Fort Lauderdale Beach
Once known for spring break madness, when thousands of college students descended on the beach in a drunken frenzy, the Fort Lauderdale beach area is now a more sedate but still an entertaining stretch of sand. Beachfront roads and a long boardwalk run alongside a multitude of shops, restaurants and other tourist sites. The most popular section of beach is between Las Olas and Sunrise Boulevards.The soft white sand attracts a regular crowd of beach goers, particularly during the warmer months.
Fort Lauderdale Beach Map
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a Ft. Lauderdale landmark, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is a mix of art, architecture, history and ecology. The estate covers 36 acres and was once the winter retreat of the Birch/Bartlett family. The historic house designed by Frederic Clay Bartlett, and built in 1920. On display are collections of art and personal treasures. The surrounding grounds of the estate remain a virtual oasis of coastal wilderness and informal gardens, nestled amid the commercial development of the Fort Lauderdale beachfront. Bonnet House & Gardens has survived with remarkable authenticity - reflecting the creative lifestyle of its artist owners and preserving the natural setting of Old South Florida.
Address: 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-3326, United States
Opening hours: 10am-4pm; Sun: 11am-4pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $20.00, Senior over 60 $18.00, Child 6-12 $16.00, Grounds / gardens only around attraction $10.00, Child 5 & under FREE
Useful tips: Phone ahead to confirm schedule and tour availability.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
Facilities: Gift shop
Typical Visit: 1 hour 30 minutes
Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Park
Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area was a gift from Hugh Taylor Birch to residents of Florida. His former estate is a 180-acre park with two nature trails, picnic areas, the Birch House museum, freshwater lagoons, beach access, cycle paths and canoe rental shops. This area is a real oasis in the middle of the city and a nice break for nature lovers.
Address: 3109 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, United States
Opening hours: 8am-Sunset
Entrance fee in USD: Vehicle plus all occupants $6.00
Useful tips: Ranger-led nature walks on Friday at 10:30. No alcohol permitted in the park.
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
International Swimming Hall of Fame
The International Swimming Hall of Fame traces the history of swimming and various other water sports through artifact exhibits and galleries about prominent swimmers. There are audio-visual presentations, photographs, medal displays, models and more. The Hall has two 10- lane, 50-meter Olympic pools which are open to the public and also serve as a training facility.The goal of the Swimming Hall of Fame is not only to showcase the past but to promote swimming as a sport. It is also concerned with water safety, particularly as it relates to children.
Address: 1 Hall of Fame Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, United States
Opening hours: 9am-5pm
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $8.00, Senior over 65 $6.00, Students $4.00, Child 6 & under FREE
Disability Access: Partial facilities for persons with disabilities.
Facilities: Gift shop
Typical Visit: 1 hour
Map of Fort Lauderdale Attractions