The City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

About Our Community

Incorporated on March 27, 1911, encompassing approximately 36 square miles with an estimated population of 176,747, Fort Lauderdale is the largest of Broward County's 31 municipalities and one of the ten largest cities in Florida. Embraced by the Atlantic Ocean, New River and a myriad of scenic inland waterways, Fort Lauderdale truly lives up to its designation as the "Venice of America."
An advantageous economic climate is helping the City of Fort Lauderdale establish itself as a world-class international business center and one of the most desirable locations for new, expanding or relocating businesses. Once known strictly as a tourism-based economy, Fort Lauderdale now supports a diverse range of industries, including marine, manufacturing, finance, insurance, real estate, high technology, avionics/aerospace, film, and television production.
Fort Lauderdale also offers an outstanding quality of life, highlighted by a semi-tropical climate, rich natural beauty and array of cultural, entertainment and educational amenities. Blessed with over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and pleasant year-round ocean breezes, world-famous Fort Lauderdale Beach offers premier opportunities for recreation, relaxation, and enjoyment. The picturesque Riverwalk serves as the cornerstone of the City's arts, science, culture and the historic district which features the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Discovery and Science, Museum of Art and Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum. Las Olas Boulevard has gained international acclaim as Fort Lauderdale's centerpiece of fashion, fine dining, and entertainment. In addition, the City's downtown area is home to Broward Community College, Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, the award-winning Broward County Main Library, federal, county and school district offices.
Through the cooperative efforts of residents, businesses and local government, Fort Lauderdale has evolved into a City that offers the best of both worlds - an attractive business environment and an outstanding quality of life. Fort Lauderdale is a great place to live, work and raise a family, and the City looks forward to continuing to build upon its success to meet the challenges of the 21st Century and beyond.
Our Location  
The City of Fort Lauderdale is situated on the southeast coast of Florida, in the east-central portion of Broward County, approximately 23 miles north of Miami and 42 miles south of Palm Beach. The City shares boundaries with nine other municipalities, as well as unincorporated areas of the County. Encompassing approximately 36 square miles, Fort Lauderdale is the eighth largest city in Florida and the largest of Broward County’s 31 municipalities.
Our History
The City of Fort Lauderdale is named for a Second Seminole War fortification built on the banks of the New River in 1838. That year, Major William Lauderdale led a detachment of Tennessee Volunteers south along the east coast of Florida to capture Seminole agricultural lands and battle the elusive Indian warriors. Altogether, three forts named after Major Lauderdale would be constructed: the first at the fork of New River; the second at Tarpon Bend; and the largest on the beach at the site of Bahia Mar. None of the forts survive today.
Tourism is Greater Fort Lauderdale’s second-largest industry, accounting for more than 114,000 jobs. In 2013, more than 13 million visitors selected Greater Fort Lauderdale as their destination of choice and spent in excess of $10.6 billion. For every 85 visitors to Broward County, it is estimated that one job is created.
Fort Lauderdale is a famous destination for most travelers because they have so much to offer including shopping, arts, events, culture, and beaches.  You can visit the historic riverfront or enjoy gondola rides on the canals or enjoy shopping on the Las Olas Boulevard. 
Fort Lauderdale which occupies the South Eastern portion of Florida is considered a very important city in the state.  This city is a very popular destination for most tourists with more than 10 million visitors each year.  Fort Lauderdale is made famous by its numerous canals that run across the city.  That is why it is named the “Venice of America”.  It is also the biggest yachting center which has several marinas, yachts, and boatyards.  This city is also the foremost cruise port since most cruise ships depart from the Fort Lauderdale port.
If you love art then there are great art museums that you can find in Fort Lauderdale.  The Museum of Art located in the downtown area has the best creative works from the most well known artists.  Aside from offering visual arts, they also offer family activities, tours, films, wine tastings, lectures plus many more.

The Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is the place for fun and adventure for the whole family.  It is the perfect place for barbeque or picnic or hiking along the nature trails.  You can also do canoeing, roller skating, biking, fishing, swimming or just enjoy watching the beautiful scenery under the sun.  You enjoy having a dinner cruise at the Jungle Queen.  The Tree Tops Park is a wide park in Fort Lauderdale which has the highest elevation.  The Stranahan House is a historic spot in Fort Lauderdale.  By visiting here you can experience a journey from the past.  This house was created by Frank Stranahan for Miss Ivy Cromartie.  Today it is now a great museum.

This canal-laced city is a far cry from its spring break party image of the past. Following renovation and renewal, upscale stores and restaurants have replaced fast-food stands and T-shirt shops.

Top attractions include Broward Center for the performing arts, Intercoastal Waterway and the Fort Lauderdale Beachfront from which it is known.

The Mockingbird Trail 

Welcome to Mockingbird Trail!
A place to walk, bike, and enjoy nature in the City.

Mockingbird Trail will transform the urban walking experience for Fort Lauderdale’s downtown neighborhood into an 8-mile urban trail route and linear park destination. Mockingbird Trail is the solution the County, City, and our Neighborhood Associations have spent decades studying and communicating their needs for. The Trail provides Fort Lauderdale citizens and visitors with safe, equitable access to parks, cultural centers, businesses, and educational institutions. 

Inspired by grass-roots community endeavors of local residents, artists, and businesses located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Trail is the answer to improving the lives of those who have invested to live and work and play in the City. The Trail has evolved, since its inception, into a multi-neighborhood connector. The Trail knits together various neighborhoods – respecting the needs and identity of each, while physically connecting fourteen neighborhoods that lack safe pedestrian connections to the public and cultural offerings. The original Trail concept, rooted in public engagement, site-specific public art installations, and exploration of our City still remains. This expanded vision of Mockingbird Trail will connect us all; creating a safer, stronger Fort Lauderdale. 

My Fort Lauderdale Beach

Welcome to Fort Lauderdale Beach and MyFortLauderdaleBeach.com! We hope you'll find our year-round destination website for the Fort Lauderdale Beach area packed with all the information you could ever want or need on Fun, Food, Hotels, Events and more.
Throughout the pages of our website you will find exciting Things to Do, inviting Places to Stay and delicious Food & Drink options. Make sure to check out our Event Calendar section for upcoming events and Blogs for tips from locals. And if you are new to the area, learn more About Us and find your way around with helpful Maps & Transportation information for getting around Fort Lauderdale Beach and beyond.
Situated along three miles of golden sand and sparkling turquoise waters, Fort Lauderdale Beach is marked by the City’s Wave wall. A flowing, swirling wall that extends along our brick-paved promenade, you'll find pillar framed entrances to our world-famous beach.
A vast array of unique restaurants, outdoor cafes and vibrant nightlife beckon you as well. Whether you are in the mood for mouthwatering cuisine or just want to chill out at a casual watering hole, you’ll find just the tastes you are looking for with a stunning ocean view. Planning a visit to Fort Lauderdale? Why not make your home-away-from-home on Fort Lauderdale Beach? We have luxury resorts, budget-friendly hotels, and superior small lodging guest houses, steps from our sparkling sandy shores.
And we are so easy to get to! You’ll find the bustle of Fort Lauderdale Beach less than 2-miles from the Port, which makes it a great pre-or post-cruise escape and a short 10-minute drive, to the Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport. Once here, there's also no reason to leave our little island oasis, as you'll find world-class spas to water sports, casual shopping to elegant museums - not to mention that Fort Lauderdale Beach is an outdoor enthusiast's playground for both the young and the young at heart.
And if all that is doesn't make Fort Lauderdale Beach special enough, you'll find 365-days of special offers to eat, drink and play at our area's restaurants, attractions and hotels and many highly anticipated annual events including the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Tortuga Music Festival, Great American Beach Party, Friday Night Sound Waves and The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Spectacular 4th of July Celebration.
We look forward to seeing you at the beach!