The Best Parks to Visit in Fort Lauderdale

Best Parks In Fort Lauderdale

When visiting Fort Lauderdale with your family or pets, you’ll love having access to some fantastic parks! You’ll have no trouble relaxing when you visit some of the most beautiful beachfront, marshland, and wooded parks in the area. If you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity in Fort Lauderdale, you should consider exploring nature first. Here are some of our favorite nature parks to visit with your family.

Colee Hammock Park

Colee Hammock Park is a superb spot to picnic in Fort Lauderdale on a hot South Florida day. After grabbing a bite to eat from a local Las Olas restaurant, you may stroll to this park to sit under the palms and watch the boats go by. You will see stunning, romantic views of the river and an alluring peace. Sink into a deeper state of relaxation by bringing your hammock!

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, known as Fort Lauderdale’s Central Park, offers visitors a slice of wilderness within the urban city. This park is a local favorite where you’ll frequently find people rollerblading on the boardwalk or reading under the shade of palm trees. Those looking to hang out and appreciate the sun and outdoors that Florida offers will love Hugh Taylor Birch Park, which offers a variety of activities such as paddleboarding, wildlife viewing, and bicycling.

Esplanade Park

There are two main attractions on the Esplanade Park riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale: beautiful waterfront gardens and a glass pavilion. Esplanade Park provides excellent views of various events, including Winterfest boat parades, Stone Crab & Seafood Festivals, and Smoke on the Water BBQ Festivals. While visiting Esplanade Park, you will frequently find live music, food trucks, and vendors. It is also very close to the Las Olas bars and restaurants for lunch or a late afternoon drink!

John Lloyd Beach State Park

John U. Lloyd Beach State Park is a local favorite when we want a secluded beach off the beaten track. This South Florida state park is a beautiful spot for a laid-back beach day and is beloved by locals and visitors! Fishing, canoeing, diving, and other activities are among the many things you can do here.

Check out Some of Our Amazing Properties Near the Best Parks In Fort Lauderdale

Come back to a luxurious vacation rental after a full day of enjoying South Florida’s great outdoors! Our properties are close to all of Fort Lauderdale’s best parks and include premium amenities such as fully stocked kitchens and private outdoor space. A perfect option may be our home Sunny Regards. This 3 bedroom 2 bath home has been professionally designed/staged and is the perfect place to escape for vacation. Come check us out today!

Vanessa

A true local to South Florida, I was born and raised right here in Broward County. As an avid traveler, I have always loved staying in AirBNBs because it allowed me to have a more authentic experience of the city I was exploring. When presented with the opportunity to become a host in my hometown I was thrilled to bring that same experience to people visiting South Florida.

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Our Favorite Date Night Spots in Fort Lauderdale

Our Favorite Date Night Spots in Fort Lauderdale

Are you coming to visit Fort Lauderdale with that special someone? Whether you prefer a nice romantic dinner, an evening boat ride, or a night out, Fort Lauderdale has the perfect date night spot for everyone. Below are our top date night things to do in Fort Lauderdale.

A Romantic Dinner

Takato is a favorite if you’re looking for nice date night vibes. This Asian fusion tapas restaurant, located right on Fort Lauderdale Beach, has a 26-foot sushi bar and an oceanfront indoor/outdoor dining experience. Be sure to try the Wagyu Bulgogi.

Are you visiting South Florida and in the mood for some Peruvian cuisine? If so, check out Bravo Peruvian Cuisine. It has some of the finest lomo saltado I’ve had in the area. The empanadas and sangria are also a must. For those seeking decent food in a laid-back setting, Bravo is a fantastic choice.

Louie Bossi is an Italian restaurant located on Las Olas Boulevard, and it is a great place to dine for brunch or martinis. This establishment has a lively ambiance ideal for an exciting date night venue. Although it is well known for its brunch, the décor and lighting in the evening make it the perfect place to enjoy a dinner with your significant other. Make a reservation, as this restaurant is often busy, and difficult to obtain a table without one.

Gondola Rides Along with Canal

While the city of Fort Lauderdale isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a gondola ride, there are several places where you can take an enchanting ride down the New River and see the city in a new light. The tours around the holidays can be very romantic as you’ll be able to see the entire city lit up as you cruise at a slow and comfortable pace around the city. Check out our article to see some of our favorite gondola spots around town.

Wine Tasting

A wine tasting can be the perfect romantic date night to relax and spend quality time with that special someone. If you’re into wine, Fort Lauderdale has many places where you can sample and enjoy different pairings from a local professional. Check out some of our favorite wine-tasting spots around the city.

Stay in a Private Romantic Vacation Rental for Two

After experiencing all these romantic dates in Fort Lauderdale, what better way to end the night than to return to a luxury and romantic vacation rental for two? Our private waterfront home in Wilton Manors is the perfect getaway with plenty of space to enjoy but cozy enough to feel together. This waterfront retreat is perfect for spending your mornings and evenings during that romantic getaway.

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Exploring The Fern Forest Nature Center

Exploring The Fern Forest Nature Center

There are several destinations in Fort Lauderdale that are perfect for any nature lover. Fern Forest Nature Center, one of our favorite attractions, is one of them. Here is everything you need to know about it.

What is Fern Forest Nature Center?

The Fern Forest Nature Center, a 247-acre urban wilderness located in Coconut Creek, Florida, is a nature center that sits on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. It is named after the many native fern species (over 30) found there. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University and Broward College, among others, have visited the center to study its rich flora and fauna. This wonderful and well-preserved botanical community is one of the most beautiful in South Florida.

Fern Forest Trails

Fern Forest offers a pleasant hiking experience that has several trails available to explore. The Cypress Creek Trail, for example, is a one-half mile long trail that is wheelchair accessible and winds through a hardwood forest. The Wetlands Wander trail takes viewers alongside a canal that offers a peek into the swamplands of South Florida. Each trail offers a different experience so that you can come back and enjoy something new every time.

Other Activities

For all nature enthusiasts, the Fern Forest Nature Center is a must-see here in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to the nature trails, Fern Forest Nature Center has an outdoor picnic area, an exhibit hall with live displays of reptiles local to the area, an amphitheater for concerts or events, and even a butterfly garden. Check out our luxury homes near the Fern Forest Nature Center for a fantastic place to come back to after a day out exploring nature.

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Our Top 3 Favorite Cooking Classes in Fort Lauderdale

Our Top 3 Favorite Cooking Classes in Fort Lauderdale

Cooking classes in Fort Lauderdale are a great way to spend an evening or take a break from the daytime heat. Fort Lauderdale doesn’t have to be all fun in the sun and outdoor activities. If you’re trying to switch things up, taking a cooking class can be an excellent opportunity to have fun and learn something new. Below are our three favorite classes in the area.

Chef Alice Cooking Class

Chef Alice Colin has been teaching public and private cooking classes since 2005. This highly sought-after cooking class will show you the essentials of handling a knife, cooking techniques, and pro tips applicable to your day-to-day life. You’ll receive a welcome snack and drink at the beginning of each class. From there, you’ll spend about two hours learning how to cook a three-course meal, which you’ll then sit down and eat together. Chef Alice can advise you on the perfect wine or beer pairing if you’d like to BYOB.

Chef Baba’s Cooking Classes

Called “Chef Baba” by his students, Chef Andrew Bennardo is passionate about teaching the fine art of Italian cuisine. He has a variety of dishes ranging from homemade ricotta gnocchi to chicken scarpariello and chicken marsala. Chef Baba also has classes for all levels of cooks and makes it his mission to create fresh, tasty cuisine in a fun environment.

Chef Jean-Pierre’s Cooking School

Chef Jean-Pierre runs a high-end store that sells some of the world’s finest oil and vinegar samples in addition to teaching cooking classes. Whether you’re a culinary novice or an expert, Jean-Pierre offers a variety of classes each month. Check the online schedule to reserve one of his pasta, vegetarian or French cuisine-focused classes.

Create the Perfect Romantic Getaway

Are you planning a quick romantic getaway with that special someone? After taking one of the fantastic cooking classes above, come back and stay at our beautiful 
private waterfront home, perfect for couples looking for that intimate escape. Relax in this luxurious home, lounge on your private dock, or take the kayaks around the Wilton loop. Check us out and book your vacation today!

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