There is so much to do and see in Ft. Lauderdale that planning a trip can take some time. You will want to spend a week or more in this area, and to generally take it slow. There is a lot of beach to soak in and plenty of water sports to enjoy, after all, and once you are done with the coast you have shopping, events, museums, and botanical gardens to explore till your heart’s content.
Start First By Deciding Upon a Great Rental
Though Ft. Lauderdale is a city the best way to get around is definitely with a vehicle of your own. Yes, there is public transport, but outside of the downtown area it can be difficult to get around on your own. With a rental, you will have the ability to explore the farthest reaches of Ft. Lauderdale and really enjoy all that his sunny city has to offer.
What Car is Right for Your Family?
When renting a vehicle it is important to choose the right one for your needs. Solo, couple, or group trips will change which rental is best for you. When looking to book ahead, it is important to remember that you won’t always be able to select the make and model, and instead will need to choose the class of vehicle you want to rent.
For large groups of six or seven, you will want to go with an SUV. Otherwise for groups of five or less you will enjoy the premium or luxury class, the standard class, the intermediate class, or the full-size class.
For Gas Mileage
Economy cars and mid-size cars offer the greatest opportunity for exceptional gas mileage.
Luxury and premium cars have great additional features like air conditioning, powered steering, and automatic transmission. They are roomy, great to drive, and a dream to be in.
Economy and compact vehicles are the most budget-friendly on the market, both for their upfront cost and for their gas mileage.
What to Do Once You Have Your Rental in Ft. Lauderdale
What to do in Ft. Lauderdale now that you have a great rental at the help is up to you, but we recommend making time for each of the following:
Visit the Beach
One of the top things to do in Ft. Lauderdale is definitely to visit the beach. Though private beaches do exist in Florida, there are still plenty of public spaces to go and enjoy a fun day out at the beach, and with year-round great temperatures, you can enjoy the coast throughout the year.
Shop Till You Drop
Florida is a great place to shop, both along the streets and in its massive mecca malls.
Las Olas Boulevard
One of the best places to shop for luxury fashion and accessories is along the beautiful Las Olas Boulevard.
Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall
The Sawgrass mills outlet mall is something else. Full of designer brands at outlet prices, the Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall is an absolute must for anyone who loves to shop.
Go for a Night on the Town in Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District
Though Ft. Lauderdale is not as booming and wild as Miami can be, that does not mean it does not have a great entertainment district or night life. Rather than clubs and bars – though there are plenty of those in Ft. Lauderdale as well – you will want to spend your time at these top art and entertainment establishments:
- Broward Center for Performing Arts
- Florida Grand Opera
- Fort Lauderdale History Center
- NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
- Stranaham House
Go on a Boat Tour
The intracoastal waterway is full of beautiful homes and great sights, and the best way to see them all is to go on a relaxing boat tour. Choose one that offers food and drink, and you have a great waterway picnic on your hands.
Visit the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
One of the top sights to explore just outside of Ft. Lauderdale is the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, a 35 acre estate full of beauty and wonder. It is the perfect place for a stroll through history.
The Flamingo Gardens are 60 acres of botanical wonder and wildlife sanctuary. You will be able to see birds of prey, the aviary, alligators, flamingos, bobcats, black bears, Florida panthers, as well as exotic and native plants including the “Champion” trees of Florida. It is a beautiful, exotic, and thrilling destination to enjoy whenever you are in Ft. Lauderdale.
With a car of your own, you can see and do so much more in Ft. Lauderdale, so make sure to book a rental in advance so that you can make the most of your next vacation.