From the glamorous mansions of Millionaire’s Row to the natural wetlands of the Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offers something for every vacationer. Here, you can explore natural habitats, attend world-class cultural events and hang out at the beach all on the same trip. When selecting a vacation rental in South Florida, look for one conveniently located to one of these top Fort Lauderdale tourist attractions.

  1. Butterfly World
  2. At Butterfly World, visitors get to see more than 20,000 species of butterflies from around the world. Here, the kids can feed lorikeets, check out the museum and have some fun in the Bug Zoo. The center also features waterfalls and botanical gardens where the entire family can relax.

  3. EZride Surf School
  4. The waves off the coast of Fort Lauderdale may be too small for serious surfers, but they’re ideal for beginners. Sign up for surfing lessons at EZride Surf School where you can learn the basics or improve your technique. It offers lessons for people of all ages, so no one gets left out.

  5. Flamingo Gardens
  6. Flamingo Gardens is another natural beauty just outside the city. Take a narrated tram tour through the grounds, and learn about the different habitats, including a tropical rain forest, wetlands, hammock and jungle. The facility also offers special events during major holidays.

  7. Intracoastal Waterway Water Taxi
  8. The Intracoastal Waterway Water Taxi is one of the most fun ways to get around Fort Lauderdale’s hot spots like Las Olas Boulevard. It’s not just transportation, though. The narrated tour gives local insight into interesting sites along the water route.

  9. Jungle Queen Riverboat
  10. Dating back to 1935, the Jungle Queen Riverboat is a Fort Lauderdale landmark attraction. Each cruise includes a fully narrated tour along the city’s canals and impressive views of the surrounding landscape. Dinner or concession snacks are available.

  11. Las Olas Gondola Tour
  12. No trip to the “Venice of America” is complete without a gondola tour of the city. You can bring your own food and drinks to enjoy on your ride as you sit back and listen to the gondolier tell tales or play music.

  13. Museum of Discovery and Science
  14. The Museum of Discovery and Science is one of the most popular things to do in Fort Lauderdale. Permanent exhibits include a hurricane simulator, Keva planks play area, prehistoric fossils and a cockpit simulator. There’s something here for the entire family.

  15. Sawgrass Recreation Park
  16. At Sawgrass Recreation Park, you get a glimpse of natural Florida. Take a guided airboat tour through the Everglades, or sign up for a Pirate Tour, which takes you deeper into the River of Grass. Check out the animal exhibits with alligators, snakes, Florida panthers and other native creatures. It’s entertaining and educational.

  17. Wilton Creamery
  18. Wilton Creamery is a Fort Lauderdale staple located in the Wilton Manors neighborhood. Bring the whole clan to try the small batch ice cream they serve each day. The custom flavors rotate, so you never know quite what to expect, but it’s always a treat.

  19. Young At Art Museum
  20. You won’t spend a day at The Young At Art Museum in Davie just looking at paintings. This museum offers interactive exhibits for everyone in the family. You can create your own self-portrait, ride on a subway simulator and create custom works of art out of recycled materials.