Things to Do in Ft Lauderdale
Venice of America
It’s easy to see why Fort Lauderdale has been nicknamed as ‘The Venice of America’. The city’s expansive canal system is quite unlike anything you’d expect to find in a quintessentially American city. The city is best known for its beaches and boats - its proximity to the Bahamas and the Caribbean, combined with its network of canals make it a popular place to anchor a yacht in. During the 70s, Fort Lauderdale was a popular spring-break destination for college students, and raucous beachside parties were a common site. More recently, the city has been attracting a more sophisticated set of tourists, who throng to its resorts and many eateries in pursuit of the perfect all-American summer vacation. The city is also a popular spot to take a cruise from – its port sends and receives several cruises every day. If you’re planning a trip to this sandy, laidback city, make sure to first check out our list of the best things to do in Fort Lauderdale.
The former home of the Fort Lauderdale pioneers - Frank and Ivy Stranahan, The Stranahan House was built in the year 1901 as a trading post, and is the oldest surviving house in Broward County. The house’s lower floor was used for trading activities with Seminole Indians, while the upper floor was used as a community hall. Frank Stranahan renovated the building in 1906, converting it into the couple’s home. Visitors can tour the house, which still has many of its original furnishings, through a three-hour guided tour. You can follow this up with an hour-long ‘River Ghost Tour’ on Sunday evenings, during which docents narrate hair-raising stories about spooky spirits as you cruise down the New River.