Fort Lauderdale is known as the "Venice of America" due to its 300 miles of waterways and canals. For years it's also been known as a mecca for college spring breakers. But these days the city caters to more refined beachcombers seeking white sandy beaches, world-class resorts and hip nightclubs.
Seven miles of swaying palms, blue water and soft white sand comprise Fort Lauderdale's beachfront. Enjoy a little sunbathing and then head to a seaside cafe for lunch or the Beach Place retail complex for some shopping. The area is home to many museums, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum & Aquatic Complex. Bonnet House, a 35-acre oasis, vividly recreates Old South Florida.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Discovery and Science, the Historical Museum and the Museum of Art are the highlights of Fort Lauderdale's Arts and Entertainment District. Within blocks of these four sights you'll find a wealth of great restaurants, bars and music clubs, as well as the scenic two-mile Riverwalk, the pioneer Stranahan House and Las Olas' fabulous shops.
Just seven miles south of Fort Lauderdale, the town of Hollywood has been enjoying a renaissance since it unveiled its Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. New shops, restaurants and art galleries have opened, and the city has revitalized its famous Broadwalk, a 2.2-mile promenade that's been attracting tourists since 1924. Nearby West Lake Park is one of Florida's largest urban nature facilities.
Fort Lauderdale's weather is among the most delightful in the world. This is the "sunshine state," after all, where there is an average of over 250 days of sunshine a year. Average temperatures are 85-90 degrees. The rainy season usually begins in mid-May.