At first glance, Fort Lauderdale might seem like a laid-back seaside town where tan lines, people watching, and nightlife reign supreme. But there’s much more to this beach haven than sand and surf. You’ll experience some of the most unique — and thrilling — outdoor adventures in this hotspot. Here are five of the top things to do in and around Fort Lauderdale.
Parasailing on the Atlantic There’s no better way to enjoy a rush (or conquer your fear of heights) than sailing the sea, parasailing that is. Make your way to Fort Lauderdale Beach where you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of sand and sea from 600, 800, or 1,000 feet up as you glide effortlessly above the water. The canopy overhead helps you drift through the air while you’re pulled behind a boat across the Atlantic.
Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park South Florida’s underwater perfection shines at Mizell-Johnson State Park in nearby Dania Beach, just a 20-minute drive south of Fort Lauderdale. Lined with mangroves, the park’s waterways provide a picturesque and peaceful setting for canoeing, kayaking, and swimming. If sticking to land is more your speed, there are plenty of hiking and biking trails to explore, too. The park offers a laid-back yet adventurous taste of South Florida away from the grind of city life.
Everglades Holiday Park Drive about 20 minutes west and you’ll find yourself at Everglades Holiday Park. With hair-whipping airboat rides up to 60 mph and live alligator shows, the park provides an electrifying experience that’s off the beaten path. If speed and flirting with thrills appeal to you, an airboat ride across the River of Grass is a must. During the hour-long ride, you’ll get a narrated tour of the Everglades and its wildlife.
Glass-bottom Boat Rides Ever wonder what’s beneath the surface of the ocean? A glass-bottom boat ride is an unforgettable way to see and experience Fort Lauderdale’s blue-green waters. You don’t even have to get wet to see the ocean’s vivid colors and teeming marine life.
Charter Fishing Trips No visit to this area is complete without fishing. The waters off Fort Lauderdale are rich with tarpon, swordfish, king mackerel, mahi-mahi, bonito, tuna, black grouper, and much more. The best part? You get to keep (and eat) what you catch.
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