Known as the ‘Venice of America,’ Fort Lauderdale is a playground for boaters, golfers and exclusive shopping that
has become a tourist paradise with 10. 35
million visitors in 2006. A water taxi tour
along the inland canals gives access to major points throughout the city. Jai-alai and
thoroughbred and harness racing provide
recreational opportunities to visitors and
residents. The city is a major yachting
center, with 42,000 resident yachts and
100 marinas and boat yards. The city’s
proximity to the Bahamas and Caribbean
make it a popular yachting vacation stop.
The city is home to a vast fleet of cruise
ships embarking for the Caribbean and
the rest of the world.
In the downtown area along the New
River, points of interest include the Bro-
ward Center for the Performing Arts, the
Museum of Discovery and Science, the
Museum of Arts and the historic Stra-
nahan House. All are within walking dis-
tance of each other. Stroll, bike or skate
along Atlantic Boulevard and the Beach
Promenade. The International Swim-
ming Hall of Fame is located on Fort
Lauderdale beach and houses a large
aquatic complex as well as a museum,
theater and research library.
The Florida Panthers of the National
Hockey League play in suburban Sunrise.
The Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins
and the Miami Heat all play in neighbor-
Miami’s South Beach is a playground
for celebrities and party-goers with beau-
tiful beaches and vast number of condos
available for rent and purchase.
Traveling south to the Keys is a one-of-a-kind experience. The 113-mile long
drive on the Overseas Highway from
mainland Florida to Key West is truly
magnificent. The Keys are an archipelago of approximately 1,700 individual
islands. Mile after mile, the bridge highway stretches across long stretches of turquoise water between small tropical islands called Keys. At one point, as you’re
driving on the Seven Mile Bridge, you
can’t catch a glimpse of land in either direction. Many of the Keys offer excellent
scuba and snorkeling, plus charter boats
for deep-sea fishing.
Lifelong Learning Opportunities
Five institutions of higher learning
have main or satellite campuses in the