Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Warm weather, pristine beaches, historic attractions, museums and vast dining options make Fort Lauderdale a highly appealing city to visit. Once a spring break destination for college students, Fort Lauderdale now attracts a more sophisticated tourist due to its variety of cultural, historical, and social activities.
In the downtown area, Las Olas Boulevard is a popular spot for visitors. Points of interest along this one mile stretch include the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Discovery and Science and the Museum of Art, all of which are wheelchair accessible. Visitors can stop in the numerous art galleries, restaurants, outdoor cafes and boutiques that line the way. All sidewalks and street corners comply with ADA requirements for wheelchair access.
Sometimes called the “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale has more than 300 miles of canals, channels and rivers. Sightseeing cruises enable visitors to see the homes, yachts and the cruise ships of the beautiful city. Tours such as Jungle Queen and Carrie B are both wheelchair accessible but the bathrooms on the Carrie B ships are not.
Fort Lauderdale’s ties to the water, has also made it an ideal home to the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and the Swimming Hall of Fame. Both locations are wheelchair accessible and the Swimming Hall of Fame also provides a lift into the pool should one want to swim in this one-of-a-kind aquatic complex where Michael Phelps once broke a world record.
Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades is also one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. Port Everglades has more than 5,300 ships call at Port Everglades in a year. Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Holland America, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean and Seabourn all sail from Fort Lauderdale. To secure your wheelchair, scooter or other special needs rental, please contact Special Needs Group.
Interesting Fact: Greater Fort Lauderdale houses the world's largest discount mall, Sawgrass Mills.