Beach Walking Tour in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale (Self Guided)

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 Walking Tour in Fort Lauderdale Map

Guide Name: Beach Walking Tour in Fort Lauderdale
Guide Location: USA » Fort Lauderdale (See other walking tours in Fort Lauderdale)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.9 km
Author: christine
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Broward County Convention Center

1) Broward County Convention Center (must see)

The Broward County Convention Center is a major landmark along Fort Lauderdale's oceanfront. This huge modern architectural structure is where various business conventions, fairs, cultural events, and exhibitions of all shapes and sizes take place. Built in 1991, it has a three story atrium that fills the building with light and features a fantastic sailfish sculpture at its entrance.
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The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

2) The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (AiFL) is a private, coeducational applied-arts college located in southeast urban Fort Lauderdale. Founded in 1968 by the late Mark K. Wheeler, it is the second Art Institute of a current 50 to be established in North America. The campus is composed of 16 art departments, two applied-art schools, The International Culinary School, the Chef's Palette restaurant and one dormitory complex. Nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, the college is licensed to award Bachelor of Science and Associate of Science degrees, and diplomas. Courses are taught by industry professionals.

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Willard Van Orsdel King House

3) 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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Bahia Mar Marinas and Yachting Centre

4) 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.
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Swimming Hall of Fame

5) 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 - Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm.
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The Elbo Room

6) 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.
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Las Olas Beach Club

7) 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.
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Beach Place

8) 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.
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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).
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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.
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: 0.7 km
Daily Life in Fort Lauderdale

Daily Life in Fort Lauderdale

There's lots to enjoy on a daily basis in such a beautiful city as Fort Lauderdale. A stroll through the scenic Riverwalk Park downtown, a visit to one of the many shops, bars, and clubs of Las Olas Boulevard, or a trip to one of the city's cafes and cinemas. You could also catch a show at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Take our tour to catch the highlights of Daily Life in...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Art Walking Tour in Fort Lauderdale

Art Walking Tour in Fort Lauderdale

Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale's famous downtown street, brings together many of the city's best galleries, including the Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale. The area also hosts regular art and craft fairs. Take our Art Walking Tour to get a cultural walk-through the whole boulevard, featuring both contemporary and classical art from the US and abroad.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
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: 7.1 km
Downtown Orientation Walk

Downtown Orientation 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: 3.3 km
Nightlife at Fort Lauderdale Beach

Nightlife at Fort Lauderdale Beach

Fort Lauderdale is rich in nightlife venues and nowhere more so than the beach strip. Here you'll find a wide range of great hotspots, with everything from fashionable lounges to casual hangouts. Take our Nightlife at Fort Lauderdale Beach tour to see the best nightspots in the area.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Fort Lauderdale for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Fort Lauderdale has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Fort Lauderdale, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.