Your post-cruise clients will potentially face hours of wait time before their flight home. With sunkissed beaches, outdoor cafes, shopping galore and exciting attractions just minutes away, it's easy to trade airport blues for sunny hues.
Only two miles north of Port Everglades, you can experience the landscaped beachfront promenade with its signature white wave wall and brick paved path. Across the street, visit luxury hotels and Gallery at BeachPlace for casual fun, shopping, dining. Distance from the Port: 2.5 miles, approx. $16 taxi.*
Downtown Fort Lauderdale, lasolasboulevard.com
Stroll, people watch, sip a latte at an outdoor cafe or shop the chic boutiques along Las Olas Boulevard, a sophisticated mile of fashion, art and sidewalk cafes. Stop by the Stranahan House, a preserved 1900s house furnished with antiques of the era. Or "follow the red brick road" of Riverwalk, the landscaped park, to the Arts & Entertainment District. Distance from the Port: 3.9 miles, approx $16 taxi ride.*
Downtown Fort Lauderdale, 954-414-6910, riverwalkae.com
The heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale pulses with cultural venues, shopping, dining, waterfront parks and more -- the Bonnet House, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale History Center, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and Stranahan House. Most are located on the brick-lined Riverwalk, a meandering promenade that runs along the New River. The 22-block district includes chic Las Olas Blvd for fashion, dining and nightlife. Distance from the Port: 3.1 miles, approx $16 taxi ride.*
fort lauderdale water taxi
Closest docks to Port Everglades are the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina and Hyatt Regency Pier 66. $26 unlimited all day, $16 after 5pm. Family pack available.
jungle queen riverboat
Bahia Mar Yachting Center on A1A. Daily, fully narrated sightseeing cruises down the "Venice of America," Fort Lauderdale's historic New River. See Millionaire's Row, and exotic birds, monkeys, lemurs and an alligator exhibition at the Island Village. Sightseeing cruises depart twice daily. Dinner cruises depart at 6pm. Prices start at $24.95. Distance from Port: 2 miles*
954-463-3440, riverfrontcruise.com Las Olas Riverfront. 90-min sightseeing cruise. Every 2 hrs from 11am-3pm. Adults $24, Kids 4-16 $14, Under 4 $1. Distance from Port: 3 miles.*
900 N. Birch Rd., Fort Lauderdale 954-563-5393,bonnethouse.org This 35-acre estate, nestled between the beach and Intracoastal Waterway, was once home to artists Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett. Learn about Fort Lauderdale history, art, nature and a true love story. Open: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm, Last tour begins at 3:30pm. Closed Mon and Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day. Adults $20, seniors $18, children 6-12, $16, under 6 free. Distance from the Port: 4.2 miles.*
3750 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie
60-acre botanical gardens and Everglades wildlife sanctuary. Exotic & native plants & Florida's "Champion" trees. Bird of Prey Center & free-flight walk-through aviary, alligators, flamingos, bobcat, black bear & Florida panthers. Open 9:30am-5pm daily. Adults $19.95, children 3-11 $12.95. Narrated tour by tram & Wildlife Encounter shows are included. Distance from the Port: 15 miles.*
12801 West Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise
More than 350 designer outlets, specialty shops and restaurants await. Don't miss The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass, with high-end luxury fashion, including Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, Tory Burch, David Yurman, Marc Jacobs, Bloomingdale's -The Outlet Store, Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth, Burberry and Salvatore Ferragamo. Dining scene includes Grand Lux Cafe, The Villagio, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Cheesecake Factory and more. Allow at least three hours to experience this shopping mecca. Distance from the Port: 16 miles.*
751 SW 121 Ave, Davie, 954-424-0085, youngatartmuseum.org
An Artrageous Adventure Awaits! Ride a subway, visit a cave and discover a dig in Artscapes. Build sand sculptures and recycled puppets in GreenScapes. Learn about faraway customs in CultureScapes. Explore the world of Alice in Wonderscapes. Sun 11am-6pm, Mon-Thurs, 10am-5pm, Fri-Sat 10am-6pm. Adults and children $14, seniors 62+ $12. Distance from the Port: 13.9 miles*
2414 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
For more shopping adventure just off of Fort Lauderdale beach, The Galleria Mall offers 120 stores on three levels, including Neiman-Marcus, Macy's, H&M
and Red Door Spa. Dine at Truluck's, Seasons 52, Blue Martini, P.F. Chang's and The Capital Grille. Distance from the Port: 6.8 miles.*
Beach: Sheridan St. and Hollywood Blvd. Rent a "funcycle" or six-man bike and cruise along this 2 1/2 mile paved Broadwalk, lined with cafes and shops.
Downtown: Browse art galleries, boutiques and sidewalk cafes. Explore ArtsPark at Young Circle, the 10-acre site for festivals and events. Hollywood Trolley is a fun way to get around, Mon-Thurs 7am-9pm, Fri 7am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-9pm. $1 per ride/per person (exact change required), kids under 5 free. Distance from the Port: 10.8 miles*
*Broward County taxi rates: $2.50 for the first mile, $0.40 each additional 1/6 mile, $0.40 per minute wait time. $3 port fee for transfers between FLL Airport and Port Everglades.