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The popularity of the best things to do in Fort Lauderdale is apparent in the city’s growth. As new residential high-rises and oceanfront hotels change the skyline, Fort Lauderdale looks less and less like a mini Miami and more like its twin sister—or, perhaps, even the favorite child.
The city enjoys a slew of advantages: an international airport and cruise port within five miles of one another; a Virgin Trains station that travels to Miami or West Palm Beach in under 40 minutes; and more waterways than there are in Venice, Italy, which make Fort Lauderdale the yachting capital of the world and a natural host for the largest annual boat show.
Even while boasting new and evolving restaurants by celebrity chefs, popular beaches and a burgeoning art scene in downtown pockets like FATVillage and the MASS District, the city’s best trait (at least for now) is that it’s still got a small-town vibe—where the barista knows your order when you walk in and the neighbor who takes her dog on walks every morning smiles at you as you duck into your car.
But expansion and change are on the way, and by the time you finish experiencing all of the following things to do here, we’ll likely be working on the next list of all new and exciting places to explore.