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The District Waterful Tours of Fort Lauderdale

If you are looking for a great way to explore the history, art and charm of Fort Lauderdale and do so in the most memorable way imaginable—via Water—then The District’s Waterful Tours are the summer “ticket” for you!
This unique and value-driven package includes, admission to your choice of two out of three cultural sites (admission to an optional third site is available for a nominal extra charge), as well as an all-day access pass for the Water Taxi.

The tours will be available daily for the Water Taxi, Historic Stranahan House Museum and History Museum Fort Lauderdale, and from Tuesdays through Sundays for NSU Art Museum beginning at 11:00 am and open until 8:00 pm the first Thursday of every month. Docent led tours at History Museum Fort Lauderdale and Historic Stranahan House Museum are available at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The History Museum also allows self-guided tours and opens daily from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

The cost for Waterful Tours are only $38, for adults and $20, for children 6-12, free for children 5 and under. A savings of $15 or 24% off retail price, not including the additional offers and savings that are provided as part of this package. Tours are available May 1 through October 29, 2017.

Here is a suggested itinerary and what your day can look like…

9:30 AM

Begin your Heritage Tour at the beautiful Bonnet House Museum & Gardens.

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.

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11:00 am

Stop at the Gift Shop

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.

12:30 pm

Head over to The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale mall

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.

2:00 PM

Hop aboard the Water Taxi

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.

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3:00 PM

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.

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