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A directory of fun things to do in sunny Fort Lauderdale

Oct 1, 2012 - Fort Lauderdale: The Perfect Getaway

If you’ve wanted to get away from the humdrum of every day life, Fort Lauderdale is one of those places that has everything you need to have the perfect getaway. So either hop on a plane or get on a charter bus to experience fun in the sun that never stops.

Where The Boys Are, the 1960’s movies, has made it so that Fort Lauderdale can never be separated from the sun-kissed fun of spring break. Many never leave the promenade, to enjoy the signature white wave wall and Las Olas Boulevard, which happens to be the Rodea Drive of Fort Lauderdale. But if you want more than simple lounging and tanning, you can experience the city’s rich cultural heritage by touring elegant 1920’s bungalows along Sailboat Bend, which also houses lovely Jamaican and Brazilian restaurants.

As the second busiest cruise port in the world, you will be brushing shoulders with people from all over the world, giving your holiday a truly international feel. You’ll be able to have some great people-watching sessions while eating Bimini bread in locals-only joints or have a gander at wild Brazilian squirrel monkeys as they scamper through lush estates.

If you’re the type that loves shopping, you’ll be able to visit Florida’s most extensive designer outlet mall, with some 300 shops that is situated atop Wannado City, an interactive play city for kids. So if you’re bringing family along, park the kids at a great place to entertain themselves while you shop.

For history buffs don’t forget to visit the 1921 Caribbean-style plantation that also served as winter studios for artists Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett. It has a whimsical 35-acre spread, complete with swans and ornate murals. The Bonnet House & Musuem Gardens is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

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