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Old 02-10-2014, 08:12 PM
 
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We are looking for family friendly activities that are outdoor activities (jet skis, snorkeling, stuff like that). We will be down there during spring break (March 21-27). I don’t want to be near the college scene. Looking for a beach with minimal parting. I would like to see the manatees, dolphins, alligators (from a far distance) in the wild (preferably not in captivity). Are there any authentic pirate museums or sights within an hour or two of Ft. Lauderdale? What is a good, quiet, clean beach? Are there any festivals or events for that week?
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Old 02-10-2014, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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We are looking for family friendly activities that are outdoor activities (jet skis, snorkeling, stuff like that). We will be down there during spring break (March 21-27). I don’t want to be near the college scene. Looking for a beach with minimal parting. I would like to see the manatees, dolphins, alligators (from a far distance) in the wild (preferably not in captivity). Are there any authentic pirate museums or sights within an hour or two of Ft. Lauderdale? What is a good, quiet, clean beach? Are there any festivals or events for that week?
Thanks
Google jet ski rentals. I don't see them very often here. Fort Lauderdale is more of a boater's paradise and jet skis are kind of a PIA.

College scene left here in the 1980s. We aren't Panama City and kids now like to go to Mexico or on cruises where they can drink at 18. You will see a few but not many.

I saw two manatees off the Las Olas Beach a couple of weeks ago. They are endangered species so whether you see any or not is a crapshoot unless you head up to Crystal River. Dolphins are wild animals. Keep watching the ocean and eventually you'll see them. Alligators are mostly fresh water so many lakes on golf courses should have one or two or take a day trip to the Everglades.

Quiet beach during peak season Spring Break when there are tons of families here? Seriously?

Pick up the local paper and watch the local news while you are here. There is always something going on. Three upcoming concerts I know of are Justin Timberlake, Andrea Boticelli, and Liza Minelli.
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:13 AM
 
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Fort Lauderdale is famous for its beaches, arts, culture and events. Lago Mar is home to the largest private beach in Fort Lauderdale.There are many attraction and things to do, when you will go there than realize that's good.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:05 AM
 
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try this site www.sunny.org set up for fort Lauderdale...might give you some options
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:06 PM
 
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The good news is that there are plenty of those types of activities here. The bad news is that you're coming during Spring Break. While Fort Lauderdale isn't Panama City, there will be an increase of Spring Breakers here. Don't let it bring you down though. There are tons of things to see and do here. I would highly recommend visiting South Beach for a day and walking Collins Ave, Ocean Ave, and Lincoln Road.

The quieter beaches are hard to find. Several that come to mind are Dania Beach, Pompano Beach, and Lauderdale By The Seas. Those areas are an older crowd typically. Everywhere on the beach tends to get crowded, so make sure you get there by 10AM to find parking.

As far as alligators, try taking an Everglades airboat ride. If you have a rental car, you can drive out west and catch airboat roads off of Route 27 as you go into Miami-Dade County. There are more airboat ride options further south if you drive out to the Tamiami Trail. That will take you about 1 hour from Fort Lauderdale to get to Tamiami Trail, then you just head west into the Everglades.

The best areas for snorkling are the Keys. Time permitting, Key Largo is only a 2 hour drive south of Fort Lauderdale. You can take a day trip there and go snorkling. They also have deep water excursions of all kinds, diving, etc. The Keys have horrible beaches though. Stick to Broward County for the better beaches.
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Old 02-21-2014, 12:35 AM
 
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Fort Launderdale Beach is really best and it offers up the beautiful white sands, great entertainment/bars and is a lot less crowded. It is family friendly beach, No women in stilettos and bikini's there, but just a bunch of people looking to have a good time, enjoy the sun and revel in the luxury of living this close to the ocean. And there will be music festival during your spring break.


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