This canal-lined city has moved beyond its spring break party image of the past. Following renovation and renewal, upscale shops and restaurants have replaced fast-food and souvenir stands. But the stretch of beautiful beaches, great swimming, nearly year-round sunshine and practically perfect climate are the city's biggest draws.
For great shopping and dining, head to Las Olas Boulevard, which is lined with high-end boutiques and restaurants. Nightlife lovers won't want to miss the nearby Riverfront area, home to many bars and free entertainment. Smaller live music venues like the Culture Room and Revolution Live host both local and national acts.
Fort Lauderdale also has a variety of family-friendly options, such as Everglades Holiday Park, the Museum of Discovery and Science, and Broward Center for the Performing Arts - or even a Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show. Boats are another big part of the Lauderdale lifestyle, and tourists can experience this on a Jungle Queen Riverboat Dinner Cruise or Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure. There's a lot to do here, but be sure to spend some time just relaxing in the sun or strolling along the beach.