Memorial Day Weekend Hotel Near Ft Lauderdale Florida
Memorial Day Weekend Hotel Near Ft Lauderdale Florida

Kick Off the Summer in Sunny Fort Lauderdale

When it comes to celebrating Memorial Day weekend, Fort Lauderdale has plenty of fantastic options for entertainment and relaxation. Whether you’re traveling alone, enjoying the long weekend with your family, or partying with friends, you’ll find a variety of indoor and outdoor events and attractions near our Fort Lauderdale, Florida, hotel. We’ve created a list of highlights below to help you begin planning your weekend getaway.

This popular outdoor beach event features exciting activities for people of all ages, and includes displays from local artists, a classic car show, live entertainment, and so much more.

Where: Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub, A1A and Las Olas Boulevard
When: Sat, May 27th, all day

    • Great Music & Entertainment
      Enjoy a variety of DJs and seven live bands performing throughout the day on two stages.
    • Sandcastle Contest
      Judged by LivingSand artist John May, this annual contest takes place from 10am to 1pm and prizes are awarded in a variety of categories. No experience is necessary to participate.
    • Military Tribute
      In observance of Memorial Day, a military tribute will feature a precision freefall parachute routine. Para-commandoes will skydive from 12,500 feet and land on designated targets on the beach.
    • Family Fun Zone
      Kids and parents can enjoy hula-hoop, limbo, and twister contests. There’s also water balloon tossing, face painting, beach water slides, life-sized board games.
    • Art Exhibits
      Well-known and up-and-coming artists will feature their displays and exhibits.

A huge hit with kids, families, and nature lovers, this 60-acre botanical garden is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife and hosts a variety of events throughout the year.

Where: 3750 S Flamingo Rd
When: May 27 – 29, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Price: $19.95 adults ages 12+, $12.95 ages 3-11, free ages 2 and under. Free for members.

    • Travel back to the time of the dinosaurs at this traveling historic exhibition – which is coming to South Florida for the first time.
    • Experience authentic jungle settings and 27 life-sized dinosaurs
    • Unearth dinosaur bones in Dino Dig and see a real, fossilized dinosaur egg!

Hop aboard this fun-filled sightseeing cruise that transports guests along the historic New River in Fort Lauderdale. You’ll see the stunning mansions along Millionaire’s Row, local wildlife and more.

Where: Bahia Mar Yachting Center (near Ft. Lauderdale Beach)
When: Daily, morning, afternoon, and evening cruises available

    • Bring your camera and enjoy a fully narrated sightseeing cruise down New River, known as “Venice of America”.
    • This 500-passenger ship offers a 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise and a 4-hour dinner cruise.


  • 4. The Fort Lauderdale Historic Walking Tour


Learn more about the area’s rich background and historic tales about its early pioneers.

Where: Historic Village and River Walk, Downtown Ft. Lauderdale
When: Tours are offered daily at 10 am

    • The tours last about 1.5 hours and is appropriate for all ages.
    • Expert tour guides tell stories of settlers and offer unique insight to the area’s most notable sights

This open-airboat tour offers a variety of educational sightseeing voyages though the Everglades. No Ft. Lauderdale vacation is complete without experiencing this uniquely Florida attraction.

Where: 1006 N US Highway 27 (Sawgrass Recreation Park)
Where: Open daily, from 9 am – 5 pm, with After Dark Adventures also available
Price: Admission varies depending on tour. General Admission for 30-minute Airboat ride is $22.95+tax for Adults (13+), $12.95+tax for Kids (4-12), children under 4 are free.

  • The ride lasts about 30 minutes, while the captain narrates about current wildlife and flora.
  • Enjoy exciting stories about the Seminole Indians and explore Florida’s natural beauty.
  • After Dark Adventure cruise lets you discover the mysteries of the Everglades at nighttime. The cruise lasts about an hour. You won’t see any gators, but you’ll spot their glowing red eyes!

Celebrate Memorial Day at Our Hotel Near Fort Lauderdale

As you can see, there’s always something fun and exciting happening in South Florida, especially during Memorial Day weekend. As one of the top-rated hotels near Ft. Lauderdale, The Renaissance Fort Lauderdale-Plantation puts you within minutes of all the action, including the area’s top attractions:

  • BB&T Center Event Venue – 10 min.
  • Sawgrass Mills Mall – 12 min.
  • Hard Rock Café (and Casino) – 13 min.
  • Las Olas Riverfront – 20 min.
  • Paradise Cover Water Park – 20 min.

So, book your room today and start planning a Memorial Day weekend you’ll never forget!

Fort Lauderdale Hotel Near Tortuga Music Festival

Gear Up for This Year’s Tortuga Music Festival

If you’re a country music fan and haven’t heard of Tortuga, then you are seriously missing out. The Festival is held in Fort Lauderdale’s Oceanside Beach Park and attracts some of the hottest names in country and rock music.

The Lineup

The lineup has included country stars such as Zac Brown Band, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Chris Stapleton and more. The Festival is home to more than just country music. Guests can expect a variety of music styles, including other popular artists like Slightly Stoopid and Nelly. Check out the full lineup of over 30 artists here.

Ticket Options

Fans from all over the world gather at Tortuga Music Festival for an unforgettable weekend on the beach. For information on ticket sales visit: Tortuga Music Festival – Tickets.

For the Cause

Over $300,000 from ticket sales and donations has been granted to the Rock the Ocean Foundation. Tortuga Music Festival seeks to positively influence the world’s oceans and aid scientific research towards ocean conservation initiatives.


There is no official seating, however, you can bring your own low-rise beach chairs. Look for the designated chair zone where you will be allowed to set up.

A Short Drive from Renaissance Fort Lauderdale-Plantation Hotel

Located just minutes from Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, The Renaissance Fort Lauderdale-Plantation hotel is the perfect place to kickback after a long, eventful day at the festival. Did the concert help you work up an appetite? Grab dinner at Bin 595, the restaurant and bar located on-site that offers a variety of tasteful options.

Enjoy these additional amenities at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale-Plantation hotel:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Complimentary self-parking
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