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If you thought the yachting capital of the world would be somewhere in the French Riviera, then you haven’t been to Fort Lauderdale. But the yachts are only the tip of the iceberg. Fort Lauderdale is also where people go scuba diving, play golf and enjoy a slower pace of life. Not to worry though; the city hasn’t lost the fun for which it’s known, the revelry is simply provided in a mature way. With some of the best restaurants, shopping and vibrant events in Fort Lauderdale, there’s never an occasion that involves boredom. So climb aboard, as Hyatt sets a leisurely course for Oceanside exploration.

Arts and Culture in Fort Lauderdale
ARTS/CULTURE
Ah-Tha-Thi-Ki Museum

34527 West Boundary Road

Clewiston, FL

+1 863 902 1113

The rare Seminole artifacts demonstrate how tribe members lived in the Everglades, but the 60-acre cypress dome with a replica Seminole village is what brings it home.

 

Buehler Planetarium and Observatory

3501 Southwest Davie Road

Davie, FL

+1 954 201 6681

Two things can be used to experience the spectacle of the infinite cosmos: a giant telescope or a spaceship. This place has one of them.

Blue Jeans Blues

3320 Northeast 33rd Street

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 306 6330

Jazz and Fort Lauderdale may seem like an unlikely pair, but after some music, cocktails and an ocean breeze, it all comes together.

Bonnet House

900 North Birch Road,

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 653 5393

Once owned by artist Frederic Clay Bartlett, this old world plantation-style mansion is a full display of his work.

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum

1527 Packard Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 779 7300

Before cars had GPS systems, Packard Motors made the Phaeton, a car that had a self-lubricating engine, transmission and driveshaft. Pretty neat for 1929.

Museum of Art-Fort Lauderdale

1 East Las Olas Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 525 5500

With more than 6,000 pieces and 21,000 square feet of exhibit space, this museum has an international scope focusing on South Florida and Caribbean art.

Museum of Discovery and Science

401 Southwest Second Street

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 467 6637

If the five-story high IMAX screen doesn’t interest you, perhaps the largest Atlantic coral reef in captivity, the sharks or the nine airplane cockpit simulators will.

Places to go in Fort Lauderdale
PLACES
Butterfly World

3600 West Sample Road

Coconut Creek, FL

+1 954 977 4400

Don’t worry: this is actually a real place, where more than 10,000 butterflies can be found flittering from trees, orchids and waterfalls.

Dania Jai Alai

301 East Dania Beach Boulevard

Dania Beach, FL

+1 954 920 1511

The pelota (a ball) ricochets off the walls so fast that you’ll think the players are pantomiming a match. But they’re not.

Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands

12800 Hagen Ranch Road

Boynton Beach, FL

+1 561 966 7000

Experience a feat of engineering and a natural marvel, as you walk along the one-and-a-half mile elevated boardwalk snaking through 100 acres of man-made wetlands.

Eco-tour of the Florida Everglades

30000 Gator Tail Trail

Clewiston, FL

+1 863 983 6101

Yes, it is interesting that the Everglades are the only place where crocodiles and alligators co-exist in the wild, but the best part is you get to whiz around in an air boat.

The Historic Lighthouse at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

1200 South Crandon Boulevard

Key Biscayne, FL

+1 305 361 5811

Built in 1825, the lighthouse is the oldest structure in Miami-Dade County. It’s also a great place to sunbathe.

International Swimming Hall of Fame

One Hall of Fame Drive

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 462 6536

If you live near the beach, then water is going to be part of the scene, which means you’d better know a thing or two about swimming. This is the place to go.

Las Olas Boulevard

30Las Olas Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Although Las Olas Boulevard is about five miles long, you won’t need nearly that much distance to find a shop or restaurant you love.

Tropical Sailing

801 Seabreeze Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 212 209 3370

There are two ways to enjoy the ocean: swimming or sailing. Renting a boat allows you to do one and have your choice of the other.

Where to eat, drink and play in Fort Lauderdale
EAT/DRINK/PLAY
Bamboo Fire Café

149 Northeast Fourth Avenue

Delray Beach, FL

+1 561 563 7115

More Caribbean than a calypso band, this Oceanside café gets exotic with oxtail pepperpot and goat curry, while staying deliciously accessible with jerk chicken and tilapia.

Bimini Boatyard Bar and Grill

1555 Southeast 17th Street

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 525 7400

A New-England style boathouse situated near the beach, this restaurant provides the perfect upscale Caribbean feel and flavor.

Bravo! Gourmet Sandwich Shop

2925 Northeast Sixth Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 533 4350

The butifarra (country ham) is the tastiest sandwich on a menu of tasty sandwiches at this gourmet sandwich shop.

Café Martorano

3343 East Oakland Park Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 561 2554

The food is so hip that the DJ booth is in the kitchen. Although you can see celebrities at this restaurant, like the cast from The Sopranos, the real attraction is the veal Sinatra.

LOLA Restaurant and Ultra Lounge

16950 Jog Road

Delray Beach, FL

+1 561 496 5652

An eclectic gathering of upscale locals means you’re not just eating here for the food, but for the grand theater that emerges as you people-watch during your meal.

Mai Kai

3599 North Federal Highway

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 563 3272

A tiki bar in a tropical setting like Fort Lauderdale is obligatory. Enjoy the potent cocktails, especially The Mystery Drink, which comes with its own tableside hula dance.

Market 17

1850 Southeast 17th Street

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 399 0017

All of the food is local, from the grass-fed beef to the beeline snapper. And if you don’t want to know which one is being served, dine in their darkroom.

Mojo

4140 North Federal Highway

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 568 4443

With jazz, vibrant art, and a delectable seafood soup, everything here is designed to keep you in the groove, or get you back in it.

The Pelican

610 Lake Avenue

Lake Worth, FL

+1 561 582 4992

It looks like a diner, but the food, from coconut-banana pancakes to eggs nissa and nan, makes this local breakfast and brunch joint an unexpected culinary jewel.

Wayward Sailor Pub

3045 North Federal Highway

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 630 2856

Top-notch pub grub, a great beer list and a staff that won’t make you feel like a stranger—this is the bar where “everybody knows your name.”

Shopping in Fort Lauderdale
SHOPPING
Bohemian Style

1314 East Las Olas Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 759 9144

You don’t have to be a full-on hippy to enjoy the selection at this boutique. Great vintage finds abound, as well as original art and stylishly unique jewelry.

Dania Beach Art and Antiques District

Dania Beach, FL

With a plethora of antique stores and a welcoming downtown area with murals on the buildings, you’ll be inspired to buy something to remember it all.

Galleria at Fort Lauderdale

2414 East Sunrise Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 564 1036

You can valet your car at this upscale mall, but arriving by water taxi is even cooler.

Essentials Boutique

1851 Cordova Road

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 463 0007

Sometimes, a lady needs an outfit and jewelry to dazzle. Other times, she needs a cute pair of sandals for a day at the beach. Either way, this boutique has you covered.

Festival Flea Market

2900 West Sample Road

Pompano Beach, FL

+1 954 979 4555

With more than 500 shops and outlets stretching a quarter-mile long, there are so many deals at this market you won’t leave empty handed.

Jezebel’s

1980 East Sunrise Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 761 7881

Part of Fort Lauderdale’s funky landscape since 1986, from vintage clothing to fragrant candles, this little shop keeps it unique.

Pina

1263 East Las Olas Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL

+1 954 467 7750

When the yacht-dwelling crowd comes ashore, they head to this upscale boutique for sleek European fashions that quench their thirst for haute couture.

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