Best Activities for Kids in Fort Lauderdale

We have found the most memorable family vacations include lots of fun activities for the kids, and we really enjoyed some unique experiences during our recent family trip to Fort Lauderdale. Here are our choices for the best activities for kids in Fort Lauderdale.

The Beach and Beach Parks
If you’re going to Fort Lauderdale, bring the beach buckets and enjoy some time in the sand! The sun is strong so I recommend wearing plenty of sunblock and also bringing a sweatshirt as we found it was often windy. We stayed at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort where we had access to a great beach and chairs and umbrellas. About a mile from the Hilton is a children’s playground on the beach where my 6-year old played happily on the slides and swings while my 9-year old jumped into a basketball game on the nearby basketball courts.

Museum of Discovery and Science
The Museum of Discovery and Science is one of the best science museums we have ever visited! There are two large floors of interactive exhibits teaching nutrition, problem solving, mathematics and science in fun and entertaining ways. If you need a break or have younger kids, on the first floor is a hands-on play area for kids under seven years old with water and climbing activities. We also watched our first IMAX movie here on a screen that was five stories high. We stayed for several hours and stopped for lunch at the Subway which is adjacent to the museum. There is no other restaurant in the museum, and you will want to stay for a while so plan to eat there or you can bring a bag lunch and eat outside.

The Museum of Discovery and Science, which is one of the best kids activities in Fort Lauderdale.
The Museum of Discovery and Science offers plenty of interactive fun, making it one of the best kids activities in Fort Lauderdale.

Funky Fish Kids Camp
In my research for our trip, I came upon information on the Funky Fish Kids Camp, which has received recognition from The Today Show and Travel + Leisure magazine. It is located in Bahia Mar which is about a mile from the Hilton where we stayed. You can sign up by the day and the energetic counselors lead the kids in snorkeling, boogie boarding, games and making tie-dye shirts. The camp runs from 10 until 3 and costs $59 per day per child. We thought it provided a great chance for the kids to play with other kids while we enjoyed a long walk and kid-free lunch.

Carrie B Cruise
There are many cruises offered along the canals of Fort Lauderdale and we followed our Hilton concierge’s recommendation and cruised on the Carrie B. We liked this cruise because it was only 1 1/2 hours long versus other trips that took three or four hours. We had seats on top of the boat and had perfect views of Millionaire Row with amazing houses including the house featured in the TV show Miami Vice. We boarded the cruise close to Las Olas Blvd, and it provided a great outing to go out on the boat on an 11:00 departure and then have lunch and walk around Las Olas afterwards.

Riding on the Carrie B in Fort Lauderdale
Riding on the Carrie B in Fort Lauderdale with the “Miami Vice” house in the background.

We found these to be the best activities for kids in Fort Lauderdale but please comment and let me know if you have any other suggestions for future trips!

Know Before You Go

  • Fort Lauderdale is known as “The Venice of America” as well as “The Yachting Capital of the World.”
  • Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 4,000 restaurants making it a haven for foodies.
  • Visit between June and August to enjoy the warm summer weather.

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Susan K. Are you interested in traveling to Fort Lauderdale? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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