With miles of gorgeous coastline and so many fun things to do in sunny Fort Lauderdale, visitors often miss-out on attractions like museums and the area’s many historic homes.
In terms of organized development, Florida is young when compared to places like New England. Native occupation, however, dates back more than 4,000 years, according to archaeological evidence.
Prior to the 20th century, Fort Lauderdale was known as “New River Settlement.”
Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
Built in 1920, Bonnet House is one of the few complete homes and studios of two American artists open to the public. The museum also provides artists opportunity to exhibit their work.
900 N. Birch Rd.
Tour Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Historic Stranahan House Museum
Stranahan House was built in 1901 by Ft. Lauderdale’s founding father and his wife, Ivy Stranahan, who was the area’s first school teacher.
335 Southeast 6th Ave.
Daily guided tours start at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm
Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
Car enthusiasts will love this specialty museum dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Packard Motor Co. The museum features a collection of pre-war automobiles and hundreds of other memorabilia.
1527 SW 1st St.
Monday – Friday, 9am – 3pm (Call for hours on Saturdays and Sundays)
NSU Museum of Art
This 83,000-sq. ft. modernist building houses a celebrated permanent collection of more than 6,000 works of art. Visitors often remark that the displays of 19th and 20th century paintings inspire an appreciation for art and history.