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As a local in Fort Lauderdale since 1978 I have seen it grow over the years. Fort Lauderdale has much to offer the vacationer and I hope this helps.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

8 Places

4 City Tips

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8 Places

Southport Raw Bar & Restaurant

Restaurants

Mai-Kai Restaurant

Restaurants

La Bamba Mexican and Spanish Restaurant

Restaurants

Waxy O'Connor Irish Pub & Eatery

Restaurants

Las Olas Boulevard

Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Museum of Discovery and Science

Children's Museums, Science Museums, Movie Theatres

Stranahan House

History Museums

Water Taxi

City Tours, Bar, Club & Pub Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Boat Tours, Day Trips

Swordfish911's City Tips

  • Boating is a staple of Fort Lauderdale and Fort Lauderdale is the boating capital of the world. Many large yachts are always in the marinas and great to see. Many tours are available as well.
  • The Everglades are not that far from Fort Lauderdale and worth the adventure. Many airboat tours are available and great for the kids and adults.
  • Numerous fine restaurants can be found offered by local owners throughout the city and many near A1A and Oakland Park Blvd. Sunrise Blvd and Federal Hwy offers many as well. A must for any visitor is the Mai-Kai at 3599 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308. This Polynesian restaurant is a 50 year staple in Fort Lauderdale and has an excellent happy hour at the bar area. The show and food are fantastic and can run about $60 per head for dinner and the show.
  • Get your reservations early since many conventions are held throughout the year. A lot of nice hotels can be found on the SE 17th Street Causeway.
  • Southport Raw Bar & Restaurant
    Restaurants (Seafood)
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    Swordfish911 Says:

    The best Clam Chowder around! The seafood is awesome and the outside dock is a relaxing atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • More Parking is in the rear.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 976 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Second Take Out Order 05/09/2020
    • Best meal of our trip 28/07/2020
    • Southport Raw Bar & Restaurant
    Address:
    1536 Cordova Rd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-2125
    Phone:
    +1 954-525-2526
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Mai-Kai Restaurant
    Restaurants (American, Asian, Polynesian)
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    Swordfish911 Says:

    Great Happy hour at the bar and great food. The Dinner and show are awesome.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Make reservation for dinner and the show. The early bird dinner is a great savings.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #189 of 976 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    • A night to remember 02/08/2020
    • Excellent show and food!!! 23/07/2020
    • Mai-Kai Restaurant
    Address:
    3599 North Federal Hwy
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
    Phone:
    +1 954-563-3272
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$50
    Hours:
    Sun
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Wed - Thu
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Fri
    5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    Sat
    4:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
  • La Bamba Mexican and Spanish Restaurant
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin, Spanish)
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    Swordfish911 Says:

    Awesome food and a must for all to go to.to enjoy great Latin and Mexican food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #115 of 976 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very pretty decor 25/09/2020
    • Great Service. Delicious food and Margaritas. Have been going here for 20 years 22/09/2020
    • La Bamba Mexican and Spanish Restaurant
    Address:
    4245 N Federal Hwy
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-5532
    Phone:
    +1 954-568-5662
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:30 AM - 10:30 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Waxy O'Connor Irish Pub & Eatery
    Restaurants (Irish, Bar, Pub)
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    Swordfish911 Says:

    Great Irish Pub and very good. Sheppard's Pie is very good as well is the atmosphere and beer.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #148 of 976 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • MIXED FEELINGS 21/09/2020
    • Second time eating here when returning from a cruise 08/07/2020
    • Waxy O'Connor Irish Pub & Eatery
    Address:
    1095 SE 17th St
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-2116
    Phone:
    +1 954-525-9299
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    10:30 AM - 2:00 AM
    Fri - Sat
    10:30 AM - 3:00 AM
    Other:
  • Las Olas Boulevard
    Shopping Malls, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Swordfish911 Says:

    Very great to walk and window shop through many of the private owned shops as well as some name brand stores. Great restaurants and entertainment as well.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 112 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ghetto 19/09/2020
    • Beautiful Shops and Restaurants 18/09/2020
    • Las Olas Boulevard
    Phone:
    +1 954-937-7386
    Other:
  • Museum of Discovery and Science
    Children's Museums, Science Museums, Movie Theatres
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    Swordfish911 Says:

    Great science museum for the kids and young at heart.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 37 Fun & Games in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Noisy & crowded on free museum day; otters were worth it 09/06/2020
    • Young people have a place to go 24/03/2020
    • Museum of Discovery and Science
    Address:
    401 SW 2nd St
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-1707
    Phone:
    +1 954-467-6637
    Price range:
    US$19 - US$19
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Stranahan House
    History Museums
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    Swordfish911 Says:

    Nice historical home in Fort Lauderdale. This family was the founders of Fort Lauderdale.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 112 things to do in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Florida historic gem 12/08/2020
    • Right in the Heart of Things 02/03/2020
    • Stranahan House
    Address:
    335 SE 6th Ave
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2256
    Phone:
    +1 954-524-4736
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Water Taxi
    City Tours, Bar, Club & Pub Tours, Hop-On Hop-Off Tours, Boat Tours, Day Trips
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    Swordfish911 Says:

    A great way to see the intercostal waterway, homes, and sites of Fort Lauderdale.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 65 Nightlife in Fort Lauderdale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great boat tour 04/07/2020
    • Great overview of the Fort Lauderdale waterways 06/06/2020
    • Water Taxi
    Phone:
    +1 954-467-6677
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$28
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Thu
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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