City of Ft. Lauderdale

Welcome to the Fort Lauderdale History page. Here you will find information related to the gorgeous white sandy beaches of Fort Lauderdale to it’s historic section of town. We hope that you enjoy our History page as much as we do.

The distinction is well deserved. Whatever you want to do during your stay, it’s available in abundance.

If you’re a beachgoer, we have 23 miles of smooth sand and crashing waves. Settle in with a good book and a bottle of lotion and you won’t have a care left in the world.

If you’d rather be on the water, your choices range from entertaining sightseeing cruises on the Intracoastal Waterway to exciting snorkel and dive excursions to hard-fought battles with some of the greatest sport fish in the ocean. With 42,000 resident yachts, 100 marinas and boatyards, and more than 300 miles of inland waterways (giving the city its “Venice of America” nickname), you’re never far from a nautical treat. Do your tastes run to shopping? You can find the finest merchandise or the biggest bargains at one of our 12 major shopping malls or countless specialty shops. From exclusive Las Olas boutiques to bustling flea markets, you’re certain to find everything you seek.

Looking for a relaxing lunch, a romantic dinner, or a pulsating dance floor? With some 3,500 restaurants and more than 110 nightclubs, you can dine on a distinct cuisine at every meal and enjoy diverse live music every night.

Arts and culture abound, as well. Museums and galleries display marvelous fine art, hands-on science fun, and historical highlights, while performing arts venues offer stellar performances of popular and classical music, dance, theatre, comedy, opera, and everything in between. And don’t miss the many outdoor arts festivals, craft shows, and concerts under the stars.

Then there’s the area’s incredible sports scene. Four professional teams call South Florida home — baseball’s Marlins, the National Football League Dolphins, basketball’s Heat, and the Florida Panthers hockey team. Add more than 50 golf courses, tennis, swimming, biking, skating, water-skiing, and much more and you know you’ve come to a true sports paradise.

Greater Fort Lauderdale’s future looks even brighter. With the opening of Beach Place on the ocean; The Las Olas Riverfront and the New World Aquarium; expansion at Port Everglades, North Port Marketplace, and the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport; and countless other enhancements, the area gives you more reasons to visit all the time.

Greater Fort Lauderdale extends a hearty greeting today, and looks forward to welcoming you to one of the world’s “Great Locations” for years to come. Welcome to GREATER THAN EVER Fort Lauderdale!

With 23 miles of beaches, 300 miles of inland waterways, 42,000 resident yachts and 100 marinas and boatyards Fort Lauderdale will more than wet your appetite for adventure.

We cordially invite you to sample the many tropical pleasures and hidden treasures to be found in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Long renowned as one of the world’s most appealing vacation spots, our area is teeming with more to do than ever before. Day and night, above and under the water, from the sunny Atlantic shores to the unspoiled reaches of the Everglades, you’ll always find something to fulfill your vacation fantasies.

For starters, you’ll enjoy basking in the sun and frolicking in the waves as you experience our 23 miles of sandy beaches, stretching from Hollywood on the south to Deerfield Beach on the north. As you move inland, you can explore a full 300 miles of palm tree-shaded waterways that are lined with numerous special sightseeing attractions.

Be sure to explore the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale on trendy Las Olas Boulevard, which serves up an outstanding selection of fine boutiques, eclectic galleries, charming sidewalk cafes, and action-packed nightspots in a chic, ever-changing landscape. It’s a people-watchers delight — morning, noon, or night.

Throughout the region, you can take advantage of our diverse cultural options, natural wonders, festivals and celebrations, world-famous shopping, and award-winning cuisine. From ways to play to places to stay, you’ll find everything you need to create a memorable stay in our sun-kissed destination.

Best of all, we keep getting better and better. In 1998, we welcomed a record 6.4 million visitors to our sunny shores. Before the year 2001, nearly $2 billion will be invested in tourist-related infrastructure and facilities in Greater Fort Lauderdale.

For more information and to receive a free copy of our vacation planner, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau by calling 1-800-22-SUNNY or visit us online at


Experience the wonders of Greater Fort Lauderdale. We promise to be here with a warm welcome.

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Michele Hale & Laurie Summa

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