For many who visit Fort Lauderdale during spring break, the beach is their primary destination. If you're trying to stay away from the crazy beach parties and booze-filled events, however, check out this list of family-friendly activities for spring break in Fort Lauderdale. No matter what the attraction, one thing's for sure; wear plenty of sunscreen as the hot Florida sun will be shining brightly, and many of these activities are outdoors!

Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

Constructed in 1920, the Bonnet House provides guests with the opportunity to be transported back in time by the surrounding architecture and design. If you're lucky, your family might get to see the occasional appearance of a manatee.

Aside from the house's grandeur, the gardens are not something to be missed. You can walk through one of the finest orchid collections in the U.S. as well as the Maritime Forest and Mangrove Wetlands. 

Because of its seaside location, visitors will experience the rare old South Florida and all of its beauty, completely untouched by commercial developers and settlers! Tours are available Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult tickets are $20, and children six through 12 are $16 each.

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Flamingo Gardens

This 60-acre wildlife sanctuary is home to nearly 90 species of Florida native birds and animals. Your family can also see one of the largest raptor collections in the U.S.! The core mission of the Flamingo Gardens is to preserve the flora, fauna, and history of the Florida Everglades.

There are nine different attractions that visitors of all ages can enjoy including the butterfly and hummingbird garden, the live oak hammock, the tropical rainforest, and the wetlands area. The park is open Monday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and adults 12 and older can purchase tickets for $19.95.

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Museum of Discovery and Science

If science and discovery is something you're looking for this spring break, make a visit to the Museum of Discovery and Science where their mission is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs, and films.

Whether it's the Everglades Airboat Adventure or the Florida Ecoscapes, there are plenty of family-friendly exhibits that are lots of fun. The museum is open everyday of the week, but hours vary depending on the day. Tickets for non-member adults are $17, and children two through 12 are $14 each.

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Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

An urban oasis nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Intercoastal Waterway is the best way to describe the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Open 365 days a year from 8 a.m. until sundown, guests will be able to witness Fort Lauderdale's primary central park.

Whether your family likes to bike, camp, paddle, fish, hike, picnic, swim, or walk, the beauty of the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park can be experienced in all sorts of ways! The entry fee is $6 per car. 

Sawgrass Recreation Park

If you're looking for a new, fun way to explore Florida's Everglades, look no further than Sawgrass Recreation Park. This one-of-a-kind airboat tour will take you deep into the swamp. There's now a day tour and a night tour so your family can choose between the two options for a 60-minute tour and get up-close-and-personal with Florida wildlife.

Cameras are highly recommended but due to the boats fast speeds, waterproof clothing and sunscreen are recommended! Tickets start at $21.45 per person and go up to $45 for the VIP experience.

Whether your family likes the great outdoors or prefers to explore inside, these family-friendly spring break ideas in Fort Lauderdale will provide lots of fun during the kids' week off from school.

Spring break dates vary depending on the level of education and institution, but most events will begin in late February and can last until the beginning of April. The majority of these events, however, will begin mid-March, so be sure to check ahead to make sure you're not missing anything!

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