A few days ago, we gave you an itinerary full of ideas for your next day trip to Fort Lauderdale. We suggested taking the Brightline, (because it’s super easy and convenient) and using a car-sharing service to get around.
But if you don’t want to spend more money on car-sharing services or taxis, you can follow this handy guide to visit spots you can get to by foot or bike in under 20 minutes. 🚴Yes, you can bring your bikes on the train. But don’t forget a lock, a water bottle and your sunblock.
🚆If you’re leaving from West Palm Beach, see the train schedules here, and plan accordingly. You’ll arrive at the Brightline Fort Lauderdale station at 101 NW 2nd Avenue within 30 to 35 minutes. It’s that fast!
Here are 10 things to do just walking distance from the Fort Lauderdale Brightline Station:
O-B House for breakfast (0.3 miles)
Because I can’t imagine starting a day without food, this is where you should have breakfast as soon as you arrive. Right across the street from the Brightline station, they’re open seven days a week, at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. They serve pancakes, omelets, sandwiches, and cereals all day, everyday. All the fuel you need to get you through your tour of the town.
O-B House: 333 Himmarshee St. Fort Lauderdale; 954-530-7520.
The F.A.T Village Arts District (0.4 miles)
It might be small, but the FATVillage is big enough on art and personality to keep you wandering around and snapping Instagram pictures. There are several art studios, graffiti on the walls, and warehouses to explore locals artists’ works. It’s the kind of place you’d expect to regularly house art exhibitions, an art walk or even a rave. The last Saturday of every month (except December), galleries open to the public from 6 to 10 p.m. along with vendors of all types of wares.
F.A.T Village: 521 NW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale; firstname.lastname@example.org; 954.760.5900.
Esplanade Park (0.4 miles)
Take a stroll down the riverwalk along the Tarpon River and check out the Fort Lauderdale skyline and yachts along the way (click here for the virtual street view). This is a great way to see nature and the city at the same time. You can take pictures with ducks or catch a local performance at the Huizenga Pavilion. Click here to see a list of upcoming events at the park.
Esplanade Park: 400 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale.
Riverfront Cruises and Sightseeing Tours
After a long bike ride in the morning, you might want to relax and enjoy Fort Lauderdale from a boat. These tours tell you the history of the city and show you some of the most expensive homes and yachts in the area. If you get hungry, you can purchase food and drinks on the cruise. For details and schedules, click here.
Riverfront Cruises: 300 SW 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale; 954-463-3440.
Himmarshee Historic District
This is the oldest section of the commercial downtown with 20th century businesses along the north and south sides of Himmarshee and Second Street.
It is comprised of bars, restaurants, cafes, venues, and more. Bike around and find a new favorite place to eat.
Himmarshee District: 201 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale; 954-616-5275.
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
If you love the arts, culture and music, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts has hundreds of performances each year, including musicals, theatrical acts and more. Check out their calendar of events.
Broward Center: 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-0222.
Museum of Discovery and Science
If science is your thing, the Museum of Discovery and Science is IT.
New Science Park Opens March 23, 2018! Kids, school groups, and parents will enjoy the fresh air and safe surroundings of the Science Park as they continue their exploration of the Museum outdoors. Giant full-body exhibits will demonstrate key principles of physics and engineering while also providing entertainment and group interaction. Visitors will explore together and experiment with basic principles of the physical world and come to intuitive understanding of how they work. This green oasis in the center of the City of Fort Lauderdale will spark curiosity whether you are two or 82. The Museum of Discovery and Science is committed to enhancing the pipeline of today’s youth toward STEM knowledge and careers. The Science Park is a key element in this vision. More information at mods.org #science #park #sciencepark #museum #museumofdiscoveryandscience #STEM #science #physics #engineering #fortlauderdale #broward #florida
You can watch real sharks in captivity, see otters in the Eco Discovery center, take virtual trips to the moon, walk through hurricane force winds in the Storm Centerand test your pilot skills in the “Living in the Everglades” exhibit. They have an IMAX theater, a snack bar, exhibitions, events and more.
Museum of Discovery: 401 SW Second Street Fort Lauderdale; 954-467-6637.
NSU (Nova Southeastern University) Art Museum
The NSU Art Museum’s 75,000-square-foot building is just waiting to be explored. It emphasizes contemporary (20th century) projects, curated exhibitions, events, collections and educational resources.
NSU: One East Las Olas Boulevard Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-5500.
Las Olas Boulevard for dinner (2 miles)
Probably the most famous destination for tourists when visiting Fort Lauderdale is Las Olas Boulevard.
I suggest biking to Las Olas Boulevard because it’s about 2 miles away from the Brightline station. The strip is full of shops, fine dining, casual restaurants and bars. It is the heart of the town. There’s a lot of shopping to be done here too.
Revolution Live (across the street)
Part night club, part event venue, Revolution Live has hosted everything from electronic DJs and rock funk to beneficiary events and private parties.
Check out the list of events, and catch one if you can before you hop on the train back to West Palm.
Revolution Live: 100 SW 3rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025.
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