We typically think of spring as the time of new beginnings. But this time of year is also full of fresh starts and opportunities for adventure right where we live. As September’s temperatures start to cool down from summer’s heat, it’s a great time to enjoy what’s waiting right outside your door. Take a look at just a few ways to stretch your legs, take a breather and enjoy our beautiful surroundings in Fort Lauderdale.
In the fall, it’s still warm enough to enjoy a day in the great outdoors, but you don’t have the extreme heat and humidity you get in the middle of the summer. The average high temperature in Fort Lauderdale in October is 85 degrees with average lows in the 70s. It’s really the perfect time to get out and explore, day and night. Here are some fun things to do:
Visit the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale
This waterfront park features a variety of restaurants, shops and museums. In addition to shopping and grabbing a great meal, you can enjoy stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and bicycling (including quadracycling). Check the schedule of events for other fun things to do on the riverwalk, such as Sunday Jazz Brunch.
Take a walk on the wild side
Flamingo Gardens in Davie has a wide range of activities for nature and animal lovers. This organization features the largest collection of Florida native wildlife in the state with more than 85 native species including alligators, bobcats, panthers, otters, eagles, peacocks and flamingos at the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary. It also has one of the largest free-flight aviaries in the country. And the Wray Botanical Collection and Arboretum at Flamingo Gardens have 15 acres with more than 3,000 tropical and sub-tropical plants and trees. Ask about live presentations featuring several of Florida’s wild animals.
Celebrate with a harvest festival
Speaking of Flamingo Gardens, this incredible venue is offering a Harvest Festival each weekend in October, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission includes a bunch of traditional fall activities — free hayrides (weather permitting), themed scavenger hunts, educational activities, harvest-themed displays, photo opportunities, live performances, food, music, and a new exhibit featuring authentic Conquistador artifacts and replicas. The themes for each weekend are:
October 9 & 10- Fall in Florida Kickoff Weekend
October 16 & 17- Pirates & Princesses Weekend
October 23 & 24- Superheroes Weekend
October 30 & 31- Halloween Weekend
Get up and go
Whether you’re looking for a nature walk or tour of the city, there’s plenty of ways to explore on foot. This list of walks/hikes has strolls of less than one mile to longer treks, including the Fort Lauderdale Walking Tour, a 9.2 mile out and back trail and the Fort Lauderdale Art Beat Walking Tour, which is 9.3 miles.
Take a drive
Fall is also a fantastic time to take a drive on the A1A Scenic Highway. You can see nine different beach communities along the highway as well as a variety of plants and animals (it’s sea turtle nesting season through October) and of course, those glorious waves. Here are some great places to stop along your route.
Stop by a museum
The greater Fort Lauderdale area has a number of museums featuring art, science, African-American and Native American heritage, antique cars, space and more.
Looking for things you can do for free? Here’s a list of no-cost activities and free ways to get around the Fort Lauderdale area, such as the Seabreeze Tram, Riverwalk Water Trolley and the electric shuttle.
How will you enjoy the fall season? The Fort Lauderdale area is truly an amazing and beautiful place. Celebrate all it has to offer by taking some time to enjoy it! If you have any questions about the area – property management or otherwise – we’d love to help! Give us a call anytime: (954) 231-4650.