Who loves exploring and trying out new places? I sure do! Especially when it’s FREE! I love being outside and checking new places and activities off my bucket list. I’ve compiled a list of 7 free, that’s right FREE, things you could do in the Fort Lauderdale area.
Fort Lauderdale is a little under an hour north of Miami and south of West Palm Beach (I’m not counting the crazy traffic time). I think it’s a lovely city with lots to offer. We have a diverse culture here; it‘s truly a melting pot. It’s also a popular tourist spot and one of the major hubs for the cruise ships. There are approximately 7 miles of beautiful beaches. The City has beautiful weather year round and sunny 246 days a year. There are a number of canals that run throughout the city; it’s even known to be the Venice of America. Continue reading to find out what the 7 free things to do in the Fort Lauderdale area are.
1. Hiking, Walking, or Biking in the Everglades
The Everglades National Park is a vast wetland with mangroves, sawgrass, and slow moving water. There’s a trail-head in Coral Springs where you could park your vehicle and take a long hike on the trails through the everglades. I’ve been a few times and have seen so many wildlife; there are alligators, snakes, and birds. I love taking my dog for a walk there and enjoying the view of the vast land untouched by man-made objects. It’s also a great spot to watch the sunset! Check out my Yelp review here.
2. Canoeing, Kayaking, and Paddle-boarding on the Intracostal
As I’ve mentioned above, Fort Lauderdale is full of canals throughout the city. If you have a canoe, kayak, or a paddle-board, take it to one of the beautiful canals. There are mangroves, iguanas, and manatees that you could spot as you glide through. This is also a chance to see all the expensive real estate that Fort Lauderdale has to offer aka Millionaire’s row. The waters are usually calm so it;s super peaceful and a good workout to spend the day on the water. Check out my kayaking experience here.
3. Hiatus Road Greenway
The greenway is a 6 mile concrete trail which is used for biking, skating, fishing, horseback riding, and walking. It’s a great spot to sight-see, get some fresh air, and exercise. I recommend bringing water, snacks, a backpack, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen because there is very little shade on the trail. The northern end of the trail starts at the Welleby Park (11100 NW 44 Street Sunrise, FL).
4. Buehler Planetarium & Observatory
Stargazing at it’s finest! It’s currently under renovations as I type this blog post. However, they are still open for specific events. Head there every Wednesday night from 7-10 to use the portable planetarium. Get a glimpse of the stars, planets, milky-way, and satellites!
5. Secret Woods Nature Center
A great spot to walk on the wooden trail. There are so many plants and wildlife. You could see crabs, manatees, and turtles. There’s plenty of parking and it’s right on the water. A great spot to watch the boats go by! Check out my Yelp review here.
6. Fort Lauderdale Beach
This beach is a popular tourist destination. It’s right on A1A which is lined with restaurants and bars. The beach is always clean; it does get pretty busy during the summer. The parking lot is huge but again, during busy season, it fills up quick. Parking is relatively cheap but the beach itself is free. Check out my Yelp review here.
7. Hollywood Beach Broadwalk
Whenever I have friends and family in town, we like to take them to the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, yes broadwalk, not boardwalk. It’s 2.5 miles long filled with shops and restaurants overlooking the beach. The broadwalk reminds of a smaller version of the Venice Beach boardwalk in California. There’s a bike lane where you could either bring your own bike or rent one; people roller-blade, skateboard, and ride tandem bicycles. This is the perfect spot to spend a whole day at the beach and get lunch/dinner right in the same spot! There’s a stage and on most weekends, a band is jamming out. Check out my Yelp review here.
When you’re on a budget or just looking for something new to do, these are the 7 free things to do that I’ve compiled in the Fort Lauderdale area. I hope you get to enjoy these activities with your loved ones. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and follow me on social media!
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