Exploring Fort Lauderdale

Staying at La Costa offers you the perfect opportunity to explore everything that Fort Lauderdale has to offer. With multiple beaches, amazing downtown areas, gardens, and more there is plenty for you to see and do!

1. Fort Lauderdale Beach

If you’re going to be vacationing near Fort Lauderdale, then of course you have to visit their namesake beach! If you’re looking for a beach without a crazy party scene then this is the place for you. You’ll find a much calmer and less chaotic time relaxing on the warm sands with a beautiful promenade featuring shops, restaurants, and rentals for beach equipment. You’ll also be able to enjoy the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. All visitors have access to volleyball and basketball courts, outdoor showers, picnic tables with grills, and a playground for the kids!

2. Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District

Encompassing 22 blocks, the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District has all you could possibly want with a plethora shows, food, and entertainment. The district is located right long a beautiful river that becomes lit up after the sun retreats back below the horizon. You can find daily events taking place constantly, and even special events like concerts, food and wine tours, and even more! This is the place to go for those looking to experience some of the night-life that Fort Lauderdale has to offer, alongside many of the cultural exhibits including art, food, and shopping!

3. Las Olas Boulevard

The Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District also encompasses Las Olas Boulevard, which is just north of Fort Lauderdale Beach and Park. If you’re looking for something interesting to buy, this is the place with its many high-end shops. You’ll also find plenty of great places to grab a bite to eat with food including Indian, Italian, Japanese, and so much more! You’ll also be able to experience 10 different International Art Galleries, theaters, live music, and even a nice spa day!

4. Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens site between the Intracoastal Waterway and Fort Lauderdale Beach, and is filled to the brim with wonderful nature to experience. The 35-acre property originated in 1919 when a wealthy settler gave it to his daughter and son-in-law as a wedding gift. Construction didn’t finish until 1931, after going on a hiatus due to the sudden death of the daughter. The husband’s second wife donated the house to the state’s Trust for Historic Preservation in 1983 welcoming visitors for guided tours. This place has a little bit of everything, wonderful art, animal lovers, garden lovers, and even history buffs! 

5. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

A few blocks north of the Bonnet House, you can find the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, another place to find a little bit of solace in nature. Open daily from 8 a.m. to sundown, visitors will find places to kayak in their coastal dune lakes, a 2-mile paved park drive suited for biking, great places to fish, and the Coastal Hammock Trail. This park is also wonderful for those wanting to experience a few things in a day, a tunnel will lead you right under the highway and onto the shores of Fort Lauderdale Beach!