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Explore Fort Lauderdale, FL

Kick off your vacation on the beaches of South Florida when you book a Carnival cruise from Fort Lauderdale. Join fellow Carnival cruisers for a stay at the second-busiest cruise port in world, serving well over 3 million passengers each year. Before your cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida departs, you’ll enjoy a bustling seafront city filled with watery canals, powdery beaches, and endless shopping at your fingertips.

  • Cruise down the boardwalk of Hollywood Beach.
  • Browse the Las Olas Boulevard boutiques before for your cruise from Fort Lauderdale sets sail.
  • Explore the city’s Venice-like canals.
  • Take in a movie on Florida’s biggest IMAX screen.
  • Slip into a swamp buggy on a Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation tour.

Things To Do

Local Attractions

Hit the beach before your cruise from Fort Lauderdale leaves port and make time to explore the rest of the city, too. There’s stylish shopping on Las Olas and bargain-hunting at the Swap Shop. Despite the city’s modern glitz, you’ll still find traces of Old Florida style at the Stranahan House and the Bonnet House and Garden.

  • Explore the nature trails of the John Lloyd Beach State Park.
  • Catch the Olympic spirit at the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
  • Hop on a Water Taxi from Las Olas Boulevard or Hollywood Beach.
  • Examine a living coral reef at the Museum of Discovery & Science.
  • Perfect your swing at one of Fort Lauderdale’s many tropical golf courses.

Fun Facts

  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida was the original “Spring Break” location, featured in the 1960 George Hamilton and Connie Francis movie Where the Boys Are.
  • Fort Lauderdale has more than 300 miles of canals, earning the city the moniker “Venice of America.”
  • Sawgrass Mills is the sixth largest shopping mall in the U.S. checking in at around 2.4 million sq. ft. (and with a 40,000 sq. ft. expansion in the works).

Within Walking Distance

Canadian Beach

The closest attractions to your Carnival cruise from Fort Lauderdale are the Harbor Shops and the John Lloyd Beach State Park. This beach serves as much as a nature preserve—with its nesting sea turtles in summer, nature walk, and manatee sanctuary—as it does a popular local beach.

Beyond the Port Area

The flashy Museum of Discovery & Science has interactive displays on everything from local ecosystems to how garbage decomposes. The museum’s IMAX theater shows eye-popping films on an enormous screen. The nearby Stranahan House, built in 1901, is the city’s oldest standing structure, originally used as a trading post along the New River. Inside, you’ll get a glimpse of pioneer life on the Florida frontier. Channel your inner Olympian at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and plunge into one of the enormous pools after checking out 5-time gold medalist Johnny Weismuller’s medal collection. On a guided tour of the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, former home of artists Evelyn and Frederic Clay Bartlett, you’ll see colorful portraits, landscapes, and murals adorning the walls. The extensive tropical gardens mirror the home’s Caribbean plantation feel.


Before your flight home, let us take you on an Everglades Safari Tour, it is the best way to see the glades of the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. Board a fast airboat through the grassy waters or take a swamp buggy safari to spot wildlife through the wetlands’ arching trees.

Beaches in Fort Lauderdale

Caribbean Beaches

While waiting for your cruise from Fort Lauderdale to depart, take advantage of the Florida sun on the city’s soft-sand beaches. The Fort Lauderdale Beach Promenade stretches past hotels, shops, and restaurants lining the sugary powder-sand beach that helped put the city on the map. Palm-fringed Hollywood Beach is frequently rated one of America’s best. The famous boardwalk is three miles of kitschy beachside fun, complete with souvenir shops, snack stands, and paths for biking and rollerblading. For something a bit more low key, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park has an extensive garden of tropical hammock trees, while Dania Beach has a fishing pier extending over light blue waters from uncrowded sands.

Shopping in Fort Lauderdale


Join the trolleys and horse carriages as they make their way down Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard, the main strip for boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and bars. Classy names like Godiva and Swarovski can be found at the Galleria Mall, but you can score deals at the hundreds of outlets at Sawgrass Mills. For fun and flair, negotiate your way around the Swap Shop, the largest flea market in U.S., complete with more than 2,000 vendors, an amusement park, and a drive-in multiplex.

Golf in Fort Lauderdale


Sunny weather year-round and an abundance of courses make Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a golfer’s dream. Try Emerald Hills for an exclusive challenge, or the 80-year-old Orangebrook Golf Course for one of the best deals in town: a round for under $25.

Travel Tips


  • Cruises from Fort Lauderdale embark from Port Everglades, close to Fort Lauderdale’s airport and home to 11 cruise terminals.
  • No matter what time of year your Carnival cruise from Fort Lauderdale sails, you’re bound to get sunny weather. The tropical climate has average highs from 76 degrees in January to 90 degrees in July.