hours a year! Because Ft. Lauderdale enjoys ocean breezes, the temperature often hovers at 77 comfortable degrees year-round. Almost-white sandy beaches aren’t searing hot, making them easy to walk on for short distances. If you prefer a flat surface to walk, run, bike or jog, there is a wide-paved 2.5 mile promenade beside Hollywood Beach with no motorized traffic. Restaurants, shops, splash areas and playgrounds along the scenic route are located close to all-day garage or surface parking at $1 per hour. Open 24 hours, the walk is well-lit at night when you exit a restaurant or store.
Ft. Lauderdale’s Other Can’t-Miss Attractions
Ft. Lauderdale Beach boasts sand and azure ocean waters and is open 5 am to midnight 7 days a week. Amenities include:
- A boat ramp – non-motorized
- Picnic tables
- Outdoor showers
- Basketball full court
- Volleyball court
Ft. Lauderdale is a short drive to the Everglades National Park where you can board an airboat to see alligators, birds and turtles in their natural and protected habitat. The Everglades are vast and the Okeechobee River often floods. Since it’s a wetlands environment with grasses in the water, the Seminole named the river a word that means River of Grass. It’s best to reserve the airboat tour ahead as these 1-hour rides run only twice a day. Speeds on the airboat can reach 60 mph at times so this tour is not for the faint of heart. Following the tour is an up-close and personal alligator show to delight all ages.
As if the Atlantic Ocean weren’t enough for one city’s boating, the New River boasts many ships and sailboats of impressive sizes. A 1.5 hour narrated tour gives a water view of the city of Ft. Lauderdale, complete with bridges rising to accommodate vessel traffic. Downtown, you’ll find the heart, and many hotels, of Ft. Lauderdale with historic buildings and tours.
Where to Stay in Ft. Lauderdale
To book a hotel for your stay, search for one with high ratings by previous guests. If you’re looking for luxury and comfort, a boutique hotel with pillow-top beds, organic bath products and great in-room coffee service would be a great option. Check for complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport if needed. If you are looking for comfort and relaxation that is within walking distance to restaurants, shops, casinos, and tours and is also close to beaches and the river, check out hotels in Fort Lauderdale, FL, today.