Fort Lauderdale Journals

Exploring from Fort Lauderdale

An October 2002 trip to Fort Lauderdale by Malahini

the African Queen Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida More Photos
Quote: Near this major cruise ship hub, there are many resorts and activities which make it a destination in itself. However, cruising is what drew us here - covered in another journal. For a list of activities from the Ft. Lauderdale area, see: http://www.activityline.net/attractions_ftl.htm

Exploring from Fort Lauderdale

Overview

the African Queen Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Here at the edge of the ocean, the Everglades, the inland waterway, and Key West, excursion opportunities abound. I'll soon add entries to include Key West, Everglades NP, Big Cypress Swamp, Key Largo, the Inland Waterway, and two timeshares. The photos: 1. the "African Queen" at a Key Largo Marina (remember the movie?) 2. a dolphin jumps at the Dolphin Research Center on the drive to Key West 3. an alligator sun bathes on the tram path at Everglades NP 4. A wide beach at Ft. Lauderdale by the SeaQuick Tips: If you're driving, bring a detailed map. the area is large and the major highways have limited access. It's easy to get lost. For a more detailed list of Ft. Lauderdale attrac...Read More
Driftwood Beach Club Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:Within easy driving distance are a wide variety of activities. See: activityline.net.Best Things About the Resort:Superb maintenance, cleanliness, maid service, friendliness, and convenience to the beach. They're a family here.Resort Experience:This 41 unit resort was described as "across the street from the beach", but the street was a lightly used access road, and the gated resort property continued to the beach on the beach side, with cabana and beach chairs right at the beach. Beautifully landscaped, large rooms, family atmosphere. Beautiful beach. The suites are in a U...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

Driftwood Beach Club
4417 El Mar Drive
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308
(954) 776-4441

Billie Swamp Safari

Attraction | "Billy's Swamp Safari"

Billie Swamp Safari Photo, Clewiston, Florida
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Here, deep within the Everglades about 20 miles north of Interstate 75, combination rides give a good introduction to this sea of grass. The swamp buggy runs for over an hour through a marshy part of the reservation stocked with a variety of exotic animals. African cattle, ostrich, and antelope seem a bit out of place there, but make an interesting tour. The reptile show was well done - check out the photo of the speaker holding a small alligator.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

Billie Swamp Safari
Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, 30000 Gator Tail Trail
Clewiston, Florida
(863) 983-6101

Seminole Indian Museum Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Very well done portrayal of Seminole history and culture. Bingo money paid for this new and modern buildng. It's located very near Uncle Billy's Swamp Safari which offers air boat and swamp buggy rides. You could make a day of it, doing everything.

For more information on the museum (Ah-Tha-Thi-Ki Museum) phone: 954-792-0745

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 5, 2002

Seminole Indian Museum
60 miles west of Ft. Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Key West - Tour bus

Attraction | "Key West , by tour bus"

Key West - Tour bus Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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This 16 plus hour tour had some unexpected advantages: movies while on the road, no parking in Key West but door to door delivery, included tours of the Dolphin Research Center at Marathon and a glass bottom boat at Key Largo, and high seating which allowed viewing the scenic road over the top of the roadside tree line, all with no need for this driver to keep eyes on the road. It was provided through the activities desk at the timeshare Vacation Village at Bonaventure and Neon Dolphin Tours. I'm unable to find Neon Dolphin by a web search, but the Bonaventure is (954)389-6750 and the activities director is "Willie". I'll give more detail on the stops in separate journal entries - later. S...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2002

Key West - Tour bus
by Vacation Village
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum

Attraction | "Mel Fischer's Museum of the "Atocha""

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum Photo, Key West, Florida
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The discovery (1985) and salvage of the wrecked (1622) Spanish galleon "Atocha" is documented here (and in National Geographic and at geocities.com/woodro11/mel.html. A truly amazing exhibit.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 6, 2002

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum
200 Greene St
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 294-2633

Everglades National Park

Attraction | "Everglades National Park - Shark Valley"

Everglades National Park Photo, Everglades National Park, Florida
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See this website which notes fish, turtles, alligators, and wading birds can be seen from the Shark Valley tower in and around the borrow ponds. Look for red-shouldered hawks, snail kites, northern harriers, and occasional rare short-tailed hawks over the marsh. White-tailed deer are often seen lingering near the edges of hammocks or bounding through belly-deep water in the marsh. We took the tram ride which offers narration. For more information, see also this website.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2002

Everglades National Park
Various Visitor Centers
Everglades National Park, Florida
(305) 242-7700