Located north of Miami, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea has earned its place in the hearts of residents and its many regular visitors. The charming and laid-back town has unusual tourist attractions and a quiet seaside village atmosphere. It offers a wide range of opportunities for vacationers to shop, enjoy delicious meals, engage in fishing activities, relax and sunbathe. Its many outdoor activities, public parks and seaside spaces make it an ideal destination for adventurers. Here are thrilling and affordable activities to do in this city.
ten Hike Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Hikers who want to feel rejuvenated, increase happiness, and create lasting memories should consider hiking at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, this expansive park has something for everyone. The peaceful sanctuary boasts a pristine beach, sparkling lagoon, and plenty of tropical tree-lined hiking trails.
From the Hugh Birch State Park Perimeter Loop to the Maritime Hammock Trail, it’s impossible for hikers to sit and watch others drift away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
9 Explore downtown and the beach pavilion
Frugal travelers can fully explore what downtown and the Beach Pavilion have to offer without spending a fortune. The main plaza of this adorable seaside town has plenty of eye-catching Adirondack chairs that are perfect for relaxing, capturing memories, and enjoying the town. Throughout the summer, this area is the best place to access all events and other happenings. Vacationers with energetic and curious children should consider this important landmark as the perfect destination for their children to meet other people and socialize.
8 Go snorkeling or scuba diving
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is one of the best places for beginners in scuba diving and snorkeling. Just south of Anglin Pier are Shipwreck Snorkel Trail and Anglin’s Pier Reef, south of Anglin Fishing Pier, two distinct places for beachgoers to explore. These two unique destinations are best for experienced divers as they can access the water directly from shore. Interestingly, some places offer guided snorkeling tours. For example, Gold Coast Scuba. Beach divers interested in scuba diving can take scuba lessons at Deep Blue Sea Divers.
seven Visit the quirky Bonnet House museum and gardens
Bonnet House Museums and Gardens is a historic estate located at 900 Birch Road. It offers travelers a unique way to experience not only historical and environmental preservation, but also learning and creative expression.
It has everything the average history buff would ask for, from bubbling fountains to vibrant paintings. Its magnificent vegetation inherent in the garden, its exotic plants and a multitude of animals such as monkeys and parrots have a knack of captivating the hearts of visitors. Vacationers can also enjoy great masterpieces by artists such as George Seurat.
6 Island boat cruise
The best way to have and enjoy the spectacular views of the city from the waterfront is to take a boat cruise. Vacationers can visit yachts and mansions while cruising in Fort Lauderdale. Captains and crew are always ready to guide vacationers through some notable owners while enjoying the thrilling ride. Visitors will enjoy the inherent nature of this part of town and the beautiful sunset in front of the Yacht Club. They can choose between many departures, head to the marina and take enough time to swim at the sandbar. There are floats and water toys for the sandbar.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is home to a distinct array of malls. It has proven itself as a mall. Visitors who adore handicrafts, jewelry, and gifts can purchase them at Coral Ridge Mall Pompano Marketplace or Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale. Other shopping destinations include Hillsboro Antique Mall, Promenade Shopping Center Elevator, Harbor Shops, and Ellis Diversified Retail Units.
4 Visit the beaches
You can’t visit Lauderdale-by-the-Sea without having a fun day at the beaches. Some notable ones are Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Beach and Washington Beach. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Beach has several food stalls, such as Aruba Beach Cafe and Anglins Beach Cafe, where vacationers can enjoy delicious meals and snacks. The beaches offer unlimited opportunities for water sports, parasailing, water surfing and boat fishing.
3 Enjoy the view of Anglin Fishing Pier
Anglin Fishing Pier was established in 1942. However, it was rebuilt in 1963 after being damaged by storms. The location offers vacationers a unique way to get the full Lauderdale-by-the-Sea experience. Here visitors can fully see the spectacular waterfront and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. It also allows vacationers to spot some of the local marine life, including turtles.
2 Play games at Friedt Family Park
Vacationers packing with their little ones can have real life at Friedt Family Park. The park is located behind the town hall in the heart of downtown. Vacationers can partake in scrambling rope nets, pint-sized ziplines, swings, and play tennis or basketball. Interestingly, the park has restrooms, making it an ideal destination for travelers with young children. There are also attractions near Friedt Family Park, such as Coast Boutique, Glam Sparkle n’ Glitz, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Food tours, and many more.
1 Take a day trip to the Everglades
Those who crave adventure with some added fun should consider visiting the Everglades, especially Everglades National Park. Vacationers will be pleasantly surprised by the impressive nature, diversity and wildlife of Everglades National Park. The park has plenty of other fun activities to try, such as boat trips.