Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

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Fort Lauderdale Beach & Promenade

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale's promenade – a wide, brick, palm-tree-dotted pathway swooping along the beach and the A1A – is a magnet for runners, in-line skaters, walkers and cyclists. The white-sand beach, meanwhile, is one of the nation's cleanest and best. Stretching 7 miles to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, it has dedicated family-, gay- and dog-friendly sections. Boating, diving, snorkeling and fishing are all extremely popular.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Fort Lauderdale attractions

1. Bonnet House

1.17 MILES

This pretty plantation-style property was once the home of artists and collectors Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett. It is now open to guided tours that swing…

2. Canine Beach

1.22 MILES

This dog-friendly beach is the 100-yard swath running from E Sunrise Blvd to lifeguard station 5.

4. Stranahan House


Constructed from Dade County pine, grand Stranahan House is a fine example of Florida vernacular design, and one of the state's oldest homes. It served as…

5. Riverwalk

2.41 MILES

Curving along the New River, the meandering Riverwalk runs from Stranahan House to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Host to culinary tastings…

6. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

2.44 MILES

A curvaceous Florida standout with an interesting spilled rainbow design outside, the museum is known for its William Glackens collection (among Glackens…

7. Las Olas Riverfront

2.52 MILES

A giant alfresco boardwalk area with stores, restaurants and live entertainment nightly; it's also the place to catch many river cruises.

8. Museum of Discovery & Science

2.74 MILES

A 52ft kinetic-energy sculpture greets you here, and fun exhibits include Gizmo City and Runways to Rockets – where it actually is rocket science. Plus…