Fort Lauderdale Beach Thanksgiving

After the Turkey: Top Weekend Picks

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.

Thursday, November 22

All are invited on Thanksgiving morning to run, walk or jog in the 8th Annual Turkey Trot. The route for the race follows Fort Lauderdale Beach along A1A in a USA Track & Field sanctioned 5K. Proceeds are invested locally in an organization and scholarship committed to developing leadership and inspiring community service. Registration for the event can be done on-line or in person at one of the packet pickup locations or on-site on race day. To join or for more information, visit

Start your Thanksgiving Day off with a power yoga at the Thanksgiving AM Yoga by Donation class courtesy of Beach Yoga by Donation founder Lisa Pumper & Team. Find your inner strength, peace, balance & gratitude, in this very special Thanksgiving day yoga class. This class is designed for all levels of practitioners, so don’t miss out and don’t forget to invite Uncle Frank! Turkeyasana is optional! View Details

If you have never attended the Running Wild and Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach's weekly Funky Fun Run, post Thanksgiving meal is as good as any a day to start.  Enjoy a guided stretch with the #RunWestin Certified Personal Trainer before taking off on a 5K run (or walk) from Running Wild, over the Intracoastal bridge and along A1A. End with complimentary refreshments and craft beer at the beautiful Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. It’s the best happy hour in town! View Details

Friday, November 23

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 Spa Happy Hour featuring three 50 minute treatments, including the Rum Punch Body Polish, Caramel Bourbon Body Polish, or Strawberry Basil Martini Polish. Specially priced at $129 when you book any body polish service you will receive a complimentary cocktail inspired by your treatment in Burlock Coast. Cheers to the Season!  View Details

Families who play together, stay together - at least until they make their way out of Escapology's six challenging escape rooms.  Grab uncle Bob and aunt Mary and all the kids and head over to Escapology at Beach Place for a fun afternoon. Work together to find clues, solve puzzles, and pick locks that will free you from your choice of six different game rooms, each with a different missions to solve. View Details

Saturday, November 24

Escape the hustle-and-bustle of the city as you paddle along an ancient and freshwater Coastal Dune Lake during Birch State Park's monthly Full Moon Kayak Tour. Explore the endangered ecosystem crucial to the environmental health of this state park’s barrier island system under the light of the full moon. Afterward, forego the left over turkey and trimmings and take advantage of the Starlight Dinner package for an additional $19.95 per guest, and dine under the stars and the Park's cafe, Park & Ocean.  For more information call 954-563-2900 or View Details

Sunday, November 25

If you didn't get your fill of football Thanksgiving Day, there are plenty of games over the weekend to make your escape from the malls and holiday shopping. Whatever your tribe, our guide to place to watch your favorite team battle it out on the field is certainly something to be thankful for. And if the game is a yawner, you can always strip down to your bikini or swim trunks briefs and ride the Fort Lauderdale Beach tide. View the Guide

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.