There is no rule that says you have to spend your vacation days jet-setting off around the world, and let's face it sometimes an elaborate vacation can be exhausting. You come home from your travels feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation just to recover and let’s not even discuss all the piled up laundry that goes along with it! So, for those of you that are planning on doing a little staycation in Fort Lauderdale this year, this guide is for you.
Hit The Beach
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It is harder to find a more relaxing spot than on a towel at the beach, and lucky for you, Fort Lauderdale has about 23 miles worth of quality beach to explore. So, grab a towel, a book, and a bunch of sunscreen and spend a few hours basking in the Florida sunshine.
Spend Some Time Window Shopping
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Pretend you are a tourist in your own town and take a stroll down the palm tree-lined Las Olas Boulevard. Wander in and out of the designer shops and art galleries, then grab a bite to eat at one of the many dining options with al fresco seating.
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What better way to enjoy the Venice of America than by cruising on the water? Enjoy the ocean breeze from the deck of your very own private boat rental with Boatsetter
. You can enjoy some peace and quiet out on the rocking waves, go on a deep sea fishing adventure and if you really want to bask in the vacation vibes, head to the nearest sandbar and anchor out with your friends.
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Go on one of the many snorkeling tours available up and down the coast and explore some of the coral reefs in the area. It is easy to forget the natural beauty and fun experiences that are available right in your own hometown, but the waters around Fort Lauderdale is home to plenty of sea turtles and tropical fish.
Spend Some Time on the Nature Trail
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The Anne Kolb Nature Center is a great way to relax while communing with nature. You can walk the trails, paddle through the mangroves, and if you are fortunate, find a manatee. This beautiful protected green space is the home of plenty of wildlife and even has its own aquarium.
Try Your Luck
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Do something frivolous and head to one of the many casinos in the city. Play the slots, see how well you can bluff, or simply sit back and watch the high-rollers. A day at the casino, among all the glitz and glamour, can feel like a fun break from the real world.
Go For a Fancy Meal
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With all the money you saved opting to staycation this year, you can splurge on a few really high-end dinners. Fort Lauderdale has a thriving foodie scene, and there are menus that span the taste spectrum whether you are in the mood for something with Asian flare or Tex-Mex fusion, you will be able to find the perfect dining spot in the city.
A staycation in Fort Lauderdale will be anything but boring! With so much to do, you may wonder why you travel away from your hometown looking for adventure.