A Spin Around Fort Lauderdale

23 Feb 2015 · TrustLarry News Team

We love this city. Get a feel for the heart of Fort Lauderdale by taking a virtual spin around a few beautiful spots on Google Maps… (Also, here’s a shameless plug to follow our Lovely Lauderdale Pinterest board).

First stop is Fort Lauderdale Beach across from the Atlantic Hotel and future Ocean Resort Residences (give us a ring anytime to discus luxury new construction on the beach- this one is launching Summer 2015). Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue oversees three miles of public beach from 20 lifeguard towers year-round. Pay attention to beach flags on towers for warnings on current surf conditions, water pollution, and dangerous marine life. Check out current beach conditions here and learn what flag colors mean here.

Next stop is Sunrise Bridge (which even has its own hilarious Yelp review). The Intracoastal Waterway is crossed by several drawbridges like this one in Fort Lauderdale, making the ocean easily accessible through Port Everglades to the South or the Hillsboro Inlet to the North. It’s not too difficult to avoid getting stuck at a drawbridge as most open on a regular schedule- Sunrise opens on the hour, quarter hour, half and three quarter hour.

On to the palm-lined Las Olas Isles. Las Olas Boulevard connects Fort Lauderdale Beach and downtown, with stunning multi-million dollar waterfront homes and mega yachts in between. Properties in this area offer deep canals without fixed bridges and perfect convenience to the epicenter of the city. (It’s a great stretch of wide sidewalk for a run too!)

Last stop on our quick spin is the heart of downtown along Riverwalk at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, which has recently undergone a major expansion and addition of the Huizenga Pavilion. Find tickets for Broward Center events here. Right across the street is the Museum of Discovery and Science, which offers lots of fun hands-on sciency stuff and really neat aquarium exhibits. And If you’re interested in a life-changing breakfast, stop by The OB House next door.

We keep falling in love with Fort Lauderdale, it’s an incredibly alive city that is constantly changing- and there’s so much more to see than these quick snapshots. The city wears many hats: international trade port, sleepy vacation destination, Miami’s less loco neighbor to the North, Palm Beach’s less hoity-toity neighbor to the South… and as it continues to grow (172,000+ residents!) we still manage to run into old friends everywhere. Neighborhoods in East Fort Lauderdale mix charming patchwork blocks of lovingly restored traditional homes with Mediterranean mansions and breathtaking contemporary digs. Give us a ring anytime to get a local feel for what fits you and your family best.

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