A July 2004 trip
to Fort Lauderdale by Venturer
Quote: We spent 7 days at Vacation Village at Weston, FL and did everything we wanted to do in the Fort Lauderdale area.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 15, 2004
Vacation Village at Weston
16461 Racquet Club Rd.
Weston, Florida 33326
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 15, 2004
400 Southwest Third Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315
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. If you go on the 12:15 P M tour take your lunch and drinks to eat on the way out to the reef as it takes about 45 minutes. Do not worry about trying to get a good seat when you first get on the boat, because you will not stay in the same seat when you get to the reef. Riding on the front of the boat for the trip out or back is exhilarating with the wind blowing in your face and an occasional salt spray. We could see the different colors in the water—turquoise, dark blue and other variations. Egrets sat on poles and watched us go by.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Key Largo, Florida 33037
On the swamp buggy tour you ride through water at several places and see ostriches, wild hogs, deer, raccoons, birds and other wildlife. Our driver pointed out all the different kinds of plants and animals and enlightened us about them. We hiked on trails in the campground and were fascinated by the camping huts that were nothing more than an enclosure with a roof and bunk beds inside. The roofs were made of the palm branches and did not leak.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 15, 2004
Billie Swamp Safari
Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, 30000 Gator Tail Trail
3600 West Sample Road
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33073
Attraction | "Swap Shop and Circus"
Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop
3291 West Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Attraction | "Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall"
Sawgrass Mills Mall
12801 W Sunrise Blvd Sunrise
Sunrise, Florida 33323
Attraction | "Water Taxi Tour"
If you plan to take the water bus, it would be a good idea to get a brochure and find the parking areas and stops. One of the buses we rode on was air-conditioned, one was not but the windows were open and it was quite nice. At one point we moved to the open back of the boat, but that was not a good idea because we were over the motor and could not hear the narration. I would highly recommend the water bus (or water taxi) as an alternative to the higher priced water tours.
651 Seabreeze Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304
+1 954 467 6677
Bossier City, Louisiana