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Fort Lauderdale’s Main Street USA

August 25
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Fort Lauderdale's Intracoastal Waterway, aka our back porch, functions as Fort Lauderdale's main artery; it's simply impossible to miss. The entire Intracoastal Waterway, with its natural inlets, saltwater rivers, bays and man-made canals, runs 3000 miles along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, allowing marine traffic to avoid the hazards of the open ocean.

Get an up-close look at the waterway via the hop-on, hop-off Water Taxi, popular with locals and visitors alike. Purchase your pass in advance and board at any of eleven stops on the Intracoastal or its adjoining canals, including Las Olas Boulevard, the Historic Stranahan House, Bahia Mar Marina, Birch State Park and our sister property, local favorite Shooter’s Waterfront.

Aficionados of local history will enjoy the backstory of Florida’s Big Dig by William Crawford Jr, author and frequent speaker throughout the State of Florida. Did you know? Those first isles off Las Olas were created by developers in the Florida land boom of the 1920s, which went bust in 1929. Millionaires Row lay neglected for a decade – long enough for pine groves to shoot up. They disappeared when the economy improved in the late 1930s and the real estate market picked up.