If the bustling Miami gay scene isn’t your cup of tea, gay Fort Lauderdale, just 23 miles north, is the place to go for a low-key getaway.
With an average year-round temperature of 75 degrees, it’s no surprise so many people succumb to Fort Lauderdale’s charms, like its warm weather, beautiful beaches, multi-cultural events and thriving gay neighborhoods.
Fun facts about Gay Fort Lauderdale
Known as the Venice of America, this city has over 300 miles of inland canals, called the Intracoastal Waterway. People get around via boats, and this way of getting around is a vital part of Fort Lauderdale’s economy and culture — not to mention, it’s just plain fun.
Fort Lauderdale is equally famous for its pristine beaches. In fact, six beaches are “Blue Wave Certified” by the Clean Beach Council: Fort Lauderdale Beach, Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Deerfield Beach, Hollywood Beach and Dania Beach.
If you enjoy gambling, Florida’s the state with the third-highest rates. And the center of Florida gambling is right in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Whether you prefer traditional table games or slot machines, you’ll be able to play your favorites at places like the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.
Popular Fort Lauderdale attractions
Besides its amazing beaches, Fort Lauderdale also has many famous sites to see. The Bonnet House, a historical home, sits on 35-acre slice of ocean-front property. Dating back to 1895, the Bonnet House is now a museum with art galleries and opulent gardens.
With so many canals, the Jungle Queen is the best way to tour Fort Lauderdale. A Fort Lauderdale institution for over eighty years, Jungle Queen riverboats navigate through the waterways to so you can spend a day — or a night! — sightseeing.
Las Olas Boulevard, or The Waves in Spanish, is the main drag in Fort Lauderdale for non-stop entertainment. The heart and soul of Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard has everything — easy access to the beach, fantastic restaurants and the best shopping. And if you’d like a private tour of the city, the Las Olas Gondola tour is another charming way to see Fort Lauderdale.
Stranahan House is another historic site. Home to pioneers Frank and Ivy Stranahan, this 1901 trading post transformed into a residence for the Stranahans in 1906. As one of the oldest surviving structures in Broward County, it’s not just an official historical landmark but a museum as well.
Gay Fort Lauderdale Nightlife
After a day of sun and sightseeing, it’s time to get your party on. Gay Fort Lauderdale is one of the most inclusive cities in Florida. And Fort Lauderdale’s gayborhood, Wilton Manors, is the perfect place to go.
The Naked Grape Wine Bar is a friendly place to start your night. If you love your wine, the Naked Grape has a wide selection, plus an excellent appetizer menu.
If you want to get your night started early, check into the Village Pub Bar and jumpstart your happy hour. And if you’re in a dancing mood, the Village Pub Bar is a great place to boogie the night away.
With a name like Georgie’s Alibi, you know you are in a treat! With award-winning burgers, delicious cocktails and live performances, it’s clear Georgie’s alibi is that he was too busy having fun. And, finally, the Manor Gay Bar, is another favorite nightlife spot, offering dining, drinking and dancing all in one handy location.