Why You Need to Go to Fort Lauderdale for Your Next Travel Adventure

August 1, 2018 | Stefanie DiMartino

If you’re an adventure seeker, then Greater Fort Lauderdale needs to be added to your bucket list! Fort Lauderdale is the hidden gem of Florida. It’s time for this area to shine as bright as the other stars of the state.

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Did you know that Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America? This is because it has 300 miles of Intracoastal Waterway. This brings tons of opportunities for water sports, such as jet skiing, boating, snorkeling and diving. However, there is so much more than that! Today I’m going to go over some of the fabulous adventure experiences you can have in Greater Fort Lauderdale.

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There are few things as satisfying as catching your own fish then frying it up on the grill at home. Here, there are ample opportunities to go deep sea fishing on the ocean or simply spend the day on one of the many lakes. To book this experience, visit fishheadquarters.com.

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A fantastic way to relax at sea and enjoy the stunning Greater Fort Lauderdale views is to do a sailing charter. The water along the coast feels like a warm hug and is filled with colorful coral reefs. Combine a day of snorkeling with barbecue on a sailboat and you have the perfect day. To book this experience, visit tropicalsailing.com.

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If you’re more into extreme sports and speed, jet skiing in Greater Fort Lauderdale is an epic option. Some of the best places to jet ski are through the many canals and waterways. In particular, “Millionaire’s Row” is beautiful. This is a section of the canals that are lined with massive mansions. To book this experience, visit jetskifortlauderdalefl.com.



A seabob is an electric water vehicle that can operate on the surface as well as under water. This unique experience is something that you can find in very few places around the world. Seabobs are equipped with HD video cameras which can record your underwater adventures. It’s a new, fun way to see the underwater world. To book this experience, visit flbeachventures.com.


There are twenty-three miles of reef tract with over one hundred reefs along the coast of the area. You can see colorful tropical fish, dolphins, stingrays and more. If you’re feeling extra adventurous you can even snorkel around the shipwrecks. To read about my experience doing this and see photos, click here to go to my article. To book this experience, visit southfloridadiving.com.

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If you’re interested in “hanging ten”, then jump on a surfboard and ride the waves! Never been? No worries, you can take surf lessons at many locations in Greater Fort Lauderdale. They can teach everyone from beginners to more advanced surfers that are interested in learning cutbacks or aerials. To book this experience, visit ezridesurfschool.com.



A Flyboard is a water-propelled “jetpack” which is a board that you strap to your feet. This board is attached by a PWC jet pump, which gives the Flyboard propulsion through air and water. You feel like you’re flying above the water. It’s a lot of fun! To book this experience, visit flyboardftlauderdale.com.



A great way to see the city of Fort Lauderdale is on a bike tour. On this trip, you’ll see some of the country’s most expensive waterfront real-estate, distinct historic neighborhoods, world famous Las Olas Boulevard and some hidden surprises. To book this experience, visit fortlauderdalebiketours.com.

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Did you know that Greater Fort Lauderdale is the shipwreck capital of Florida? Well, it is! Which means you should dive or snorkel at one of the over 50 wrecks. To read about my experience doing this and see photos, click here to go to my article. To book this experience, visit southfloridadiving.com.

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iFLY offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to do indoor skydiving. You are actually flying in a wind tunnel. This innovative technology works thanks to a vertical wind tunnel that has fans at the top to draw air through the flight chamber and then push it back down the sides through Return Air Towers. The result is a smooth column of air that enables you to fly. This is the same technology that professional skydivers use to develop and hone their skills. To read about my experience in detail and see photos, read my article here. To book this experience, visit iflyworld.com.


Everglades National Park is a 1.5-million-acre wetland preserve in South Florida. It is similar to a grassy, slow-moving river. An iconic experience to do in Greater Fort Lauderdale is to ride an airboat and swamp buggy through the Everglades. During this surreal experience, you’ll soar past coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods that are home to hundreds of animal species. To read about my experience in detail and see photos, read my article here. To book this experience, visit billieswamp.com.

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If you’re looking for an exciting, hands-on experience on the water in Fort Lauderdale, then sea kayaking and canoeing is a great option. You can take day and night tours to explore the area’s most exciting attributes, focusing on history, architecture and natural developments. To book this experience, visit bluemoonoutdoor.com.



Spend some time among the clouds on a parasailing adventure! From afar it might seem extreme, but parasailing can be one of the most peaceful moments of the day. It is beautifully serene when you’re up in the sky and the views of Fort Lauderdale are stunning. To book this experience, visit hollywoodparasail.com.



If you have kids (or are a kid at heart) and it’s a rainy day, a good option is to visit the Xtreme Action Park. It is Florida’s largest entertainment venue and spans over 200,000 sq ft. Inside is a unique mix of indoor attractions, including a Gas-Powered Go-Kart Race Track, Arcade Game Room with XD Dark Ride Theater and Laser Frenzy, a Ropes Course Adventure, Bowling Lanes, an interactive airsoft arena called Bazooka Blast, a Trampoline Park, and a Roller Skating Rink. Everyone can find something they’ll love inside. To book this experience, visit xtremeactionpark.com.


South Florida may not have mountains to climb, but they do have a fantastic indoor facility. All ages and skills are welcome. To book this experience, visit coralcliffs.com.


That is just a taste of the many adventure travel experiences that Greater Fort Lauderdale offers! If you love extreme sports, then this is the place for you to visit! Before booking your trip, check out my other articles on Fort Lauderdale below, and read my suggested itinerary in the beautiful Venice of America.

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