1. Explore the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
Built in 1920, this historic estate now operates as a non-profit organization and is open to the public. Guided, 90-minute tours of the meticulously preserved interiors cost $20, or you can opt to explore the gardens only for $10. Among the highlights is an impressive art collection, including works by the home's original owners—important patrons who gifted Pablo Picasso’s “The Old Guitarist” to the Art Institute of Chicago. Quite a few paintings of similar caliber remain throughout the house. The property is open Tuesday through Sunday.
2. Spend the afternoon at a resort
Want to extend your time in the sun? While some hotels charge extravagant prices for a day pass (e.g. The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, $300), others are quite reasonable. At the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach, which opened last fall, $75 includes access to the Sky Deck’s pool—plus a towel, chair, and bottled water—for the day.
3. Ride the trolley
You can't miss the Sun Trolley, with its bright red-and-yellow exterior, circling downtown Fort Lauderdale. It covers seven routes (including one from the airport to Las Olas) and costs just $3 for the day, or $1 per ride, making it the easiest and most affordable way to get around. Note that luggage is not allowed on the trolley, but if you’ve left your bags with the airport’s storage service, you’ll be fine.
4. Take a guided bicycle tour
If your legs are itching to move, Riverwalk Rec offers two-hour bike tours ($39) covering Fort Lauderdale’s downtown waterfront (including charming neighborhoods like Colee Hammock and Sailboat Bend), with a stop for gelato or at a bakery along the way. If you'd rather strike out on your own, the company also rents bikes at $5 per hour. Keep an eye out for forthcoming themed tours, including the three-hour FTL Burger & Brewery Bike Tour ($45) and a four-hour ride along Fort Lauderdale's beaches ($79)
5. See the city by boat
Assuming you’re not sick of being on the water, another great way to see Fort Lauderdale is on a narrated cruise. Carrie B Cruises offers a 1.5-hour sightseeing tour on its 112-foot boat (with an upper deck) that takes you past yachts and lavish homes for $23.95 per person. Dates vary by season.
6. Hike Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
This park lies between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, next to Fort Lauderdale Beach. In addition to a 1.9-mile paved road, there are two hiking trails. Drop by the park’s visitor center to learn more about the natural habitat. Entrance fee is $6 per vehicle.
From Sherman Travel
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