November 14, 2009
Fort Lauderdale, Florida  

Local Activities

To all of our out of town guests we list a few ideas of things to do while you’re in town and some resources to help you decide what to do.  Let us know if you need other suggestions!

Oasis of the Seas
  Watch on Friday November 13 as the world's largest cruise ship makes its' way into Port Everglades traveling from Finland. How big? At 225,000 tons, Oasis is nearly 40% larger than the largest cruise vessels now afloat. Holy cow!
Bonnet House
Museum & Gardens

Built in 1920, this 35-acre subtropical estate and historic house museum was designed by Frederic Clay Bartlett, a noted painter and art collector. Bonnet House is one of the few complete homes and studios of two American artists with original furnishings open to the public. A nature trail walk taking up to 30 minutes is available. Guided golf cart tour of nature trail available. Located just a block off of Ft. Lauderdale Beach.
Water Taxi  

The Water Taxi runs between Oakland Park Boulevard and Southeast 17th Street along the Intracoastal waterway, and west along the New River into downtown Ft. Lauderdale as far as River House. A unique way to travel through the Venice of America.

Jungle Queen
Fort Lauderdale's legendary Riverboat has carried visitors around the waterways of our city for over 60 years. There are 3 distinct cruises available, the dinner cruise, the sightseeing cruise and the bayside cruise.
You Want to See Alligators?
Shark Valley
/Everglades National Park

  Your best bet for seeing lots of alligators in November is at Shark Valley. It's about an 80 minute drive from Ft. Lauderdale and well worth the trip. There's a two hour, naturalist led tram tour along the 14 mile loop that circles the park. Or if you're bold you can rent a bike there and go off on your own. On a recent trip to Shark Valley Pat lost count after seeing 110 alligators along the route.

Last tram tour and bike rental is at 3pm. Call them before you go. They do get busy in the winter.
13.1 Fort Lauderdale
Half Marathon

If after the wedding you're not suffering from a hangover try running a half marathon along A1A. It's only 13 miles. Race start 6:15am Sunday morning.

Or just sit outside your hotel room along the beach and watch the runners huff and puff.

Pat asks Meredith, "Honey can I run it??"

John U. Lloyd State Park
Perfect for a day at the beach or a family picnic, this park provides an abundance of recreational activities including surf fishing, canoeing, swimming, nature study, and boating.
Birch State Park
A short walk from beachside shops and hotels, this park is an oasis of tropical hammocks-a gift from Hugh Taylor Birch to Florida's posterity.
Everglades National Park
This national park is the 3rd largest in the lower 48 states, covering 2500 square miles! The park is a low, flat plain shaped by the action of water and weather. Perfect for wilderness kayaking, boating, or a simple day trip.
John Pennekamp
Coral Reef State Park
  The best shallow coral reef in Florida. 2.5 hour underwater tour to the shallow, inner, coral reefs located at the "World Famous" Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary. You will be absolutely amazed at the underwater world that lives just offshore of Key Largo.
Everglades Safari Park
Airboat Tours
  Experience South Florida's delicate ecosystem with an exhilarating airboat ride through the Everglades. See alligators, birds, crocodiles, and other exotic wildlife in their natural habitat.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
  Vizcaya was the winter residence of American industrialist James Deering (International Harvester Company) from 1916 until his death in 1925. On the self-guided tour you'll pass through Vizcaya’s lush subtropical forest and approach the Main House along a walkway lined with fountains and foliage. A very popular location for the world's fashion photographers.
Jungle Island
Jungle Island near the Port of Miami is a popular animal attraction open 365 days a year. Special animal shows and events are fun for everyone.
Miami MetroZoo
MetroZoo houses more than 900 wild animals in a cageless setting that closely approximates the animals' natural habitats.