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Beach Area Walking Tour (Self Guided), Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, dubbed the “Venice of America”, is one of Florida's most attractive cities with lots to offer any visitor, including navigable canals and gorgeous beaches. A top destination for both spring and summer vacations, with one of the most popular things to do being a long walk along the city's ocean line. This beach walk has got all the activities and attractions that make up the Florida lifestyle.
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Beach Area Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Beach Area Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Fort Lauderdale (See other walking tours in Fort Lauderdale)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 Km or 3.9 Miles
Author: christine
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Willard Van Orsdel King House
  • Wreck Bar & Lounge
  • Bahia Mar Marinas and Yachting Centre
  • Swimming Hall of Fame
  • The Elbo Room
  • Las Olas Beach Club
  • Beach Place
  • Parrot Lounge
  • Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
  • Blue Martini
Willard Van Orsdel King House

1) Willard Van Orsdel King House

The Dr. Willard Van Orsdel King House is a historic U.S. home located at 1336 Seabreeze Boulevard. On February 21, 2006, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Dr. King was a world renowned Entomologist, specializing in mosquito control. Dr. King received his Doctorate from Tulane University in 1915. He is credited with being the first person to use aerial spaying to control mosquito populations and reduce the spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases. He was head of mosquito operations at the Orlando Lab when he joined the US Army Medical Corps in 1942, and was discharged in 1945 with the rank of Colonel. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for meritorious service. He married Leila Menere Kepert in 1944 in Sydney, Australia, and they moved back to Orlando until 1953, when Dr. King retired from the Orlando Lab and moved to 1336 Seabreeze Blvd, where he continued as a consultant for all mosquito issues, until his death in March 1970.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
Wreck Bar & Lounge

2) Wreck Bar & Lounge

The Wreck Bar and Lounge, located inside the Sheraton Yankee Clipper Hotel, is a must see venue in Fort Lauderdale, where you're sure to have a great night of relaxing live entertainment. Their famous “Underwater Dancing Mermaids” show features extraordinary dancers performing underwater behind glass. There's also some cool music and a nice selection of moderately priced drinks.
Bahia Mar Marinas and Yachting Centre

3) Bahia Mar Marinas and Yachting Centre

The Bahia Mar Marina is one of Fort Lauderdale's must see attractions. This marina bay is filled with luxury yachts and other boats that can take visitors to many different destinations using Fort Lauderdale's canals. This nautical paradise is also located near the South Beach, a popular walking and recreational area.
Swimming Hall of Fame

4) Swimming Hall of Fame (must see)

The International Swimming Hall of Fame and Museum (ISHOF) is a history museum and hall of fame, located at One Hall of Fame Drive, Fort Lauderdale, operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of swimming in the United States and around the world.

Exhibits include ancient art and both reproductions and original art depicting famous moments in swimming history (from ancient times to modern), swimwear, and civil rights, as well as memorabilia and artifacts belonging to persons who have promoted or excelled in aquatics. It is recognized by FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) as the official hall for the aquatics sports.

Operation Hours: Monday -Friday: 9 am - 5 pm; Saturday: 9 am- 2 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Elbo Room

5) The Elbo Room

Established in 1938, The Elbo Room is a legendary live music bar. Popular with students on Spring break, it's known around the country after numerous movie appearances, including the award-winning “Where The Boys Are” movie from 1960. The living memory of the club is represented by displays of customer photos from down the years.
Las Olas Beach Club

6) Las Olas Beach Club

The Las Olas Beach Club, formerly the Lauderdale Beach Hotel, is an elegant Art-Deco landmark on the city's beachfront. Designed by Roy France and built in 1936, it was Fort Lauderdale's first beach hotel and was a very popular place for visitors to stay. The hotel's construction spearheaded the beach area's development after the Great Depression and the disastrous hurricane of 1926. In 2001, along with the rest of the city's westside beachfront developments, the hotel was redeveloped to include a 28 story tower. However the beachfront's northern, southern, and eastern areas remain practically untouched.
Beach Place

7) Beach Place (must see)

The Beach Place, located at the intersection of Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard and Cortez Street, is a popular spot with visitors to the city. Home to shopping, dining, and musical performances, this area has something to entertain you at any hour of the day.
Parrot Lounge

8) Parrot Lounge

The Parrot Lounge is one of a few relaxed lounges on the strip that is much loved by locals. This reasonably priced club is the quintessential place to go if you want to spend time with friends, grab some snacks, have a few drinks, see a sports game, or listen to some live music by local rock bands.
Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

9) Bonnet House Museum and Gardens (must see)

The Bonnet House (also known as the Bartlett Estate) is a historic home in Fort Lauderdale located at 900 Birch Road. On July 5, 1984, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is named after the Bonnet Lily.

The property was originally acquired in 1895 by Hugh Taylor Birch, a successful Chicago lawyer, and given to his daughter Helen and her husband, artist Frederic Clay Bartlett, as a wedding gift in 1919. Bartlett built a plantation-style home on the property and wintered there with his wife and child from a previous marriage, Frederic Jr, until Helen died in 1925. Bartlett then married Evelyn Fortune Lilly, ex-wife of Eli Lilly, and they continued to use the home as a winter residence until his death in 1953 and hers in 1997. She deeded the property in 1983 to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, which maintains the property as a historic house museum called the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens.

Bartlett's sister, Maie Bartlett Heard, founded the Heard Museum in Phoenix with her husband Dwight B. Heard.

This place served as the finish line for the seventh season of the hit CBS reality show The Amazing Race. In May, 2008 The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed the building on their list of America's Most Endangered Places.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm (last tour 3.30).
Sight description based on wikipedia
Blue Martini

10) Blue Martini

This trendy lounge club is one of the best places around to relax and cool off after a crazy night on the dance floor. This late night club has live performances with all the best acoustic and electronica tunes, plus a great bar that's got plenty of tasty cocktails. Blue Martini has also a comfortable VIP Lounge and some nice appetizers. Bear in mind there's a strict dress code in place and only those 21 and over are allowed.

Walking Tours in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Create Your Own Walk in Fort Lauderdale

Create Your Own Walk in Fort Lauderdale

Creating your own self-guided walk in Fort Lauderdale is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Fort Lauderdale Downtown Introduction Walk

Fort Lauderdale Downtown Introduction Walk

Fort Lauderdale, also known as the “Venice of America”, is one of Florida's most attractive cities. This quintessentially Floridian city has preserved historic buildings, museums, sightseeing walks along the New River banks, and lots of navigable canals. Fort Lauderdale has become a great place to visit during spring and summer vacations.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Historic Walk in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Historic Walk in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Downtown Fort Lauderdale is home to three designated historic districts: The Sailboat Bend, The Himmarshee and The Stranahan House. Each holds a range of houses and buildings from the mid-19th Century and the 20th Century, that together tell the fascinating story of the development of this growing city and its communities.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Shopping Tour in Fort Lauderdale

Shopping Tour in Fort Lauderdale

As well as being a classic tourist destination, Fort Lauderdale is also a top place to go shopping. Its charming Las Olas Boulevard district is chock full of specialty shops, fashion boutiques and galleries. The sunny beachfront area also has its fair share of shops, souvenir boutiques, plus a beach plaza with great entertainment. Take our Shopping Tour to catch all the best shops in these areas.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Church Walking Tour in Fort Lauderdale

Church Walking Tour in Fort Lauderdale

This multi-faith east coast city is home to a whole range of outstanding churches that are architectural highlights as well as places of worship. Their structural design and interior decoration feature a wide range of styles from strictly traditional to modern minimalist, giving Fort Lauderdale a quite unique visual aesthetic. Take our tour to see the city's best churches.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.8 Km or 5.5 Miles
Nightlife in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Nightlife in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Nightlife in downtown Fort Lauderdale is as diverse as it is exciting, with something for everybody's taste. The Himmarshee Village District, for example, is crammed with hot nightspots that don't have dress codes like the lounges in the beach area. Take our tour to have the best possible night out in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Dania Beach Recreational Tour

Dania Beach Recreational Tour

Dania Beach is a small municipality of suburban Fort Lauderdale that was originally part of Broward County. Its name comes from the first Danish emigrants that settled here in the late 19th Century. This little town is famous for being the home of all things fishing, with a Fishing Hall of Fame and many of the best fishing spots in all of south Florida. It's also a top US location for...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 Km or 4.2 Miles