Fort Lauderdale spring break isn’t just for college kids who look good in swimwear. Every year, some 11 million people of all ages make their way to South Florida and its 23 miles of beaches. When you add to that the 300 miles of the Intracoastal waterway, endless list of fun, and frequent sunny days, you have a vacation paradise perfect for spring break—even if your college days are far behind you, you’re traveling with the family, or looking for a romantic getaway. Between February and April, Fort Lauderdale spring break hotels offer plenty of packages, allowing you to shake off the winter blues without emptying your wallet.
Spring Break Clubs
For those who equate spring break with the chance to party, Fort Lauderdale’s spring break clubs will be of interest. Many of the clubs are located along a slice of beach nicknamed “The Strip,” between Sunrise Boulevard and Las Olas Boulevard. Because alcohol is not allowed on the beach, many of the over-21 parties take place in the clubs. The oldest of the Fort Lauderdale spring break clubs and perhaps the most famous, the Elbo Room Bar, was featured in the 1960 beach movie classic Where the Boys Are. Of course, the film's star, Connie Francis, wouldn’t recognize the spring break clubs of today—the pumping music, craft beers, and skimpy beachwear weren’t around in the 1960s. Other clubs have opened in Fort Lauderdale in more recent years, including some led by Miami club impresarios who know how to get the party going.
Fort Lauderdale Attractions
When the late-night partygoers are sleeping in, Fort Lauderdale’s attractions are waiting to be explored. From the Anne Kolb Nature Center to the Xtreme Indoor Carting and points in between, Fort Lauderdale is all about fun. The family-friendly attractions are part of the reason that the area transitioned from a mostly college-age gathering to one where people of all ages are welcome. Another major factor was the growth of Fort Lauderdale spring break hotels, both on and off the beach. Many of the favorite hotels and attractions are right in view of the ocean. Along with the beaches, you’ll find local outfitters that equip you for fun. In downtown Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard is one the biggest draws; it’s a bustling entertainment district packed with galleries and restaurants. The one of the most-visited attractions in Fort Lauderdale remains Sawgrass Mills, a massive outlet mall with more than 350 brand-name destinations.
Heading away from town, you’ll find many ways to connect with nature. With the Billie Swamp Safari and Everglades Holiday Park, you can take an airboat tour into the heart of the Florida wilderness. For a more leisurely way to explore, consider a cruise aboard the Jungle Queen, an elegant riverboat from a bygone era. With a visit to Flamingo Gardens, you can hop on a tram for a guided tour of orange groves and one of the best bird-watching experiences in all of Florida.
Fort Lauderdale Spring Break Packages
While some spring breakers do just fine hopping in a convertible and heading to the nearest beach, most people do better when they have some sort of travel itinerary in place. Oftentimes, it also saves you money as well as hassle to book a package ahead of time. Several Fort Lauderdale beach resorts offer special deals for spring breakers, adding on perks to overnight stays, like tickets to local attractions and meals. Many of the Fort Lauderdale spring break hotels have recently expanded their properties, so there are more rooms to fill. When there are rooms available, hotels often get creative to fill them by partnering with other Fort Lauderdale businesses that are geared to entertain visitors.
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