Fort Lauderdale Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Fort Lauderdale Family-friendly activities

Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

1. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

Embark on a real adventure with an airboat tour of the Florida Everglades and entry to the alligator and reptile exhibit. Explore this fascinating natural wonder, hear the history of the Seminole people, and learn about the wildlife you sport from your captain. Board your airboat and glide out into the Everglades. As you cruise, listen to fascinating historical and ecological facts from your captain. Listen to tales of how the Native American Seminole people and panthers once coexisted in this lush wilderness. Keep an eye out for rare and endangered wildlife as you skim across the glassy water, through grassy rivers, and over the tropical marsh. After your airboat tour, head into the alligator and reptile exhibit. Get up close to a baby alligator and touch its unique skin and learn about these formidable predators.

Fort Lauderdale: Garden of Lights Self-Guided Holiday Walk

2. Fort Lauderdale: Garden of Lights Self-Guided Holiday Walk

See the Flamingo Gardens at their most magical, transformed into a Christmas wonderland through lights and decorations. You'll get free rein to explore the botanical garden on a self-guided walk, wander through its 60 acres of grounds, stop off for a treat at the snack bar, and maybe even meet Santa. Enjoy open access to the garden's most beautiful areas after hours. Don't miss the Arboretum and Wray Lawn, adorned with thousands of festive lights and decorations. Get the chance to meet Santa and his helpers, and stop by the Pond Snack Bar for some holiday treats. Each evening features live music in the gardens. Participating musicians include Broward College Jazz Ensemble, the Youth All Star Orchestra, the Gold Coast Banjo Society, and more.

Fort Lauderdale: Flamingo Gardens Entry Ticket

3. Fort Lauderdale: Flamingo Gardens Entry Ticket

Experience a taste of tropical Florida as soon as you enter Flamingo Gardens with a jungle of tropical trees, plants, and over 1,000 orchids. Enjoy a wildlife encounter show presented three times a day, watch playful river otters, and meet some of the animals protected by the sanctuary, such as Josh, a native black bear. Take a narrated 30-minute tram tour through the back 50 acres and experience three different ecosystems, as well as the largest cycad collection in the United States. Stay on the tram the entire time or disembark to discover the Wetlands, the Cycad Garden, the Native Plant Walkway, the Wildflower Garden or the Mango Grove. Visit the Birds of Prey Center, and walk through a half-acre aviary with over 250 wetland birds native to Florida. Step into the past in the historic Wray Home Museum, built in 1933, and stop in the gallery for different shows and exhibits. Tour guides are always present to help you get a taste of old Florida history. In the summer of 2020 — from June 6 until September 13, 2020 — see the award-winning “Nature Connects” exhibit created with over 1.6 million LEGO pieces. The summer of 2021 will host David Rogers' Big Bugs exhibit, a must-see for lovers or art and nature.

Everglades Eco Adventure: 2-Hour Sawgrass Recreation Park

4. Everglades Eco Adventure: 2-Hour Sawgrass Recreation Park

Explore the beautiful Everglades and discover the variety of wildlife in the area. Start your adventure with a 30-minute airboat tour of the Florida Everglades. Visit the reptile, exotic wildlife, and "swamp" yard exhibits. Your tour will be guided by experienced captains who will tell you tales during the tour of how the Seminole and the Florida panther once coexisted in this lush wilderness. You will also catch a glimpse of endangered wildlife as you skim across the glassy water.  Your adventure will include a visit to the Exotic Wildlife exhibit, which strives to educate and enlighten the public about endangered species such as the Florida panther, leopards, wolves, and even some surprise smaller mammals. A separate organization brings a variety of animals to the park each day to visit and the handlers are happy to answer any questions about these gentle animals. Take a walk on the wild side back in time with an original dinosaur – the Florida alligator. The reptile exhibit features dozens of species both native and exotic to Florida. Along with the friendly turtles and iguanas, you can learn about Cannibal – the 1,000-pound alligator. The handlers are happy to demonstrate how these animals live and survive in the wild. There is also a variety of monitors and rescued exotic snakes, and you will also have the chance to hold a baby alligator.

Fort Lauderdale: 1-Hour Family Pirate Adventure Cruise

5. Fort Lauderdale: 1-Hour Family Pirate Adventure Cruise

Start by arriving a half-hour early to get outfitted with pirate tattoos and a vest that will be returned at the end of the trip. Meet the captain and crew as they introduce you to the Pirate way of life. Follow the first mate to board the real U.S. Coast Guard certified pirate ship where you will learn everything you need to know to join the crew. Learn how to fire the water cannons as you navigate the Intracoastal Waterway to find the key to the treasure. Battle a villainous pirate to win back the key and leave with your share of the loot. Hear of the many tales of legendary pirates and keep a sharp eye out to spot the local wildlife.

Fort Lauderdale: High-Flying Parasailing Adventure

6. Fort Lauderdale: High-Flying Parasailing Adventure

Spark your adrenaline on a parasailing ride in Fort Lauderdale. Glide high above the Atlantic and soak up the views of the South Florida coast. Choose to participate as a passenger on a fast-paced speedboat ride. Meet your captain and get strapped into your harness. As the boat picks up speed, be hoisted into the sky for a breathtaking ride above the water. Take in the views of the city skyline and even spot the Bahamas on a clear day. Enjoy this family-friendly activity with the option to ride as a passenger on the boat if you prefer not to fly. Your instructor will also have have photo packages available to remember your trip.

Everglades: Sawgrass Park Airboat Package

7. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Airboat Package

Enjoy Sawgrass Recreation Park's diverse activities and take advantage of its exciting package while saving some dollars. Explore Florida's Everglades and see the park's numerous reptile exhibits to learn about the history of this remarkable treasure. Available all season long, experience the spirit-renewing airboat tour and glide across the river to come face-to-face with the native wildlife, including alligators, turtles, snakes, frogs, and much more. Explore the park's exhibit areas featuring over 50 reptiles that have been adopted and rescued. Take a walk on the wild side back in time when you meet an original dinosaur, the Florida Alligator. Make sure you bring your camera to capture the “Meet a Baby Alligator” experience. Depending on the packet you choose, enjoy a $15 credit to grab a bite to eat at the Gator Grill, where you can enjoy mozzarella sticks, mac and cheese bites, fries, burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, and even some famous gator tacos. Before leaving grab your photo souvenir keychain and your choice of a souvenir t-shirt or hat to bring back home a memory you will never forget.

Everglades: Sawgrass Park Reptile Exhibit Private Tour

8. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Reptile Exhibit Private Tour

Enjoy a family-friendly adventure with a privately guided, 1-hour tour of Sawgrass Recreation Park's reptile exhibit. Explore different reptilian habitats, discover both native and exotic species, and touch and pet some animals for an ultimate learning experience. Enjoy the exclusivity of only your group admitted for the session and wander through the exhibits to learn about turtles, iguanas, snakes, and a 1,000-pound alligator named Cannibal. Listen closely as your guide explains animal conservation efforts and how reptiles survive in the wild. Make sure to bring your camera for the park's "Meet a Baby Alligator" experience.

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What people are saying about Fort Lauderdale

Short enough trip to still enjoy other activities in the day, long enough to add some excitement for the younger ones! Fun and entertaining for the kiddos! The captain was also very fun and entertaining!!

This place is really Magic for both children and parents. A multitude of varieties of tropical birds and vegetation and we meet them on our walk. A magnificent park to discover

My daughter and I really enjoyed the outdoor space and the history of the Botanical Garden. The tram tour was very informative. Rich history!

The tour guide was super knowledgeable and personable ! He was very communicative and understanding ! I would recommend this to others .

very well we saw an alligator it is cheap and fast as an activity