Fort Lauderdale Family Beach

Venice of America

The palm-fringed promenade, made famous by photographers, is perfect for people watching, shopping and dining at the numerous shops and restaurants lining the beach. Families will love a quiet gondola ride past swimming manatees through the twisted canals, lakes and waterways that earned Fort Lauderdale the nickname "Venice of America." If you're after nightlife, there's plenty of nightclubs, cafes and family dining once the sun goes down.

Outdoor Focus

Outdoors is definitely the place to be in Fort Lauderdale. The beaches are so clean and eco-friendly that The Clean Beaches Council awarded them the national Blue Wave certification. Walk, jog or rollerblade along the 23 miles of sun-drenched beaches Greater Fort Lauderdale offers. And don't forget the ultimate outdoor highlight:

Area Attractions

If you want to escape the sun, Las Olas Boulevard boasts a world-famous shopping district in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Here, unique and trendsetting shops counterbalance cultural landmarks. Other area highlights include:

Area Events


The modern downtown area leads to the oh-so-chic Las Olas Boulevard, where you'll find nightclubs, comedy clubs and outdoor cafes, as well as family and fine dining establishments. At Billie Swamp Safari, children (accompanied by an adult) can spend the night in a genuine Indian chickee hut.


Modest beach hotels and motels vie with elegant seaside resorts and condos. Check with the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce for great Florida vacation accommodation ideas.

Need to Know

With clean beaches, waterfront attractions and plenty of nightlife, Fort Lauderdale is a Florida Beach must-see. If a Fort Lauderdale vacation is right for you, check out our deals.

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