Fort Lauderdale Quick Guide
There's a reason that Fort Lauderdale is known as "The Venice of America." With nearly 170 miles of waterways, including an intricate network of canals, pristine coastline, and amenable climate, this Florida city is nothing short of a marine paradise.
Early ties to the military put the "fort" in Fort Lauderdale, named for Major William Lauderdale, who led the Tennessee Army in the Second Seminole War in the mid-1800s. Following the battle, the name stuck, but soon the area's military ties gave way to the agriculture and farming industries.
As the area grew in popularity as a tourist destination, tourism and boating provided a firm foundation for the area's economy. Fort Lauderdale is also considered to be a formidable financial center for major companies that do business with Latin America as well.
Fort Lauderdale's City Hall is located at 100 N. Andrews Ave., and provides a wealth of services for residents. For those looking to relocate, visit the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce at 512 NE 3rd Ave. for more information.
Getting Around or Getting Away
Map your driving directions from Fort Lauderdale to popular destinations that include, Hollywood, Lauderdale Lakes, Pompano Beach and more.
Need a flight to or from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport? Planning a visit? Find a travel agent to get the best airfare to Fort Lauderdale, and find Fort Lauderdale vacation rentals, car rentals and more.
Making Fort Lauderdale Your Home
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Where to Go in Fort Lauderdale
The Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District in Downtown Fort Lauderdale is a premier destination for music, dance, museums and other diversions. Here's where you'll find the Broward Center for the Performing Arts; the Blockbuster IMAX Theater and the Museum of Discovery and Science; and the Museum of Art.
For a taste of history, visit the Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum. Also be sure to stop by Stranahan House, the last of three structures erected in the early 1900s by Frank Stranahan, who built the area's first bank, hotel and post office.
Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale
Try a new cuisine, find a new hangout or take up a new hobby. From Bal Harbor to Chula Vista Isles, Fort Lauderdale's variety of unique neighborhoods makes it easy to find new things to do.
See what's new in the Fort Lauderdale night club scene, or enjoy the Fort Lauderdale performing arts or Fort Lauderdale performing arts at the popular venue.
Find tickets for a Miami Dolphins or Marlins game at Dolphin Stadium, or see the Miami Heat in action at the American Airlines Arena, all under an hour away.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love the abundance of natural venues for boating, fishing and golfing. Or choose instead to simply relax on the beach and spend a day doing absolutely nothing.
Popular Fort Lauderdale Attractions
- Butterfly World
- Fort Lauderdale Water Bus
- Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
- Museum of Discovery and Science