The Fort Lauderdale is on the Atlantic Ocean's coast in Broward County in South Florida, is the county seat, and has a population of more than 170,000 residents. It's called the "Venice of America" because of its extensive canal system.
While the actual city is rather small, 'Fort Lauderdale' often refers to the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area with its over 5.5 million people, which is the sixth-largest metropolis area in the USA.
The median home value as of August 31, 2019, according to Zillow, is $314,400. The median list price per square foot is $315, higher than the Metro average of $223. The median rental price is $2,025, lower than the Metro median of $2,100.
If you live in Fort Lauderdale or want special places to take visitors, there's a wide variety of interesting places to explore. Fort Lauderdale is also America's yachting capital, so there are many boat rental and charter companies.
There are numerous bars and restaurants along the Intracoastal Waterway that cater to yachtsmen as well as many wonderful restaurants and shopping areas in the city.
Port Everglades is Florida's most active container port and the nation's second-busiest port for cruise ships after the Port of Miami. About 10,000 passengers arrive and depart each week on cruises of varying lengths.
Fort Lauderdale Beach is wonderful and has clean white-sand on the ocean with wonderful waves, a nice place to walk, a fun environment, volleyball pits, picnic tables, friendly locals, and turtle nests, plus, it's within walking distance of the town center.
The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum is an extraordinary reproduction of an old Packard showroom that is a must-see for avid car lovers and history buffs. For a $10 donation, you can view an amazing collection of 34 antique Packard autos from the early 1900s, all still in full working order and in incredible condition. There are also hood ornaments, gas caps, tools, cigarette lighters, tools, etc. that you wouldn't see anywhere else.
You can take a Fort Lauderdale Family Pirate Cruise for an hour and 30-minute high seas adventure on the pirate ship Bluefoot, a US Coast Guard-inspected and certified vessel, along the Intracoastal Waterway.
There are temporary pirate tattoos, face painting, lessons in pirate lingo, and the use of water cannons to keep villain ‘Barnacle Bill’ away during an interactive search for treasure. All children receive a bag of pirate’s booty and an official pirate certificate. You can also view expensive homes and yachts in this pirate’s paradise.
The Everglades National Park Nature Walk and an Air Boat Ride is about six hours, so you can have an exhilarating half-day adventure and scenic drive in the heart of the Park, see wildlife in their natural habitats on a guided walk, take a one-hour airboat ride through the heart of the Everglades, and visit a historic and remote island Miccosukee Native American village.
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