Feeling frazzled from your vacation? You're not alone. Only 53% of working Americans return from vacations feeling rested and rejuvenated, Expedia.com reported in its annual "Vacation Deprivation" survey. While away, stress nags almost one-third (30%) of vacationers, the site found. It's what some sociologists have called Post Vacation Stress Disorder.
"People need a place to decompress and clear their minds before heading back to their harried lives," says Nicki E. Grossman, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau President. "Combining a vacation extension in Greater Fort Lauderdale is the simplest solution to stay, play, unwind and clear your mind."
Greater Fort Lauderdale has the cure for pre- and post-vacation blues. From Blue Wave Beaches to Everglades adventures, outlet malls to manicured greens, the destination offers the perfect Sunshine State recreation respite for harried travelers. A day or two tacked on before or after a Port Everglades cruise or international vacation can help travelers prepare - or unwind.
Whether planned in advance, or with no planning at all, Greater Fort Lauderdale offers countless getaways to easily extend your stay.
Uniquely South Florida Excursions: Board the Water Taxi to visit restaurants, shopping and other destinations along the Intracoastal. Sightsee aboard the Jungle Queen Riverboat or other riverfront cruises. Explore historic Fort Lauderdale on Fort Lauderdale Duck Tours. Or two-wheel it with Broward County's new B-Cycle bike sharing program, which lets riders from Hallandale to Pompano Beach access public bicycles for short trips around town. Onboard GPS tracks mileage, calories burned and carbon offsets. Register or learn more at broward.bcycle.com.
Hotels: Many hotels offer guest shuttle service to and from Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Check with your cruise line about packages to extend your stay in Greater Fort Lauderdale, or visit Sunny.org/cruiseandplay for deals on hotels, attractions and special discounts available just by showing your cruise card or documents.
Ways to Play: With two dozen museums, the 3D IMAX Theater, the Funderdome indoor playground, the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, and its linear park, Greater Fort Lauderdale is central to a $100 million, countywide arts and culture program.
Sports: Outdoor enthusiasts will thrill at the options. Experience snorkeling and Scuba diving, deep sea fishing, sailing, surfing, skim boarding and paddle boarding. If you're a newbie, most sports offer free lessons. In season, Broward's own NHL Florida Panthers hockey franchise play host to teams from across the U.S. and Canada.
Nature, South Florida Style: See flora and fauna at Butterfly World and Flamingo Gardens - and explore the 'glades from Florida Everglades Holiday Park. Any can be enjoyed in a half-day or less.
Shopping: From bargain to boutique and designer brands, shopping abounds. Las Olas Boulevard and Galleria mall are easily accessible via the Water Taxi. Some hotels run shuttles to area malls. A Day More Tours offers excursions to Sawgrass Mills which implemented a new Bags To Go program that will fetch and forward shoppers' luggage and purchases to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood or Miami International airports.
Golf Resorts & Spas: Need to hit the links, pamper yourself or just enjoy a little wellness and fitness? Visit an area luxury resort or world-class spa for that special treatment.
Gambling: Ship-board casinos have nothing on Greater Fort Lauderdale. The Seminole Hard Rock Casino is the place for blackjack and baccarat, while The Village at Gulfstream Park has thoroughbreds, the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park features harness racing, and the Mardi Gras Casino offers dog racing and race simulcasting. All offer slots and poker games.
Want to learn more? Check out Greater Fort Lauderdale's new Mobi site for smart phones and mobile devices. Download the iVisitLauderdale and 'Fork Lauderdale' iPhone app for insider tips. Or visit us online on www.facebook.com/visitlauderdale, www.twitter.com/visitlauderdale, www.foursquare.com/visitlauderdale and www.sunny.org.
About Greater Fort Lauderdale
From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a "beach chic" vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more info, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org.