Welcome to Fort Lauderdale, a popular tourist destination due to an average year round 75 degrees and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. Although once known as a mecca for college students on spring break, this city is now attracting much wealthier tourists with cruise ships bringing many in and water sports along with art and entertainment providing the basis for attraction
Fort Lauderdale is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War. However, in its history, Fort Lauderdale has been controlled or claimed by Spain, the United Kingdom, the Confederate States of America, and finally, the United States.
Today, due to the ocean and numerous canals, Fort Lauderdale is a major yachting center and one of the nation's largest tourist destinations. It is also in close proximity to both the Bahamas and the Caribbean so it is a popular home port for 42,000 boats annually, and boasts of over 100 marinas and Miami is only 28 miles away, so there are many reasons to visit this town.
This city is also known for art and entertainment. The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District runs east-west along Las Olas Boulevard from the beach to the center of the downtown district. It also has over 4,000 restaurants and over 120 nightclubs, many of which can be found in this district. The city is often a host city to many professional venues, concerts and art shows as well.
If you are looking for some great views, great weather, arts and entertainment and fabulous choices of cuisine, you have come to the right place. One of the most popular ways to visit this city is through excursions offered through the cruise ships. They will help you to see exactly what you are looking for without wasting time searching.
Enjoy this beautiful city, take a stroll, maybe take in a show, the choices are many and the choices are all yours!
Fun Fact: A 1960s film called Where the Boys Are, made Ft. Lauderdale a popular spot for spring breakers for almost 40 years.