3 Days in Fort Lauderdale

This seaside destination offers world-class beaches, tons of breweries and even a flamingo garden that business travelers with extra time in town can visit.

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With its prime location on the South Florida coast, Greater Fort Lauderdale presents the best the region has to offer: amazing restaurants, eclectic attractions, stunning beaches, and numerous activities on its many waterways.

Day 1: Cats, Cars and Crabs

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11:00 AM

Get in touch with Florida's wild side at Flamingo Gardens. The 60-acre facility includes a Florida panther habitat and a flamingo pond. 

3:00 PM

Beat the heat or escape the daily afternoon downpour at Berliner Classic Motorcars, a vintage car and antiques showroom in Dania Beach.

7:00 PM

With more than 300 miles of waterways, it's easy to dine on the waterfront in this region. At Oceanic, adjacent to Pompano Beach's iconic fishing pier, guests can enjoy the sunset while eating filet mignon or freshly caught fish. 

Day 2: Treat Yourself 

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9:00 AM

Fuel up for a day of fun in the sun at Circle House Coffee, which serves up lattes, espresso, matcha and more. Breakfast items include egg sandwiches, a steak and egg wrap, and a dozen types of doughnuts, such as guava, salted caramel cheesecake and Nutella crème brûlée. 

1:00 PM

Known as Fort Lauderdale's "style mile," Las Olas Boulevard is lined with independently owned boutiques. From jewelry to shoes to men's apparel, there is a shop for everyone.

5:00 PM

After you've spent your maximum, visit Las Olas' restaurant row for happy hour. From 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays, American Social offers $5 beers, wine and margaritas, as well as $8 cocktails and discounted bar bites. 

Day 3: Beach Blanket Bingo 

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10:00 AM

It wouldn't be a trip to Fort Lauderdale without putting your toes in the sand. From Deerfield Beach up north to Hallandale Beach just before the Miami-Dade County border, explore all that the city's 24 miles of coastline has to offer.

4:00 PM

Round out the day at Funky Buddha Brewery. The local company produces world-class beers such as the Vibin' Groovable lager, the Floridian wheat beer and the Eternal Summer blonde ale, all of which are available in the massive tap room. The establishment also makes hard seltzers now, too.