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Fort Lauderdale Bucket List

Dubbed the “Venice of Florida” for its expansive canal system, Fort Lauderdale, named after a series of forts built during the Second Seminole War, is a captivating blend of history and coastal charm. Founded in the 19th century, it has grown from a trading post to a must-visit sunshine destination, offering visitors an intriguing journey through time and a unique beachside experience.

1 Everglades National Park

This fragile network of tropical wetlands and forests is the 3rd largest protected area in the United States (2,400 square miles) and contains a fascinating array of threatened and protected species including the Florida panther, American crocodile, and West Indian Manatee.

Explore the wetlands by foot (Anhingha Trail) or boat to see an alligator, stroll through clusters of the world’s oldest mahogany trees (Mahogany Hammock), or go bird spotting at one of the Everglades many overlooks and observation decks (Shark Valley is among the best).

2 Las Olas Beach

Las Olas Beach, often called Florida’s Venice, charms with its intricate network of waterways and stunning beaches. Visitors can enjoy the thriving art, food, and music scenes that highlight the city’s rich cultural diversity. Unforgettable yacht tours, spectacular oceanfront views, and its proximity to the upscale Las Olas Boulevard make it a prime attraction for vacationers worldwide.

3 Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

The Bonnet House, steeped in a century-old Floridian elegance, is a remarkable preservation of early 20th-century life. The historic home was originally owned by early settler Hugh Taylor Birch, who purchased the land in 1895. Now part of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, the home gets its name from the bonnet lilies found on the 35-acre property’s lakes.

Visitors can traverse through time exploring its art-filled interiors, lush gardens, and an orchid collection considered among the finest in the Southeast United States. Its fusion of art, architecture, history, and ecology offers a unique, enriching journey into Fort Lauderdale’s past.

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