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February
28

Renowned as "the Venice of America," Fort Lauderdale is the pinnacle of extravagant living. Visitors and locals alike revel in the upscale culture, shopping and overarching decadence of this fabulous city. Equally as inspiring as the scenic beaches, high-end shopping districts and glistening canals, the properties in Fort Lauderdale are some of the most spectacular in the region and throughout the globe. From ultra-chic riverview condominiums downtown to lavish mansions boasting pristine manicured acreage, the luxury properties for sale in Fort Lauderdale are sure to impress even the most distinguished buyer. Explore some of the most opulent estates in Fort Lauderdale with luxurious features, pristine locations and stunning design.  

Entertainer's Dream Along a Quiet Waterway

1764 Southeast 9th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 1764 Southeast 9th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Address: 1764 Southeast 9th Street | Listed By: Liz Caldwell & Partners

This beautiful Mediterranean-inspired estate in Rio Vista Isles is the picture of effortless waterfront living. Resting amongst lush tropical gardens and set behind two gated entries, the six-bedroom residence gives a fresh take on classic style in airy, openly flowing interiors that link with the outdoor living space in an ideal layout for entertaining. This custom-built estate looks south on 100+/- feet of waterfront offering up to 80 feet of yacht dockage complete with a boat lift. Outdoor gatherings with family and friends center on the waterfront terrace where a summer kitchen serves the wraparound loggia by the pool with its multiple sun shelf spaces and spouting fountains.  

Renovated Mediterranean Masterpiece

2554 Lucille Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 2554 Lucille Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Address: 2554 Lucille Drive | Listed By: Rory Vanucchi + Matthew Bobby

This newly imagined Mediterranean-style estate is majestic and alluring, offering every advantage for luxury South Florida living. Partially renovated with some reconfigured rooms, the stately two-story, six bedroom residence in Harbor Beach includes two complete separate apartments, a wine room, a VIP suite, and unparallelled views. Plus, it has a private dock that accommodates a 75-foot yacht and two boathouses, making this the ultimate estate for the yachting enthusiast.  

Regal Estate On the Port Everglades Inlet

2600 Inlet Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 2600 Inlet Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Address: 2600 Inlet Drive | Listed By: Rory Vanucchi + Matthew Bobby

This regal estate is situated in an exclusive enclave directly fronting the Port Everglades Inlet where the Intracoastal meets the ocean. Custom dark wood millwork, molding, paneling and cabinetry offer a rich contrast to the light-infused crystal chandeliers and the two-story stained glass window behind the wrought iron and wood staircase. Guests and residents enjoy unobstructed panoramic views of the water from the outdoor pool terrace or atop the romantic second-story balcony.  

Expansive Estate in Coral Ridge

2880 Northeast 26th Place, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 2880 Northeast 26th Place, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

Address: 2880 Northeast 26th Place | Listed By: Rory Vanucchi + Matthew Bobby

This impressive seven-bedroom residence is positioned on a tropical waterway with deep-water dockage in the prized Coral Ridge community. This Mediterranean-inspired beauty was custom-built in 2009 by Quality First Homes, a respected South Florida firm. We admire the elegant columns and lighter tones that contrast with the black ironwork and other dark features in the space. The master bathroom is a true spa-like retreat. Opening to a loggia overlooking the waterway, the master suite is a spacious private sanctuary featuring an inviting sitting area, a morning bar, two walk-in closets, and a marble-and-granite bath with a Roman-style jetted tub, a walk-through double shower, two vanities, and two separate water closets.  

Elegant Property Built in 1939

525 Coral Way, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 525 Coral Way, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Address: 525 Coral Way | Listed By: Liz Caldwell & Partners

Fronting 100 feet of a deep finger canal, this historic property is classic and elegant both inside and out. The residence was originally conceived by famed architect Russell Pancoast in 1939 and has since been renovated several times over. It maintains its original grandeur and iconic Bermuda Colonial style while remaining in pristine, top-of-the-line condition. With many rooms opening to a balcony, patio or porch, much of the living area focuses on exteriors. Guests and residents may lounge and dine within any of the multiple covered brick patios overlooking the waterway, or take a dip in the heated rectangular pool.  

Country Club Mansion on the Golf Course

4031 Northeast 25th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 4031 Northeast 25th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Address: 4031 Northeast 25th Avenue | Listed By: Ron Lennen + Maureen Rotella

Modern-day luxuries merge with vintage charm in this breathtaking residence in Coral Ridge Country Club. This timeless six-bedroom residence captures one of the most stunning golf course views as the backdrop for gracious resort-style living. We are captivated by the stark contrast of the modern kitchen with the more traditional elements found elsewhere. Facing the golf course, the family room, casual dining room, and media/game areas of the great room flow easily from one space to another. The space naturally flows outdoors to the new travertine marble terrace where guests can gather around the pool and watch the sunset over the fairways in this romantic resort-like setting.  

Stunning Marvel Along the Waterway

2841 Northeast 35th Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 2841 Northeast 35th Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Address: 2841 Northeast 35th Court | Listed By: Rory Vanucchi + Matthew Bobby

This gorgeous Mediterranean estate is nestled in an exclusive coastal community directly along the Rio Dorothy Margaret Waterway. With 100 feet of deep-water dockage, lush tropical landscaping, a waterway view, a heated saltwater pool and spa, a covered patio with a summer kitchen, this property promotes the quintessential Florida lifestyle. Guests are greeted in a commanding two-story foyer through double glass doors and welcomed into a dramatic 20-foot living room with a cast stone gas fireplace. Inlaid marble floors unify open living areas, while Brazilian cherry plank floors define five bedroom suites. Arches, tray ceilings and architectural details add interest to every room in this spectacular showplace.  

New Contemporary Estate Steps From the Ocean

3318 Northeast 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305 3318 Northeast 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305

Address: 3318 Northeast 17th Street | Listed By: Ron Lennen + Maureen Rotella

Completed in 2017, this exquisite contemporary gem was created by a specialized, high-end design/build firm with an emphasis on effortless style and comfort. This five-bedroom residence is situated just steps from the sugar sands of the Atlantic in a quiet enclave between the ocean and Birch State Park. For easy entertaining, the sleek white chef's kitchen is part of the seamless layout, where glass doors bring guests outdoors to the private fenced terrace by the sun-splashed pool. Upstairs, the glass-walled master suite is a restful oasis, opening to a wide balcony above the pool. The fabulous rooftop sky deck provides the perfect place to relax and take in the sweeping views that stretch to the ocean and surrounding coastal scenery.  

Modern Mediterranean Estate

2824 Northeast 36th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 2824 Northeast 36th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Address: 2824 Northeast 36th Street | Listed By: Liz Caldwell & Partners

At once regal and approachable, this beautifully refined estate is situated on a deep-draft waterway in Coral Ridge Country Club. With a spacious open floor plan inside and a tropical gathering space along the waterway and the pool, this five-bedroom residence provides the perfect setting for both entertaining and relaxation. The modern Mediterranean estate is outfitted with full-length yacht dockage, making this an excellent residence for yacht enthusiasts. Plus, the waterside balcony stretches across the entire second level, offering panoramic views of the sparkling waterway and the scenery beyond.  

Unique Contemporary Ranch

2511 Barcelona Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 2511 Barcelona Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Address: 2511 Barcelona Drive | Listed By: Liz Caldwell & Partners

This contemporary ranch property looks and feels like a rare work of art. Designed for laidback living, this four-bedroom, five-bath, one-story estate is a study in light and space. Notable features include the vaulted beamed ceilings, the striking and bold tilework in several of the bathrooms, and the use of coral on the gas fireplace. Plus, the home is situated in a highly coveted community along a finger canal with direct ocean access. This unique residence marries pure California style with a refined South Florida lifestyle.  

Modern Gem With Expansive Master Suite

712 Solar Isle Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 712 Solar Isle Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Address: 712 Solar Isle Drive | Listed By: Liz Caldwell & Partners + Rory Vanucchi

This pristine modern estate rests alongside the New River Sound within the guard-gated Riviera Isles. The landscaped lot is surrounded by hedges and walls, providing the ultimate privacy in the pool area and within this appointed residence. Two expansive bedroom suites are located downstairs near the open foyer, and a luxuriously secluded master suite encompasses the entire second level. Two skylights cast natural light in the dramatic two-story living room with a glass and marble fireplace reaching up to the ceiling. The split-level living area still maintains a connected feel, as guests can linger by the kitchen and dining space, or gather around the built-in bar complete with a sink and refrigerator.  

Stylish New Modern Residence

1300 Mandarin Isle, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315 1300 Mandarin Isle, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

Address: 1300 Mandarin Isle | Listed By: Liz Caldwell & Partners

A perfect blend of leading-edge luxury and clean-lined simplicity, this exquisite new modern estate has just been completed on the waterfront of Citrus Isles, a beautiful neighborhood on the South Fork of the New River. A collaboration between Innovative Designs and Ames International Architecture, this stylish new modern residence provides an effortless indoor/outdoor living environment along a deep-draft waterway. This minimalist showstopper makes a striking first impression both inside and out.  

Which of these fabulous Fort Lauderdale estates do you love most?

Let us know in the comments below!
February
21

When it comes to fine dining, you want to get it right. If you're spending ample time (and money!) at a restaurant, you want to ensure the highest quality food, expert service and an inviting atmosphere. Consider one of these upscale eateries in Boca Raton for your next special occasion, romantic date night or corporate dinner. With extensive wine lists, classy interiors and flavorful dishes, these fine dining destinations in Boca Raton are sure to impress.  

Ke'e Grill

Seafood | 17940 North Military Trail #700 Make a Reservation

This seafood eatery is truly a hidden gem in Boca Raton. Ke'e Grill is both tropical and fancy simultaneously, providing an ideal setting for any special occasion — or lack thereof. Their menu is packed with flavorful, creative dishes, with an emphasis on seafood. However, they have an array of non-seafood options, including salads, steaks and other dishes. Enjoy your selection in the inviting and comfortable atmosphere at Ke'e Grill!

 

Chops Lobster Bar

Steakhouse + Seafood | 101 Plaza Real South Make a Reservation Chops Lobster Bar is a sophisticated and elegant restaurant nestled in Royal Palm Place. The eatery serves Boca Raton's best quality USDA Prime meats and a wide selection of pristine seafood. It has two separate levels: Chops, a luxurious steakhouse, and Lobster Bar, a chic seafood bar with an extensive raw bar. Executive Chef Sean Thompson has more than 13 years of hospitality experience and more than eight years working at different restaurants within the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group. Let Chef Sean and his team take you on a culinary journey you won't soon forget!  

Abe & Louie's

Steakhouse | 2200 Glades Road Make a Reservation Abe & Louie's Boca Raton, FL

Photo Courtesy of Abe & Louie's

Nestled in the heart of the city, Abe & Louie's provides a quiet escape from the activity in Boca Raton. This classic American steakhouse offers unparalleled flavor combinations and undeniably superior service. Abe & Louie's was first established in Boston in 1965 and has consistently exceeded expectations at both its Boston and Boca Raton locations. Peruse their menus for brunch, lunch or dinner, and pair your selection with one of their 600 wines available. Abe & Louie's cellar is stocked with wines sourced from respected vineyards across the world, ranging from modern blends to aged vintages.  

Casa D'Angelo

Italian | 171 East Palmetto Park Road Make a Reservation Casa D'Angelo is full of family traditions. Chef Angelo Elia created the authentic Italian eatery using recipes handed down from generations of passionate Italian cooks. He has added personal touches and brand new recipes to his repertoire of traditional dishes, creating an authentic yet modern taste of Italy. The design of Casa D'Angelo's interior reflects this unique blend of vintage and modern. Whether you are dining at their Fort Lauderdale or Boca Raton location, you are sure to be satisfied and mesmerized by the robust menu, sophisticated wine list, and inviting environment of Casa D'Angelo.  

City Fish Market

Seafood | 7940 Glades Road Make a Reservation City Fish Market is an airy seafood eatery situated alongside a beautiful, sparkling lake. Boasting gracious service, lake views and a wide selection of fresh seafood, City Fish Market provides a superb fine dining experience. They offer an array of menus, including lunch, dinner, retail and catering, happy hour, private dining, and of course, a cocktail and wine list. Whether you are ordering a large selection of food for a private party or you're celebrating an anniversary with your significant other, City Fish Market will make your experience extravagant in every way.  

Six Tables

European | 112 Northeast 2nd Street Make a Reservation Six Tables Boca Raton, FL

Photo Courtesy of Six Tables

A visit to Six Tables is a truly unique and unforgettable experience. As the name implies, Six Tables hosts just six tables situated in an intimate and comfortable environment. There is only one seating each evening, which begins at 7 p.m. Guests are guided through an elaborate five-course prix fixe menu, which includes champagne upon arrival, an appetizer, salad, soup, a dinner entree, and dessert. This dining experience lasts about three hours and is ideal for a larger group dinner!  

Josephine's Italian Restaurant

Italian | 5751 North Federal Highway Make a Reservation This family-owned and -operated eatery has been a staple in the community for more than 20 years. Josephine's has an elegant, airy interior reminiscent of an Italian garden courtyard. They serve authentic Italian cuisine with signature dishes such as Dover Sole, Osso Bucco and an arrangement of traditional Italian favorites. Josephine's extensive wine collection beautifully complements their menu and their fully stocked bar features a range of popular liquors. Escape to the peaceful and enchanting atmosphere of Josephine's for your next date night or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other significant event!  

La Ferme

French Mediterranean | 9101 Lakeridge Boulevard Make a Reservation La Ferme is an undeniably unique dining option in Boca Raton. This eatery has an elegant interior with extravagant chandeliers and plush white cushions, complemented by funky accents and art pieces. Their modern French Mediterranean fare also sets them apart from the pack. Visit their wine bar, where you'll find a vast selection of drinks, from champagne and bubbly to a diverse array of reds and whites from all over the globe. Explore their diverse dinner menu with options ranging from escargots to filet mignon. Top of the night with a selection from their delectable dessert menu!  

twentytwenty Grille

New American | 141 Via Naranjas #45 Make a Reservation twentytwenty Grille Boca Raton, FL

Photo Courtesy of Libby Vision Via twentytwenty Grille

Considered the best restaurant in Boca by many — or at least Robert McBride with Boca News! — twentytwenty Grille offers some of the most creative and flavorful dishes in the city. The world-famous, internationally acclaimed Chef Ron Weisheit wows guests with his innovative dishes and personable service. The trifecta of food, atmosphere and service is achieved at this exceptional eatery tucked away amongst other shops and eateries in Boca Raton.  

Trattoria Romana

Italian | 499 East Palmetto Park Road Make a Reservation Trattoria Romana is a wildly authentic Italian eatery situated near the renowned Boca Raton Resort & Club just steps from the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. The restaurant originated in 1993 and has since established itself as the best in Italian dining this side of the Adriatic. Experience the romantic Romanesque atmosphere of this cozy restaurant and savor their signature dishes, including homemade gnocchi, tender veal chops, and fresh yellowtail snapper. Visit the adjacent Bar Sorana, named after the owner's hometown, that resembles an authentic Roman-style taverna. The taverna hosts a full bar serving specialty cocktails such as the "Via Veneto" and the "Gianduia Chocolate Martini," plus an international wine list.  

Frank and Dino's

Italian-American | 39 Southeast 1st Avenue Make a Reservation Travel back to the simpler days of the 1950s at Frank and Dino's in Boca Raton. This newly established location so eloquently captures a vintage Italian-American culture. The swanky and sophisticated interior provides a superb atmosphere for enjoying their offerings, whether you're visiting for lunch, dinner or a drink. Every day from 4:30–6:30 p.m., you can get two-for-one drinks at their bar for happy hour. And from Tuesday to Sunday starting at 6:30 p.m., Frank and Dino's has live music playing in the bar and dining area.  

La Nouvelle Maison

French | 455 East Palmetto Park Road Make a Reservation La Nouvelle Maison Boca Raton, FL

Photo Courtesy of La Nouvelle Maison

This enchanting French eatery has both a stunning, elegant interior and superb, modern cuisine. At La Nouvelle Maison, each dish is meticulously presented in an artful manner, made with local and organic ingredients. La Nouvelle Maison, or "the new house," puts a fresh twist on a traditional French restaurant, providing an unforgettable experience for guests. Dress up and retreat to this remarkable eatery with refined French entrees, delicate desserts and an extensive wine list.  

Chez Marie French Bistro

French | 5030 Champion Boulevard Make a Reservation This family-owned and -operated bistro-style restaurant is truly a treat to encounter. Whether you are dining inside the cozy interior or out on the airy patio next to the beautiful fountain, you are treated like family at Chez Marie. Enjoy French classics like escargots, beef bourguignon, duck à l'orange, crème brûlée or crêpe suzette, and pair your selection with a glass of wine from their wide selection!  

The Locale

New Latin American Fusion | 499 South Federal Highway Make a Reservation The Locale is a new restaurant concept providing a culinary experience unlike anything else in South Florida. Classified as "New Latin American Fusion," this vibrant and refreshing restaurant creates rich, bold dishes made with the best quality ingredients available. Start with a small bite and a handcrafted cocktail and make your selection from the variety of entrees available on their dinner menu.  

New York Prime

Steakhouse | 2350 Northwest Executive Center Drive Make a Reservation New York Prime Boca Raton, FL

Photo Courtesy of New York Prime

This high-end steakhouse focuses on USDA Prime beef, colossal seafood platters and classic sides. While it may appear to be your typical steakhouse, New York Prime has some extra special surprises in store. You may just encounter a visit from Big Red (the largest lobster in the tank) while he gets wheeled around in a Radio Flyer wagon for guests to see up close! For more than 20 years, New York Prime has been a desirable hotspot for a night out, thanks to the lively bar, excellent menu and award-winning wine list.  

DaVinci's of Boca

Italian | 6000 Glades Road Suite 1229 Make a Reservation Skip the airplane ride and travel straight to Italy with a visit to DaVinci's of Boca. The Carvelli family operates this authentic Italian eatery, bringing the recipes and spirit of their hometown of Mesoraca, Italy to South Florida. Every recipe, from their classic dishes to their more innovative offerings, is crafted from scratch using homemade fresh pasta and other high-quality ingredients. In fact, even the olives at the bar are stuffed by hand! Experience the warm, inviting atmosphere and friendly service at this mainstay in Boca Raton.  

What upscale dining destination do you love?

Let us know in the comments below! We can never have too many options for date night.
February
14

Take advantage of the rare opportunity to own one of just three nearly completed residences in the extravagant Seagate Beach Villas. This brand new luxury townhome development is situated in the heart of Delray Beach just steps from the ocean in the prestigious Seagate community. Seagate Beach Villas, Delray Beach Luxury Condominiums Experience the space, light and effortless lifestyle offered in this decorator-designed (everything included) coastal contemporary enclave. Designed by highly acclaimed architect Randall Stofft, the development includes three residences in distinctive yet integrated floor plans — Le Jardin, Le Soleil and La Mer. Explore the three residences for sale at Seagate Beach Villas, located at 416 Venetian Drive, 1017 Bucida Road, and 1015 Bucida Road. Seagate Beach Villas, Delray Beach Luxury Condominiums While each floor plan differs with a few minor details, they each boast concrete block construction, open plan living, an elevator, a European-style kitchen with an island and stainless steel appliances, a full-size laundry room, expansive glass walls, and custom wood floors throughout Unit C and Units A and B on the second and third floors. There are 10-foot Italian porcelain slabs on the main floors of Units A and B and also on the third level entertainment area of Unit B. The exterior of each plan includes a private tropical garden, a conversation fire pit, and a two-car garage and storage space. For two of the plans, Le Jardin and La Mer, there is an individual pool and spa on the ground level, plus a summer kitchen and barbecue. The Le Soleil plan has an optional rooftop pool, summer kitchen and barbecue.

Le Jardin Floor Plan:

Seagate Beach Villas, Delray Beach Luxury Condominiums Walls of glass and natural architectural elements will define these modernistic themes. While the retreat-like setting offers privacy, the boutiques and fine dining on Atlantic Avenue are within walking distance. The vibrant downtown historic district of Delray Beach hosts charming shops, galleries, cafés, and gourmet restaurants, anchored by the Old School Square Cultural Arts Center. Plus, the shimmering Atlantic Ocean and its warm sugar sands are within reach, making this an even more desirable location.  

Introducing Seagate Beach Villas' Exclusive Listing Agents

Considered one of the most successful real estate partnerships in Delray Beach, Kim Lekas and Judi Lukens are the exclusive listing agents for the three residences of Seagate Beach Villas. This powerhouse luxury real estate team has over 60 years of combined experience in the industry. Kim Lekas and Judi Lukens Premier Estate Properties Kim Lekas has built her reputation around a personalized, boutique service that focuses on total client satisfaction, no pressure and no unrealistic expectations — just exemplary service that focuses on total client satisfaction centered around her clients' personal needs. And the enthusiasm and commitment Judi Lukens promises has placed her among luxury market industry leaders for more than three decades along Palm Beach County's waterfront. A combination of experience and professionalism makes them an unstoppable luxury real estate team. Contact Kim Lekas and Judi Lukens to further discuss the rare opportunity to live in the exclusive Seagate Beach Villas.
February
7

Whether you are going on your first or second date with someone or have been with your significant other for decades, deciding on a date activity can be difficult. You may be unaware of the many things to do in Fort Lauderdale or you might find yourself stuck in a rut of visiting the same neighborhood restaurant time and time again. Spice things up with one of these fun and creative date ideas in the city! Solve a mystery at an escape room or sample wines overlooking the sparkling river. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you are sure to enjoy your time at one of these renowned destinations in Fort Lauderdale.  

Fort Lauderdale Date Night Ideas Include:

Sip on Local Coffee

Coffee in Fort Lauderdale, FL Keep things light with a casual coffee date at a local shop in Fort Lauderdale. Plus, you can start your day together at a coffee shop then venture to do any of the other date activities on this list! You'll need the caffeine if you're going to make a full day out of it. We love Warsaw Coffee for its hip, industrial atmosphere. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a small bite to eat on their airy patio shaded from the sun. Another favorite is Brew Urban Cafe, a bookstore-meets-coffee shop. This funky cafe is filled with a sprawling book collection, and of course, all the coffee and pastries your heart desires. It's clear that this creative shop values and supports the arts.  

Enjoy Dinner AND a Movie — All at Once

Why split up dinner and a movie when you can enjoy both at the same time? AMC Dine-In Theatre at Coral Ridge is a movie theatre and a restaurant rolled into one. Pick from a full menu of fresh, handcrafted dishes — from appetizers to desserts — and pair your meal with your favorite drink from the bar. With the dine-in full service option, you can reserve your seat, choose from the full menu and bar, and order from your seat with the push of a button. Take a look at the upcoming movies at the Coral Ridge location and book your next date night!  

Taste Exceptional Wines

  Wine tasting is one of the most romantic activities you can do as a couple — whether you're a seasoned wine aficionado or you are just learning about the different varietals. Visit Versare Wine at the River or Wine Watch Inc. for a special wine tasting with your significant other. Wine in Fort Lauderdale, FL Versare Wine at the River is a boutique wine and select craft beer store located along the river near Sunrise Boulevard. Patrons enjoy the waterfront deck while tasting from a curated list of wines produced by small ethical vintners. Versare has a refreshing sustainable, biodynamic and organic approach to wine. Wine Watch Inc. has a series of wine events happening on a regular basis that you don't want to miss. They host their spectacular wine tasting dinners in Wine Watch's new wine bar in addition to Café Maxx and The Fontainebleau Hotel. Take a look at the schedule to plan your next adventure in wine!  

Admire Beautiful Gardens

Flamingo Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Photo Courtesy of Flamingo Gardens

While technically located in Davie, Flamingo Gardens is a popular destination for those living in and visiting Fort Lauderdale and surrounding cities. Established in 1927, Flamingo Gardens is a 60-acre botanical garden and everglade wildlife sanctuary. In fact, it is one of the oldest botanical gardens and attractions in South Florida! The gardens feature over 3,000 species of rare and exotic, tropical, subtropical, and native plants and trees. And the wildlife sanctuary is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife, including alligators, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacock, and of course, flamingos. If you haven't yet visited Flamingo Gardens, this is a must-do for a leisurely yet awe-inspiring date activity.  

Get Tickets to a Show

Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL

PHOTO © Anton Grassl/ESTO, Courtesy of Broward Center for the Performing Arts

See an inspiring performance at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, ranked among the top ten most-visited theaters in the world. The center presents more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons. This premier performing arts venue hosts Broadway musicals, operas, ballets, concerts, plays, multicultural performances, lectures, workshops, and educational events. So no matter your style, there's something for everyone at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Take a look at their calendar to get two tickets to an upcoming show!  

Explore History Together

Historic Stranahan House Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Photo Courtesy of the Stranahan House, Inc.

You're never too "local" for a historic tour of the city! The Historic Stranahan House Museum allows you to take a journey through time. The Stranahan House was built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, who is considered the founding father of Fort Lauderdale, along with his wife, Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the area's first school teacher. It is the oldest surviving structure in the county and has previously served in many capacities, including a trading post, a post office, a town hall, and home to the Stranahan family. Go on a guided tour through the museum, where you will learn about the birth of our beloved community. Tours are provided daily at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., lasting approximately 45–60 minutes.  

Go to an Art Museum

  The appreciation and acquisition of art is something we hold in high regard. A visit to the NSU Art Museum is an excellent date activity, whether you have never been to the museum or you've been a dozen times before. With an ever-changing rotation of exhibitions, there is always something new and enthralling to see at the NSU Art Museum. Whether you prefer modern sculpture or Renaissance paintings, you will have a wonderful time exploring the wide selection of styles and art forms at the museum.  

Go to the Beach

Fort Lauderdale Beach With so many exceptional beaches in our backyard, a beach day is an obvious choice for a date in Fort Lauderdale. Opt for a secluded and peaceful getaway at nearby beaches like John U. Lloyd Beach State Park or Hillsboro Beach. Or experience the buzz and excitement of the ever-popular Fort Lauderdale Beach. Take a look at the variety of options for dazzling beaches lining the coast — whether you're looking for scenic views of nature or an upbeat environment with nearby shops, eateries and other attractions at your disposal.  

Travel Through Time

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens Fort Lauderdale, FL

Photo Courtesy of Larry Singer Via Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Experience a taste of history, art and stunning garden landscapes all at once with a visit to the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens nestled along the river. As a luxury real estate brokerage, we find this to be a particularly enchanting destination. The Bonnet House was built in 1920 by Chicago-born artist Frederic Clay Bartlett on oceanfront land given to him and his wife, Helen Louise Birch, by her father as a wedding gift. Helen died from breast cancer in 1931 and Frederic married Evelyn Fortune Lilly in 1931. Today, the estate serves as a preeminent house museum dedicated to historic and environmental preservation in addition to displaying the stunning artwork by Frederic Clay Bartlett and Evelyn Fortune Lilly. Plan your visit to this inspiring, historic mansion to be transported to the days of gracious living, charm and whimsy.  

Try Stand Up Paddleboarding

Sunrise Paddleboards Fort Lauderdale, FL

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If staying fit was part of your New Year's resolutions, an active date experience may be your answer. Sunrise Paddleboards invites people of all fitness levels to enjoy this unique and exciting exercise that works your abdominals, arms and legs while enhancing your balance and core strength. Their two-hour class is the perfect way to be introduced to the sport of stand up paddleboarding if you haven't already, work on your personal fitness, and laugh alongside your significant other as you both complete this challenging, fun and effective activity. Beachgoers rejoice! There are plenty of ways to workout on the beach in and around Fort Lauderdale.  

Go Shopping Along Las Olas Boulevard

It only makes sense to visit the very heart of Fort Lauderdale with a shopping day along Las Olas Boulevard. This renowned street provides a primary connection to the beach and has become a dining and shopping hub for locals and visitors alike. The boulevard hosts over 30 bistros, clubs and restaurants, many of which provide both indoor and outdoor dining. Visit over 120 specialty retail shops, world-class art galleries, museums, beauty salons, spas, jewelry stores, unique boutiques, and more. Taking a stroll along this renowned boulevard is a pleasant and laid-back way to spend the day in Fort Lauderdale with your significant other.  

Glide Through the Canals — Venetian Style

Gondolas West Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Explore the "Venice of America" atop a modern-day gondola with Gondolas West, inspired by the renowned gondola rides in Venice, Italy. This boutique company emphasizes nature over noise, as each nearly silent boat holds a maximum of six people and travels through small and intimate canalways that larger boats cannot maneuver. Book your tour, varying in length and time of day, from a two-hour canal tour in the morning to a 1.5-hour sunset tour. Or opt for a private tour so you have the entire boat to yourselves! With Gondolas West, you will get an unprecedented picture of the Fort Lauderdale area, learn about where our city came from, where it is now, and get a glimpse of the future for the "Venice of America."  

Solve a Mystery

Think Escape Games Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Stretch your imagination to solve a mystery together at Think Escape Games, an innovative escape room in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Live escape games are a relatively new concept that has been sweeping the nation as a popular activity for corporate team building, date nights, or simply an outing with family and friends. You will be locked in a room with other participants and will have to use elements within the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit from different scenarios. Think Escape Games has three separate games to choose from — an experiment gone wrong in Laboratory 51, a murder mystery in The Study, and a billiards challenge in The Shady Tavern. Work together and compete against the clock to escape before time runs out!  

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