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MyFortLauderdaleBeach.com is your Guide to Fort Lauderdale Beach for Fun, Food, Hotels, and Events. Throughout the pages you will find exciting Things to Do, inviting Places to Stay and delicious Food & Drink options. Make sure to check out our Special Offers section for valuable savings and Blog for tips from locals. And if you are new to the area, learn more About Us and find your way around with helpful Maps & Transportation information.
Kickoff the summer and Memorial Day weekend at the 7th Annual Great American Beach Party on Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fort Lauderdale Beach near A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.

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Bring your beach chair, bring your friends and #MeetMeAtTheHub every Friday Night from 5:30 -8:30, March 18 - November 18 for Free Live Music on the Beach at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A.

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Upgrade your summer vacation every May – September during the Vacation Like A VIP program, exclusively at the Luxe Hotel Collection on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

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Never leave the sand to eat, with the City of Fort Lauderdale's new Food & Beverage Service to the Beach

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From American to Asian-inspired, classic Italian to seafood, and casual to fine dining, experience a true taste of South Florida, morning, noon or night.

Whether under the water
or riding the waves,
you’ll find everything
under the sun, from
reef diving to parasailing,
jet skis to boogie boards -
get ready for some Fort
Lauderdale Beach fun.
Your Guide to Fort Lauderdale Beach

Things to Do

From world-class spas to water sports, casual shopping to elegant museums, Fort Lauderdale Beach is an outdoor enthusiasts playground for the young and the young at heart.

Food & Drink

If you’re in the mood for mouthwatering cuisine or just want to chill out at a casual watering hole, you’ll find just the tastes you are looking for with a stunning ocean view.

Places to Stay

Looking for a luxury resort, a budget friendly hotel or a superior small lodging guest house, you’ll find dozens of home-away-from-home options, steps from our sparkling sandy shores.

Special Offers

As if Fort Lauderdale Beach weren't special enough, these special offers to eat, drink and play, might just offer that extra special something to sway to you to extend your stay.

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May
26
Thu
Tai Chi and Qigong
May 26 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Tai Chi and Qigong

Join wellness instructor, Kathryn Keating-Kay every Thursday from 9:30-10:30 am at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park for Taichi & Qigong in the Park.

Relax. Rejuvenate. Regenerate. Revitalize.

Enjoy your morning with us so you can relax, rejuvenate, regenerate and revitalize in nature. As we go through these ancient gentle movements you will gain balance, focus , strength and flexibility. You will feel the energy filling your whole being so you can feel calm and at peace anything and anywhere you choose.

$5. for Members; $10 Non-Members
Call 954.566.0660 for more information

The Friends of Birch State Park’s Living Well: Modalities of Wellness Program consists of short seminars, that enlighten and educate on the benefits of natural resources for our well-being. The sessions are designed to enhance health, vitality and awareness of our members. The Wellness Program is held at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park for our members as a way to encourage you to share in our beautiful park and connect with nature.

Drawing Workshop
May 26 @ 9:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Drawing Workshop

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens has added a new two-day workshop to its Calendar of Events. During the month of May visitors and locals alike will have the opportunity of participating in a two-day Drawing Workshop with Nia Nakis.

The workshop is offered Thursday & Friday, May 26 & 27 from 9:30am – 3:30pm.

The cost will be $105 for members and $120 for non-members.
All classes are taught on the estate surrounded by luscious landscapes, contrasting colors and tropical motifs to inspire the artist in you.

Class space is limited to 25 students and each workshop requires pre-registration.
To register visit http://www.bonnethouse.org/adult-workshops/ or contact Linda Schaller at (954) 703-2606 or lindaschaller@bonnethouse.org.

About Nia Nakis

Born in Athens, Greece I started my career as a fashion illustrator for Jordan Marsh, after getting my education at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, FL in 1981.

Upon graduation, I worked as an illustrator and art teacher until 2003. Since then, I have been traveling and painting the rugged Mediterranean landscape as well as the lush tropics of Florida where I live. In my acrylic and oil paintings my aim is to express the beauty that I find in nature during my travels.

For me, Nature is another word for God. I love painting the landscape with the weathered rocks, trees, and humble little villages, the farm animals that are grazing peacefully and innocently in the grass, the ever-changing cloud formations, and the wild flowers with the myriad color combinations.

These images remind me of my early childhood in Greece when there was still plenty of nature all around, and I could smell the aroma of the earth each time it rained.

My art is mostly a humble effort to portray God’s beauty and wonder. It is meant to please the eye, lift the spirit and transport myself and hopefully the viewer to another place. I love the Impressionistic style and perhaps it is evident in my work. I also love painting the feminine figure as an image of beauty, poise, inspiration, comfort and ideal. My philosophy in life and my reason for being is to keep growing, expanding, communicating, and expressing my fullest potential in art and in all areas of life. Sharing the journey with others makes it all worthwhile.

 

May
27
Fri
Park Ranger Tour
May 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Park Ranger Tour

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is proud to offer the following Interpretive Ranger Led Walks/Tours each Friday and Saturday of the month. Please see the walks and programs explanations and their regularly-scheduled rotations.

Park entry fees apply $2 per pedestrian, $4 single person in a vehicle, $6 two or more persons in a vehicle. Guided walks are Free. Donations are appreciated and will be given directly to the Friends of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a 501c3 Citizen’s Support

Beach Hammock Trail & Sensitive Habitats Walk | 10:30am
This 1 mile walk will commence at the Ranger Station and take guests into one of the last residual Tropical Hardwood Hammock (Maritime Forest) habitats in Broward County. Guests will be explained the unique features that constitute our sub-tropical wooded areas as well as our small, residual Coastal Dune Lake systems. Guests will be given an introduction to the primary plant and animal species that populate these areas. A general overview of the original inhabitants to this part of Florida will be offered as well as historical relations between the first settlers. In addition, guests will be shown the highly endangered Beach Jacquemontia sensitive habitat area and be given an explanation of preservation efforts that are underway.

Live Animal Presentation
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Live Animal Presentation @ Birch State Park

A Live Animal Presentation will be held at the Beach Gate Entrance of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park – Park Rangers will offer a Live Animal Presentation with our park’s very own resident critters, including the highly Threatened Eastern Indigo Snake, a variation of Florida Rat Snakes as well as variations between Florida-native Corn Snakes. Occasionally the presentation will include native turtle species as well. Rangers will explain the intrinsic value of these wonderful creatures, describe their preferred habits and behaviors and habitats, and allow for direct interaction with guests.

Park entry fees apply $2 per pedestrian, $4 single person in a vehicle, $6 two or more persons in a vehicle. Guided walks are Free. Donations are appreciated and will be given directly to the Friends of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a 501c3 Citizen’s Support Organization

The Shindigs
May 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Shindigs @ The Hub | Fort Lauderdale | Florida | United States

Friday Night Sound Waves takes you for a journey through time with The Shindigs!

The early sixties brought bikini beach goers, hot rod muscle cars, and surfing to a new level. Nobody brought that new happening scene to the forefront like the Beach Boys. It was American culture at its best. Relive the happy days of the past as you sing along with the Shindigs performing a top-notch musical tribute to the Beach Boys, Bee Gees, Beatles and other feel-good sounds of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.

Memorial Day Weekend kickoff party
Part of the Salute to Military Series benefiting Mission United
Sponsored by Mist TWST

Featuring some of South Florida’s best musical talents performing an eclectic range of genres including jazz, blues, big band swing, indie rock, salsa and classic Americana, the free live music series aims to entertain area locals, global visitors – from the young to the young at heart. Those attending are encouraged to don flip-flops and set up a beach chair in the sand to take in the ocean breezes and spectacular sights and sounds.

#MeetMeAtTheHub

Drawing Workshop
May 27 @ 9:30 pm – May 28 @ 3:30 am
Drawing Workshop

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens has added a new two-day workshop to its Calendar of Events. During the month of May visitors and locals alike will have the opportunity of participating in a two-day Drawing Workshop with Nia Nakis.

The workshop is offered Thursday & Friday, May 26 & 27 from 9:30am – 3:30pm.

The cost will be $105 for members and $120 for non-members.
All classes are taught on the estate surrounded by luscious landscapes, contrasting colors and tropical motifs to inspire the artist in you.

Class space is limited to 25 students and each workshop requires pre-registration.
To register visit http://www.bonnethouse.org/adult-workshops/ or contact Linda Schaller at (954) 703-2606 or lindaschaller@bonnethouse.org.

About Nia Nakis

Born in Athens, Greece I started my career as a fashion illustrator for Jordan Marsh, after getting my education at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, FL in 1981.

Upon graduation, I worked as an illustrator and art teacher until 2003. Since then, I have been traveling and painting the rugged Mediterranean landscape as well as the lush tropics of Florida where I live. In my acrylic and oil paintings my aim is to express the beauty that I find in nature during my travels.

For me, Nature is another word for God. I love painting the landscape with the weathered rocks, trees, and humble little villages, the farm animals that are grazing peacefully and innocently in the grass, the ever-changing cloud formations, and the wild flowers with the myriad color combinations.

These images remind me of my early childhood in Greece when there was still plenty of nature all around, and I could smell the aroma of the earth each time it rained.

My art is mostly a humble effort to portray God’s beauty and wonder. It is meant to please the eye, lift the spirit and transport myself and hopefully the viewer to another place. I love the Impressionistic style and perhaps it is evident in my work. I also love painting the feminine figure as an image of beauty, poise, inspiration, comfort and ideal. My philosophy in life and my reason for being is to keep growing, expanding, communicating, and expressing my fullest potential in art and in all areas of life. Sharing the journey with others makes it all worthwhile.

 

May
28
Sat
Great American Beach Party
May 28 @ 10:00 am – 8:30 pm
Great American Beach Party @ Ft. Lauderdale Beach | Fort Lauderdale | Florida | United States

Kickoff the summer and Memorial Day weekend at the 7th Annual Great American Beach Party on Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fort Lauderdale Beach near A1A and Las Olas Boulevard.

The free event will transform a portion of Fort Lauderdale Beach into an entertainment mecca, featuring music, live performances, and activities for the entire family including a kids zone, sand castle contest, an art show, and a free movie showing on the beach!

 

Entertainment

The Great American Beach Party features a complete day full of exciting activities and entertainment featuring live bands, a kids zone, DJ, sand castle contest, art show, classic car show, life-size beach games, tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces, and so much more!

Entertainment Schedule

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Stress Free Transportation Options

Skip the traffic! The Great American Beach Party offers plenty of stress free, convenient transportation options including a bike valet, flat rate parking at City lots, the Sun Trolley, and even water shuttles. .

Traffic Advisory

A1A will be closed from Las Olas Boulevard north to Castillo Street from 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 28 to 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 29. Motorists traveling north on A1A will be detoured west onto Las Olas Boulevard, north on Birch Road, east on Bayshore Drive, and back north onto A1A. Alhambra Street, Seville Street and Granada Street will be open to local traffic only. Heavy traffic and delays are expected from S.E. 17th Street north to Bayshore Drive. Motorists should avoid the area and seek alternate travel routes where possible.

2016 Walk of Fame Honorees

The City of Fort Lauderdale established the Walk of Fame in 2010 at the inaugural Great American Beach Party to pay tribute to the legendary Connie Francis on the 50th Anniversary of “Where the Boys Are,” the 1960 film which made Fort Lauderdale an overnight sensation and a “must see” destination for visitors.

Walk of Fame Honorees are recognized for outstanding work in their respective fields and for making long-term positive contributions to the City of Fort Lauderdale.  As part of the awards program, each honoree receives a commemorative marble paver that is placed in the Walk of Fame to memorialize their outstanding accomplishments.  The Fort Lauderdale Walk of Fame is located on the beach along the east side of A1A at Las Olas Boulevard.

 

Live Animal Presentation
May 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Live Animal Presentation @ Birch State Park

A Live Animal Presentation will be held at the Beach Gate Entrance of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park – Park Rangers will offer a Live Animal Presentation with our park’s very own resident critters, including the highly Threatened Eastern Indigo Snake, a variation of Florida Rat Snakes as well as variations between Florida-native Corn Snakes. Occasionally the presentation will include native turtle species as well. Rangers will explain the intrinsic value of these wonderful creatures, describe their preferred habits and behaviors and habitats, and allow for direct interaction with guests.

Park entry fees apply $2 per pedestrian, $4 single person in a vehicle, $6 two or more persons in a vehicle. Guided walks are Free. Donations are appreciated and will be given directly to the Friends of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a 501c3 Citizen’s Support Organization

Jun
3
Fri
Ranger Park Tour
Jun 3 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Ranger Park Tour

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is proud to offer the following Interpretive Ranger Led Walks/Tours each Friday and Saturday of the month. Please see the walks and programs explanations and their regularly-scheduled rotations.

Park entry fees apply $2 per pedestrian, $4 single person in a vehicle, $6 two or more persons in a vehicle. Guided walks are Free. Donations are appreciated and will be given directly to the Friends of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a 501c3 Citizen’s Support

Mangrove Habitat Walk | 10:30am
This 1.5 mile walk will commence at the Ranger Station (front entrance) of the park and guide guests past the famous Gopher Tortoise habitat, through Pavilion 1 & 2 area and into the park’s extensive mangrove habitat. Guests will receive a historical overview of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and an introduction to Mangrove habitats as well as the primary species of plants and animals that populate the area. The walk will conclude along the Intracoastal waterway and wrap back around toward the park’s main entrance. The walk will take approximately 1.5 hours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes for the outdoors. Please bring water and any other protective gear dependent upon the season.

Live Animal Presentation
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Live Animal Presentation @ Birch State Park

A Live Animal Presentation will be held at the Beach Gate Entrance of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park – Park Rangers will offer a Live Animal Presentation with our park’s very own resident critters, including the highly Threatened Eastern Indigo Snake, a variation of Florida Rat Snakes as well as variations between Florida-native Corn Snakes. Occasionally the presentation will include native turtle species as well. Rangers will explain the intrinsic value of these wonderful creatures, describe their preferred habits and behaviors and habitats, and allow for direct interaction with guests.

Park entry fees apply $2 per pedestrian, $4 single person in a vehicle, $6 two or more persons in a vehicle. Guided walks are Free. Donations are appreciated and will be given directly to the Friends of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a 501c3 Citizen’s Support Organization

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