​Fun things you could be doing in Greater Fort Lauderdale right now

Fun things you could be doing in Greater Fort Lauderdale right now

If endless beaches, thriving outdoor arts, food and nightlife scenes and average winter highs of 24 degrees Celsius sound like the remedy for your winter blues (and greys), here's a tip. Greater Fort Lauderdale, occupying a prime patch of Florida's southeast coast just north of Miami, has all this.

But the best case to be made for Greater Fort Lauderdale is the rundown of what you could be doing if you were there right now:

… Yachting to dinner

Not for nothing is Fort Lauderdale known as “the yachting capital of the world”. There are 50,000 registered yachts here, and you can rent or charter one easily. Of course, yachts are hardly the only vessels; there are plenty of more modest boats and water taxis for hire. Once you're on board and plying the 300+ miles of local canals, you'll see for yourself how this town earned the name of “the Venice of America.”

Eating your way across an outdoor food and wine festival

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is a 5-day foodie extravaganza, featuring some of the world's most famous chefs. This year, for the first time, the Crave Greater Fort Lauderdale series will throw 11 festival-related events from 21-25 February. Flanked by some of the city's most beloved restaurants – from the Japanese-Peruvian, you can eat great in Fort Lauderdale.

Basking on your choice of beach

There are 37 kilometres of coastline in Greater Fort Lauderdale, so you'll have no problem claiming your own plot of paradise. Fort Lauderdale proper is home to four miles of public beach where walkers and runners can take in million-dollar ocean views from the path alongside the iconic “wave wall”.

Scoping out mural art (in shorts!)

In the middle of Fort Lauderdale's historic warehouse district, four city blocks have become a hotbed of creativity, hosting the Flagler Arts Technology (FAT) Village ARTWALK the last Saturday of each month (except December). Galleries stay open late, artisans sell wide-ranging wares and food trucks cater to the thousands who turn out.

Wading to a coral reef

Whether you're a first-time snorkeller or a certified diver, you can simply walk into the water to explore stunning local sea life. Just north of downtown Fort Lauderdale, a little beach town called Lauderdale-by-the-Sea has one of the East Coast's best coral reefs about 100 metres offshore, where you'll likely find blue-headed wrasse, polka-dotted trunkfish and cute little iridescent blennies, among countless other colourful locals.

Getting your gator on

The Everglades Holiday Park west of Fort Lauderdale lets you take an airboat ride through wilderness shared by alligators and crocs.
26 Jan 2018

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