Explore Fort Lauderdale: Things To Do Near Port Everglades Before or After Your Cruise


Our ship embarked from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but before my family and I sailed away, we left “cushion-time” between our flight arrival time and the ship boarding time so we could explore the “Venice of America” before we get on our ship. I’m glad we stayed for two full days before the cruise because it was just enough time to visit some major places in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami.

For this blog post, we’ll just talk about points of interest in Fort Lauderdale only.

Feel free to visit another blog post for Things To Do in Miami.

If the you have an extra day before you board your cruise ship, I recommend taking the train to Miami.




1. Visit Las Olas Beach.

This beach is stunning during the day and party poppin’ at night. I highly recommend bringing the family to this beach during the day. If you’re going with a group of 21+ friends, go to this beach for live music at the bars, late night gelato, and loads of cars going up and down Las Olas Boulevard.



2. Experience the Intracoastal Waterway and Riverwalk by boat or paddle board.

Fort Lauderdale has the coolest boulevards, beaches, and waterways. The City of Fort Lauderdale holds over 300-miles of riverbends, twists, and turns used for water-based transportation, making it the “Venice of America”. Enjoy views of mansions and celebrity homes along Millionaires Row, and the massive yachts outside their backyards from a boat, from a paddle board, or from the sidewalk streets not covered in water. We didn’t have the time to experience the waterways and Riverwalk by boat and get the full Intracoastal Waterway and Port Everglades experience, but when I come back someday, I will have to do that.

Fort Lauderdale is the Venice of America.


3. Visit the Flamingo Gardens & Wildlife Sanctuary.

If you want to experience subtropical weather, you definitely should visit this sanctuary.

Fun Fact: This sanctuary sits on the original estate owned by Floyd and Jane Wray.



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4. Ride an airboat through the Everglades.

Take an airboat ride through an interesting ecosystem. The area is home to many rare and endangered species, and wel-known for the American alligator. The boat ride takes you through a watery swamp known also known as the “River of Grass”.


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5. Fort Lauderdale Beach

Fort Lauderdale Beach is a great place to go jogging or to boat watch as they pass through the bridge opening.




My family and I covered three of five of the Things To Do in Fort Lauderdale listed above because we walked approximately four miles from our little hotel to Las Olas Beach. On the way, we followed the Riverwalk and saw massive yachts and mansions on the Intracoastal Waterway — all by foot.

Scroll through the photoblog portion of this post to follow my adventure through the streets of Fort Lauderdale:


Walking around downtown with Jenelle and Nick.


The plants and trees were amazing.


Poppa and JB in front of emoji-looking leaves.


Someone’s boat.


Someone’s backyard.


Random Question: Is it possible for people to travel only by boat if you live here?


Aunty Rachel and Jenellers on someone’s dock.


Little Venice, is that you?




Mommy Bee and Little Bee 🐝


This little one got tired after two miles of walking. I carried all the way to the beach after 😛💦


Mommy Bee and Little Bee 🐝 (parte dos)


My view of Las Olas Beach from the beach.


Lifeguard Tower Off-Duty.


Hello Las Olas!


JB was very excited about the ice cream.


lots of virtual hugs from Fort Lauderdale,

📍 Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida


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Location » Florida (aka “The Sunshine State”)
Season/Month » Summer/August 2018
Weather »  84°F / 29°C
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