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Exploring Ft. Lauderdale

This fun city is only 30 miles north of Miami and 200 miles south of Orlando. The beaches and clear blue waters make it a great destination. We have been informed by a little green leprechaun that plenty of casual work is often available here on the local yachts, year-round. (But don’t quote us on this.)

Getting There

I-95 or US 1 leads into Ft. Lauderdale from both the north (Orlando) and from the south (Miami). The Amtrak station is located at 200 SW 21st Terrace, (954) 587-5387, where you can catch bus #22 to downtown. The Greyhound station is located at 515 NE 3rd St., a seedy area at night. (954) 764-6551

Getting Around

Broward County Transit (BCT)  
Fort Lauderdale’s public transport system. Operates daily from 6am to 9pm. The fare is $1.25, $.60 for students. 7 day passes are available for $12 at beachfront hotels.

Water Taxi  
Traverse the more than 300 miles of rivers and canals in the area. Costs $13 for an unlimited day pass. (954) 467-6677

Things to See & Do

Jungle Queen  
3 hr boat tours of Ft. Lauderdale waterways. (954) 462-5596

Carrie B. Sightseeing  
1.5 hour cruises of the Intracoastal Waterway, Port Everglades and yachts of the rich and famous. $17.95. (954) 768-9920

Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation  
Billie Swamp Safari at the reservation offers swamp buggy and airboat safaris into the Florida Everglades and the Big Cypress Reservation. Located in Alligator Alley, 23 miles west of Ft. Lauderdale. (800) 683-7800

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park  
Nature trails, picnic areas and beach. Great for rollerblading, volleyball, canoeing and fishing. Costs $4 per car. 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd. (850) 245-2157

Everglades Holiday Park  
Gateway to Everglades. Can take air boat tours, see alligators, camp and rent a boat. 21940 Griffin Rd. (954) 434-8111

Ft. Lauderdale Beach  
This beautiful beach is great for sunning and water sports. The newly renovated walkway is perfect for walking, jogging, skating or biking. 17th St./Sunrise Blvd.

Ft. Lauderdale Riverwalk  
Lined with shops, restaurants, museums, tropical plants and wildlife. 400 SW 2nd St. along New River, in downtown, from NE 6th Ave to SW 6th Ave.

Pier 66  
Great place to see all the fancy and expensive yachts and then have a drink at the Pier Top Lounge (it rotates). 2301 SE 17th St. Causeway.

Port Everglades  
Second largest cruise ship port in the world. Call the Navy hotline for free tours of Naval vessels. (954) 468-3539

Discovery Cruise Line  
Take a one-day Bahamas or a day/sunset cruise to nowhere. From $30. (305) 597-0336

Museum of Discovery & Science/ 3D IMAX Theater  
Hands-on exhibits and a 5-story IMAX theater. Open daily and costs $15 with IMAX ticket. 401 SW 2nd St. (954) 467-MODS

Museum of Art  
Recognized as one of the finest museums in the US. Permanent collections include 19th and 20th century European and American art and African and South Pacific wood carvings. Open Tues to Sun. $10. 1 E. Las Olas Blvd.

Anne Kolb Nature Center  
Over 1,400 acres of wetland habitat with birds and other native wildlife. Open daily and free. 750 Sheridan St., Hollywood, at West Lake Park.

Thunderbird Swap Shop  
The largest flea market in the south east, set over 80 acres. Open daily and is free. 3501 W. Sunrise Blvd.

A sport, similar to handball, but using a curved basket-like apparatus on the arm of the player. 301 E. Dania Beach Blvd., Dania.. (954) 920-1511

Bonnet House  
Historic estate on 35 subtropical acres. Open Wed to Sun. $9. 900 N Birch Rd. (954) 563-5393

International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum  
Olympic memorabilia honors the world’s greatest aquatic stars. Costs $3. 1 Hall of Fame Dr. (954) 462-6536.

Sawgrass Mills  
Largest discount & outlet mall in the world. Open daily. W. Sunrise Blvd. and Flamingo Rd. in Sunrise. (954) 846-2350

Stranahan House  
See this turn-of-the-century house furnished with antiques of its era. Open Wed to Sun and costs $5. Las Olas and SE 6th Ave. (954) 920-1511


For wild and crazy times and serious imbibing, head for the bars along A1A. Bring your driver’s license or passport and leave your inhibitions at home. For a more laid-back evening, try some of the bars along N. Atlantic Blvd. on the beach.

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