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Often called the “Venice of North America”, Ft. Lauderdale is home to an incredible network of canals, waterways, white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. It’s a buzzing vacation hot spot that invites visitors to stay, play and get some sand between their toes.
As locals will tell you, the best way to see the city is to hop a water taxi and take the “Intracoastal Waterway”, your main line between all of the city’s attractions and entertainment. Art enthusiasts will want to head to the warehouses in F.A.T. village, where they’ll be treated to a collection of unique boutiques, galleries and shops to peruse. Of course, you can forgo the hustle and bustle and just recline on Hollywood Beach for a relaxing day in the sun.
Just outside the city is the rugged wilderness of the Everglades, with no shortage of ways to explore natural Florida at its wildest. Float on the breeze in an airboat, reel in a championship fish or take a guided tour and discover what makes this ecosystem so special. Rare and endangered species call this environment home, so you’re sure to see a lot more than just gators. Bring a camera to Flamingo Gardens for your chance to snag a picture of these pink-feathered birds as well as an array of exotic plants and animals. Walk the nature trails at Secret Woods Nature Center and gawk at the explosions of color to be seen in the butterfly garden.
Dig into more of the world’s great mysteries at the Museum of Discovery and Science, home to over 200 exhibits including the world’s largest coral reef in captivity. History and beauty combine at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, a picturesque historic waterfront home that is open for touring.
The pulse of the city is best felt at the Las Olas Riverfront, a place to eat, drink, shop and connect. Shop for head-turning fashions on Las Olas Blvd., also known as “Style Mile”. The riverfront comes alive at night as restaurants, pubs and clubs compete to offer the brightest lights, finest live music and most delicious meals.
When your busy day is through, relax in comfort and convenience at an IHG hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. You’ll be treated to cozy rooms and the best in service, all at an affordable price. Just don’t forget to schedule that wake-up call – with so much to see and do in the city, chances are you’ll want an early start.
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