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Ft. Lauderdale — By CLIA

Sunny weather, marinas and beautiful sandy beaches make Fort Lauderdale one of the most popular travel destinations for travelers. Originally, the popularity of Ft. Lauderdale was attributed to the teen movie “Where the Boys Are”, the movie touted the destination it as “Numero Uno” choice for spring break travelers.

However, Fort Lauderdale has outgrown that image, thankfully. Today, the city is a family destination with various options for travelers like, alfresco dining, outlet shopping, eco-adventures, arts and cultural centers, proof that Fort Lauderdale has now graduated from not only being a spring break travel destination, but to an idyllic family vacation spot.

Fort Lauderdale’s premier attraction is expansive with an intricate canal system, giving it the nickname, “Venice of America”. Ft. Lauderdale is a culturally vibrant city that hosts a number of annual outdoor festivals and offers a lively performing arts community. The coastal town’s many recreational activities, including deep-sea fishing, boating, snorkeling and diving also shape Fort Lauderdale as one of the most popular travel destinations.

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60-Second Geography

Ft. Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is used by several cruise lines as an embarkation and disembarkation point for Caribbean cruises. The actual port in Ft. Lauderdale is known as Port Everglades, and it is the third-busiest cruise port in the world, drawing almost 3 million cruise passengers in its 11 cruise terminals. If you were to look at a topographical map of the eastern seaboard of the United States, you will see that Port Everglades is the deepest harbor south of Norfolk. 

Port Everglades is an artificial harbor that got off to a somewhat inauspicious start. A developer named Joseph Young purchased 1440 acres in the 1920s for the Hollywood Harbor Development Company. President Calvin Coolidge was brought to Ft. Lauderdale on February 28, 1927, and asked to press the explosion detonator to open the harbor. Thousands gathered to watch the show. Unfortunately, he pushed the detonator and nothing happened! The harbor was unceremoniously opened later that day, and the new seaport was named Port Everglades in 1930.

  • The Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop is a 14-screen drive-in theater in Lauderhill, Florida, USA, that doubles as the largest drive-in and largest daily flea market in the world. The swap shop has been dubbed by local broadcast advertising channels to be “Florida’s second-biggest tourist attraction”. The Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop has been operating since 1963 and is the largest Drive-In movie theater and daily Flea Market in the world.
  • International Swimming Hall of Fame: Is dedicated to promoting the sport of swimming and immortalizing the achievements and contributions of those who have distinguished themselves in the various branches of aquatic sports, like competitive swimming, water polo, diving and more. Conveniently located on Fort Lauderdale Beach, it houses a large aquatic complex, as well as a museum, theater and research library.
  • Antique Car Museum: The Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, Inc. was established as a non-profit foundation for education to ensure the preservation of the history of the Packard Motor Co. and to show the progress and development of skills in American engineering. The museum also features a gallery dedicated to the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt, plus several special collections of automobile memorabilia.
  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts: The Broward Center for the Performing Arts offers an opportunity to discover something new to love about the arts. With performances year round, the center is host to various music and dance programs, ranging from classical, to opera, to pop and ballet, as well as modern.
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