Naples Day Trips Part 6 - Fort Lauderdale

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Naples, Florida, with its stunning beaches and upscale shopping districts, offers a perfect retreat for those seeking a relaxing getaway in a luxury rental home.  But if you're feeling adventurous and want to explore more of what the Sunshine State has to offer, why not embark on a day trip to Fort Lauderdale?

Just a couple of hours away by car, Fort Lauderdale promises a different vibe with its vibrant culture, bustling streets, and beautiful waterfront. Here's your ultimate guide on what to do when you take a day trip from Naples to Fort Lauderdale.


Start Early and Plan Your Route

To make the most of your day trip, it's essential to start early. Aim to hit the road by around 7 or 8 AM to avoid traffic and maximize your time in Fort Lauderdale. Plan your route ahead of time, considering traffic conditions and any potential road closures. The I-75 and Alligator Alley offer a direct route, but you might also opt for scenic drives along the coast to soak in more of Florida's natural beauty.

Morning: Explore Las Olas Boulevard

Upon reaching Fort Lauderdale, kick off your day by heading straight to Las Olas Boulevard. This iconic street is brimming with boutique shops, art galleries, cafes, and restaurants, making it the perfect place to start your adventure. Take a leisurely stroll along the boulevard, browse the shops for unique finds, and grab a coffee or breakfast at one of the charming cafes.

Mid-Morning: Visit the Museum of Discovery and Science

For a dose of education and entertainment, make your way to the Museum of Discovery and Science. Located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, this interactive museum offers exhibits on science, technology, and the natural world, making it a great stop for visitors of all ages. Explore hands-on displays, catch an educational film at the IMAX theater, and learn about Florida's diverse ecosystems at the Everglades exhibit.

Lunch: Indulge in Fresh Seafood

After a morning of exploration, satisfy your hunger with a delicious seafood lunch. Fort Lauderdale boasts a plethora of waterfront restaurants and eateries serving up fresh catches and culinary delights. Whether you prefer a casual seafood shack or a more upscale dining experience, you'll find plenty of options to suit your taste buds. Don't miss the opportunity to sample local favorites like stone crab claws, grouper sandwiches, and conch fritters. Go to 15th Street Fisheries and check out the view!


Afternoon: Relax on Fort Lauderdale Beach

No trip to Fort Lauderdale would be complete without a visit to its famous beach. After lunch, head to Fort Lauderdale Beach to soak up the sun, swim in the clear blue waters, or simply unwind on the soft sands. Take a leisurely walk along the bustling beachfront promenade, lined with palm trees, shops, and cafes. If you're feeling adventurous, consider renting a jet ski, paddleboard, or kayak to explore the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean.


Late Afternoon: Cruise the Intracoastal Waterway

For a unique perspective of Fort Lauderdale's waterfront, hop aboard a sightseeing cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway. Sit back, relax, and enjoy panoramic views of the city skyline, luxurious mansions, and yachts gliding along the water. Many tour operators offer narrated cruises that provide fascinating insights into Fort Lauderdale's history, architecture, and celebrity homes. Check out the Jungle Queen Riverboat for a truly rustic experience.

Evening: Experience Fort Lauderdale's Nightlife

As the sun begins to set, experience the vibrant nightlife that Fort Lauderdale is famous for. Head to Las Olas Boulevard or the Riverwalk area, where you'll find a lively mix of bars, clubs, and entertainment venues. Sip on cocktails at a rooftop bar, listen to live music at a waterfront venue, or dance the night away at a trendy nightclub. Whatever your preference, Fort Lauderdale offers plenty of options for a memorable evening out on the town.


A day trip from Naples to Fort Lauderdale offers the perfect opportunity to explore the diverse attractions and vibrant culture of South Florida. Whether you're indulging in fresh seafood, soaking up the sun on the beach, or exploring the city's museums and attractions, you're sure to have an unforgettable experience. So pack your sunscreen, hit the road early, and get ready to make the most of your day in Fort Lauderdale!

As always if you are staying in one of our luxury Naples Florida vacation rentals we would be happy to help you with customized recommendations on activities, food and more!