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Holidays to Fort Lauderdale offer a memorable experience of a sub-tropical city with plenty to do...
When most people think about breaks in the Sunshine State of Florida, they imagine Disney magic in family favourite Orlando, thrill rides in Tampa, hot days and hotter nights in sultry Miami and beaches and lazy days in the Florida Keys. However, holidays in Fort Lauderdale have lots of other pleasures to offer, so consider this sun-kissed city for your next stateside trip.
Many visitors combine their break in this modern city with time in nearby Miami, Orlando or the Florida Keys. But there is plenty to keep you entertained if you choose sub-tropical Fort Lauderdale as your exclusive holiday base. Known as the “Venice of America”, it's a treat simply to wander along the vast canal network of the city and take shady respite in a bistro or waterside café. The skyscrapers of the city centre form an unusual backdrop to the peaceful canals, and you can really feel connected to nature even when surrounded by towers of glass and metal.
Further afield, meanwhile, the children will enjoy a day trip to the Everglades or the beaches of Miami, which are only 40 minutes away. You can also book a place on board the day-cruisers that leave Fort Lauderdale and showcase the nearby island treasures ofThe Bahamas.
Fort Lauderdale is home to a wealth of quality hotels. Many offer resort-style facilities, with swimming pools and places to eat and drink adjacent to the white sandy beaches and the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. And most are geared up for family visitors, with clubs for the children widely available.
Fort Lauderdale is a fantastic holiday destination, and TravelSupermarket can help you to get your Florida break under way today. Check out our price-comparison tool for the best deals on the market.
Choose your Fort Lauderdale holiday packages wisely to suit the level of heat and humidity that are comfortable for you...
It's a rare day that the temperature drops below 20C in Fort Lauderdale, which makes holidays here popular at any time of the year. Summer, however, can be sweltering, with high temperatures, high rainfall and high humidity. Between November and April, the heat is less intense and there’s less chance of rain.
A holiday in Florida usually coincides with a fun event – there are plenty of those in sunny Fort Lauderdale...
Las Olas Art Fair; January-March: Las Olas Boulevard becomes an outdoor art gallery at this time every year, with hundreds of artists presenting their work.
Fat Tuesday on Hollywood Beach; February: When Mardi Gras arrives, groove on down to Hollywood Beach between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, which is where the cool set hang out. Kick off the party in a beachside bar.
Las Olas Wine & Food Festival; May: Taste the flavours of Florida at this popular festival of food and drink. Arrive hungry as each stall presents a tantalising offering that you simply cannot decline.
There’s no shortage of ideas for things to do, whether you’re travelling alone, with a partner or as a family...
Active types: Turtles, squirrels, butterflies and birds call the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park home. You can hire canoes to see the park from the water.
Grown-up families: Walk along the commercial downtown stretch of Las Olas Boulevard for shops, cafés, museums, galleries, cinemas and chances to see the rich (and sometimes famous) residents and their canal-side homes.
Shopping: Fort Lauderdale hosts a huge number of shops, ranging from swanky stores to flea market-style boutiques. Nearby Sawgrass Mills also offers outlet shopping, with some of the biggest brands in the world selling their wares at knock-down prices.