If you’re taking a vacation in Fort Lauderdale, you want it to live up to the hype. Luckily, we have a quick list of places to stay and things to do. Don’t forget that if you need to park at an airport or around the city, you can check out On Air Parking’s lots available for reservation, so you can pinch pennies where you need to so you can make the important parts of your trip even better.
Places to Stay
If you’re looking for a great combination of a hotel and nightlife, look no further than The Pillars, which is a waterfront, small, luxury hotel. It’s located on the Intracoastal Waterway, just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean. This hotel is over twenty years old, and is reminiscent of the finest European boutique inns. Dining at the hotel is available only for hotel guests and members of the hotel’s private dining club. The Pillars Hotel & Club was named the 2023 Winter in the Conde Nast Johansens Annual Awards for Excellence for the best dining venue among its constituent hotels in the USA, Canada, and the Caribbean. Accommodation options include their deluxe water view one bedroom suites, intracoastal suites, main house one bedroom suites, birch house grand suites, birch house junior suites, king deluxe poolside rooms, king superior poolside rooms, and more.
A breathtaking, Instagram-worthy hotel, The Dalmar Tribute Portfolio has gorgeous rooms with stunning art. They include experiences like The Terrace Grill, Sparrow, Rose’s Coffee Bar, a lobby bar, sip n’ dip, and a pool. Dalmar rooms include the Dalmar Flagler suite, Dalmar City suite, Federal suite, Dalmar Canal suite, and more. There’s also Element rooms, which include the Element Flagler suite, Element City suite, Element Federal suite, Element Canal studio suite, and more.
With a spa on-site, you cannot escape luxury, relaxation, and pure bliss at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa. Their spa offers a full menu of treatments administered by experts, including massages, skin care, nail, and beauty services. They use BABOR skin care products to soothe your nervous system and promote your skin to be its best self. You can view all of their spa treatments online, which makes it easy to figure out what you want. They also have their Sky Bar, which is on the fifth floor pool terrace and serves a vibrant selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and more, along with delicious cocktails. Take the time to partake in the Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery, which offers panoramic ocean views and fresh dining favorites from both the land and the sea.
Things to Do
There is a huge variety of things to do in Fort Lauderdale, so these are only a few of the options.
If horseback riding is your jam, you can visit Bar-B Ranch, which offers scenic trail rides in Robbins Open Space Preserve so you can soak in some of Florida’s most beautiful landscapes. It’s a 160-acre preserve, giving riders a glimpse into “old Florida.” You can also enjoy a guided ride on Bar-B’s very own twenty-five-acre property, but please keep in mind that most of this space is under open sky and not very shaded. Fees vary, so be sure to check it out online before you decide to visit. It’s required to make an appointment for private rides and trail rides.
No list for visiting in Fort Lauderdale would be complete without mentioning Butterfly World, which holds the place as the world’s largest butterfly park, being home to more than 20,000 live butterflies. Indulge your inner child (or your actual child) by visiting this absolutely stunning park, and during your visit, you can hand-feed the lorikeets, explore the butterfly museum and Bug Zoo, take in the waterfalls, botanical gardens, passion vines, and roses. Adults admission is $32.50 (ages 12+), children are $22.50 (ages 3-11) and kiddos two and under are free. Butterfly World is open seven days a week, with Monday through Saturday being open from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday being open from 11am to 5pm. If you don’t purchase your tickets online, please know that the last ticket sales are done at 4pm, and the last lorikeet feeding is at 4:15pm. The butterfly flight areas and lorikeet encounters are closed at 4:30pm.
The last thing on our to-do list is eat. Fort Lauderdale has amazing restaurants, and the city itself has a small guide for popular restaurants in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area in categories including waterfront, casual, fine dining, coffee shops, kid-friendly spots, and ice cream and desserts. You can take a look at their options online.
If you choose to park at the airport or in the city with On Air Parking, you can reach customer service Monday through Friday, 10am to 7pm ET by calling 888-487-2754 or texting 424-532-8940. You can make your reservations online or with their Apple and Android compatible app, and cancellations are free up to the start date of your reservation.