For a small, walkable beach to visit while in Greater Fort Lauderdale, choose Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. The relaxing, casual town has the breezy atmosphere of a seaside village, mid-century modern architecture, and lowrise-only development reflecting the charming style of Old Florida.
Things to Do
The beach is the heart of things to do and see in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Anglins Fishing Pier is a top attraction open 24 hours a day featuring a bait shop, cafe, and occasional live music performances. Extending more than 900 feet over the Atlantic, it’s beloved both by anglers who want to cast their lines and sightseers who stroll out to enjoy the ocean air.
Public parks and oceanfront spaces are favorites for visitors and locals alike. El Prado Park is the area’s most popular beachfront park and the Beach Pavilion is another restful spot for people watching with an ocean view. Lined with Adirondack chairs and boat benches, you can sit and take it easy between beach activities or shopping in Anglin’s Square.
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is Florida’s Beach Diving Capital. Just 100 yards from the beach is the first reef of a three-tiered natural coral reef system. This proximity means visitors can swim out from shore to go snorkeling or even scuba diving and explore the diverse ocean habitat.
Don’t miss out on fun events in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. For the Fourth of July, the holiday kicks off with a parade in the morning, family-friendly gatherings all day, and caps off with a fireworks display launched from the beach at El Prado Park. Later in July, the town welcomes a two-day lobster season with BugFest-By-The-Sea which features lobster diving competitions, seminars, cooking demos, parties, concerts, and more. The last week of October brings Boo-By-The-Sea, a trick-or-tricking event for kids 3 to 11 years old. And, from late fall through spring, be on the lookout for the farmers market at El Prado Park and free dancing lessons at the Beach Pavilion.