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About 30 minute drive from Weston is the Venice of America! Situated on the southeast coast of Florida between Miami and Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale borders the Atlantic Ocean and boasts a myriad of scenic inland waterways.

Fort Lauderdale also offers an outstanding quality of life, highlighted by a semi-tropical climate, rich natural beauty and array of cultural, entertainment and educational amenities. Blessed with over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and pleasant year-round ocean breezes, world-famous Fort Lauderdale Beach offers premier opportunities for recreation, relaxation and enjoyment.

Museums and Culture
The picturesque Riverwalk serves as the cornerstone of the City's arts, science, cultural and historic district which features the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer , Museum of Discovery and Science Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer , Museum of Art Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer and Old Fort Lauderdale Village and Museum Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer . For a more complete list of these and other museums, visit the Sunny.org Fort Lauderdale website: http://www.sunny.org/visitors/arts-and-entertainment/museums/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer .

Beaches
The City of Fort Lauderdale boasts more than seven miles of sparkling beaches that offer residents and visitors premier opportunities for recreation, relaxation and enjoyment. The City's award-winning wavewall and signature beachfront promenade highlight Fort Lauderdale's world famous coastline, which is punctuated by an array of shops, restaurants, sidewalk cafes and entertainment venues. Beachgoers can participate in a wide range of activities from boating, wind surfing, jet skiing and volleyball to snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and rollerblading. Or, if relaxation is what you desire, simply sit back, unwind and enjoy breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Waterways
Greater Fort Lauderdale's 300-plus miles of navigable inland canals - part of the Intracoastal Waterway - stretch from the Atlantic Ocean to the Everglades. A destination within a destination, the waterways offer everything from centuries-old mangroves to opulent multi-million-dollar mansions. They also connect the area's top activities, attractions, hotels, shopping areas and restaurants. The best way to explore the canals? Sunny.org Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer recommends kayak tours (there's even moonlight excursions), gondola rides, sightseeing cruises or Water Taxi. Choose from a list of sightseeing cruises. Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer

Shopping
Las Olas Boulevard Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer has gained international acclaim as Fort Lauderdale's centerpiece of fashion, fine dining and entertainment. Lined with lush palm trees, Las Olas Boulevard offers lovely boutiques and inviting cafes. People watch at an outdoor bistro. Wander in and out of unique shops showcasing a variety of clothing, home furnishings and accessories, and more. If flea market bargains are more what you search, you'll love the Swap Shop Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer , the largest flea market of the south, complete with a Farmer's Market, amusement park, and a 14-screen drive-in movie theatre. Or if malls are more your speed, check out the Sawgrass Mills Mall Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer which also includes the Colonnade Outlets, both a short, complimentary hotel shuttle ride away.

Dining Out
With more than 4,000 restaurants ranging from intimate cafes to al fresco waterfront dining spots to quaint bistros, ethnic eateries and world-renowned steakhouses, you'll find New Florida taste treats---seafood straight from the sea and field-fresh fruits and vegetables. For a full list based on Zagat and TripAdvisor ratings, visit the Greater Fort Lauderdale website sunny.org restaurant page: http://www.sunny.org/restaurants/ Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer . For restaurants in Weston area visit, http://www.westonfl.org/media/docs/misc/2011_DiningGuide.pdf Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer .

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