The Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale is built around thousands of canals and inland waterways. Getting around is an experience like no other in America, cheap water taxis whizz you downtown from the beach to shopping and dining opportunities on Las Olas Boulevard.
About 45 minutes north of Miami and four hours south of Orlando, in the middle of South Florida's Gold Coast, Fort Lauderdale used to be Spring Break Central. College students landed on cheap flights to Fort Lauderdale and partied for a week nonstop. In recent years, with older, cheaper, motels demolished and hotels such as the St Regis and Hilton springing up, Fort Lauderdale has grown up. Now couples and families visit for the beaches, cultural, historical and, of course, social events.
There's plenty to see. Along with the Blue Wave beaches are the Museum of Discovery and Science, Museum of Arts, Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Stranahan House all within walking distance, along the New River.
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- Popular with residents and visitors is the Riverwalk area. After taking cheap flights to Fort Lauderdale, its tropical landscape and views of the city, outdoor cafes, gazebos and park benches make it a wonderful place for an evening stroll.
- Stranahan House is Fort Lauderdale's most historic building. It was built by Frank Stranahan in 1901 as a trading post for settlers and the Seminole Indians. Over the years it evolved into the post office, community centre and town hall as Stranahan became a postmaster, banker and businessman. He married Ivy Julia Cromartie, a fellow pioneer and the area's first school teacher. In 1906, it became the Stranahans' personal residence and remained so until Ivy's death in 1971.
- At Hugh Taylor Birch State Park you can camp, hike, bike, skate or Segway around the park. A day at the beach, picnicking, or getting fresh air and some exercise costs just $1 for pedestrians and up to $4 for a car load of up to eight people.
- Butterfly World in Tradewinds Park, 16km north of Fort Lauderdale has one of the world's largest collections of butterflies.