top fab five things to do

Greater Fort Lauderdale is a tropical paradise for LGBTQI city dwellers. So, where to begin? Here’s our top fab choices for starters.

water taxi

The Water Taxi is an affordable, stress-free way to get around. All-day tickets take you among nine stops in Fort Lauderdale, including the beaches. Spend the day sightseeing and shopping. Cruise into the evening with Happy Hour on board before stopping for dinner and bar hopping. The captain’s driving, so no worries, mate.

sebastian street

Located near most of the gay resorts, Sebastian Street is the most popular beach destination for gays. Men are the main attraction, apart from the breathtaking Atlantic of course. This beach is see-and-be-seen in that laid-back Fort Lauderdale way.

museums

Although you’re in a sunny paradise, be sure to save some time for its serious side. Wilton Manors is home to the country’s largest LGBTQI museum and preserves our proud culture and significance in American society. You can also visit the World AIDS Museum — the first museum dedicated to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Take a guided tour of the exhibit “Chronology of AIDS” and view the Virtual Tapestry of Stories — an audiovisual version of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

aqua burlesque show

Yes, we have mermaids. And not just your run-of-the-mill ladies with fishtails. At the Wreck Bar in the B Ocean, these maidens of the sea are donned in rhinestones and not much else, harkening back to the classic days of old Vegas. Must be 21 to enter.

lips

The ultimate in Drag Dining, LIPS Fort Lauderdale features Florida's top drag queens performing Vegas-style acts. The show palace offers a full-stage show with all the trimmings. Glitter, glitz and glamour. Check.