Known for its sunny beaches and tourist attractions, Fort Lauderdale is one of Florida's top destinations. Visitors to this southeastern Florida city can't wait to head outside and soak up the sunshine, but it doesn't just have to be about sandy beaches. Next time you're in the area, take advantage of one of these top Fort Lauderdale outdoor adventures.

1. Riverfront Cruises Venice of America Tour

The Atlantic Ocean isn't the only water available to enjoy in Fort Lauderdale. Take a scenic luxury cruise through the city's downtown area with the Riverfront Cruises Venice of America Tour. This 90-minute guided tour along the city's river offers you a unique vantage point to admire some of the city's most stunning sites, including beautiful mansions and the scenic marina.

Shot of an alligator's head emerging above water in the Florida Everglades.

2. Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Alligator Show

Get up close and personal with an alligator in its natural habitat on the Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Alligator Show. After pickup from your Fort Lauderdale hotel, you head to Everglades Holiday Park for a one-hour airboat tour — a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

While zipping across the open water of the Everglades in an airboat, your experienced captain provides a guided look at the exceptional ecosystem surrounding you. After the tour, sit in on an alligator show, where you get the opportunity for an up-close encounter with these awe-inspiring animals.

3. Jungle Queen Riverboat Dinner Cruise and Show

Enjoy dinner and a show with an outdoor view on the Jungle Queen Riverboat Dinner Cruise. As you float along the peaceful waters of the New River, you’ll get a glimpse of Fort Lauderdale's downtown skyline, posh homes, and stunning landscape from the water. Be sure to take your appetite with you, as the cruise takes you to an island where you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat dinner featuring shrimp, BBQ ribs, chicken, and more. After dinner, prepare for laughs as you enjoy the acclaimed Hilarious Variety Revue show.

4. Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi

Plan a day on the town — or the water — with the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi. A day pass gives you unlimited boarding access. Take advantage of the taxi's 15 stops in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, areas that include the top beaches, shopping, and tourist attractions. Or just hop on for the view itself. It's a great way to mansions, mega-yachts, and scenic sights as you cruise along. If you aren't sure where to stop, the helpful crew can assist you in planning your day.

A man wearing a yellow life vest paddles a red kayak in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on a sunny day.

5. Guided Urban Eco Tour by Kayak or Paddleboard

If you prefer your tours to be a little more adventurous, consider the Guided Eco Tour by Kayak or Paddleboard. After checking in, you receive basic instruction in your choice of kayak or paddleboard. Your guide will then lead you through the Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve, where you learn the history of the river and its early settlers, see native tropical plants and trees, and discover a secluded lagoon that's home to a variety of fish and wildlife. The relaxed paddle tour is 2 miles round trip.

Fort Lauderdale has outdoor experiences to satisfy everyone in your group, from the sightseers to the animal lovers. With Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, it's easy to experience these and other Fort Lauderdale attractions.


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