9 Fun Things To Do In Fort Lauderdale With Kids To Make Memories

Things To Do In Fort Lauderdale With Kids

Visiting the Fort Lauderdale area with kids can make for magical times, especially if you plan your trip around the best activities that the city has to offer. Children enjoy being near the water and visiting the beaches, and there are also many Fort Lauderdale attractions and eating establishments that your children will love.

Whether visiting state parks, shopping, or trying local cuisine interests your family, the city should be at the top of your list of possible destinations. You can spend quality time at museums, theme parks, and botanical gardens. Here are some fun things to do in Fort Lauderdale that will create memories with your kids.

1) Walk Around In Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Adults and children will enjoy seeing the downtown portion of Fort Lauderdale. If your kids are interested in art, they may enjoy visiting the NSU Art Museum. This museum features beautiful art to view each day and also events focused on different art-related topics all throughout the year. If your children are into books, they may enjoy spending time just browsing the Broward County Main Library.

Eating is a great activity to take on with your family while downtown. There are great eating establishments in the downtown area that are happy to serve children and adults.

Restaurants to consider in Downtown Fort Lauderdale:

  • The Cheesecake Factory offers more than just sweets, and kids enjoy the variety of savory items on the menu

  • The Historic Downtowner is kid friendly and offers views of the river

  • Big C’s Downtown Pizzeria provides your family with a favorite food in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s downtown

2) Spend Time Relaxing At Lauderdale Beach 

Your entire family will enjoy being in the sand at Fort Lauderdale beach, and you can spend hours on the Atlantic Ocean, just appreciating the palm trees, listening to the water lap the shore, and talking and playing with one another.

Bring books for each family member to enjoy while on the beach, or make a game of looking for the best seashells.

3) Visit Everglades Holiday Park

If you would like to leave the city of Fort Lauderdale and spend time in nature in the greater Fort Lauderdale area, consider going to Everglades Holiday Park.

This park offers gator shows and an airboat ride that even older kids will enjoy. The park is open seven days a week, so you can fit it into your vacation on the day that makes the most sense for you.

4) Consider Camping At Sawgrass Recreation Park

When looking for things to do in Fort Lauderdale with kids, consider the memories that can be made by spending a night camping. Sawgrass Recreation Park features airboat rides, guided fishing trips, a store, and the chance for you to stay overnight in nature while vacationing in Fort Lauderdale.

Boat rentals are also available at the park if you would like to get out on the water with just your family.

5) Spend A Day At Flamingo Gardens

Your entire family will enjoy the beauty displayed at one of the oldest botanical gardens in South Florida. Flamingo Gardens features gorgeous flowers, a crocodile habitat, a flamingo pond, and all of the natural beauty you long to see while in Fort Lauderdale. 

There are a number of other botanical gardens in the greater Fort Lauderdale area if you find yourself longing to visit another after going to Flamingo Gardens. Additional botanical garden options:

  • Bonnet House Museum & Gardens – a great place for picnics

  • Deerfield Beach Arboretum – a beautiful place to take a family walk

  • Butterfly World – a tropical plant-filled space that younger kids will enjoy along with the rest of the family

6) Visit Las Olas Beach And Las Olas Boulevard

Las Olas Beach is one of the more beautiful Fort Lauderdale beaches and a great place for family fun, too. The beach features palm trees and white sand and is popular among tourists.

If you enjoy shopping with your family, spend a day at Las Olas Boulevard, exploring the stores there. Taste handcrafted chocolates at Hoffman’s Chocolates Fort Lauderdale, or find a bakery to visit. 

Delicious Las Olas Boulevard restaurant options for your family:

  • Sushi Maki Las Olas – featuring great sushi bars

  • Kilwin’s Ice Cream, Chocolates, & Fudge –  providing sweet treats the whole family will enjoy

  • Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar – with Mexican options for adults and kids

7) Getting Out On The Water

Your family can get to know the Fort Lauderdale area by spending time on a Fort Lauderdale water taxi, or you can board the Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise for a show and dinner. If your kids are interested in pirates, you can surprise them with BlueFoot Pirate Adventures and a pirate-themed cruise trip.

There are plenty of opportunities to add to your vacation in Fort Lauderdale by spending time out on the water:

  • Take a day cruise to the Bahamas

  • Take a sightseeing cruise via the Carrie B Paddlewheeler

  • Spend an evening cruising the downtown area

8) Enjoy Water Fun At C.B. Smith Park

Both younger kids and older kids will enjoy going down the waterslides at C.B. Smith Park. Spend a day in the sun as a family, enjoying interactive water playgrounds and tube rides. If your family is into sports, C.B. Smith Park also offers the chance to play basketball or golf, volleyball, and tennis.

Additional features that help C.B. Smith Park be the perfect place for your family to spend a quiet day:

  • Batting cages

  • Shelter rentals

  • Picnic area

  • Walking trails

9) Spend Time Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Biking, And Snorkeling

If you are looking for things to do in Fort Lauderdale with kids and you want to find family-friendly attractions that help you have a real adventure as a family, we have options available for you.

When you visit Fort Lauderdale, let us take you on a paddle-boarding adventure or teach your family to snorkel. If you’d rather spend time in nature instead of at an art museum, rent a kayak through us and get out on the water with your family.

There are many Fort Lauderdale adventures awaiting your family. If you are looking to make memories and learn how to do new things while visiting the area, reach out to Sunrise Paddleboards.

From paddle boarding to waterslides, find activities to do with kids in Fort Lauderdale to enjoy a trip and make memories. Book your next adventure today!

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Island City ECO Paddle Lesson and Tour

We make it Fun and EASY to LEARN how to Stand Up Paddle Board and want our Prospective Guest to know that it is easier then it looks.

Sunrise Paddleboard Guides twist and turn past Manors and Mangroves on this adventurous Journey along “Island City” incorporated in 1947. It is bordered on the north by the North Fork of the Middle River and the city of Oakland Park; to the south, the boundaries include the South Fork of the Middle River and the city of Fort Lauderdale; the westernmost boundary reaches Interstate 95; and the eastern terminus of the city limits extend to Federal Highway (US 1) and the Sunrise Paddleboard Showroom. Your Journey will start from our Middle River Showroom conveniently located on Federal Highway.

We have a restroom for changing, indoor storage (no lockers), outdoor shower, free parking and a Healthy Restaurant (Mya Papaya) that serves Smoothie's, Kombucha, Beer, Wine, Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, and Entrees with healthier choices. Our Showroom location features a variety of Stand up Paddle Boards and Accessories for those who become hooked on the sport. We have sold 1000's of boards and proudly offer some of the lowest pricing on Stand Up Paddle Boards in the SUP Industry.

Your Guide will start off with some quick pointers and launch you into the Knee Position. Once you establish you're able to steer and control the direction of the board; then you will be ready to Stand Up. The entire Voyage is great practice for First Timers as your Guide will provide Instructions along the way for those needing assistance or just give the advice to improve your technique. Experienced Paddlers and Locals are equally Informed as we provide Demos of our Skills and Teach everyone how to Navigate are winding River. We welcome those who learn our routes and return with friends to ultimately lead their own expeditions on the same routes. Due to popular demand, we highly suggest booking in advance. The River offers incredible landscapes and scenery like nothing else in the world.

Trip Advisor says the only way to travel the waterways to really see things up close and personal is by Sunrise Paddleboards and we agree! That was our intention from day one and we couldn't be happier to have a 95% Excellent Customer Satisfaction rating from third-party vendor surveys. Island City ECO Tour travels to a 9.3 acre nature preserve with plenty of tropical palms, birds, marine life, iguanas, and mangroves for your eye candy.

Other Tours we offer will journey from Fort Lauderdale’s Barrier Island to the Riverfront in Las Olas with professional and friendly guides is a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence for tourists. However, you would be surprised to know how many locals repeat the Tour as it changes every day.

We may navigate different routes based on current, wind conditions, and other factors to make the tour safe, fun, and inviting for all ages.

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SUPSmart Certification Course for Novice or Beginners

The SUPSmart Certification Course is perfect for Novice or Beginners wanting a complete education on Stand Up Paddle Boarding from learning about the equipment and accessories to situational paddling with variations that will allow you to practice the skills we teach you. Our course is in chronological order making it Fun and Easy to Learn starting with very basic techniques and growing into advanced paddling. Participants MUST complete all Sessions to receive the Certificate of Completion.

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Session 1: CLASSROOM INSTRUCTIONS and QUICK LESSON - 2 Hours
1 - History of SUP/course overview
2 - Terminology
Water
Techniques and Maneuvers
Accidental
People
3 - Board Parts and Paddle Parts
4 - Pre-paddle Safety and Preparation
Loading and Unloading Board(s) on a Vehicle
Roof Rack Options
Local Launch Options
Rules for Beach Launching and Launch Zones
Tide Tables and Charting Ocean Paddling
Understanding Weather
Optional methods for lifting board on Dock and Seawalls
Avoiding Hazardous Objects (Seawalls and Docks)
How To Escape a Rip Current
Overall Trip Planning (Fuel, Mobile Phone, Hydration, Route Sharing)
5 - Waterway Cleanups
6 - Quick Lesson and Practice
Avoiding Seawalls and Docks (Barnacles)
Learning To Stand Up
How To Fall and Get Back on SUP
Prone, Knee, and Standing Positions
Paddle Techniques: Forward (T-Grip) and Reverse

Session 2: Flat Water Paddle (Island City ECO Paddle and Lesson) - 2 Hours Comfortably Paced
Board and Paddle Preparation
Using Tie Downs
Hand Signals
Buddy Tow
How To Spot Manatee
How To Identify Birds

Session 3: Intracoastal Paddling (Venice Of America and Seven Isles) - 2 Hours
No Wake Zones
Speed Signs
Manatee Season
Low and High Tides / King Tides

Session 4: Ocean Paddle (Reef Snorkel & Ocean Paddle Adventure Lauderdale-By-The-Sea) - 2 Hours
Anchoring
Dive Flag Rules
Pier, Moorings, Buoys, and Boats
Bleaching
Jelly Fish
Identifying Marine Life
Locations To Snorkel

Session 5: Distance Paddling and Touring (7 Mile Paddle) - Guided 3 – 4 Hours Paddling at Comfortable Pace
Practice Everything Learned

Session 6: SUP YOGA - 90 Minute Class with Certified YOGA Instructor
Beginners to Intermediate Poses

Session 7: Paddle Board Fitness - 60 Minutes with Fitness Instructor
How to Use a Board for Strength and Endurance Training

Session 8: Night Paddling (Full Moon Paddle) - 3 Hours
Preparing Board for Night Paddle
Participation as a Guide
Refreshments Celebration

Session 9: Course Final and Bonus Paddle
Sup Smart Certificate of Completion
VIP Memberships Perks
Shirt and Bucket
How to Select a Board including Construction, Sizes, and Purposes
SUP Accessories 101
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Pickleball Tutor is the World’s #1 selling pickleball machine: • Dinks • Lobs • Serves • Drives • Groundstrokes

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Pickleball Tutor is the World’s #1 selling pickleball machine: • Dinks • Lobs • Serves • Drives • Groundstrokes

- Holds 110 pickleballs
- Ball Speed – Up to 65 MPH
- Ball Feed – From every one second (for quick-reaction volleys) to every 10 seconds
- Throws both indoor and outdoor pickleballs.
- Start-up time delay allows time to get to the other side of the net before balls begin shooting.
- Rechargeable Battery – Built-in battery provides up to four hours of playing time per charge.
- Smart Battery Charger – Fully charges the battery overnight and shuts off automatically to prevent over-charging
- Random Oscillator is included
- Built-in 3" towing wheels and handle for easy transport (no towing cart)
- Topspin and Backspin – A single dial controls the amount of topspin or backspin.

The Tutor Plus packs in all the features you need for a rounded practice session. The machine can load over 100 pickleballs and set it to shoot them flat, topspin, or backspin at up to 65 mph. It also offers manual elevation so you can practice a whole range of shots from slow, high volleys to quick dink exchanges and third shot drops.

For more about Pickleball Tutor:
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