Fort Lauderdale Beach#1 in Best Things To Do in Fort Lauderdale
Want a beautiful Florida beach without a crazy party scene? Fort Lauderdale Beach may be just what you're looking for. Here you'll find a calmer and less chaotic version of Miami Beach – but with the same sugary sands and crystal clear water. There are still parties, but you're more likely to find families relaxing or leisurely walking the waterline than raucous groups of college kids. Backing the shoreline, the palm tree-lined promenade bustles with visitors looking to shop and dine in the many establishments along it. There are also beach chair and water sports equipment rentals near the shore.
Recent visitors loved Fort Lauderdale Beach for its wide, expansive shoreline, with some noting that even when there were a lot of people, it didn't feel crowded. Many were also impressed with how clean the beach is, adding that its calm waters make it a great place to bring kids.
There is no charge to enter the beach, but on-site parking will cost you $1.75 per hour. Sun Trolley's Las Olas Link and Beach Link routes also stop by the beach, or you can take the No. 11 or 40 bus to one of the stops along North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and hotels such as the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach and the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort are within walking distance as well. The beach welcomes visitors 24 hours a day. To learn more, check out the City of Fort Lauderdale's website.
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#2 Fort Lauderdale Beach Park
Located less than a mile south of Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Beach Park beckons to families who want to spend their beach day doing more than just lounging and swimming. At this free beachfront park, visitors have access to all sorts of facilities, including volleyball and basketball courts, outdoor showers, restrooms, a playground and a picnic area with tables and grills. Plus, the park's sands are less crowded than nearby Fort Lauderdale Beach, and lifeguards are on duty daily during daylight hours.
Overall, recent travelers enjoyed their time at this park, citing its beautiful setting and top-notch amenities as highlights. Many also appreciated the property's proximity to various shops, restaurants and hotels, such as B Ocean Resort and the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. However, some past visitors warned that additional charges apply for select services. Expect to pay about $50 for beach chair and umbrella rentals, and $6 to $8 per vehicle for parking, depending on the time of day. Parking is limited (especially on weekends and holidays), so consider arriving early.
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