Make waves this summer: Dive into 101 days of one-of-a-kind adventures  

If you’re among the many people facing the annual question of what to do this summer, look no further than the sun-soaked vibes of Greater Fort Lauderdale. With 24 miles of golden beaches, endless one-of-a-kind attractions and epic summer events, across its 31 vibrant communities, our curated “101 Days of Summer” list has you covered. Let’s explore a few irresistible highlights stretching from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Get Fired Up for an Explosive July 4th!

Ignite your summer days with an electrifying celebration as Greater Fort Lauderdale’s cities and towns pull out all the stops for an unforgettable Fourth of July. From family-friendly frolics to toe-tapping tunes in scenic parks, there’s a vibe for everyone to groove to. But the real excitement begins after sunset when jaw-dropping fireworks steal the show! 

Satisfy Your Palate 

From the sandy shores of Fort Lauderdale beach to the lush suburbs near the captivating Everglades, Greater Fort Lauderdale serves up an array of dining experiences that match the diversity of its landscape. Whether dipping your toes in the sand at a beachfront seafood haven, exploring farm-to-table gems or cruising the Intracoastal Waterway for waterfront delights, this culinary scene has something to satisfy every palate. Seafood lovers can relish in waterfront dining experiences where the day’s catch is always fresh and the vistas are as captivating as the flavors.

For those craving a taste of the high life, rooftop bars dotting the area offer a mix of handcrafted cocktails and breathtaking skyline views, setting the stage for an unforgettable evening under the stars. If you prefer your nights a bit more clandestine, tucked-away speakeasies beckon with their cozy ambiance and inventive libations, transporting you back to the days of Prohibition-era charm.

Seaside Escapes Await

Embark on an adventure beneath the waves of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea or Hollywood Beach for an unforgettable scuba diving or snorkeling experience, exploring vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life steps from the shore—no boat required! Or climb the 175-step spiral staircase of the historic Hillsboro Lighthouse. From its towering 138-foot peak, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking panorama of the coastline below—a sweeping vista stretching as far as the eye can see. It’s a moment of awe, and wonder, offering a chance to marvel at the beauty of nature and the majesty of the sea, from above and below. Public tours occur monthly. 

Unleash Your Inner Cowboy

Take a day to saddle up for an unforgettable horseback ride through the picturesque landscapes of Parkland and Southwest Ranches. Feel the rhythm of hoofbeats beneath you as you trot along scenic trails, surrounded by the lush beauty of nature. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a novice enthusiast, these equestrian adventures offer excitement and tranquility—a chance to reconnect with the great outdoors and forge a deeper connection with the world around you.

Journey Across Continents 

Your 101 summer days wouldn’t be complete without stepping into a world of art, music and dance at the Miramar Cultural Center—a cultural epicenter that transcends borders and celebrates the rich cultural tapestry of Caribbean and African heritage. You’ll experience the magic of international talent on stage amidst the vibrant rhythms and soul-stirring melodies. From awe-inspiring performances to thought-provoking exhibitions, each visit is a journey of discovery—a chance to connect with cultures from around the globe without ever leaving Greater Fort Lauderdale.

Soak Up the Sun and the Fun in Paradise

Beyond its dynamic shopping scene and stunning beaches, Greater Fort Lauderdale offers one-of-a-kind adventures waiting to be discovered. From thrilling airboat rides in the Florida Everglades to tranquil moments in Butterfly World, this vibrant paradise offers something for everyone. 

Explore the Untamed Wilderness of the Everglades: Buckle up for a wild ride! If you’re craving adventure, there’s nothing like taking an airboat ride through the world-famous Everglades. You’ll embark on an exhilarating journey through this untamed wilderness at Sawgrass Recreation Park, in Weston, or Everglades Holiday Park, in Fort Lauderdale. As you zip across the water, keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of exotic birds soaring overhead. And don’t be surprised if you encounter some of Florida’s most iconic residents like alligators and elusive Florida panthers. 

Florida’s Casino Gems: Spin, win and revel in the energy of Florida’s vibrant casino scene! Whether you’re a seasoned player or just looking for a fun night, casinos in Pompano Beach, Dania Beach and the renowned Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood promise an unforgettable night of fun. 

Butterfly World: Explore the worldʼs largest butterfly park, home to more than 20,000 live butterflies from around the globe. Visit free-flight aviaries, hand-feed lorikeets and discover exotic birds, a butterfly museum and a bug zoo.

The Diplomat Resort Spa + Salon: Relax and rejuvenate at The Diplomat Resort Spa + Salon which features luxurious treatment rooms, a salt steam room, a Vichy shower and a relaxation area overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier: Enjoy fishing, rent equipment and explore the 976-foot fishing pier. Attend free environmental workshops and enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park: Known as Fort Lauderdaleʼs “Central Park” this state park offers nature trails, a scenic loop road for various activities, kayak rentals, wildlife viewing and much more.

Water Taxi Tours: Explore the “Venice of America” on a water taxi tour. Cruise along inland waterways past magnificent mansions and superyachts, getting a unique perspective of Greater Fort Lauderdale. 

Whether you’re seeking relaxation on our golden beaches, adventure aboard our iconic Water Taxis or excitement at our epic summer events, there’s something for everyone across our 31 vibrant communities. Dive into our curated ‘101 Days of Summer’ list and check out our region’s best offers. For more information and to start planning your summer getaway, check out visitlauderdale.com/summer. ♦

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