Fort Lauderdale is known for its endless opportunities to have fun in the sun, and that is certainly the case for Memorial Day when a host of beach and water activities are among the highlights. There are also many opportunities to pay tribute to people who have served various branches of the U.S. military. Here is our list of the best things to do on Memorial Day in Fort Lauderdale!
Fort Lauderdale Beach is a favorite hangout on Memorial Day. On Saturday, they host the Great American Beach Party, a free event featuring six bands throughout the day and country music legend Lee Greenwood.
There will certainly be plenty to do at the beach on Monday, too, so bring an umbrella and set up a Memorial Day picnic! It will be busy, so those opting for a quieter beach experience may be inclined to visit Lauderdale By The Sea or Pompano Beach.
Paradise Cove Water Park is on the grounds of C.B. Smith Park and provides ample opportunities for family fun. The 4.69-acre facility boasts pools, waterslides, and tube rides.
There are concession areas on-site and umbrellas and tables available for rent. Memorial Day hours are 10 a.m. to 5:20 p.m., and admission is $10 per person.
Several Fort Lauderdale-area communities are holding Memorial Day parades including Davie. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the Davie Fire Station and travels to Bergeron Rodeo Grounds.
A formal ceremony honoring those who have served this country will take place there immediately following the parade. Those who want to line the streets are asked to wear their patriotic best and bring their American flags!
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is the Memorial Day destination for those looking to get in touch with nature. Visitors can hike the Coastal Hammock Trail or canoe or kayak in the park's coastal dune lakes and bike a two-mile park drive.
There are 250 species of birds that call the park home and several other varieties of wildlife to see. The park is open from 8 a.m. to sundown, and there is a $6 entrance fee for multi-passenger cars and a $4 fee for single-passenger cars.
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The Jungle Queen is the longest-running river cruise in Fort Lauderdale. They've had over 18 million visitors since starting operation in 1935 and also boast the longest-running variety show in the United States.
The Jungle Queen currently has spots available on their 90-minute morning sightseeing cruise that leaves at 11 a.m. as well as their 1:30 p.m. afternoon sightseeing cruise and tropical isle tour. Both cruises are around $25 for adults and $15 for children.
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Memorial Day in Fort Lauderdale provides an excellent opportunity to get outside and enjoy a bevy of activities. Whatever you choose to do, make it a great day with family and remember those who have served to protect our freedoms!
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