Fort Lauderdale is a great destination for both young and old. I have been fortunate to have lived in South Florida all my life. You will find food, hotels, and activities to fit everyone’s interest and budget.
We say there are two seasons here, wet (the summer) and dry (the winter). You will find the best weather from November through April, with warm days and comfortable nights. If you arrive in the summer, expect daily temperatures in the upper 80ºs, with high humidity, and lows only dropping into the 70ºs. That’s the time when the ocean or swimming pool is most inviting.
The airport is nice, with five separate concourses. Security for departure is slow, so allow yourself more time than you would at most airports. There is ample parking, and easy access to car rentals. The airport is about 4 miles from downtown Ft. Lauderdale, and about 5 miles from Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Link: http://www.broward.org/airport/
There is limited mass transit. There is a bus system that runs throughout the area, which may be useful, but not nearly as convenient as other major cities. Given the time, the system is far-reaching and will take you all over Broward County. My advice, rent a car.
Activities are abundant, though for many the surf and the sun are the major attraction. Beyond the beaches you may visit the Museum of Discovery and Science, the Swap Shop (a huge flea market), Sawgrass Mills (a shopping complex), and with a drive, Everglades National Park. You may boat, fish, snorkel, scuba dive, watch a play, enjoy a variety of entertainment, watch a sporting event, or enjoy one of the many shows and stars that perform in the area.
Ft. Lauderdale’s Visitor’s Web site: http://www.sunny.org/visitors/index.cfm
Florida’s State Parks http://www.floridastateparks.org/