Judge Fort Lauderdale for Yourself
Lighthouse near Pompano Beach from Kevin Erhard shared on Vimeo.com;
This is the view of the Hillsboro Lighthouse on the Pompano Beach side of Hillsboro Bay.
Shot with a 50mm lens on the Canon t2i and color corrected with Magic Bullet Looks.
Water ambiance created by Dobroide at www.freesound.org
They aren’t too subtle down in Fort Lauderdale – they refer to themselves as “The Venice of America” and boast of dozens of golf courses, thousands of restaurants and an ocean setting that can provide endless hours of entertainment for anyone who finds themselves in town. Does this Florida gem deliver all that it promises? It might be time for you to find out.
Upon arrival you’ll indeed notice the canals, which immediately set this town apart from many others. Use them to cruise around in on your rented yacht or just enjoy the sight of something unique as you stroll through town, enjoying the sights and deciding what to do next.
Here are some ideas, just in case you’re overwhelmed by all the choices: hop on a bike and cruise the streets at your leisure; satisfy a lifelong dream to go windsurfing; play volleyball and savor the feel of the sand beneath your toes, enjoy a meal on the patio of your spacious and comfortable vacation rental and watch the sun go down without having to worry about a thing…and that’s just one possible day of fun.
Average high temperatures range from the upper 70’s in January to 90 degrees in steamy August so you’ll most likely be escaping to a warmer place no matter where you’re coming from. This is a popular place for snowbirds and spring breakers, so keep this in mind if you want to avoid or join the crowds, but if you plan it right you can probably manage to feel perfectly content no matter when your schedule allows a visit.
Be sure to stop by Las Olas Boulevard, and not that you’ll bore of “Venice” itself, but if you have time you can meander down the shore and visit Hollywood Beach or perhaps Pompano Beach, too. The whole of Southern Florida is yours, so take advantage of all that you can while you’re here.
Nature enthusiasts and outdoor lovers simply cannot miss the stunning beauty of the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. With four distinct natural settings located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, you can grab a kayak and explore a freshwater lagoon or set out on a hiking or biking adventure along the two mile trail to learn about the native plant and wildlife. Since the park is located in urban Fort Lauderdale, it is the perfect natural retreat for anyone who wants to escape the crowds of the Riverwalk.
After you have thoroughly exercised your body, treat you mind to a few hours of intrigue and information at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Not your typical science museum, visitors can explore nature trails in the Living in the Everglades exhibit, view the largest living Atlantic coral reef not in the open ocean, take a trip to the Moon or Mars in a simulator, and pet turtles, alligators, and iguanas. With more than 200 interactive exhibits and a five-story screen in the IMAX Theater, the museum will entertain and excite visitors of all ages.