Fort Lauderdale is sometimes called the “Venice of America”, because the city has 185 miles of local waterways and canals.
With a population in excess of 185,000 people, it is in Broward County in the sunny state of Florida. Forth Lauderdale is the 7th largest city in Florida and is situated approximately 24 miles north of Miami and 41 miles south of Palm Beach.
The area was originally inhabited a dispersed people known as the Glades Culture and the Tequesta. In the early 1800s the Seminole Indians arrived in the region and in 1838 a Major William Lauderdale took a group of Tennessee Volunteers into the region and took Seminole lands. Three Fort Lauderdale’s were established in close proximity. Fort Lauderdale was eventually incorporated as a town in 1911. Agriculture was the main activity in the area at that time. After WWII the city underwent radical change and became a major domestic tourist destination when the system of “Air conditioning” was developed. Today Fort Lauderdale’s economy is varied. While tourism plays an integral part of the economic make up of the city and area, many indigenous businesses and a thriving marine industry make the city vibrant and successful.
Fort Lauderdale is serviced by Fort Lauderdale International Airport, just a few miles from the city center. Also very close to the city is Miami International Airport (The Gateway to the Americas), Palm beach International airport and Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (if you have a private plane). Well established companies such as “American Airlines”, “Jet Blue”, “Delta Airlines” and “Continental” all service the area. Of course millions of European Tourists arrive by charter plane annually.
The US rail company “Amtrak” have various stops in the city and “Tri-Rail” (a local commuter rail service) offers extensive local services from Fort Lauderdale to nearby cities of Miami and West Palm beach. Greyhound Bus Lines service the city as well.
If you plan on arriving by road the I-95 (interstate 95) connects the city to nearby metropolitan areas. The I-75 runs west to the Sarasota, Tampa bay Area.
Tourist Resources on the ground: Contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau 1850 Eller Drive, Suite 303, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316, (954) 765-4466 or the Greater Fort Lauderdale, Chamber of Commerce, 512 NE 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, (954) 462-6000
Due to the subtropical climate, the time of the year you visit will determine what activities you can do. The good news is the temperature throughout the year is usually between 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) and 71 degrees Fahrenheit (21.6 degrees Celsius). The average temperature is 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius). The det season is in Summer (May – September). It is hot and humid with frequent torrential rain falling in the late afternoon. The Hurricane season is towards the end of the summer period. August is the hottest month but also the month that sees most rain. November to March can see some cold fronts but the winter is usually mild and sunny.
There is so much to see and do the Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area. The Fort Lauderdale Beach (know as “The Strip”) is well laid out and perfect for relaxing or enjoying waterspouts. In the downtown area places you may consider visiting include The Museum of Discovery and Science, Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop, The Museum of Arts, Stranahan House and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. You can easily visit these on foot or by using the local transport services. Diving, Canoeing, Equestrian activities, Boating and Biking are all catered for in or very close to the city.
Of course, as the city is known as the “Venice of America”, you will have to experience the inland waterways. You can take a water canal which are relatively inexpensive.
Florida is synonymous with Golf and Fort Lauderdale is no exception. Within a 30 mile radius you will find some of the best courses in the state. It is important to arrange your tee time in advance.
If you feel the need for some retail therapy you will find all the top brands at Malls such as: Las Olas Boulevard, The Gallery at Beach Place and Las Olas Riverfront. Of course we can not omit Sawgrass Mills with over 270 outlets to visit.
Famous people from Fort Lauderdale include:
Marilyn Manson (Musician), Lee Majors (Actor), Leo Goodwin, Sr. (Businessman and Philanthropist) Sean Murphy (NASCAR Driver),Paige Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock (Actor and Professional Wrestler)
Little known fact about Fort Lauderdale – The city can be considered the western corner of the infamous Bermuda Triangle.