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In the cozy, 1/2 square mile seaside village of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, you'll find a popular fishing pier where pelicans fly overhead. Dive and snorkel from shore where one of the town's reefs is the final resting place for the underwater remains of the SS Copenhagen, an 18th century cargo steamer that sank in 1900.
Known for its inland waterways and canals, Fort Lauderdale is often referred to as the "Venice of America." From taxis that glide on water to authentic gondola rides, to chic Las Olas Boulevard, it's more than just a famous beach. In the nearby neighborhood of Wilton Manors, you will find many gay-friendly bars and restaurants.
Dania Beach is home to John U. Lloyd State Park plus Dania Jai-Alai, the fastest ballgame on earth, and the Dania Beach Hurricane, the largest wooden roller coaster in the south. The Dania Antique District and the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) draw shoppers from around the world seeking rare treasures and unique home designs.