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10 Budget Friendly things To Do in Fort Lauderdale

Lateshia Mitchell

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Whether you are making a pit stop in Fort Lauderdale or it is your final destination, there are plenty of things to do to keep yourself entertained even while on a tight budget. Here is a list of 10 budget friendly things to do in Fort Lauderdale.

1. Visit Flamingo Gardens

Flamingo Gardens is probably one of Fort Lauderdale’s best kept secrets. It covers 320 acres of land on Long Key in the Everglades. It is the first botanical garden and tourist attraction in all of South Florida. There you can see over 3000 tropical and sub-tropical plants and trees. It also houses over 83 native species including alligators, bobcats, panthers, otters, eagles, peacocks, and of course flamingos (oh my!).

2. Go on an Everglades Boat Tour 

The Everglades Boat Tours is located in Sawgrass Recreation Park. This 30 minute ride gives you a tour of the Florida Everglades. You can either join a boat tour or schedule your own private boat tour with friends and family. The private boat tour offers exclusive locations and opportunities to see a variety of both native and exotic animals.

3. Attend Sunday Jazz Brunch at Riverwalk

This amazing event, hosted by Suntrust, features the area’s best local jazz artists on 3 different stages in Fort Lauderdale’s historic Riverwalk. Sunday Jazz Brunch is the first Sunday of every month. You can bring chairs, blankets and picnic baskets with your own brunch as you enjoy the live music; or stop by one of the restaurants along the river walk for some great local eats.

4. Shop at Sawgrass Mills Mall

Sawgrass Mills is not only the biggest mall in the state of Florida but also an outlet (huge deals). To walk this mall you would need 2 whole days! This mall houses over 350 stores, with a wide variety to suit everyone’s taste. There are also great restaurants, an IMAX theater and mini spas if you want to take a break from the amazing shopping.

5. Take a Ride on the Jungle Queen Riverboat

The world famous Jungle Queen seats over 550 and departs at 6 p.m. every evening. This riverboat offers an “all you wish to eat” buffet including ribs and seafood. The Jungle Queen also offers sightseeing boat rides that take you up the New River to the JungleQueen Indian Village. There you can see rare trees, exotic birds and enjoy a comedy show.

6. Attend a Show at the New River Fine Arts Gallery

Fort Lauderdale has a budding art scene. New River is South Florida’s oldest gallery and features world-renowned artists. There is always a show opening at this prestigious gallery. Just check out the events section of their website

7. Learn something new at the Museum of Discovery Science

The Museum offers multiple exhibits and houses one of the two IMAX theaters (the other is at Sawgrass Mills Mall) in Broward County. It has the most visitors of all museums in the state of Florida. Some of the exhibits include the Everglades Airboat Adventure, Prehistoric Florida, Otters at Play, Storm Center and Florida Water Center. This is a great place to take the family.

8. Spend the Day at the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

There is so much to do at the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. From hiking to kayaking to fishing to swimming, the park offers a plethora of options to fit your vacation needs. And the best part? It’s only $6 a car to enter the park!

9. Get in ALL Your Beach Activities with Aloha Watersports

I think Aloha Watersports is another one of Fort Lauderdale’s best kept secrets. They offer so many options when it comes to fun and the ocean. You can enjoy wave running, parasailing, a water playground (that features a trampoline!) and so much more. And their rates are amazing!

10. Enjoy the Night Life at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Hard Rock is so much more than just a casino. Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing but there is much more to do there. The Improv Comedy Club brings some of the funniest comedians to the area and Wet Willie’s drinks will have you chocolate wasted before you realize it. Hard Rock houses some amazing clubs and restaurants as well. You can’t leave Fort Lauderdale without visiting the Hard Rock!

Know of any other fun things you can do in Fort Lauderdale without breaking the bank? Please feel free to share in the comments section! 

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