Last updated April 18, 2016
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino:
The seminole Hard rock is one of those really great chains where locals and travelers come together. It represents rock n roll and all of the artists who made history with their music and the crazy life style they lived. In perfect fashion they are known for their vegas style slot machines and having lively night life on the property, you can expect to find everything from Hooters styled sports bars to trendy lounges clubs and resteraunts. Most cities in the U.S place their casinos in the middle of nowhere but the Hard rock is conveniently situated close to all the main areas making it easily accessible to anyone and everyone. As a guest you not only have an exceptionally comfortable room but you’ll also have access to their gym and to the vegas style pool and bar area, where you can find great food options. The Seminole Hard Rock is technically in Hollywood, florida but it attracts a crowd from all the surrounding areas, Ft Lauderdale, West palm beach, and Miami included.
Generally speaking florida is very spread out so public transportation options aren’t nearly as convenient as they would be in a city like Chicago or New York for example. There are a few walking areas but in general to hop around you’ll need access to a car.
Car rentals are a great option if you want to explore Fort lauderdale and it’s surrounding areas at your own pace, things are quite spread out in these parts so i would highly recommend renting a car, rentals can turn out to be quite affordable and having the freedom to move around is great.
Taxi & Uber: Taxi’s are very prevalent and its pretty easy to find them just about everywhere. Uber does offer its UBER X services in Ft Lauderdale which is significantly cheaper and better service than taxis.
Districts & Accommodation:
Las Olas: Young professionals come together in this trendy part of Fort Lauderdale. Great social scene filled with a variety of bars, restaurants and shopping. If you had absolutely know restaurant or bar recommendations in mind it’s a pretty safe bet to just show up to Las Olas and you’d find plenty of options.
Wynwood: Art lovers dream! Up and coming neighborhood, mostly known to locals but immensely growing in popularity as it is now the creative capital in the U.S. Lots of cool artsy cafes, street art, bars, clubs, and lounges. Wynwood is actually a suburb of miami but it’s only 30 minutes away from Fort Lauderdale so i would highly recommend checking it out! This art mecca has over 70 galleries, retail stores, antique shops, wide range of bars and is home to the largest open air street art instillation in the world! In short this is where you want to be. For up coming events and information about the galleries, click here.
Ft lauderdale beach area : This strip of beach has so much to offer, especially because of the great strip of bars and restaurants that runs parallel to it where an easy afternoon can be spent exploring this busy street that always seems to have a light and lively atmosphere.
Here are a few hotel recommendations to get you started but depending on which area you want to stay in you may need to do some additional research.
1) The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Address: 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314
Nightly Rate: $199 – $573 based on standard rates
Amenities included with the room follows as:
*Vegas style Pool
*Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
*Casino and Gambling
2) Hilton fort Lauderdale beach resort
Address: 505 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Nightly Rate: starting from $319
Not only are you located steps away from Fort Lauderdale beach but you are also within walking distance from shopping, restaurants and all the water activities that make fort lauderdale famous! Form surfing to deep sea fishing, find it all here!
3) Lago Mar resort
Address: 1700 S Ocean Ln, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Nightly Rate: $207 – $ 529
This resort is set in a tranquil setting and probably the most understated beach front get away in fort lauderdale. Relax on the private beach while soaking up the sun this family friendly resort offers a genuinely unique experience. This is the place where you go when you want to unwind and enjoy being with your loved ones.
4) By Eddie Motel
Address: 1021 NE 13th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Nightly Rate: $98 – $148
A comfortable and affordable motel that has everything you could want for a short stay or if you are planning on boarding a cruise ship it’s close to places where you can rent a car, a cvs and publix for all those last minute pre-cruise errands this is very convenient.
Address: 2145 Stirling Rd ,Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310
Type: Mediterranean, kosher, shawarma, falafel
This place serves up some of the best Mediterranean food! It’s a healthy, quick, easy and really delicious option. Run by Israeli owners and the experience is everything you’d expect from a mom & pop shop. It’s a complete hole in the wall in the middle of a strip center. Don’t expect any fancy atmosphere or lively neighborhood its just great food, great service, and great prices.
Green Bar & Kitchen
Address: 1075 SE 17th St ,Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Type: Juice & smoothie bar, Gluten free, Vegan
This cafe style restaurant is a really great option if you want something healthy and delicious. The atmosphere is so relaxed I’ve even spent an afternoon getting work done on the computer and loved being here and having great drink and meal options at my disposal. The portobello burger is phenomenal and the avocado on toast is a must! If you want a great option for vegan dining i’ve listed another great option below in the more restaurants section. They also serve up some great smoothies, protein shakes, and vegan/ gluten free desserts as well.
Las vegas cuban cuisine
Address: 2810 Stirling Rd ,Hollywood, FL 33020
Type: Cuban, Ethnic food
I stumbled upon this hole in the wall purely because it was close to the hotel I was staying at, and I am glad I did! This place offers portions big enough to satisfy even the biggest of appetites. It also works great if you like sharing food family style. They have tons of meat options and of course no cuban meal would be complete without plantains galore! I like this place because you can still have a relatively intimiate atmosphere with good service, great tasting food, but at a very reasonable price. My favorite things to order here are the skirt steak and the appetizer sampler. If you don’t get the sampler be sure to order some plantain chips on the side. The “Chicken Chunks” are the only thing I’ve ever tried here that I didn’t like so I’d recommend passing on that dish.
Address: 401 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Type: American (new)
Attire: business casual / loungy
Grill 401 has a vibrant atmosphere! Went for a late lunch and just happened to be there for their two for one happy hour special which was great. Everything about the experience was enjoyed from the good service ,the food, the drinks and music that created a really relaxed and mellow environment. They have inside and outside seating and on the hot summer day that we ended up being here the outside area made the afternoon that much better. Once the evening begins you start to see all the young professionals trickle in after work. A live band typically plays on weekends and create a pretty lively atmosphere but still at a moderate enough level to create a very pleasant mixing and mingling atmosphere. This is a great spot to go for a late dinner and then begin your night barhopping in either direction on the same street.
Address: : 625 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Cusine: American & Caribbean cuisine
Located in the heart of Las Olas, Johnny V offers American cuisine with Latin and Caribbean flavors. This four star restaurant has been the talk of the town for almost a decade. This is the place where new and exciting dishes can be found. All the ingredients are found locally so prepare for the best of what Florida has to offer.
Prepare your taste buds for the most delightful flavor combinations as you experience southwestern fusion. Enjoy American artisanal cuisine with Asian, south and central American undertones. The intimate ambience and ever evolving mix of music makes for a really unique dining experience. Try their famous prickly pear margarita!
Eduardo De San Angel
Address: 2822 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
The ambience is everything you would want from a Mexican restaurant, colorful table clothes decorated with fresh flowers and walls lined with unique pieces of art work. You may even forget that you’re not in a small Mexican village where you can taste the passion in every bite! You are in Fort Lauderdale! Nevertheless you can find traditional Mexican cuisine of the highest and freshest level right here.
Address: 2601 E Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Type: Modern American
It’s located a little further up north in Pampano beach. They change up the menu every couple months and have a world famous chef who is always on site and always overseeing everything. Their menu is creative as they prove that they’re unafraid of experimenting with different flavor combinations, so be prepared for some unique dishes.
*Myapapaya juicery +Kitchen– Juice & smoothies, salads and sandwiches
*Christophers’s Kitchesn– Vegetarian, Vegan
*Josh’s organic garden – Juice and smoothie bar
*Louise Bossi– Italian
1) Museum of Discovery & Science
The whole family can enjoy a day spent at the Museum of discovery and science. They offer two floors of interactive exhibits, an Imax 3D film adventure, an explore store that sells educational games for kids and their latest feature, an eco-adventure center. I love how easy it is to spend a day here not to mention how much fun it is! Here you can find more information.
2) Huge Taylor Birch State Park
This once privately owned estate has preserved four distinct natural communities. It can be found lying between the Atlantic ocean and inter-coastal waterway. Visitors can rent a canoe and take a trip down a mile long fresh water lagoon or fish from the seawall, take a hike up two short trails and learn about local plant life and wildlife, visit the beach via the pedestrian tunnel (under AIA) or if you like to bicycle or skate the paved roads along the park is a great way to glide through all the beautiful surrounding nature and if you simply want to have a picnic overlooking the water, there is no better place. Here you can find more information.
3) Bonnet House Museum and gardens
If you’re the kind of person who appreciates art, architecture and nature i highly recommend visiting the Bonnet house museum and gardens. The house serves as an ode to it’s historic and environmental preservation and also to learning and creative expression, all of which the house embodies. exploring these grounds is a tranquil and inspiring experience as i’m sure it was intended to be. Here is more information.
Other popular ideas for tourism in this are are private boat charters, deep sea fishing boat tours, bike and bus tours. You can find recommendations and reviews for those specifically here:
Off The Beaten Path:
Food Trucks at Art Park in Hollywood:
Address: 1 Young Circle. Hollywood, FL
This is probably one of my favorite things to do when I come to Ft Lauderdale. The food truck event is actually in Hollywood florida which is just next door to Ft. Lauderdale. It runs from 5:30pm-9:30pm every Monday. There are usually has around 25 different food trucks serving small tapas size portions of their menu, so you can hop around trying things from a lot of different trucks. Very ideal atmosphere to have a nice relaxing evening outdoors.
Joshes Organic garden
Address:101 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019
Type: Organic fresh produce market
Every Sunday you can enjoy this fresh produce market on hollywood beach. The earlier you go the better chance you’ll have to stock up on fresh organic produce and the sooner you do that the sooner you can enjoy the juice bar next door. It’s a great way to start your day
Anne Kolb Nature center
Address: 751 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33019
Amidst the highway and high rises this tranquil little oasis can be found. This Nature park has options to explore the marsh path or the lake view path in which guests can wander down and explore the various walkways filled with endless amounts of beauty. There’s no guarantee of what you can see but the possibilities of what you’ll see is endless! I love how close this park is both to the beach and to the airport. You can also rent an canoe or a kayak for even more possible adventures.
Delrey Beach is a a coastal city located in Palm Beach county, Florida. This sophisticated city is known as the gem of Florida, found just 30-45 minutes from both West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Thought of to be the, “most fun small town in USA” having being known for it’s art, culture and history. No need to look any further for the sweet spot of Florida, I have found it and urge you to check it out.
Love beaches, but hate how crowded they always seem to be? Deerfield beach is exactly where you need to be, not only that this beach and it’s waters are some of the cleanest you’ll find! They offer safety services, information and habitat conservation. shopping and restaurants line the streets across the way from this pristine beach and if you ever get tired of relaxing the city has a, “quiet waters park” which features campgrounds, fishing, a skate park and the longest, “cable ski” course in the entire country. Cable ski is a hybrid of surfing, skiing and wakeboarding.
Of course you can’t write a blog about Fort Lauderdale without mentioning their beach! Fort Lauderdale beach has a loud and lively atmosphere, it’s always filled with half naked bodies and with everything you need around you from hotels, restaurants, shopping and bars you literally have no reason to not have a beach day! everything you could want to enjoy the beach is at your disposal. If you enjoy the party atmosphere, look no further. You can walk into the bars straight off the beach (with cover up obviously).
Hollywood beach is one of Fort Lauderdale’s gems, found in between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Here you’ll find the famous Hollywood beach boardwalk that stretches almost two and a half miles across the Atlantic ocean. The boardwalk is practically considered heaven for joggers, bicyclists, roller bladers or anyone who enjoys a pleasant walk. Also enjoy the wide variety of restaurants, cafes and bars with live music that you can find scattered along the boardwalk. Hollywood beach itself is the cleanest, safest and most user- friendly beaches. Relax and enjoy the crystal clear waves and let them take all your troubles away into the crisp blue ocean. A must see beach in my opinion!
Sunny Isles Beach
Technically this beach is in Miami, but Miami is only a short 45 minutes away from Fort Lauderdale to be fair. I also could not leave this off the list because who knows when you’ll be in Miami and you may as well know one spot! This beach has been ranked #1 of U.S top destinations by trip advisor’s travel cast. Lying between the inter-coastal waterway and the Atlantic ocean. This is where travelers who are looking to have a genuine south florida experience come. This tropical paradise surrounds you with the best of everything city, sand, nightlife and tranquil days.
Las Olas Boulevard
The night life of Las Olas features some of the best nightlife in Fort Lauderdale. This is where young professionals come to meet and socialize in a light and vibrant atmosphere at trendy bars and restaurants. Stroll down the streets lined with old lamp posts and black olive trees, as you ease into a night spent bar hopping. Expect a trendy and sophisticated atmosphere where prices are slightly higher than average.
*American social- awesome place to meet & socialize or watch the big game but it gets extremely full
*Big city tavern- rustic ambience, extensive wine and beer selection, food is great
*Rocco’s tacos- Mexican, huge variety of tequila, killer margaritas
*Royal pig pub- Gastropub, American cuisine
*Yolo- American cuisine, great cocktails
In the heart of Fort Lauderdale spring breakers will find their wild, crazy night fix! Downtown himmarshee has more of a college student feel to it, having a more grittier feel than the Las Olas scene mentioned above. Note: Do not wear white shoes, things can get down right dirty in these parts! This thriving entertainment district has so much to offer from it’s crazy nightlife scene to the restaurant and bar scenes, an evening spent here promises some kind of adventure.
*Tap42- Gastropub, bottomless brunch, extensive beer selection
*Rhythm & vine- lively club scene (one of the best at the moment), outside beer garden
*Original fat cat’s- Live bands playing alternative rock, good drinks, great for later in the night
*Himmarshee Public house- gastro pub with great food and great to watch sports
*OB house- Great breakfast spot
Wynwood is another great area to go out just 30 mins away from Ft. Lauderdale (Suburb of Miami) I hate stereotypes but the scene here would best be described by saying its the “hipster” area of Miami. I don’t have any specific bar or club recommendations here yet as i’m still due to explore, but its number one on my list of things to do in the area. I’d highly recommend doing some research and checking this area out for both day time and nighttime activities!
The biggest flee market in the south where you can find all sort of hidden treasures new and old. Stretched over 75 acres you’ll find over 2000 vendors so be prepared to spend some time searching the isles for those special items. They also have a drive in movie theatre if you’re not only wanting to shop till you drop. They have a big variety of clothing, electronics, flowers and jewelry.
This is a mall filled with designer outlets. Find bargains with the huge discounts they offer. This is the second biggest tourist attraction after disney world so you can be sure that people aren’t traveling from across the country to check this out for no reason! There is a ton to go through so be prepared to clear your afternoon before you pay this mall a visit.
This is one of the most popular malls in fort Lauderdale, high end shoppers from everywhere will find world famous designer stores fill the mall. They also have stores like Banana republic, Victoria’s secret and Macy’s. The galleria is home to all shoppers and th for convenience so that shopping doesn’t need to stop
If you have any other recommendations from the area or just wanted to comment on anything you found helpful or wish there was more information on, feel free to communicate them in the comments below!