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Fort Lauderdale: Experience the "Venice of America"   by Jennifer Weiss

Appropriately nicknamed the "Venice of America" due to its extensive networks of canals and waterways, Fort Lauderdale is the perfect vacation destination for anyone who wants to spend their time along of the world's premier beachfronts. Whether you want to stroll the waterfront shops and restaurants as if on an Italian getaway or simply relax on a soft stretch of sand, Fort Lauderdale has everything you need for a memorable Florida vacation.

With seven miles of stunning, golden sand beaches and a seemingly never-ending network of waterways, rivers, and canals that cut in and out of the city and its residential areas, a Fort Lauderdale vacation is always a water-filled adventure. For an afternoon of fun in the sun, head to Fort Lauderdale Beach and set out on a boating, jet skiing, water skiing, windsurfing, or scuba diving excursion or simply relax along the shore for a day of swimming, sunbathing, or sand volleyball. No matter what activities you have on your itinerary, Fort Lauderdale and the Atlantic Ocean are always accommodating hosts.

To experience all that downtown Fort Lauderdale has to offer while soaking in its breathtaking, picturesque scenery, make your way to the Riverwalk for a day of never-ending excitement. Offering, arts, cultural attractions, shopping, dining, and nightlife, this one-mile long path spans the north and south banks of the New River and is the hub of Fort Lauderdale's entertainment district. After browsing a few boutiques or stopping in a few art galleries, hop aboard a water bus for a memorable cruise around your Venice-like surroundings.

Nature enthusiasts and outdoor lovers simply cannot miss the stunning beauty of the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. With four distinct natural settings located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, you can grab a kayak or canoe and explore a freshwater lagoon or set out on a hiking or biking adventure along the two mile trail to learn about the native plant and wildlife. Since the park is located in urban Fort Lauderdale, it is the perfect natural retreat for anyone who wants to escape the crowds of the Riverwalk.

After you have thoroughly exercised your body, treat you mind to a few hours of intrigue and information at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Not your typical science museum, visitors can explore nature trails in the Living in the Everglades exhibit, view the largest living Atlantic coral reef not in the open ocean, take a trip to the Moon or Mars in a simulator, and pet turtles, alligators, and iguanas. With more than 200 interactive exhibits and a five-story screen in the IMAX Theater, the museum will entertain and excite visitors of all ages.

While these are just a few of the popular attractions in Fort Lauderdale, there are numerous others to consider for your vacation getaway, including the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum, Fort Lauderdale Stadium (spring training location for the Baltimore Orioles), and any of the concerts, plays, or musicals at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

With so much to see and do in this exciting vacation destination, you will certainly want to be close to all of your favorite attractions for a relaxing, easygoing getaway. For a convenient, comfortable lodging option, consider Fort Lauderdale Florida vacation rentals for your accommodations needs. Whether you want to rest along the banks of a shimmering river or stay along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, a vacation home rental makes it easy to enjoy everything you love about Fort Lauderdale while placing all of the amenities and comforts of home at your fingertips.

About the Author has the most comprehensive selection of vacation rental homes on the Internet. For an alternative lodging option, consider Fort Lauderdale vacation rentals for your next trip to Southern Florida.

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