The Best Ft. Lauderdale Attractions for Your Family Vacation

When traveling to Fort Lauderdale, it's easy to get overwhelmed with all of the available attractions. From beaches and restaurants to amusements and historical sites, choosing what to do can be exciting. It can also be overwhelming.

Here are some of the best Fort Lauderdale Attractions that you should be sure to see when you're visiting.

Museum of Discovery and Science

The Museum of Discovery and Science is one of the more educational Ft. Lauderdale attractions. From science and technology to animal exhibits, your kids will be more than entertained. There's also an IMAX theatre where the family can catch a movie.

Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale

Another museum conveniently located in the heart of city, the Museum of Art is a must visit for the art history buff. The exciting thing about the museum is that the exhibits change periodically. So it can easily become a place you go to each year and experience something new.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

This huge habitat-like park is a wonderful place to go for the outdoorsy family. You can go on a hike or spend the day fishing. The park is large enough (actually huge!) that you could enjoy a bike ride. There are quite a few animal exhibits; tortoises, birds, even snakes! Birch State park is a family favorite for sure. If we were to give you one piece of advice, be sure to bring the insect repellent, there are quite a few roaming around freely.

Lockhart Stadium

Are you a sports fan? Don't want to spend a ton of money on a professional game, but still want the experience? Grab a ticket to see the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, the pro soccer team! You can even grab seats for less than $20 each. This is a great way to spend an afternoon, enjoying a game and the accompanying "American" sports game favorite foods. Hot dogs, fries, burgers... you'll find them all at Lockhart Stadium!

Intercostal Waterway

Did you know that Ft. Lauderdale is known as the "Venice of America"? You'll definitely see why once you visit the Intercoastal Waterway. There are several ways that you can tour the waterway, from tour boats to water taxis. Regardless of how you decide to experience, you won't be disappointed by the breathtaking views. You can also take a look at some of the most expensive waterside yachts and properties on Millionaire's Row. Intercoastal Waterway is absolutely one of the must see city Attractions.

Joe Picasso's

Hanging out at Joe's is a unique experience unlike any other. Here you can get in touch with your inner artist and do ceramics, paint canvases, and create mosaics. Probably the best part of the experience is that you can create your own souvenirs. Another great thing about Joe Picasso's is that it's not only targeted toward just adults or just children. The entire family can enjoy arts and crafts and a class, too if you're up for it.

Ft. Lauderdale Beach

Obviously this is one of the most popular of the city attractions; beach gives you miles and miles of white sandy beaches overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. You also have the option of walking along the storefronts and doing some shopping. You could easily spend the entire day at the beach catching waves, sunbathing, and taking in some of the amazing views.

XBK Zone

This one is definitely targeted to the gamers. There are tons of arcade games, and an entire indoor entertainment center. The best part? The indoor go-kart track. Second runner up is definitely the bowling alley. Be prepared for quote a few hours of family fun.

The Gallery at Beach Place

The Gallery at Beach place is a multi story mall located right in city. You can find just about anything from beach essentials to eateries. Honestly, you can find more attractive places to shop, but the convenience of the Gallery does make it one of the better city attractions.

Jungle Queen Riverboat

The Jungle Queen Riverboat is one of the only boat tours that tackles the New River. You will also enjoy southern cuisine on the boat, family style. You'll also make a stop on a secluded island where you will be treated to a variety show fit for the whole family. The riverboat tour is something you must experience at least once, if not twice on your visit to city.

Spending your vacation at Fort Lauderdale is definitely not limited to visiting these places. There are so many hidden gems and family locations that you can find online or even hear about from the locals. These are just a few suggestions on where to begin what is sure to be a great time in a wonderful coastal city.