Many people come to Ft. Lauderdale to escape the cold and soak up the rays. But you've been to the beach. Where else can you go? If you're itching to explore, there are a variety of great places you can visit that don't involve sun and sand.
Eager to experience multiple sites without having to trek all over Ft. Lauderdale? Check out the Bonnet House - which is a home, a garden, and a museum all in one! This elegant Caribbean-style home was constructed in 1920 by Chicago artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and his first wife Helen Birch, whose father bequeathed the property to them upon their marriage. In the museum, you'll find examples of Frederic's renowned easel art and a variety of stunning paintings he purchased prior to and after Helen's death. Meanwhile, the garden boasts an impressive array of unique ecosystems that contain a bevy of beautiful flower species, including a display house solely for orchids. Bonnet House is truly the one-stop destination for art-lovers and nature-lovers alike.
If you're feeling a little daring, then Everglades Holiday Park is for you! Take an airboat tour across the Florida Everglades and come face-to-face with one of the coolest swamp creatures ever -- the alligator! If being on the water is too intimidating, you can also watch one of their live gator shows hosted by the world-famous "Gator Boys." With plenty of opportunities to see exotic animals up-close, Everglades Holiday Park is a place you won't soon forget.
Need to unwind? Why not take in a show at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts? Hosting everything from show-stopping musicals, to live concerts, to stand-up routines and even ballets, just sit back and enjoy as the incredible performances whisk you away. Fun Fact: BCPA's Au-Rene Theater is ranked as one of the top-ten most visited theaters in the world!
With tons of great museums, restaurants, and malls, Ft. Lauderdale has something to offer everyone. You don't just need to go to the beach!