What’s on your 2017 Bucket List?

We’ve rounded up our must-dos to start off the new year, including catching up on the latest fashion trends at the 1st Annual Lauderdale Underground Fashion Weekend, stepping up your game at the new VIP Lounge at the SWATCH Beach Volleyball tournament, lacing up your sneakers for the Publix A1A Run, and planning to diet for days following the SOBEWFF Taste Fort Lauderdale series.

So whether you're a local or one of the 14 million+ visitors from around the globe, there has never been a better time to start crossing things off your bucket list when you come visit and explore.

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Go Back In Time

Nestled among miles of beachfront development are 35 acres of a pristine barrier island ecosystem that make up the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. See one of the finest orchid collections in the U.S., and catch a glimpse of playful monkeys and majestic swans. Designed as the Caribbean-style plantation by artist, designer and self-taught architect Frederic Clay Bartlett, it hosts everything from art and nature classes to concerts and guided private tours. Read More.

 

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Do Something Good

Join the all volunteer team to keep our beaches clean! The Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep is held the second Saturday of every month, from 7am – 11am, at The Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub at Las Olas & A1A – 300 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach BoulevardFort Lauderdale Beach Sweep, an entity of Beach Sweep America, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide clean beaches for our environmental, recreational and economic well-being. Serving a community of 176,000 that hosts more than 14.3 million international and domestic tourists each year, Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep is committed to keeping our beaches in pristine condition. Read More

 

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Attend a Fashion Show

Underground Lauderdale Fashion Weekend brings together a group of fashion and style enthusiasts, VIPs and members of the media for an unforgettable long weekend. In addition to the headlining runway show hosted by fashion celebrity Rachel Zoe featuring Nicole Miller’s 2017 Collection, there will be emerging designer fashion shows, poolside fun, a Style Summit and speaking panels, networking opportunities with impressive people from around the country, health + wellness programs on the beach, and New York inspired nightlife. All occurring under the Florida sun when much of the country feels like one big icicle. Based at the newly renovated W Fort Lauderdale with off-shoot events around the city, Underground Lauderdale Fashion Weekend is where you want to be this January! Read More

 

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VIP Sporting Experience

The Swatch Major Series will open the 2017 FIVB World Tour calendar in spectacular style in February when it makes its long-awaited return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Not since the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals of 2015 has international action graced the stunning Florida coast, but, from 7-12 February 2017, the world’s greatest players will gather to fight for the first Swatch Major Series title of the season. New this year however is the VIP Beach Friends Experience  offering Access to the VIP Beach Friends Lounge at the Center Court, Access to the roofed VIP grandstand at the Center Court, Complimentary Appetizers and Beverages (coffee, non-alcoholic drinks, wine and beer) and Access to the Beach Majors Evening Events. Read More.

 

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Run A Marathon

The Publix A1A Marathon and Half Marathon presented by Colavita is bringing you the thrill and challenge of a great weekend of events along with the entertainment and beauty that encapsulates Fort Lauderdale. Run Fort Lauderdale….Where the Ocean is Your Finish Line! Read More

 

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Visit Somewhere Iconic

The Wreck Bar at B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale is a landmark bar treasured for its entertaining underwater dancing mermaids and nautical-themed atmosphere. Featured in movies like Analyze This, the mermaid performance takes place Fridays at 6:30 p.m. This casual establishment also offers happy hour specials on rum drinks and snacks. Read More

 

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Feed Your Inner Foodie

The 16th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival continues its expansion into Broward County, with the return of the Taste Fort Lauderdale Series, is a star-studded line-up of talent. The fun begins with Seaside Eats hosted by Anne Burrell at the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, and closes out the series at the Bloody Mary Brunch, with new hosts David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris. A selection of intimate dinner experiences will round out the series, including the following events on Fort Lauderdale Beach and the surrounding area. Read More

 

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Experince Local Talent

Returning for its second year, and taking place every Friday night March 10- November 10 at “The Hub” on Fort Lauderdale Beach at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A, the 36-week Friday Night Sound Waves live music series is free to the public and features a diverse mix of Jazz, Blues, Country, Latin Fusion, Top 40, Reggae, World and Classic Rock performers. Attendees are encouraged to slide off their shoes and slip into the weekend, while kicking back on the sand with family and friends, to take in the ocean breeze and spectacular sights and sounds as a lead into their weekend. Read More

 

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Be Part of The Solution

Florida AIDS Walk and Music Festival is a 5k walk fundraiser that takes place this year on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 9 am at South Beach Park on Fort Lauderdale Beach to raise awareness and help reverse the continuing epidemic of HIV/AIDS in South Florida. 100% of the funds raised from the Florida AIDS Walk stay right here in Florida and will benefit the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Broward House, the Pride Center at Equality Park, SunServe and the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center. This community fundraising and awareness event helps ensure the expansion of HIV/AIDS testing, education and prevention initiatives in South Florida, and throughout the State of Florida. Read more.

 

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Get One With Nature

A short walk from beachside shops and condominiums, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is an oasis of the last Tropical Maritime Hammock in all of Broward County. It preserves the natural heritage of subtropical coastal habitat that once covered southeast Florida. There are a number of amenities to enjoy, which include renting a canoe and paddling along a half-mile-long freshwater lagoon and fishing from the seawall to traversing the trails or taking a Tai Chi class among the hammocks. Read more