Greater Fort Lauderdale

A vibrant art scene, welcoming culture and sophisticated dining are a few reasons Greater Fort Lauderdale impresses.

Why Here?

With its vibrant art scene, welcoming and diverse culture, sunny beaches and sophisticated hotel and dining scene, Greater Fort Lauderdale impresses at every turn.

Only in Greater Fort Lauderdale

The World-Famous Wreck Bar Mermaid Show makes a splash every Friday and Saturday at the B Ocean Resort–Fort Lauderdale. Stare mesmerized through portholes to the hotel’s pool as Marina the Fire-Eating Mermaid (MeduSirena) and her team of zany Aquaticats glide and flip underwater while also interacting with the audience; a Mermaids & Mimosas brunch, featuring a mermaid “meet-and-greet” and live show, is held on Sundays.

Getting Here and There

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, about six miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale. Transfer cost by taxi, $15 to $25; the airport is also served by Uber and LYFT.


Good to Know

Taxes: Room tax: 6%; state and local tax: 7%; total tax on hotel rooms: 13%

CVB: Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, (954) 765-4466 or (800) 227-8669

Municipal Makeup: Greater Fort Lauderdale comprises 31 municipalities: Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lighthouse Point, Pompano Beach, Sea Ranch Lakes, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Lazy Lake, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac, West Park, Weston and Wilton Manors.

Total Number of Hotel Rooms: 34,000 in Greater Fort Lauderdale

Convention Center: Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center; total space: 600,000 square feet; exhibit space: 230,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms: 31; (954) 765-5900


 

Meeting Venues

Coming Soon

• Conceptual plans for the Broward County Convention Center Expansion Projects’ convention-district enhancement have been approved by the Broward County Commission. The plans call for a new 800-room Omni Hotels & Resorts headquarters property with more than 73,000 square feet of meeting space, as well for the addition of more than 525,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center. Construction is slated to begin in early 2020 with completed expected in the fourth quarter of 2023.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is undergoing a $1.5 billion property-wide expansion. Upon completion in 2019, the property will sport an iconic guitar-shaped hotel tower, increasing the number of guest rooms to more than 1,200. In addition, the casino will double in size to hold more than 3,000 slot machines and nearly 200 table games, plus a new poker room. A newly rebuilt Hard Rock Live entertainment venue, new food-and-beverage venues, 120,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, and a 41,000-square-foot spa round out the list of amenities.

• Opening late next year in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village is the dual-branded Tru by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton. Rising 19 stories, the hotel will offer two distinctive lobbies, each with its own breakfast bar, lounge and other brand-specific amenities; other features include an outdoor pool deck with bar, a fitness center and 4,823 square feet of private event and conference space. Accommodations will include 112 Tru guest rooms and 106 Home2 Suites guest rooms.

• Ground has been broken for a 23-story Four Seasons property scheduled to open on Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in late 2019. The hotel will offer 150 guest rooms and 95 residences, two restaurants, a spa, a fitness center, a ballroom and meeting facilities, plus “beach butlers” services.

• Credited with having launched Fort Lauderdale as a tourist destination more than 60 years ago, the historic Escape Hotel is being transformed into the Gale Boutique Hotel & Residences. Featuring 96 guest rooms, 129 condo residences, luxury amenities, sleek furnishings, a rooftop sky deck, a fitness center, a spa and a pool, the property is expected to open in early 2019.

• A full renovation of all 104 suites is underway at the beachfront Atlantic Hotel & Spa, with completion expected sometime during the winter of 2018-2019.

• September 2019 will mark the debut of Le Méridien Dania Beach at Fort Lauderdale Airport, formerly the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel. Currently undergoing a $30 million renovation, the upgraded property will include 245 guest rooms, 17,669 square feet of meeting space and two redesigned restaurants. 

Venues

• A hub for local galleries, studios and other creative businesses, Flagler Arts and Technology Village (FATVillage) lies within the heart of Fort Lauderdale's Arts District. Choose from one of two repurposed warehouses: The Projects, spanning 8,000 square feet, and Building 517, with 6,800 square feet for gatherings. Another option is the Artsup Building, with 5,880 square feet of indoor space crowned by an artwork-embellished ceiling, the indoor Far Gallery and an outdoor courtyard. Furniture, artwork and lighting rentals are available for an even more unique touch.

The Bamboo Gallery offers a tropical setting with authentic tiki huts and waterfalls. On 2.5 acres of lush landscape, the venue accommodates 400 people for receptions and up to 180 for seated meals.

• On two floors and accommodating groups of 3,000 guests, the Museum of Discovery and Science features more than 200 interactive exhibits. Displays include live animal habitats, flight simulators, a Wall of Wind hurricane exhibit, a Florida ecoscapes exhibit and an airboat ride simulator.

• Take to the water in style aboard an Anticipation Yacht Charters luxury vessel; the largest of the outfit's three vessels can host 350 guests. The ships offer state-of-the-art sound systems, plush carpeting and elegant furnishings.

• The Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom, in the new Huizenga Pavilion at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, has breathtaking views of the New River, Esplanade Park and the meticulously landscaped Wendt Terraces. The venue offers 3,600 square feet of event space.

Recent Additions

• The CIRC Hotel, a 111-room modern boutique property designed with contemporary flair and inspired by downtown Hollywood's burgeoning arts scene, opened on Young Circle in May 2018. The 12-story building houses Olivia Restaurant & Bar by Piero Filpi, The Muse Rooftop Bar & Lounge and 3,000 square feet of meeting space on the 11th floor.

• Just steps from the expansive, 2.2-mile-long Hollywood Beach "Broadwalk," the chic Costa Hollywood Beach Resort accommodates guests in 307 suites. A 25,000-square-foot rooftop pool deck provides sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway and a bar that serves light bites.

• The Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach–a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel has completed a renovation of all 115 guest rooms and common areas in the Marina Building. The full-service Breezes restaurant has undergone a refresh, and a new fitness center overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is now open.

• Following a $7 million renovation, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort is sporting eight new luxury suites. All 145 of the property's existing guest rooms and each of its 16 original suites have been completely redesigned as well.

The LGBT+ Visitor Center, which showcases attractions of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and related visitors, has opened in Wilton Manors, Fla. The center is a joint venture between the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT Chamber of Commerce.



Things to Do

Get Active

• Put your wheels on: The region is a hotspot for cycling, skating (including BMX), roller derby and go-kart racing. Head over to the Brian Piccolo Sports Park & Velodrome with a steeply banked oval track designed for professional and recreational cycling and in-line skating.

• Reef madness: Greater Fort Lauderdale has 69 miles of natural coral reef just offshore. Explore the briny deep via a scuba-diving excursion with companies like American Dream Dive Charters for an up-close view. For a closer-to-shore experience, Fort Lauderdale is the only place in the continental U.S. where you can snorkel and dive on a living coral reef straight off the beach.

Stay Another Day

• Spread your wings: Butterfly World houses the largest aviary of the fluttery fauna in North America, plus an impelling insectarium and buzz-worthy hummingbird environment. At Flamingo Gardens & Wray Botanical Collection, enjoy 60 acres of diverse native plants and trees, a Bird of Prey Center with a free-flight aviary, and opportunities to view alligators, flamingos, bobcats and Florida panthers.

• Hit the beach: Among the area's best assets, Greater Fort Lauderdale's 23 miles of sun-kissed beaches are an easy walk from many hotels, restaurants and activities. Six beaches — Dania, Deerfield, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Lauderdale-By-the-Sea and Pompano — have been continuously certified as Blue Wave Beaches by the Clean Beaches Council of Washington, D.C., since 1999.

• Hail a "taxi":  Its myriad of waterways and rivers lend a Venetian feel to Fort Lauderdale, and you can explore the city accordingly. Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi; the boats offer narrated "hop-on, hop-off" tours with more than 15 stops at attractions and places of interest.

• Stroll and shop: Known as Greater Fort Lauderdale's Style Mile, Las Olas Boulevard features eclectic, independently-owned boutiques. Love a bargain? Don't miss Sawgrass Mills, the world's largest discount and entertainment mall.

Just the Ticket

• It's all about the ice: The NHL Florida Panthers hockey team plays at BB&T Center.

Sipping Spots

Unit B, a speakeasy-themed cocktail bar where guests require their own personal door code to enter, has opened at Flagler Village. Choose from a menu of eight Prohibition-inspired cocktails with a twist.

• A rooftop bar that serves handcrafted margaritas is the centerpiece of the new Bar Rita, a casual restaurant featuring innovative Mexican fare like spicy tuna and mango guac, and truffle street-corn guacamole.

• Steep yourself in Greater Fort Lauderdale's thriving beer culture: Follow the AleTrail to explore 500 different brews, from a Hefeweizen made with Florida-grown mangoes to malty imports from across the globe. The trail includes breweries, beer gardens and brewpubs (one with an open-air cigar patio) that offer guided tours.

• Upon opening in 2019, the axe-throwing bar Chops and Hops will feature six enclosed axe-throwing lanes with wooden targets, all in a cozy, lodge-inspired setting.