Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is known for its beaches, canals, and culture. If you're visiting, make sure you stop by the major attractions. Check out these five must-see local landmarks in Fort Lauderdale. 349 × 229

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is a 35-acre oasis on a barrier island in the middle of Fort Lauderdale. The estate includes the historic Bonnet House and its art collection, various gardens, a nature trail, and an orchid house. Most notably, the property is home to five ecosystems: dunes, beach, mangrove wetlands, maritime forest, and freshwater slough. Take a tour of the orchid house or Bonnet estate, then wander the grounds, keeping an eye out for wading birds and manatees.


Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse

From Fort Lauderdale, you can charter a boat to take you out to the iconic Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse. The lighthouse indicates the northern edge of the Florida Reef. Visitors in good physical condition and wearing appropriate shoes can climb the 175 steps to the top of this 130-foot-tall landmark to enjoy ocean, city, and inlet views. Bring lunch and beach chairs to have a picnic on the shore, or continue your adventure by going deep-sea fishing for the likes of mahimahi and wahoo.

Las Olas Boulevard

Las Olas Boulevard is Fort Lauderdale's famed promenade lined with palm trees and attractions. Walk the strip to enjoy the color, culture, people-watching, and classic South Florida vibe. Tons of great restaurants, boutiques, quirky shops, bars, and art galleries line the boulevard. Come during the day to shop and browse the galleries; return after dark for live music and dancing.

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale

Downtown Fort Lauderdale's Riverwalk is a tropical recreational and green space that flanks 2.5 miles of the New River's banks. It's a great place to visit for both city and water views. The paved path takes you past restaurants, bars, museums, shops, and galleries, as well as luxurious mansions and sites such as the Stranahan House. The Riverwalk District is also home to more than 10 public parks. Explore Cooley's Landing Park at the Riverwalk's start, Huizenga Park for live events, and Peter Feldman Park for a fantastic kids' play area.

Stranahan House Museum

You might be surprised to stumble upon the Stranahan House Museum just off Las Olas Boulevard. Perched on the New River's banks, the historic wood-frame home with a wraparound porch sits in the shadows of towering office buildings. Built at the turn of the 20th century, the Stranahan House is the oldest standing structure in the county. Once a trading post, town hall, post office, and the Stranahan family home, it's since been restored as a museum. 

You can explore the grounds and tour the property to learn about the community's history. Tours depart throughout the day and last 45 to 60 minutes.

In and around Fort Lauderdale, you can find a number of landmarks that showcase its history and culture. If you only have time to visit a few, make sure you put one of these five on your list.