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Ft. Lauderdale offers ample fishing and boating opportunities.

Ft. Lauderdale
Greater Fort Lauderdale stretches along 23 miles of coastline, midway between Miami and Palm Beach. Known as the Boating Capital of the World, Fort Lauderdale is home to some of the most spectacular yachts to be seen anywhere. The lifestyle is laid-back, yet there's lots to see and do. Access to the Everglades is excellent, with airboat rides at Everglades Holiday Park very close by. Also for nature lovers, there's Anne Kolb Nature Center and Marina, a 1500 acre wetland mangrove forest for ibis and heron, with narrated boat tours and much more. Butterfly World is spectacular set in lush tropical gardens. Take a tram ride across 60 acres of citrus groves that are home to a subtropical forest and botanical gardens with alligators and a free-flight aviary. Sawgrass Recreation Park in the Everglades lets you get close to the alligators, visit an18th century Indian village or take an exciting airboat ride.

A good way to see the city is by water taxi, which takes you on an excursion through some of the regions 300 miles of rivers and canals. You can also rent your own boat for a fun filled trip of your own. There are several large boat tours, such as the Jungle Queen,a sternwheeler that cruises the Intracoastal and New Rivers by day and night. There are also gambling ships that leave to the Bahamas or just cruise around the ocean for a few hours.

The Museum of Discovery and Science is fascinating for kids of all ages.

For shoppers Fort Lauderdale is a veritable mecca. First there's Sawgrass Mills, the world's largest discount outlet mall. Then there's the Swap Shop, an 80 acre indoor/outdoor flea market with tremendous bargains to be made. For the kids, there's oodles of fun attractions like Blockbuster Golf and Games in Sunrise, with vrtual reality games, bumper boats, miniature golf and more. Grand prix race-o-rama has go-karting and othe games, while the Museum of Discovery and Science and Imax theater is fun for kids of all ages. Another pleasant way to see the city is on the Riverwalk, built along the New River which wanders through a historic district lined with cafes and tiny boutiques. For another taste of the old world, visit the Bonnet House, wher swans, orchids and monkeys coexist in a handsome 35 acre seaside estate built in 1926 between the sea and a small lake.