Fort Lauderdale’s Arts and Entertainment Scene

There’s no denying Florida ranks high as a vacation hot spot, and Fort Lauderdale is one of the state’s many popular destinations. With an estimate of 250 days of sunshine per year and a long list of activities, it’s no surprise that singles and families alike flock to the area. When the sun sets or it’s time to leave the beach and roam the town, the city has some top arts and entertainment options for all ages. Read about some of the best, and add them to your to-see lists!

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Arts, Nightlife and Entertainment for Adults

Original Fat Cats is a favorite bar that has live music seven nights a week and more than 80 beers. Yelp reviewers love the laid-back feel, local bands, cheap drink specials, and patrons can even bring their dog! Another popular nightlife spot, Stache serves cocktails, coffee and food mixed with live shows, including burlesque/cabaret, bands, and DJs.

Create your masterpiece while sipping your favorite beverage at Painting With a Twist. The studio welcomes guests ages 21 and up to BYOB and BYO snacks. They provide the rest of the tools, including canvas, paints and brushes, and entertainment. Children are welcome to participate during daytime hours.

Moviegoers will want to check out The Classic Gateway Theater, a renovated theater dating to 1951. The theater shows mainstream and indie films, and features highly rated concessions and comfy seats. This is also a great place to take the kids or group of friends, or make it a date and snuggle with that special someone.

Browse art, gardens and more at the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is located on 35 acres of well-kept gardens and dedicated to mixing creative expression with historic and environmental preservation. Visit the studio to see artworks, and follow murals throughout the main house. Outside you’ll find a lily pond, birds, a desert garde, and one of the largest orchids collections in the U.S.

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Fort Lauderdale Fun for Families

History and automobile lovers should check out the Antique Car Museum, which features more than 20 antique Packard automobiles – most noted for models from the early to mid 1900s – and special collections and memorabilia. Make sure to browse the gallery dedicated to late President Franklin D. Roosevelt to learn even more.

Surrounded by palm trees, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosts more than 700 performances annually and entertains more than 600,000 people a year. Shows include Broadway, operas, ballets, concerts, lectures and much more. The center also offers one of the largest arts-education programs in the U.S., welcoming more than 150,000 students a year. Guests of all ages can also take classes in dance, singing and acting.

The Museum of Discovery and Science welcomes guests of all ages to explore two floors of exhibits. Spend a day at the museum, and see the new ecodiscovery center, the largest exhibit of living Atlantic coral reef in captivity, live animals and more. Don’t leave without catching a movie at the top-rated IMAX theater, a favorite for all visitors.

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