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Fort Lauderdale in July

A July 2004 trip to Fort Lauderdale by Venturer

Water Taxi Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida More Photos
Quote: We spent 7 days at Vacation Village at Weston, FL and did everything we wanted to do in the Fort Lauderdale area.

Vacation Village at Weston

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Hotel

Vacation Village at Weston Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:Sawgrass Mills Mall, golf course, Flamingo Park.Best Things About the Resort:Immaculate, roomy units, very large swimming pool with waterfall and very large hot tub.Resort Experience:Vacation Village at Weston, FL was everything I had expected and more. We had a two-bedroom unit, which consisted of two units with one outer entrance and separate entrances in the entryway. The larger of the two units had a king bed, whirlpool tub, large bathroom with walk-in shower, full kitchen, large screen TV, dining area and living room. The smaller unit had a partial kitchen (no stove), bathroom, bedroom, dining area and living room. Everything was on...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

Vacation Village at Weston
16461 Racquet Club Rd.
Weston, Florida 33326
(954) 389-6750

Shirttail Charlie's

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Restaurant

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Shirttail Charlie’s—The waterbus captain had a cute tale to tell us about how Shirttail Charlie’s got its name. The drawbridge was down when we were on the waterbus, so they could not take us to Shirttail Charlie’s and we had to get our car to drive over. The entrance is secluded and you could easily miss it. As you go in, you walk by a swimming pool and a bar. There was a large, friendly (but not intrusive) dog lying in the area in front of the bar. My grandchildren enjoyed petting it on the way out. We sat outside on the deck with a view of the waterway. The grandchildren fed the fish after we finished eating. The food was ok. Nothing really special, but we enjoyed the experience.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

Shirttail Charlie's
400 Southwest Third Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315
(954) 463-3474

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Photo, Key Largo, Florida
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John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo—The trip to Key Largo is by way of a two-lane road that is sometimes called the Overseas Highway. The Highway goes all the way to Key West but we only went to Key Largo, John Pennekamp State Park. We took a glass-bottom boat out to a magnificent coral reef teeming with tropical fish of all colors. The seagrass swayed dreamily beneath the boat and seemed to be magnified by the V-shaped glass bottom. Various shapes and kinds of coral made a fascinating scene. We went on the 12:15 PM tour and had not eaten lunch beforehand. I have a few suggestions if you plan to go. Call ahead for reservations and be there to pick your tickets up an hour before tour time...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
MM 102.5
Key Largo, Florida 33037
(305) 451-1202

Billie Swamp Safari

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Attraction

Billie Swamp Safari Photo, Clewiston, Florida
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Billie Swamp Safari—You can spend all day at Billie Swamp Safari if you take advantage of all they have to offer. As you enter the gift shop you can purchase tickets at the back counter. You can look at the few caged animals, birds and snakes without a ticket. If you want to see the snake show, take the airboat ride or the swamp buggy tour you must purchase tickets. The airboat ride takes you across the water into a swamp where you will see alligators, snakes and birds. The motor was so loud that, even though I had earplugs in, my ears were still ringing when I went to bed that night. An airplane motor powers it, so you can imagine the sound. They give you earplugs when you buy your ticket and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

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

Butterfly World

Attraction

Butterfly World Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Butterfly World—Butterfly World is a science research center for studying butterflies. There are viewing windows to watch the people at work as you enter, but do not spend too much time there, as there is much more to see. In the enclosure that houses the butterflies, you will see waterfalls, flowers and plants of the tropical variety and butterflies, butterflies, butterflies of all colors. They fly all around and will occasionally light on you. Another enclosure houses the lorikeets, which are very aggressive. You can buy nectar to feed them but the will light on you whether or not you have food for them. They lit on my son’s neck and licked it and pecked at his moles. Another enclosure is hom...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

Butterfly World
3600 West Sample Road
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33073
(954) 977-4400

Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop

Attraction | "Swap Shop and Circus"

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Swap Meet and Circus — If you go there with the intention of seeing the circus, be sure to get a schedule and check the times before you go. We went on Tuesday, which was the only day the circus did not perform. Many of the vendors are outside and it was extremely hot the day we went. There is an air-conditioned building that houses more vendors in a much more pleasant environment. The swap meet is BIG and some of the prices are really good. It was a fun day even though we missed the circus.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop
3291 West Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Sawgrass Mills Mall

Attraction | "Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall"

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Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall is billed as the largest Outlet Mall in the world. We spent about six hours there and did not cover half the Mall. The mall is being remodeled now, so there were roped off sections and places where the floors were being redone. Many, if not all the major retailers have stores in this mall. Some of the prices were no better than in their retail stores. We did, however find a few bargains. What can I say — it is a BIG mall.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

Sawgrass Mills Mall
12801 W Sunrise Blvd Sunrise
Sunrise, Florida 33323
(954) 846-2351

Water Taxi

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Attraction | "Water Taxi Tour"

Water Taxi Photo, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Water Bus—The water bus fare is only $5 per person and provides a wonderful tour of the waterways. The captain was very informative, telling us about the mansions and yachts that we were seeing--Who had built them, some of the past owners and sometimes who owns them now. We rode the complete A route and only disembarked twice--once at the terminal and once at Las Olas Riverfront. We got off at Las Olas because the drawbridge was down and we wanted to eat at Shirttail Charlie’s. The porter on the water bus told us we could walk across the railroad tracks and Shirttail Charlie’s would send a shuttle boat for us if we would signal them. However, we found out that there is no pickup point for the sh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

Water Taxi
651 Seabreeze Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
+1 954 467 6677