Whether you’re in town for a few days or live in Fort Lauderdale, it can be tough finding activities that are easy on the wallet but fun enough for all ages. The good news is that while the greater area may have a reputation for high-rolling, there are plenty of free family activities in Fort Lauderdale that can give you a whole new perspective on this vibrant, exciting part of Florida.
Active families will enjoy Segway Fort Lauderdale, a family-owned and top-rated tour company in Fort Lauderdale that offers a multitude of tours, both urban and nature-based. Customers rave about the personal service and how fun it is to ride the segways, and you can actually ride them for free! Call (954)304-5746 or visit their website to book a free Segway riding lesson. But be warned: riding segways is a lot of fun, so the lesson might tempt you to sign up for a whole hour!
For the science-lovers who love to ponder the big questions, Broward College's Buehler Planetarium will be a gem for the star-gazers in your family. Although it is currently closed for renovation, you can stop by the building from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. every Wednesday to use the observatory's powerful telescopes on the patio to observe planets, nebulae, and the moon. All observations are free and open to the public, so enjoy the skies and connect with like-minded science geeks for free.
Art lovers, don’t have to pay museum fees to see great paintings as a family. Simply stop by for a free tour of the huge, stunning murals in Downtown Hollywood. Nine blocks between US 1 and Dixie Highway, Tyler and Van Buren Streets have become a vivid, eye-popping canvas for 25 works by local artists that the Hollywood redevelopment agency commissioned. Artists have been asked not to use nudity or profanity in their work, so you can safely stroll around with your family and not have to answer awkward questions.
Love the water and urban sights? The Riverwalk Water Trolley rovides the perfect way for your family to tour Fort Lauderdale. Climb board and enjoy gorgeous views the area's lush nature and sleek city life that embodies this part of Florida. The trolley makes eight stops, many within walking distance of shops, museums, and restaurants. Between 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, this trolley ride is free to hop on and off!
For more than 30 years, Island Water Sports on Deerfield Beach has provided free surf, stand-up paddle, and skim lessons from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. All experience and age levels are welcome with or without equipment. Certified instructors will teach future water enthusiasts these fun water sports, but make sure your family registers online or at the store because once the maximum number of students met, that session will close for registration, and you'll have to sign up for the paid lessons that start after 9:30 a.m.
Don't worry about your wallet; there's enough free family activities in Fort Lauderdale to do that won't break the bank!
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