Whether you’ve called Fort Lauderdale home for some time now or you’re new to Laudy life, don’t miss author Christiana Lilly’s new book, 100 Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale Before You Die, debuting this month on Amazon and at local bookstores. A guidebook for locals and visitors alike, 100 Things details everything from food and drinks, sports and recreation, music and entertainment, culture and history, and shopping and fashion in Greater Fort Lauderdale. A seasoned journalist who has lived in the Fort Lauderdale area for more than a decade, Lilly says being a community writer has given her “the opportunity to explore and experience the things that make Greater Fort Lauderdale so special.” Here, Lilly offers up five picks sure to give you all the tourist-in-your-own-town vibes. Discover more here.
Sail Away: Travel in style on the New River with Cruisin’ Tikis or enjoy a romantic gondola ride with Riverfront Gondola Tours.
Bubble Up: Order the “Fat Cat” breakfast at The Floridian, which includes a bottle of Dom
Pérignon. The 24-hour diner has been open on Las Olas since 1957.
Mark of Progress: Discover the marker on Fort Lauderdale beach (hint: it’s right across from the Elbo Room on South Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard) that commemorates the 1961 wade-ins, which led to the desegregation of local beaches.
Museum-Minded: Visit the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, the official museum of the Seminole tribe. Visitors can view beadwork, archives, paintings, and the vault where oral histories are stored for safekeeping.
Say Gay: Plan a trip to the Stonewall National Museum and Archives, featuring the country’s largest collection of LGBTQ memorabilia.