Weekend City Picks: Fort Lauderdale
With 23 miles of white sand beaches to explore and a range of diverse local spots, Fort Lauderdale continues to inspire visitors.
Arts & Entertainment
Join the ranks of film aficionados that head to Savor Cinema for first run foreign and independent films. The converted church, nestled in downtown Fort Lauderdale, is home to several film festivals and unique film-centric events throughout the year.
Steps away from the Tarpon River, in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts serves up world-class entertainment year-round. Its range of shows include Broadway musicals, operas, ballets, concerts, plays, and exquisite multi-cultural performances.
Get right to exploring Fort Lauderdale at the city’s world-famous riverwalk area. Tourists and locals alike can be seen on the brick-paved streets discovering an assortment of restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and bars.
Food & Drink
Hands down this pub aims to provide a refuge from the hustle of Las Olas Boulevard. Its impressive selection of craft beers and revisited pub favorites – like their bacon mac and cheese – offers the perfect perch to catch a sporting game or just take a relaxing break from sightseeing.
Delight in a farm-to-table dining experience at Market 17 where they have created a unique setting that incorporates South Florida flavors based on locally sourced ingredients. Head there any day of the week for their lively happy hour scene and curated wine list.
If you’re looking for fresh pastries and Bulletproof style coffee to start your day, The Revenant Coffee House & Eatery is the spot. Add to the ambience their friendly staff and relaxed patio area which is situated directly on the water. Pro tip: After you’re revved up on coffee, rent one of their kayaks and get out on the water.
A quick jump down A1A takes you to Hollywood, where an innovative Floridian bistro has become a favorite for locals. Its inventive, seasonal menus, created by Chef and Owners Kevin and Georgianna Dreifuss, give this restaurant a hipster feel with a warm, inviting vibe.
Steak 954 redefines the traditional steakhouse and pairs its perfectly dry-aged meats with modern musings from famed restaurateur Stephen Starr. A night here provides a see-and-be-seen crowd in one of Fort Lauderdale’s most prominent restaurants.
You’ll be transported to an island state of mind at Aruba Beach Café. Celebrating the best of the Caribbean, their fresh dishes and lively flavors are the epitome of a beach getaway. Make sure to venture here for their indulgent Sunday brunch.
Have Backyard - Will Chill. At Rhythm & Vine those memorable backyard parties come to life with kitschy vintage décor and oversized picnic tables and just the right music to make you stick around. Their vintage Airstream Bar is the perfect backdrop to enjoy craft cocktails and local beers.
After more than 20 years, this local jaunt is known for its cuisine inspired by Asian and Latin American flavors. The funky adobe-like interior and cozy dining room make for a unique experience. Don’t forget to try their famous Prickly Pear Margarita.
Rocco might just be the king of tacos. From Korean barbecue tacos to the ever-popular Brooklyn tacos – every bite is fresh and flavorful. The Fort Lauderdale outpost is festive yet relaxed creating the ideal place to explore their huge wall of tequila.
Looking for something good for mind, body and soul? Head to Zen Bar where you’ll find an assortment of tasty and healthy combinations of juices and herbs to bring the best out of you.
Whether you’re stepping to the Bliss Spa for a quick manicure or a more indulgent spa treatment, the team here has a knack for making everyone feel like a VIP. The immaculate, minimalist, and serene setting is an ideal location to find your bliss and unwind.
The Westin Hotel’s Heavenly Spa is a wonderful retreat on your quest for relaxation. With an assortment of spa packages and amenities, you’ll have no problem choosing a treatment that relaxes your mind and body. Guests rave about their customized soaks for a total body revitalization.
Wholesome food choices don’t need to be put on the backburner while you’re traveling. Green Bar Kitchen serves plant-based, wholesome eating for the on-the-go explorer. Their vegan/gluten-free smoothies are just what you need before heading to Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful beaches.
Gorgeously curated boutique experience without the pretense and a true understanding of trends and forward-thinking fashion is what sets this favorite shop apart. Local labels get paired with established brands and emerging designers and provide customers with a wonderful variety to choose from.
The Archives is the place for all things current in the world of fashion for men. From limited edition sneakers to newly released accessories, it is the spot to scoop the perfect gift or some fresh threads.
Explore a new style or add a few fun pieces to your wardrobe with the help of Etiquette Boutique’s fashionable and friendly staff. Taking personal shopping service to every customer makes this shopping detour a fun stop on your day of sightseeing.
Head to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and you’ll find a wonderful respite -- Park & Ocean. Kick back at this casual eatery and take in a little shade while sipping on a cold-brew coffee. Of course, its great location allows you to partake in the parks amenities making it ideal for a midday break from adventure.
Get lifted on your own Fly Board experience. You’ll be soaring above the water and playing in the water like a dolphin with this easy, fun and safe outdoor sport. The water-propelled jet will provide the power as you take flight.
Built in the early 1920s, the Bonnet House captures a moment in time where grace and a touch of eclectic charm filled the air. This historic Florida home, with its grounds, gardens and unique rooms provide a wonderful perspective on the early days of Fort Lauderdale high society.
Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Discovery and Science is the perfect attraction for a family to explore. Its 200 hands-on exhibits and larger-than-life IMAX 3D Theater make this an awe-inspiring way to spend the day.
Nostalgic and eclectic, Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor is a South Florida institution. Its diner-style menu items along with their homemade ice cream creations, like the Kitchen Sink®, makes Jaxson’s a perfect place for all ages.
Birch State Park is uniquely situated to take advantage of the best of South Florida. Nestled between the Intracoastal and the Atlantic Ocean, you won’t run out of ways to explore. Choose from hiking, biking, kayaking, or canoeing along a mile-long freshwater lagoon. Your adventure. Your way.