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Your Guide to Fort Lauderdale, FL

Thinking about visiting or moving to Fort Lauderdale, FL? Our guide has you covered with tips about the city before you go!

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Located in the southern part of Florida, adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, lies the city of Fort Lauderdale. Named after Major William Lauderdale of the Second Seminole War, the coastal city is home to just over 180,000 people. If you love sunshine, Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful climate offers more than 3,000 hours of sun annually. Just be sure to apply lots of sunscreen! Its scenic Riverwalk also serves as the epicenter of the city’s arts and historic districts.

If you are moving to the area (or even if you’re just visiting Fort Lauderdale) and need a city guide, Prime Storage has you covered.

What is Fort Lauderdale, FL, known for?

This Broward County city is famous for its beaches, arts, culture, and events. The city is nicknamed the “Venice of America” due to its 300 miles of inland waterways—you can even take a gondola ride on the canals! Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts a 24-mile stretch of sandy shores, with beaches as far as the eye can see. Some well-known destinations include Deerfield Beach, Hollywood Beach, and Pompano Beach—each with its own sights and excursions.

Las Olas Boulevard has gained a reputation as the city’s centerpiece of fashion, fine dining, and entertainment. Cultural events in the area include Broadway shows, music and art festivals, independent film showings, and museum experiences. In addition, the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project, a strip of curated outdoor art murals, is a must-see. Not to mention, downtown Fort Lauderdale is also home to a couple of universities for the young and intellectual. Students have the choice of attending well-ranked Broward College or Florida Atlantic University.

What to Do in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Family-friendly attractions include the Museum of Discovery and Science, home to an IMAX 3D Theater, and several exhibits supporting their mission to connect people to inspiring science. There’s also Butterfly World, where you will be surrounded by more than 20,000 live butterfly species from all around the globe. Be sure to also check out Flamingo Gardens, a botanical garden with rare plants and trees. It’s also home to a wildlife sanctuary featuring alligators, flamingos (as the name suggests), and more! 

If you’re someone who likes to feel the sand between your toes, you’ll be in heaven amongst all the beaches that Fort Lauderdale has to offer. The South Florida city has beaches to suit every interest, including quiet places to just relax in the sand and spots for snorkeling and diving. There’s even a live beach cam so you can check the conditions before you leave the house for an optimal beach day. Other outdoor activities to enjoy include:

  • golfing—Fort Lauderdale is home to more than 35 world-class courses
  • boating—there are many ways to enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s waterways by boat
  • and fishing—there’s quite literally plenty of fish in the sea here. You can even rent rods and other fishing accessories at Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier.

Where to Live in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale has a unique program called the Neighborhood Recognition Program that works to strengthen the voice of neighborhood associations and mobilize engagement through communication with the city. This is great for someone moving to Fort Lauderdale, as this program has more than 60 neighborhoods that have received official recognition.

Tarpon River

Tarpon River is a popular neighborhood for families and young professionals located near downtown, and full of single-family homes and parks for kids to enjoy. In addition, this area is chock-full of restaurants and beaches (and if you’re a beer lover, the Tarpon River Brewing Company will be a frequent stop). It’s also home to the Replay Amusement Museum, where you can find the world’s largest pinball machine.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park is a desirable historic neighborhood in the eastern part of Fort Lauderdale. Established in the 1930s, Victoria Park has that old Florida charm, but its residents have an active civic association and take pride in their diverse community. As a result, this area offers a wide range of homes, including single-family homes, townhouses, and condos.

Colee Hammock

Colee Hammock is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale and is located next to the Intercoastal Highway and the New River. Due to its proximity to the ocean, there are a number of waterfront homes, making this a highly sought-after area. It’s also within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, museums, art galleries, and more.

Harbor Beach

Harbor Beach calls for a higher cost of living as one of the most exclusive and luxurious neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale. This guarded and gated community is right in the middle of Lake Sylvia, making it a boater’s paradise. Harbor Beach has its own private beach club and marina, and single-family home listings have been known to exceed $20 million! While a lot of retirees call Harbor Beach home, there are also plenty of families and young professionals that live in the area.

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Where to Eat in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale offers a plethora of diverse dining experiences, with everything from beachfront eateries to high-end seafood establishments, taquerias, and trendy gastropubs. There’s something for all palates and preferences! Some highly acclaimed locations include:

  • Las Olas Boulevard has more than 50 stylish dining options, some of which allow you to dock your boat and walk right in.
  • Check out Eve On the Water for a culinary experience inspired by various continents and cultures.
  • Boathouse At the Riverside offers a Mediterranean-style menu and an unforgettable waterfront experience.
  • Fat Village in the urban arts district boasts its share of eateries as well, including more casual dining options like Henry’s Sandwich Station and Colada Cuban Café.

Visit Prime Storage for Your Fort Lauderdale Storage Needs

With a convenient location on West Broward Boulevard, Prime Storage in Fort Lauderdale makes it easy to stay organized. We have the perfect space for you, whether you are moving to Fort Lauderdale, a homeowner looking to free up your garage or closet, a student in search of storage space between semesters, or a small business needing a place to store supplies and inventory. Prime Storage Fort Lauderdale also has useful amenities like climate controlled units, drive-up access, and easy roll-up doors. So, get the space you need by starting your rental online now!

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