How to Spend Fall in South Florida

Fall is a great time of year in South Florida.  There’s a crisp ocean breeze and low humidity, so take advantage of the multiple ways to spend your time outdoors. Since the weather is still warmer for those visiting from the North, South Florida has a lot to offer for visitors and can become your go-to spot for a fall vacation.

Boats in the Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway

Fall Events and Activities
One of the biggest events to attend is the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. It is the largest in-water boat show in the world, and you can spend the weekend walking the docks and admiring the biggest, most beautiful yachts you have ever seen. The boat show happens the first weekend of November, and it is definitely the event to see and be seen.

An overhead view of the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami

For college sports fans, check out the Miami Hurricanes or the Florida Atlantic University Owls. Both schools are within a reasonable driving distance and can offer a family-fun environment while catching a competitive sporting event.

Historic building and bridge over water at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami

Explore the history of the area while you’re here – there are plenty of sites that have backstories dating to the early 1900s. One spot to visit is the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami. There are a ton of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities around the grounds, and you should have perfect weather, so you can take your time to enjoy all there is to see.

You can also visit one of the multiple breweries that can offer fall flavors and the opportunity to spend some time with the locals. Stop by Funky Buddha Brewery in Fort Lauderdale, which offers their Last Snow seasonal porter with coconut and coffee flavors. In Miami, check out MIA Brewery where you can try the seasonal Moo Over Miami stout. There are plenty of brewery options in the area and I guarantee none will disappoint.

Looking for an outdoor family activity? Head south to Knaus Berry Farm.  Here you can pick strawberries, taste a delicious strawberry milkshake, and purchase some jam to bring home as souvenirs.

Overhead view of a bridge over the Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway

Where to Enjoy the Holidays
Since South Florida is such a vacation destination, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor feasts, even on major holidays. In Fort Lauderdale, try Shooters Waterfront located on the Intracoastal Waterway. It offers great views and a vast array of dinner options, including a Thanksgiving buffet and an a la carte holiday menu. During the weekend brunch for the crab cake benedict and a frosé! If you are in Miami, check out Shuckers Waterfront Grill. The view of Biscayne Bay will take your breath away. They are known for their grilled wings, but honestly, the fish dip is more my speed – it’s fresh and tasty.

Horses racing at Gulfstream Park in Fort Lauderdale/Miami

If you are looking for a fun Thanksgiving Day, check out Gulfstream Park for some horse racing, shopping, and dining. Start the day around noon, betting on the ponies that speed by.  With your winnings, head to Frankey’s, where you can still bet on the races while enjoying all the other sporting events on the multiple TVs around the restaurant. Make sure to try the cucumber and jalapeno martini – it’s cooling with a kick. Also, try their Buffalo chicken mac and cheese – who said you have to have turkey on Thanksgiving?

A sunset over the beach through palm trees in Fort Lauderdale

One of the greatest things about fall in South Florida is that no matter where you go, the weather is enjoyable outside. There are so many restaurants and cafés in the area, and most of them offer outdoor seating. The good thing is that it’s not snowing, and it’s not one hundred degrees out. When you do come visit, make sure to take advantage of the opportunity to chill outside with a cold beverage or hot chocolate. Just promise not to laugh at us Floridians in our winter coats and Uggs!

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.
Brown haired woman posing for a picture.

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