Relax and Recharge in Fort Lauderdale

Scenic beaches and waterways make Fort Lauderdale a prime vacation destination, but the city offers much more. Before and after the STS Annual Meeting, attendees can take advantage of a diverse selection of lively shopping and entertainment districts, cultural activities, and fine dining.

Standout Cuisine

It should be no surprise that Fort Lauderdale features a wealth of delicious seafood, given its waterfront location. After the meeting wraps up for the day, head to one of the area’s many outstanding restaurants.

The 15th Street Fisheries is located directly inside the Lauderdale Marina, offering you a prime view. There’s a more formal dining room upstairs and a casual dockside restaurant downstairs. Both menus feature a variety of fresh seafood, which you can enjoy while watching yachts, fishing vessels, and other boats cruising down the Intracoastal Waterway.

Market 17 is a farm-to-table restaurant featuring housemade charcuterie and a constantly changing rotation of dishes. A unique option is the restaurant’s “dining in the dark” experience. This multicourse meal is served in a pitch-black private room, with the idea being it will heighten your other senses by experiencing the food without the help of your sight. The chef creates new dishes separate from the main menu, and reservations are required as only two seatings are offered each night.

Other great dining options include Greek Islands Taverna (authentic Greek), Sea Watch on the Ocean (fresh-caught seafood dining set on a bluff 50 yards from the ocean), and Shooters Waterfront (laid-back experience with a view).

Nearby Sights

If you plan to arrive before the meeting or stay after, Fort Lauderdale has plenty to do for every interest.

The Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale spans the north and south banks of the New River, which is located right downtown. Meander along the waterfront while you visit shops, restaurants, museums, and other attractions.

In the area’s historic district, the Stranahan House is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County, built in 1901 as a trading post and converted into a residence in 1906. In the arts and science district farther west, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts features concerts, dance performances, comedy, and more.

Day Trips

If you have the opportunity to extend your visit, there are several things to do within a day’s drive.

The Florida Everglades is a tropical wetlands spanning 1.5 million acres. A 30-minute drive from the convention center will take you to Everglades Holiday Park, a working park and rescue operation that offers airboat rides, a gator show, and one-on-one encounters with a variety of animals such as tortoises, snakes, and a baby alligator.

If you want to trade Fort Lauderdale’s vintage vibe for the exotic atmosphere of Miami, head less than an hour south and hit the city’s Design District, which features luxury shops, restaurants, art galleries and museums, and home design showrooms. South Beach is well-known for its glamorous nightlife, as well as its art deco architecture.

For additional information on dining, attractions, and much more, visit sunny.org.

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