Explore what makes Greater Fort Lauderdale unique with these can’t-miss deals.
By Christiana Lilly
While it’s warm all year round, there’s something special about summer time in Greater Fort Lauderdale. For one, there’s LauderDeals, a collection of specials on activities and attractions available only in the summer. So explore the canals aboard a kayak, hop on a fishing boat, catch an independent film, or get the family together for adventures that will keep everyone entertained.
There’s no need for your own gear when you can rent it. Get 10% off bike rentals at Fun Center Bike Shop in Fort Lauderdale to explore the bike paths near the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. You can also get a deal on a beach cruiser from Sun & Fun Cycles in Hollywood on the Broadwalk, where riders can purchase one rental hour and get a second hour for free.
Tour Fort Lauderdale’s more than 165 miles of winding canals atop a paddleboard or from the comfort of a kayak. Take advantage of the two-for-one paddleboard rentals at Las Olas Paddleboard, or rent a kayak or paddleboard for 10% off at Fun Center Fort Lauderdale. Rent paddleboards at a two-for-one deal from Sunrise Paddleboard, and you can also join them for yoga and fitness classes.
Finally, for those who are planning on stretching their stay, take advantage of the 20% off multiday rentals through Riverwalk Activities. Adventurers can rent bicycles, kayaks, or paddleboards for a three-day minimum with delivery available.
On the Water
What is summertime in Greater Fort Lauderdale without getting in the water? Sea Experience Scuba Diving is offering a two-for-one PADI scuba diving class that’ll have you out on the coral reefs the same day. If you’re not quite ready for scuba, try out the buy-two-get-one-free snorkeling lessons with the instructors at A Private Scuba & Snorkel. Located in Dania Beach, tours leave from various beach locations and include gear, pictures from the tour, a dive map, and fish ID card.
And don’t forget the most quintessential summer water activity: fishing. Fishing Headquarters in Fort Lauderdale is offering two-for-one deals for regular adult tickets on a four-hour drift fishing trip on weekdays. For an even longer day out at sea, YB Normal Sport Fishing is offering 20% off fishing trips that last four, six, or eight hours.
If it’s gators you’re in search of, head west to Weston for a two-for-one airboat ride at Sawgrass Recreation Park to experience the Everglades. Or, to experience a little bit of everything, Captain Tyler has two-for-one entry aboard his Tuff Gong Reggae Boat Tours, a tour through Fort Lauderdale’s waterside mansions and yachts against the backdrop of reggae music, with the option to jump in the water for snorkeling.
See the attraction that gave Coconut Creek its title of Butterfly Capital of the World with two-for-one entry to Butterfly World. With six covered aviaries, guests young and old can experience the wonder of being surrounded by more than 80 species of butterflies, as well as exotic birds.
If Happy Hour is calling your name, join Cycle Party with a 10% off bar crawl through Las Olas and Himmarshee Village in Fort Lauderdale. Over two hours, you’ll bike with a crew while making plenty of pit stops at local watering holes. Or, get discounted fare and climb aboard a Water Taxi for a Happy Hour Cruise. Valid from 5 p.m. to close, guests are welcome to get a drink at the bar and hop on and off the taxi to get discounts at local restaurants and bars with their ticket. During the day, you can also get $5 off adult tickets.
Tap into your inner axe man with 50% off on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until 8 p.m. at Axe Throwing Society in Pompano Beach. A game of darts, but with axes, see which of you in your group can hit the bullseye.
Trade in the heat for the AC of some of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s best museums, which are offering up deals this summer. Entry is two-for-one at the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood, with exhibits like the family-friendly “Time to Play,” or the exploration of the division between Cuba and the United States in “Rosa Naday Garmendia: Not So Far Away.”
At NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale, you’ll be pleased with two-for-one entry to see exhibits such as “Happy!,” a collection of works that personify the emotion, or works by artists from every country in Latin America in “I Paint My Reality: Surrealism in Latin America.”
And for history buffs, travel back in time to Fort Lauderdale’s early days as a city through History Fort Lauderdale’s two-for-one tour of the Pioneer History Museum, 1899 Schoolhouse Museum, and Marin Museum’s arts and history exhibits. The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens offers another chance to explore the past with $5 off admission for self-guided tours of the historic house and grounds.
While there’s no shortage of blockbuster films this summer, pay tribute to independent films at one of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s local movie theaters. Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood and Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale are both offering two-for-one tickets for foreign and indie films, which perfectly pair with the wine and beer they have on offer.
And drive-in movies aren’t going to the wayside; FLIFF Drive In Cinema’s summer special is $10 off the $30 per car entry fee. Check the schedule to see what films you can enjoy from the comfort of your car, and complete the experience with a bag of popcorn and drinks.