South Florida’s summer hotspot Ft. Lauderdale has always been a haven for those seeking outdoor thrills. But how do you sift through the barrage of touristy marketing to find the real adventures? Well, no need to worry about that, because we’ve compiled a list of the top four awesome outdoor activities in Ft. Lauderdale that you can’t afford to miss.
Whether you are going on a relaxing vacation with the family, a sunset honeymoon with your new spouse, or just want to get out and have some fun for no reason at all, these Southern Florida locales will leave you in total awe of the region’s plentiful natural beauty. Rev up your RV, and let’s hit the road.
Don’t be fooled however, kite surfing is hard work and you’ll want to reward yourself with a nice meal and night cap. Why not venture down to nearby Miami and keep the coastal theme going at one the area’s best beach bars. You’ll maintain your goal of staying outside, and Miami is just a skip, hop, and a jump down the street. Heck, you can even kite board there.
Go kite surfing along Ft. Lauderdale’s legendary beaches
This is a huge trend in surfing, and Ft. Lauderdale is the center of the craze. Even if you’ve never been surfing before in your life, numerous locals teach classes in this easy, extremely fun summer sport. Grab a surf board, rent a surfing kite, and let the sky pull you along some of the most beautiful waters in the world. Kite surfing is especially popular among the kids out there, so if you have little ones, expect them to be particularly interested in this one.
Are you unsure how to start? Look up Liquid Surf & Sail and give them a call, or just contact any of the local small businesses that offer surf lessons. Surfing in general is tons of fun, especially in the warm gentle waters of Ft. Lauderdale’s world class beaches, but kite surfing is by far the most fun offshoot.
Hike the famous Barrier Island Nature Trail
Swimming and surfing are fun, but eventually you’ll want to take a break from all the busy goings-on of the beach and step back into the wild forests that are nearby. For that, you could not find anything better than the Barrier Island Nature Trail of Florida’s vast, pristine John U. Lloyd Beach State Park. Native plants compete side by side with invasive newcomers, and the entire ecological drama of post-Colombian Florida plays out before your very eyes.
If you want to teach your kids a little bit about ecology or biology, this is a great place to give a little nature lesson while enjoying the relaxing breezes of a Florida forest.
Enjoy a picnic on the banks of the New River
The New River, and its Riverwalk, are two essential Ft. Lauderdale activities beloved by locals that most tourists unfortunately miss out on. Pack sandwiches, fruit, and ice-cold drinks and plan a nice afternoon lying on the grass, listening to the sound of the river running its course into the nearby sea.
The city goes through great lengths to keep the river front gorgeous, clean, and safe, so you might as well take advantage of all that work by enjoying this gorgeous little piece of heaven within heaven.
Plunge into whitewater rafting
If you want something a little more adrenaline-pumping to add to your vacation, why not try whitewater rafting? Fast, action-packed rafting down intense, shallow waters provides the perfect adventure. And it doesn’t get better than Ft. Lauderdale, where the water is warm and clean and the rivers all lead to some of the most beautiful ocean you’ll ever see.
Florida’s official tourism website recommends Atlantic Coast Kayak Company, but there are a plethora of little companies in Ft. Lauderdale that will be more than glad to get you in the water safely and affordably.
Ft. Lauderdale is a gorgeous place, and it’s hard to do something outdoors that you won’t love. But, these suggestions should be a good place to get started. At the very least, you should begin your exploration of the wild nature in this region.