Ft. Lauderdale is one of my favorite Florida Destinations!
It’s not far from South Beach, it’s about a 40-minute drive to Miami, and I find Ft. Lauderdale to be very budget friendly. There many interesting activities for travelers of every kind.
Travelers come to Fort Lauderdale because of the endless miles of public beaches. Between Fort Lauderdale Beach Park and E. Sunrise Boulevard, you can view the beautiful coastline with brilliant white sand and amazing sunrises.
Sebastian State Beach is the most wheelchair friendly beach spot. They have beach wheelchairs available by calling 954-828-4595. There’s also beach mats here to help you maneuver to the ocean. A fun way to tour the waterfront mansions and yachts is by water taxi. Taxi vessels can accommodate some persons with disabilities, however because of the nature of the smaller vessels, tides, and fixed docks, not all vessels are fully accessible at all locations. The ground floor of the Water Taxi is the only level a visitor with a wheelchair can access. The open-air patio has the most space for wheelchairs. I recommend calling in advance, so they can help accommodate your needs.
Attractions & Activities Nearby / Day-Trips
- Bonnet House Museums & Gardens: Perfect for orchid lovers, with one of the finest orchid collections in the continental U.S. Butterfly World is a climate-controlled, indoor habitat for butterflies with easy access to get around to watch these fluttering creatures dance from flower to flower.
- Coral Reef State Park (50 miles outside) is a colorful park with a number of actives for all visitors, including a glass-bottom boat tour.
- Everglades National Park is one the biggest parks in the United States with a few wheelchair friendly options to explore and enjoy the lush greenery of the park
- The Flamingo Garden is a wildlife sanctuary and botanical garden.
- Hollywood Beach Boardwalk is a 2.5-mile promenade of paved, flat walkways along the beach with restaurants and bars.
- IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach is the world’s largest fishing museum.
- The International Swimming Hall of Fame is the mecca of swim world.
My favorite hotel is the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach. The Sonesta is Centrally located along seven miles of Fort Lauderdale’s golden coastline. The hotel is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and nightlife. The hotel is minutes from the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District featuring museums and international art galleries, Las Olas Boulevard, Broward Center for Performing Arts and Port Everglades.
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