An Insider’s Guide – Things to do in Fort Lauderdale, Florida


If you’re conjuring visions of endless stretches of pure white sand beaches while sipping on beach-side pina coladas, Fort Lauderdale is just the place for you.The place boasts more than seven miles of sparkling beaches so no matter what you’re looking for whether it’s for kayaking and hiking or a beach packed with sunbathers, you’ll find a beach for you.

Well, it’s not just beaches that people flock here for but also its lagoons, art, nightlife and of course some really cool shopping. Luxurylaunches along with the concierge of Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach hotel present a curated list of must do activities when you are visiting this tropical paradise.


Best activity / Excursion – There’s no dearth of the number of things you can do. You can enjoy an array of activities like parasailing, segway tours (the best way to explore the city), bike rentals, and of course a day at the beach. If all you want to do is laze around and do nothing, just find yourself a sun-kissed beach, relax and watch as the day goes by.


Must try dish – Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach is home to Bistro, the hotel’s three-meal-a-day restaurant. While visiting, you absolutely must try the Mojo Chicken, a roasted, semi-boneless chicken, served with sweet plantains, and Chorizo dirty rice.


Best One Stop shop – The Galleria Mall is an upscale shopping mall and is Fort Lauderdale’s most fashionable address. From Apple to Neiman Marcus to Cole Haan, you are sure to find something for you here. The Galleria also features Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and several fine dining establishments, such as Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Truluck’s, P.F. Chang’s and Blue Martini. The mall is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon. through Sat. and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun. Restaurants enjoy later hours.

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Best place for local shopping – Las Olas is truly a shoppers paradise. Probably the most popular street in Fort Lauderdale, trendy Las Olas Boulevard features one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, restaurants, boutiques and nightclubs. No where else can you find this much variety of stores, boutiques, and shops of all kinds. The experience of shopping on Las Olas Boulevard is like a breath of fresh air when compared to shopping at a mall.


Best family activity – The Museum of Discovery and Science is perfect for families. The museum offers several different exhibits and interactive stations for all ages, complete with a five-story-high screen IMAX 3D Theater- the biggest screen in South Florida.


Best cultural secret – The Broward Center for the Performing Arts features local and touring acts from around the globe. In addition, the Stranahan House, is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County and a must-see South Florida landmark.

Must see museum – The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale is a stunning modernist building, features more than 6,000 works of art, right in the center of downtown Fort Lauderdale. It is located in a 75,000-square-foot modernist building and is acclaimed for presenting dynamic exhibitions that encompass all facets of civilization’s visual history. Throughout the year, the museum presents an exciting roster of concerts, lectures, and family programs.

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

Where: 999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, USA
Phone: +1 954-315-1460