What do you think of when you dream of the perfect warm weather getaway? Sunshine? Warm sand between your toes? Clear water at a pristine beach? Fort Lauderdale packs a punch when it comes to the amazing experiences you can have. With 3,000 hours of annual sunshine, there is no shortage of that to go around. And if taking it easy is for you, don’t worry, because you can do as much or as little as you like.
Fort Lauderdale has something for everyone. From the many beautiful beaches, extreme (and not-so extreme) eco-adventures, world-class dining, and sports entertainment, there is no shortage of things to do. Even better, restaurants, nightlife, and shopping are just a stone’s throw from every Hilton property, meaning that you can make that moonlit beach stroll back to your hotel as long or as short as you would like. Fort Lauderdale is literally “so hot right now”, making it the perfect getaway for a group of friends looking for fun, sun, and sand, while giving everyone plenty of room to spread out; Fort Lauderdale’s all-suites properties, like the Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale 17th Street, not only give you complimentary made-to-order breakfast, but also a kitchenette, living room, and spacious suites that sleep up to six comfortably.
Six Fort Lauderdale Highlights You Won’t Want to Miss:
Explore the “Venice of America”
With miles and miles of waterways, it can be easier to get around on water than on land – and it gives you a chance to explore the city in a truly unique way. The Water Taxi offers a different view of some of Fort Lauderdale’s modern and historical attractions – and the Captains know the city so well they will guide you on your journey until you get to your destination. With 10 main stops in Fort Lauderdale and 1 in Hollywood, The Water Taxi connects you to entertainment, dining, and cultural and historical gems.
The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina and Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach have on-site Water Taxi stops for easy access to shopping, dining, and entertainment along the waterways.
Experience the best outdoor dining
Because of the incredible weather, there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of Fort Lauderdale’s many outdoor dining experiences at gorgeous rooftop bars and patios. Imagine taking a delicious bite or sipping a craft cocktail while you bathe in the warm Florida sunshine and feel the refreshing sea breeze. And you can’t forget the breathtaking views. Being located on the water has it’s perks too. Opt for a unique catch and cook experience for the freshest seafood you will ever taste.
There is such a variety of foods available at the restaurants in Fort Lauderdale that you can pick your favourites or choose a different style of food for every meal. You could even consider any of the four upscale restaurants at Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach with oceanfront dining or poolside dining with ocean views.
Enjoy the local craft beer culture
From local, seasonal brews to premium imports, The Fort Lauderdale Ale Trail is a beer-lover’s paradise. With over 40 local breweries and brewpubs to choose from, you can plan your entire trip around beer tastings and never taste a single brew that is just like another. You can even go behind the scenes to see exactly how your beer is made, in many cases interacting with the Brew Master on site for a truly unique tasting experience.
Take in a hockey game
Hockey has long been known as Canada’s sport. Our neighbours to the south are pretty good at it too and Hilton happens to be the preferred hotel partner of the Florida Panthers. From September to April catch your favourite NHL team play a regular season game for a fraction of the cost of what you would pay at a home game in any Canadian city. If you don’t have a favourite team, make like a local and cheer for the home team. Traveling in a larger group? There are group rates for tickets and Hilton has you covered in Fort Lauderdale with multiple hotel options with 1 and 3-bedroom suites for larger groups.
Go on an Eco-Adventure
The environment is changing all around us on a daily basis. Take in the beauty of Fort Lauderdale’s natural environment with a twist. Enjoy an eco-adventure that takes environmental responsibility and awareness into consideration. Fort Lauderdale has so much to offer, but by far the most unique thing to the area are the Everglades and the Mangroves.
Go on a guided private or group airboat tour of the Everglades National Park. Discover what makes the 100-mile long wetland so unique. You can see the local wildlife like alligators, turtles, and birds that thrive in the subtropical ecosystem while feeling the wind on your face as you speed along at up to 40 miles per hour.
If you prefer to take things a little slower, kayak or paddle board through the Mangrove Tunnels. With three Mangrove species in Florida, the most common are the trees that grow near the water’s edge with long, reddish roots that make them look like they are walking on water. No experience necessary as most guided tours will teach you all you need to know before heading out to enjoy the local nature and wildlife – including many endangered species that thrive because of the Mangrove trees that grow in the ecosystem.
Sunbathe at the beach
Sometimes, you just need to stop and relax. If that is more your speed, then Fort Lauderdale has you covered. Whether you are relaxing after an exhilarating eco-adventure or recharging before you take in some of the nightlife, this coastal city has some of the most beautiful beaches. With clear water, warm sand, and 23 miles of beach to choose from, the beaches are picturesque. The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is just steps away from the beach. Wake up to sweeping, unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean before you grab breakfast on your way to the onsite spa for the ultimate relaxation.