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Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale sits at the southeastern tip of Florida on over 100 miles of waterways - that's why people call it the "Venice of America". You can travel the canals by gondola. Or just walk on soft sands in tropical sunshine, and kayak on a warm turquoise sea. You may catch sight somewhere of a red, purple, orange, and green native bird.

Step into Florida life in 1913 with a visit to historic Stranahan House, built on the New River in 1901 as a trading post. Wander through mangroves and search for spider monkeys at the Bonnet House gardens. Take the trolley or stroll along Las Olas Boulevard and shop for Fort Lauderdale's favored goods, including Cuban cigars from Havana Depot Cigars.

Treat yourself to some shrimp'n grits or local fish ceviche by the dock at 15th Street Fisheries. Rent a B-cycle for easy travel to all 27 docks in this town. Savor made-to-order guacamole at Rocco's Tacos and choose from their selection of over 200 tequilas. Top off your warm afternoon with a scoop of homemade ice cream in a waffle cone from Yo Mama's Ice Cream.