Getting Around Fort Lauderdale
Since most of Fort Lauderdale area's sights are far apart, it's essential to have a car. Fort Lauderdale's beach strip runs for 6 miles between Oakland Park Boulevard to the north and Las Olas Boulevard to the south, but you may want to venture northward. Free cobalt blue trolleys tool around the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District every ten minutes on Fridays from 5 to 11 P.M. and Saturdays from noon to 11 P.M. (954-463-6574).
Fort Lauderdale's local bus network offers twice-hourly service along Los Olas Boulevard between downtown and Fort Lauderdale Beach until 9 P.M. daily. You can buy a weekly bus pass for about $5 at most beachside hotels. (954-357-8400)
But the best way to see the city's beautiful residential neighborhoods is by taking a bright yellow Water Taxi of Fort Lauderdale from any dock. They offer an inexpensive scenic way to go anywhere within the city's 7-mile network of waterways. Single rides cost $4 per person; an all-day ticket will cost you $11 and after 7 P.M. costs only $5.
Bicycling also affords an easy way to see the sights. The best places to ride in the Fort Lauderdale area are along the wide paved roads on the west side of the city. You can rent bicycles for about $5 per hour, $10–$12 per day, or $36 per week from any of the following:
Downtown Bicycles: Toll-free 866-813-7368
Florida Bicycle: 954-763-6974
International Bike Shop: 954-764-8800
Best Time to Go
Because of its close proximity to the Gulf Stream, the Fort Lauderdale area enjoys a subtropical climate noted for its year-round breezes and moderate temperatures ranging from 75° to 85°. Though the peak season is January to April, summer draws more of a family crowd.
Cautions and Safety Concerns
Fort Lauderdale is a safe place to take your family. The city has done much to clean things up. As with other beach resorts, about your only concern should be for the strong Florida sun. Be sure to use a strong enough sunblock whenever you're out in it.