Heading to Fort Lauderdale soon? As Miami’s little brother, it’s often overlooked, however, Fort Lauderdale is quickly becoming more and more popular.

While Fort Lauderdale is an excellent place for a vacation without the hustle and bustle of Miami, it’s a good idea to rent a car in the airport so you can immediately begin exploring and won’t need to rely on Uber or public transport.

Here are some fun things to do for your next visit to Fort Lauderdale:

Explore Bonnet House

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens is an incredible period museum which showcases the culture and history of Fort Lauderdale. The home was once the Barlette Estate, and the plantation-style property is now a museum and art gallery. Frederic Clay Bartlett named the house after Bonnet Lily- his wife.
Now, you’ll be able to enjoy the private collection of paintings and art, along with the surrounding gardens. Wander through the hibiscus garden, tropical garden, and desert garden, or take a guided tour- there are a variety including the Private Living Quarters Tour and the Orchid Greenhouse Tour.

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Take a road trip

As mentioned earlier, you may want to look into renting a car in Fort Lauderdale. This will not only make it easier for you to explore the local area, but it will allow you to get off the beaten path and see some of the less-visited areas in the region. You may even want to go up to Orlando to enjoy the theme parks or spend a few days in Miami.

Wander Las Olas Boulevard

If you’re downtown, you’ll love Las Olas Boulevard. You can people watch, stroll, grab a coffee at one of the many outdoor cafes, or explore some of the many chic boutiques. This is an elegant mile of sidewalk cafes, art, fashion, and more. Don’t miss Stranahan House, which is a 1900s home which has been furnished with antiques from the time period. If you’re a foodie, you’ll love the Cycle Party, which is a foodie tour on a quadracycle.

Hit the beaches

No visit to Fort Lauderdale is complete without a visit to one or more of the many beaches. And with 23 miles of coastline to explore, you’re spoiled for choice. The beaches in this part of the country are known for their clear waters and pristine sands, and you can also enjoy some of the many water sports, including surfing, water skiing, swimming, or simply cooling off every now and again while sunbathing.

Fire and Safety Museum

This museum dates all the way back to 1927. It’s a great place to bring the kids, and also fun for adults to learn all about fire and fire safety. The museum itself is located in a Mediterranean-style picturesque house, and you’ll find antiques like period equipment and fire engines, including historical uniforms dating back to the 1920s.

If you’re bringing children, you’ll love the kids’ area, where they can get hands-on with the equipment.

Enjoy the Outdoors

The Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is the place to go if you want to spend some time relaxing outdoors. You’ll find it next to the Atlantic Ocean, absolutely packed with wildlife. This is where you’ll find more than 200 different kinds of birds, marsh rabbits, turtles, and even the gopher tortoise. Bring a picnic and enjoy it at the lagoon which is filled with more than a mile of fresh water. If you’re planning to get active, the hiking trails are waiting if you love cycling or walking. This is a good place to spend a day relaxing and enjoying the great weather.