The words “Fort Lauderdale” might conjure up images of packed club dancefloors, or of cruise ships absconding into the Atlantic, or picturesque Floridian beaches. These images, while accurate, paint a picture of only one side of Fort Lauderdale. The other side — one few will have the pleasure to see — is full of hidden hotspots cool enough to go toe-to-toe with any major metropolitan.
Fort Lauderdale’s hidden gems reward residents and visitors alike who venture off the beaten path and are part of the reason we were so eager to make a home in the city with The Edge by Common. Residents at The Edge will quickly realize that hidden gems are everywhere in Fort Lauderdale — you just have to know where to look.
Fort Lauderdale’s MASS (Music and Arts South of Sunrise) District is a small neighborhood near the city’s downtown which functions as a sort of underground cultural epicenter of Fort Lauderdale. While small plate purveyors like Here and Now and indoor-outdoor lounge spaces like Rhythm & Vine are massive draws, the growing list of community events that take place in the MASS District (like the FTL Artwalk and Sunny Side Up Market) cement its status as one of Fort Lauderdale’s best hidden gems. Oh, and while you’re in the neighborhood be sure to stop at Radioactive Records for a record store experience straight out of 1995.
Stonewall National Museum and Archives
Despite the inextricable relationship between New York and South Florida, the Stonewall National Museum and Archives (SNMA) are not directly related to New York’s Stonewall Riots. The SNMA is, however, one of the largest LGBTQ+ archives in the country, borrowing its name from the Stonewall Inn, a landmark now synonymous with the fight for gay liberation. Approaching its 50th year, the museum remains one of Fort Lauderdale’s lesser known cultural institutions, but is more than worth the visit, as its impact is felt far beyond a visit’s end.
Some of Fort Lauderdale’s best kept secrets are less underground and more underwater, as is the case with B Ocean Resort’s Wreck Bar. A South Florida mainstay since the 1950’s, Wreck Bar is for nights you feel like embracing a little B-movie charm and enjoying an umbrella-d drink accompanied by a porthole-view of an underwater burlesque show. While Wreck Bar might not become your go-to watering hole, it’s a Fort Lauderdale must-see that happens to be under the sea.
The Atlantic Trailhead
Coral Springs’ Atlantic Trailhead may be just over a half hour from The Edge by Common’s front door, but it feels like it’s on a completely different planet. Expansive, grassy plains straddle the horizon, making for one of South Florida’s most photogenic sunsets. The trailhead provides a reprieve from the bustle of the surrounding city, while also serving as an access point to the Conservation Levee Trail — a lengthy hike that feels like a private slice of heaven even with the spot’s increasing popularity.
The Edge by Common
One of Fort Lauderdale’s newest residents, The Edge by Common, is our favorite hidden gem. With private suites in addition to shared coliving suites, members can choose how to live at The Edge. All-inclusive coliving means that Common members get onsite laundry, access to a full gym, fully-furnished shared spaces, and a calendar full of Common-sponsored community events, starting at just $1,070/month. The Edge by Common’s neighborhood, Flagler Village, boasts a thriving arts scene with more hidden gems around every corner, meaning members at The Edge by Common will have ample opportunity to discover all that Fort Lauderdale has to offer.
Discover The Edge by Common (and our other favorite hidden gems) and see why Common is the best way to live in Fort Lauderdale.