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How to Spend 2 Days in Fort Lauderdale

How to Spend 2 Days in Fort Lauderdale

With two days in Fort Lauderdale, you can experience the best of this sophisticated coastal city and still have time to explore areas off the Florida coast, as well as nearby Miami. From fishing to airboat rides, take advantage of Fort Lauderdale’s canals and its proximity to other coastal attractions. Here’s how to make the most of two days.

Day 1: Explore the Waters

**Morning:**Sightseeing in Fort Lauderdale is best done via the city’s waterways, either on board a hop-on hop-off water taxi or by joining a guided tour. Dotted with pricey yachts and lavish homes, the city’s canals offer picturesque views and are a scenic way to get around town.

**Afternoon:**About a 30-minute drive from Fort Lauderdale, the Everglades are a quick and easy excursion, with airboat rides that allow you to spot local wildlife such as alligators among the grassy waters. Visit Sawgrass Recreation Park to view rescued reptiles and mammals, plus see rare gopher tortoises and learn about the park’s conservation efforts.

**Night:**Watch a live performance by Polynesian dancers while enjoying a Cantonese and American meal at a local restaurant, where the tiki bar atmosphere hearkens back to kitschy 1950s Fort Lauderdale. Alternatively, book a pub crawl to help you navigate the city’s nightlife scene, which is still thriving minus the spring break atmosphere.

Day 2: Head to Key West

**Morning:**From daiquiri-fueled parties to mangrove tunnels and coral reefs, Key West offers a lifetime of ways to kick back, explore nature, and enjoy some island sunshine. But since Key West highlights are often just a stone’s throw apart, you can take in the scene even if your time is limited.

Alternatively, head out in the morning on an all-day fishing trip in Fort Lauderdale.

**Afternoon:**For those hanging around Fort Lauderdale, stroll down the city’s main thoroughfare, Las Olas Boulevard. Lined with restaurants, bars, and shops, the street provides plenty of fun distractions and is a relaxed way to spend the afternoon. You can also rent a Segway or join a bike tour to see more of the sights by land.

**Night:**Cap off your stay with a classic dinner cruise. Paddle steamboats travel along the waterways, stopping on land to dine or serving a meal aboard the boat. Alternatively, join a dinner tour of nearby Pompano Beach, just north of Fort Lauderdale, and swing by various restaurants for tastings as you watch the sunset.

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Fort Lauderdale Daily Sightseeing Cruise - On the Venice of America

Fort Lauderdale Daily Sightseeing Cruise - On the Venice of America

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Harken back to yesteryear on a fun Fort Lauderdale sightseeing cruise aboard the Carrie B paddlewheeler. Sail past the "yachts and homes of the rich and famous" along the New River and Intracoastal Waterway in Port Everglades. Spend time on the open sun deck or sit outside under a canopy or in air-conditioned comfort on the main deck. The captain narrates the tour. Full bar service and light snacks are available to purchase.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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All You Can Eat BBQ Dinner and Show at Tropical Isle with Sightseeing Cruise

All You Can Eat BBQ Dinner and Show at Tropical Isle with Sightseeing Cruise

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Cruise along Fort Lauderdale’s historic New River and enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner on this cruise. Board the Jungle Queen Riverboat and see the luxurious mansions and yachts along Millionaire’s Row, stretching from the Bahia Mar Yachting Center to the Intracoastal Waterway. The cruise travels to a tropical isle for an endless dinner offering barbecue ribs, and chicken with all the trimmings. Then experience a laugh-out-loud variety show to cap off an enjoyable and entertaining evening.
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  • 4 hours
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$65.00
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Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter

Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter

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Escape to the Florida Everglades for this airboat adventure and wildlife encounter at Sawgrass Recreation Park. This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades. Skim across the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour while looking for wildlife like alligators, fish, turtles, and wading birds. This guided tour includes entrance to Sawgrass Recreation Park and an admission ticket to the animal exhibit and a guided airboat tour.
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  • 30 minutes
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$26.79
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Fort Lauderdale to Key West Tour with Optional Add-on
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Fort Lauderdale to Key West Tour with Optional Add-on

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Travel from Fort Lauderdale to Key West with ease on this full-day tour. Drive across the famous 7 Mile Bridge straddling the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean on your ride into the Keys, and then explore the island on your own before your return transfer back to your Fort Lauderdale lodging.
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  • 13 hours
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$99.00
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Ft Lauderdale to Key West with Optional Activities
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Ft Lauderdale to Key West with Optional Activities

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Enjoy the Caribbean vibe of Key West on this day trip from Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy comfortable round-trip bus transportation to this historic island city and wander at will, or choose from a variety of tour upgrades. Add a 90-minute Conch Tour Train or a hop-on hop-off trolley tour to see all the attractions. Or get out on the water and select from a 3-hour snorkelling adventure, a 2-hour glass-bottom boat cruise or a 15-minute parasailing ride. Pickup and drop-off from Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport and Cruise Port Hotel included.
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  • 15 hours
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Half-Day Fishing Trip in Fort Lauderdale

Half-Day Fishing Trip in Fort Lauderdale

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A half-day fishing trip in Fort Lauderdale s a great way to get out on the water, admire coastal views, and reel in a few favorites like grouper, trigger fish, and snapper. This tour is geared toward beginner fishers and includes the instruction and equipment you need to make your first catch. Plus, fish cleaning is included so you can cook up your catch when you get home.
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  • 4 hours
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Classic Fort Lauderdale Bike Tour

Classic Fort Lauderdale Bike Tour

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Pedal through Fort Lauderdale’s scenic waterfront neighborhoods on a 2-hour bicycle tour with an experienced guide. Cruise past rows of swaying palms on the Riverwalk, and learn about the city’s trading post origins at the historic Stranahan House. See the best places to eat, drink and shop like a local along Las Olas Boulevard then visit a lush park, an entertainment district and a glamorous riverside neighborhood. Enjoy a leisurely pace, with time to stop for snacks, drinks and photos.
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  • 2 hours
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Florida Everglades Fishing Charter Near Fort Lauderdale

Florida Everglades Fishing Charter Near Fort Lauderdale

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More than just a chance to catch bass, this Florida Everglades fishing trip introduces you to one of Florida’s top natural attractions with the help of a naturalist guide. Learn about the River of Grass as you sail through it with your group, stopping at known fishing locations along the way. This tour even includes all equipment so you don’t need to rent or buy anything extra.
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  • 4 to 12 hours
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Fort Lauderdale Segway Tours and Rentals

Fort Lauderdale Segway Tours and Rentals

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Exploring Fort Lauderdale by Segway is a great way to roll around the city—there’s no need to walk in the heat as you head to top locations. Unlike other Segway tours, this Segway service offers rentals by the hour (or even by the week) for you to use on your own, in addition to traditional guided Segway tours of Hugh Taylor Birch Park and Fort Lauderdale by night.
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  • 1 hour
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Sail Splash and Sailing Excursion in Ft. Lauderdale

Sail Splash and Sailing Excursion in Ft. Lauderdale

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Hop aboard a catamaran for a sailing excursion in Fort Lauderdale. Sit back and relax while you tour the waterways of the city known as the “Venice of America.” Next, head out to the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy the rhythm of calypso music and breaking waves. Sip on an ice cold beverage and take a dip in the water.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Champagne Sunset Cruise in Ft. Lauderdale

Champagne Sunset Cruise in Ft. Lauderdale

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End the day relaxing on the Atlantic Ocean with this sunset cruise. Hop aboard a comfortable catamaran for this evening excursion and take in views of the mansions on “Millionaires Row” and the Florida coastline. Then, head out to the Atlantic Ocean and catch the sun set, casting fiery hues of orange and red on the water.
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  • 2 hours
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Shared Sportfishing Trip from Fort Lauderdale

Shared Sportfishing Trip from Fort Lauderdale

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For those who want to go deep-sea fishing but don’t want to charter a boat, secure your spot on this small-group excursion. Board your boat with a handful of people and head out onto the Atlantic Ocean to troll for sailfish, wahoo, mahi-mahi, tuna, and more. This trip is ideal for solo travelers or smaller groups who want to meet other fishing enthusiasts.
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  • 4 hours
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1-Hour Interactive Pirate Cruise in Ft. Lauderdale (arrive 30 minutes early)
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1-Hour Interactive Pirate Cruise in Ft. Lauderdale (arrive 30 minutes early)

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Set sail for adventure on this exciting, interactive Pirate Adventure Cruise along Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway. This spirited 1-hour excursion is fun for the whole family. Help find the hidden treasure, learn to talk and dress like a pirate with face painting and temporary tattoos and fend off the attacks of rival pirates with onboard water cannons. Kids receive a pirate certificate and bag of loot to take home. This tour is great for birthday parties, group field trips or just a day of fun on the high seas.
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  • 1 hour
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90-Minute Snorkel & Seabob Underwater Guided Reef Tour in Fort Lauderdale

90-Minute Snorkel & Seabob Underwater Guided Reef Tour in Fort Lauderdale

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A combination of Jet Skiing, snorkeling, and scuba diving, the SEABOB is a truly remarkable experience that lets you swim with the fishes quietly and safely. After a short gear fitting and training session on the SEABOB, explore three local reefs where you can dive up to eight feet and see a variety of aquatic sea life.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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