Winter Wander-land: A Day in The District
It’s wintertime in Fort Lauderdale, which means the weather is superb! Low humidity and crisp evenings, merged with a bounty of exciting things to explore, offer visitors the ideal getaway and perfect motivation to “wander” around The District! Take a look at our proposed day: You may want to take one, several, or all of our suggestions, and map out your own adventure at #DotheDistrict.
History Museum Fort Lauderdale
Begin your Heritage Tour at History Museum Fort Lauderdale, the only pioneer village in South Florida with the largest collection of historic buildings in Broward County. It’s a great place for adults and children to learn about the history of Fort Lauderdale, and how the city evolved from pioneer times through today. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Historical Society offers a unique glimpse into the past with guided tours (at 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm daily) conducted in period costumes. Self-guided tours also allow you to experience the Museum at your own pace and there are always plenty of knowledgeable staff around to answer questions.
Don’t forget to browse the gift shop here for authentic Florida items and hand-made goods and receive 15% off regularly priced merchandise.
NSU Art Museum
Next you will want to head over to the NSU Art Museum located less than .5 miles from the History Center. You can easily stroll along the New River to get there or hop aboard the Sun Trolley and ride it to the corner of las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue. The Museum is the hub of the South Florida Art Coast, nestled in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Its distinctive modernist building, which opened in 1986 was designed by the renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes and is a dynamic cultural hub in Fort Lauderdale’s Arts and Entertainment District. NSU Art Museum’s 83,000 square-foot building contains 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 256-seat auditorium, Museum Store and Cafe. NSU Art Museum’s celebrated permanent collection contains more than 6,000 works. Among its highlights is the country’s largest collection of 19th and early 20th century paintings and drawings by the American realist William Glackens, the most extensive holding in the U.S. of works by post-World War II, avant-garde CoBrA artists from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam, and extensive holdings of works by leading Latin American artists.
Art Museum’s Café
You must be starved by now. May we suggest a bite at the Art Museum’s Café? With its delicious selections of salads, sandwiches and coffees, you are sure to find something to your liking. On Sundays, the café also serves brunch items. Complete with mimosas from noon to 4:00 pm. If you are looking for heartier fare or an international cuisine, then step onto Las Olas Boulevard and select from any of the dozens of eateries within steps of the Art Museum. But before you leave you will want to stop off at the Museum store for gift items and unique retail finds.
Historic Stranahan House Museum
After a lovely lunch you may want to visit Historic Stranahan House Museum which offers docent tours of this charming home daily at 1:00pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00pm. If you have already visited the other two venues as part of your Waterful Tour pass, then show the attendant your ticket and you will receive a special rate of $10 per adult and $5 for children 6 to 12. You will be happy you made the choice to stop here. After your tour, don’t forget to stop by the Stranahan House Gift Shop, where you can enjoy one-of-a-kind items sure to delight. 10% off discount is available on selected items.
Historic Stranahan House Museum is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County and was built in 1901 as the original trading post for the early pioneers and Seminole Indians. The iconic structure along the New River served as the pioneer settlement's town hall, post office, and first bank. Later it became a boarding house and restaurant. The Stranahan family is credited as being Fort Lauderdale's founding family and the museum offers a glimpse at the city's beginning, their legacy, and the historic structure. The House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Cool off with a bit of shopping
Now that the afternoon has set in it might be time to cool off with a bit of shopping. Hop aboard the Water Taxi with its stop conveniently located next to the Stranahan House and ride the boat to Gallery One DoubleTree Suites. A short walk west from Gallery One is Galleria Mall. Stop by Guest Services and pick up your reserved Savings Book, filled with more than $300 worth of special offers and discounts. You will have lots of time later upon your return to peruse the more than 100 specialty shops and high fashion retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Dillard’s, Macy’s and H&M, or grab a cocktail or snack at one of the fine dining restaurants or lively food court. The Mall is open Monday- Saturday 10:00 am until 9:00 pm and Sundays Noon until 6:00 pm.
After the shopping, has been satiated, you may want to hop back aboard the water Taxi and explore more of Fort Lauderdale’s Waterways and unique waterfront stops. Or, head back to Las Olas and treat yourself to a lovely meal and a great wine. The options are endless. You may ride the Water Taxi until 10 pm, check your routes and stops to ensure pick up at your location. We hope your day, like your tour, has been a Waterful journey!