Fort Lauderdale, Florida lies on the Eastern side of the state and is home to impressive beaches, scores of exciting wildlife and a host of attractions great for families. Let our day of learning about science and nature, then blowing off steam at an exciting park take you and your kids on a vacation no one will soon forget.
Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: 401 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $14, Children – $12
Visitors of all ages will enjoy the exciting interactive exhibits at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Fly through space in a state-of-the art 7D capsule theater in the Runways to Rockets exhibit. Climb aboard a 20-person airboat ride simulator to explore the Everglades without ever leaving the museum. Watch Florida’s native North American river otters swim and play at the EcoDiscovery Center. Aviation Station is where children can become pilots for the day when they climb into the cockpit of a real DC-9 commercial airliner. Visitors will be blown away by the giant wind tunnel, where they can put on wings and see what it feels like to fly. For an extra fee, visitors can enter the IMAX theater, which features both classic documentaries and Hollywood blockbusters.
Address: 3109 E. Sunrise Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
Hours: 8:00 am – Sundown
Admission: $6 per vehicle
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park offers a variety of recreational activities for the whole family. The park is adjacent to Fort Lauderdale Beach, which hosts one of the largest loggerhead sea turtle nesting grounds in the world. There are two miles of trails in the park perfect for biking and rollerskating. The Coastal Hammock Trail winds through a native maritime tropical hardwood hammock ecosystem. Visitors can rent kayaks and canoes and paddle along the freshwater lagoon. Pavilions can also be rented, which are located under a shaded canopy and a short walk to the Beach Gate Entrance. The park is home to over 250 species of birds, creating excellent birdwatching.
Address: 1700 NW 1st Street Dania Beach , FL 33004
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday: 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
Saturday: 11:00 am – 1:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Admission: Individual rates for each attraction, prices vary
With a miniature golf course, go karts, bumper boats, bowling, laser tag, batting cages, a rock wall and a variety of family rides, the fun is endless at Boomers Park. The miniature golf course offers exciting challenges for visitors of all ages. Zoom around the exhilarating go kart raceway and experience the thrill of banked curves, turns and straightaways. Win tickets and claim prizes at the state-of-the-art game room, filled with a variety of games for everyone. The laser tag arena is a black-light battleground where every man is for themselves in this stimulating game of tag. Boomers Park will keep the whole family entertained for hours.