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How to make the most of Florida fall in Fort Lauderdale


Although fall in Florida may not resemble the change of season most people are familiar with, a Sunshine State fall can still be every bit as cozy and quaint. Periodic cold fronts throughout the season will drop temperatures into a crisp — but not frigid–“sweater weather” range, where barefoot beach walks replace ceremonious snow shoveling. 

While Floridians don’t receive snow days, those spending fall in Fort Lauderdale an still celebrate the season. We think Florida fall can be better than the “real” thing, if you know how to make the most of it. Here are some of our tips for maximizing your fall in the Sunshine State. 

Cruise the canal

There’s a reason Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Venice of America,” as its system of canals traverses a significant portion of the city. While Northerners are spending their fall switching to snow tires and taking their parkas out of storage, Fort Lauderdale residents can enjoy the crisp coastal air and soak up the Florida sun while taking a marine tour of some of South Florida’s finest real estate. Guided tours are offered on jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards, and boats, so you can see the city in any way you please. 

Sun in Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is Fort Lauderdale’s oasis for all things outdoors. Biking, hiking, fishing, camping, or picnicking, how you spend your perfect Florida fall day is up to you. The park is also ideal for birdwatchers of any skill or interest level, and a visit without a gopher tortoise spotting is a rarity. For those looking to make a full day out of it, Taylor Birch State Park neighbors the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens–a century-old estate dedicated to historic and environmental presentation with a sprawling estate consisting of five distinct ecosystems. 

Sample some fall flavors

Though the word may be overused, if a “foodie” destination exists then Fort Lauderdale certainly is one. Rhythm & Vine and swanky-older-brother spot The Wilder are ideal locales for shorter days, longer nights, and good times. Rhythm & Vine’s indoor-outdoor space provides a decidedly warm atmosphere as well as a variety of awesome events — like their Legends and Icons Halloweekend costume party. When the temperatures drop, lift your spirits with a smoky mezcal margarita (Fort Lauderdale’s version of a hot toddy) and some sweet corn croquettes at The Wilder. 

Enjoy Florida fall your way

Though Florida fall may be unconventional, trading in snow boots for sandals opens up a world of opportunity for fall festivities. Our picks barely scratch the surface of all the fall fun there is to be had in Fort Lauderdale, and just because the days are warmer doesn’t mean there aren’t pumpkin patches to play in and holiday lights to gawk at! 

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