Dreaming of a sunny weekend getaway? Fort Lauderdale might just be the perfect weekend escape.
With around 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, this city on Florida’s southeastern coast is known for its beaches and canals and can pack a huge punch even in just 48 hours, leaving you with plenty of vacation time for that return trip you’re already dreaming of. Hire a talented local vacation photographer from Flytographer to capture your priceless vacation memories and enjoy their 48-hour guide to experiencing the best of Fort Lauderdale.
Say hello to your new home away from home, which just so happens to be on Fort Lauderdale’s gorgeous North Beach. Your ultra-modern suite at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is equipped with your own private balcony (hellooooo, ocean and skyline views) just steps away from the beach. If kicking back in a cabana enjoying poolside service is more your style, look no further than the Hilton’s ocean view swimming pool and hot tubs.
Ease into your relaxing weekend getaway with some post-travel fare inspired by your surroundings. For lunch, Sun, Surf, and Sand Restaurant right at the Hilton Beach Resort offers fresh seafood (go for the sushi tower), small plates (perfect for sharing or for a light solo meal), and salads and sandwiches including healthy options like a vegan philly (made with marinated tofu) and oak-grilled fish sandwich.
As for the rest of your Friday? Snag an umbrella by the pool or at the beach and get in some much-needed beach time. Be sure to schedule a mid-afternoon or early evening break at Spa Q and work out any remaining reminder of the real world with a relaxing massage.
Rise and shine and get those muscles moving with a morning yoga class offered right at your home away from home’s doorstep. Saturday morning yoga classes run from 8:30 to 9:30 am right across the street from Le Marche at the Hilton.
You’ve got to eat, but that’s no reason to get distracted from your main objective — soaking up as much of that Fort Lauderdale sunshine as possible in one weekend, so breakfast outside is a must. Snag a spot on the Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House’s sunny patio and dig into their expansive breakfast menu made from high quality and local (whenever possible) ingredients. Try their famous savory or sweet oven-baked pancake or the downtown breakfast sandwich, featuring egg whites, pepper jack cheese, and house salsa snugly set between two thick-cut pieces of house-made whole-grain toast.
Just a short walk down the scenic Tarpon riverfront lies your next must-see spot — the Historic Stranahan House Museum. The historic property, which dates back to 1901, was originally built to serve as a trading outpost and community hall and was later renovated to serve as a residence for the Stranahans. Today, this historic home is open to visitors by guided tour at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm daily. Whether it’s history, architecture, or antiques you’re after, experienced docents bring Stranahan House (and Florida’s past) to life with vibrant stories of days gone by.
It’s time to shop, but that doesn’t mean spending the afternoon in a typical mall. Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard is a destination — connected to the beach and accessible by water taxi. Dine, shop, and enjoy strolling Las Olas Boulevard and taking in all it has to offer. In addition to jewelry and the latest designer fashions, numerous art galleries and neighborhood dining destinations lend a unique flair to this Fort Lauderdale gem. Stop by Etaru’s open kitchen for elevated Japanese dishes in a modern setting. Post-dinner, wander the boulevard and go where the music takes you.
You’ve seen the water from Fort Lauderdale’s gorgeous beaches, but before you head back to reality, take in the Venice of America’s most fascinating sights on land from the city’s waterways. Jungle Queen Riverboats’ 90-minute sightseeing cruise will take you through Millionaire’s Row, where you can see the mansions of the rich and famous, plus historic landmarks and scenic parks along the river, before making the trip back home.
The fun isn’t over just because you’ve returned home from sunny Fort Lauderdale. Within just five days from your Flytographer shoot, your priceless vacation photography will arrive in a beautiful gallery to your inbox. Our concierge team is here to help you start planning your vacation photo shoot today!