Fort Lauderdale

The Venice of America


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Fort Lauderdale warmly welcomes business professionals and vacationers with a chic, yet comfortably-casual attitude. The vibe is friendly, sunny, sophisticated…never stuffy. Nicknamed Venice of America for its beautiful Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale offers a wealth of pleasures by land or sea just minutes from the airport terminal.

Fort Lauderdale’s global influences are reflected in its arts and culture, spanning a wide array music, art, dance and theater, including nationally-acclaimed performances. The Broward Center of the Performing arts hosts concerts, ballet performances, operas and Broadway shows. Arts, jazz and blues festivals are scheduled throughout the year. And if you’re in town the first Sunday of the month, check out the SunTrust Jazz Sunday brunch, a live outdoors concert at Riverfront. Among the most popular historic sites and museums are the Bonnet House, Stranahan House, Museum of Art and Museum of Science and Discovery.


The fun begins waterside. Cruise past celebrity mansions and Fort Lauderdale landmarks aboard the world-famous Jungle Queen Riverboat. Spend a leisurely day sailing on Atlantic Ocean waters or pick up the pace via speedboat or jet ski. On land, more fun beckons. Catch an airboat ride through the Everglades, capped off by a live alligator show. For tamer adventure, thousand of live exotic butterflies, birds, tranquil waterfalls, tropical gardens and other relaxing delights await you at Butterfly World.


Those who love to shop love Fort Lauderdale: the variety here is simply staggering. Las Olas and The Galleria add upscale flair. Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall is the world’s largest discount and entertainment mall, while the bargain-packed Swap Shop is the South’s largest flea market. The Swap Shop also boasts a classic 14-screen drive-in movie theater: one of the few left in the U.S.


With breathtaking vistas, waterfront views are always a particular favorite here. A few places earning “best view” ratings by Zagat members: Aruba Beach Café, Blue Moon Fish Company, China Grill, Coconuts, Da Campo Osteria and 15th Street Fisheries. Combine dinner and a show at the quintessential Fort Lauderdale experience: Mai Kai. Thousands have celebrated business wins, graduations, engagements, anniversaries and other milestones at this 57-year institution. The Mai Kai is like a mini-Hawaiian vacation: authentic Polynesian cuisine, exciting live shows and stunning island gardens.


Looking for sophisticated clubs, fine dining, sizzling casino action and top names in music and comedy? Head to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in nearby Hollywood. More high-energy fun at Himmarshee district, just minutes from downtown Las Olas. With dance, techno, alternative and top 40 dance venues, blues bars and Irish pubs that all share the same 1-2 walkable blocks, weekends feel like one big street party. The two-story Beach Place sports ocean views that live up to its name, along with dining, shopping and club choices in a very casual, laid-back atmosphere. Flip flops and shorts are always in style here!


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