The Thanksgiving holiday season often means entertaining out-of-town friends and family. But once the football games are watched and the meal has been eaten, what else is there to do? From Fun Run's to Black Friday Shopping and taking in some quiet time by the shore, Fort Lauderdale Beach (and areas just Beyond) are blooming full of cultural, physical and fun activities for the entire family. Here are our best ideas for things to do over Thanksgiving Weekend.

Thanksgiving Dining
Thursday, November 23

There is a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season, including the mouthwatering menus our beachfront restaurants have created for you to "gobble" up.

3030 Ocean
Experience Chopped Champion and Executive Chef Adrienne Grenier’s invigorated  Thanksgiving menu at 3030 Ocean. Celebrate this Thanksgiving with oceanfront views, a relaxed beach house setting and Chef Adrienne Grenier’s gastronomic 3-course  Thanksgiving Dinner. Service from 6 - 10 p.m. $60/person. View Menu. For reservations, please call (954) 765-3030

Bistro at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale
Join Bistro for Thanksgiving Dinner offered from 1pm - 10pm. The four course prix-fixe menu offers a spin on the traditional Thanksgiving meal with Potato Leek Soup, Cranberry-Pear Salad, Apple-brined Turkey and an assortment of dessert pies. View Menu. $38 per person / $12 children under 12.  For reservations, call  954.302.5233

Burlock Coast at The Ritz Carlton, Fort Lauderdale
Eat, drink and give thanks with a mouthwatering buffet the entire family will enjoy. $105 per person, plus tax and gratuity | $49 for children ages 5 through 12, children under the age of 5 are complimentary. Enhance your feast with bottomless beverages for $25 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required by calling (954) 302-6430 or via email at BurlockCoastrsvp@ritzcarlton.com. Credit card authorizations are required for all non-hotel guests. View Menu

LuLu's Bait Shack once again serves up their famous Deep Fried Turkey. Pre-order for an at home or in-room feast, or stop by the Beachplace location and soak in the sun and all the fun. View Details.

Riva at Marriot Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
Riva Restaurant will offer their delectable traditional Thanksgiving buffet with a Floribbean flair during two seatings at 2:30 and 5pm. Priced at $79 person and $39. for children under 12. Reservations are strongly encouraged by calling 954.765.3100.

Ocean2000 at Pelican Grande Beach Resort
Enjoy and elaborate, artful Thanksgiving Buffet. Thursday Nov 23rd Seating’s 1pm | 4pm Adults / $85 |Kids ( 5-12) /$35 | Toddlers ( ages 4 and under) / Complimentary Bottomless Apple Cider Sangria. Reservations highly suggested by calling 954-556-7667. View Menu

Tired of turkey, no problem, our  Food & Drink Directory features other dining options.

Thanksgiving Weekend Activities

Wednesday, November 22

Kick off Thanksgiving weekend and the holiday season at the annual Light Up The Beach event on Fort Lauderdale Beach at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A. The festivities begin at 5:30pm with a holiday choir “Sounds of the Season” followed by the illumination of holiday lights and Olas the Beach Snowman display, culminating in the Florida 9th District American Legion Symphonic Band performing holiday classics.

Thursday, November 23

All are invited on Thanksgiving morning to run, walk or jog in the 7th Annual Turkey Trot. The route for the race follows Fort Lauderdale Beach along A1A in a USA Track & Field sanctioned 5k. The event will benefit two local community organizations; the iTRACE Foundation and the Leadership Broward Foundation. To join or for more information, visit www.turkeytrotftl.com

Friday, November 24

Skip the Black Friday lines and do a little something for yourself instead, and indulge in one of the Spa at The Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale's SPUMKIN Packages featuring the ultimate hydrating treatment featuring Shea Butter, Grape Seed Oil and other anti-oxidant rich essential ingredients. The treatment will leave a healthy glow, revitalizing sun damaged and dehydrated skin. View details.

Paddle along an ancient and freshwater Coastal Dune Lake during Birch State Park's weekly Sunset Kayak Tour, and explore the endangered ecosystem crucial to the environmental health of this state park’s barrier island system. Contact Park & Ocean for more information at 954-563-2900 or visit www.parkandocean.com/sunset-tours

Dog Owners and Dog Lovers come together at the monthly Dogs Beaches and Brews on Fort Lauderdale Beach to meet, socialize and allow their dogs to enjoy the beach. Then head over to the World Famous Parrot Lounge at 911 Sunrise Lane for doggie happy hour. Free Admission and a Free Drink when you bring your four-legged companion and chop in a $5 Donation to Everglades Angels Dog Rescue.

Live Music provides the soundtrack for a Thanksgiving calorie burning workout. Check out our Live Music Directory and Events Calendar for where to catch some fabulous performances sure to help shed the turkey and trimmings and any holiday stresses.