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What to do until 3:00 PM in Ft. Lauderdale (after a cruise)?

What to do until 3:00 PM in Ft. Lauderdale (after a cruise)?

Old Aug 20th, 2009, 01:53 PM
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What to do until 3:00 PM in Ft. Lauderdale (after a cruise)?

We arrive at 7:00 - should be disembarked by 9:00 - then what? There are 4 of us. Seems like it would make more sense to hire a mini-van taxi to pick us up (and haul our luggage around). We have until 3:00 to be at the airport. I have heard that there is an interesting scenic area of FLL that we would enjoy walking around. And of course, having a nice lunch.

Any suggestions / ideas most appreciated!

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Old Aug 20th, 2009, 02:28 PM
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Probably thinking of Las Olas. Street filled with cafes, restaurants, shops, galleries. I like lunch at Mangoes or La Bonne Crepe. Enjoy your brief stay in our beautiful city!
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Old Aug 20th, 2009, 02:48 PM
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Yes, Las Olas would be fun. But what are you going to do with your luggage after the taxi drops you off there?
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Old Aug 20th, 2009, 02:51 PM
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I just noticed your question mentioned a scenic area. Las Olas is a shopping/restaurant district not a "scenic" area. By scenic did you mean along the ocean or waterways?
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If you can find somewhere to put the luggage, you might consider the water taxi. http://www.watertaxi.com/ Doesn't start until 10:30, though. The turnaround at the far end is at Shooters, a bar & grill on the Inland Waterway.

Though technically not a tour boat, you do have a visual feast of Ft Lauderdale from the water side. Quite enjoyable....
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Old Aug 20th, 2009, 03:25 PM
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Thanks. There are some great ideas in these replies! Is there a car service in Ft. Lauderdale that we could book for a day? We have done this in several locations and it's much easier than trying to find a place to stash the bags.
Any names for me to Google?
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Birch Park on Sunrise and A1A is very unique. You can take a trail around the whole park (about 1 and 1/2 miles) and visit the rivate gardens and mansion on the South side. Plenty of places to eat on A1A overlooking the ocean.
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Old Aug 20th, 2009, 07:04 PM
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What do you mean by "car service"?
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Old Aug 21st, 2009, 03:28 AM
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You could consider renting a "Day" room at a nearby hotel. The Harbor Beach Marriott is only about 3 miles away from the port. You could enjoy the pool and beach until your time to depart. Call the hotels directly to get theri info for day rooms. Some may also let you go in and use the facilities for a set fee.
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Old Aug 26th, 2009, 01:22 PM
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We've been out of town, and just now back to the boards and Emily, what a great idea! I'll check that out right now.
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I will have the same question in January Maybe your cruise line offer a tour of the city with a drop-off in the airport? Some do.
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I would highly recommend the Bonnet House, which is right across the street from the beach (actually very close to Birch State Park mentioned in an earlier post). The house is an historic residence filled with the artwork of the former owners. The property is full of wildlife, including some wild monkeys. You would probaly be able to hold your bags at the visitor center.
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