Most of the time, people think of the summertime as the best season to visit Greater Fort Lauderdale—lazy days on the beach, sipping fruity cocktails under a tiki, and partaking in endless watersports. But don’t underestimate the spring months to experience our corner of the world, when temperatures are lighter and the breeze is just right. Plus, with comparatively warm weather all year round, you don’t have to give up those beach days you envisioned.
Kayak Under the Full Moon
Everyone thinks to rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard during the day and soak up the sun, but why not experience Florida’s waterways at night? Every month, a full moon kayak tour is hosted at Fort Lauderdale’s Hugh Taylor Birch State Park for a 45-minute guided tour through the coastal dune lake. With the help of Park & Ocean, the park’s official adventure outfitter and eatery, kayakers will be able to take in the sights and sounds of freshwater wildlife under the light of the moon—and colorful glow sticks!
Have a Farm Day
It doesn’t get any fresher than a day at Marando Ranch, the family-owned farm in Davie with an organic fruit and vegetable market, u-pick eggs, pony rides, petting zoo, Zen Bar, and more. Open all year round, the property boasts 10 acres of equestrian trails and friendly farm animals. Don’t leave without visiting the Twisted Tomato Cafe, a farm-to-table restaurant serving up craft burgers, salads, grilled chicken pesto, mango shrimp, and plenty of vegetarian options.
Hop Aboard a Water Taxi
Downtown Fort Lauderdale is walkable and bikes are available for rent, but you can also see the sights from the Intracoastal! The Water Taxi provides guided tours with 10 stops throughout Fort Lauderdale. Stay for the whole three-hour ride or hop on and off as you wish to see mega yachts, mansions, state parks, waterfront restaurants, and more while you learn about the history of the area. On Fridays and Saturdays, sunset cruises are available; and if you’re itching to check out Florida’s Hollywood just to the south, there is also the express water taxi that’ll take you straight to the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort.
Feed the Peacocks at Flamingo Gardens
It might be named Flamingo Gardens, but perhaps one of the most eye-catching experiences on this 60-acre estate are the countless peacocks that wander the property. Purchase a bag of bird treats—they pack it full!—at the gift shop when you first enter, and these magnificent birds will nonchalantly eat from your gently cupped hand. If you’re lucky, the male birds will put on a show with their colorful feathers, and don’t forget to look up because you’ll also find them perched among the purple and white orchids and Spanish moss. While you’re there, you can also take in the banyan trees, exotic fruit trees, flamingo ponds, and other animal exhibits.
Hit the Race Tracks
Whether you’re a pro with horse racing or have only seen it in the movies, Gulfstream Park’s thoroughbred race track is an experience for everyone. The main track is just over a mile in circumference and plays host to major tournaments such as the Pegasus World Cup and Florida Derby. With races taking place 10 months out of the year, you can try your hand by placing a bet or just take in the experience. If you’re new to the whole thing, Racing Ambassadors are available to teach you what you need to know. On live race days, dine at Ten Palms on the second floor overlooking the race track to cheer on your pick.
Spend the Day at The Pier
There are plenty of piers along Greater Fort Lauderdale’s 23 miles of beaches, but why not go to South Florida’s longest? Anglins Fishing Pier is named for Lauderdale-By-The-Sea’s first mayor, Melvin Anglin, and is fit with a cafe, bait, and other fishing gear, and live music from time to time. Once you cast out, cross your fingers for a dancing lure to possibly reel in pompano, mackerel, bonefish, ladyfish, or snook. You just might catch dinner! If not, the quaint beach town has one of the best beachside attractions right off the pier entrance with colorful Adirondack chairs, restaurants, ice cream shops, bars, and a walkable beach.
Things to do in spring in Greater Fort Lauderdale let you experience the best the area has to offer. What are you waiting for?