36 Hours in Fort Lauderdale, Florida - A Relaxing Weekend Itinerary

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Usually, Orlando and Miami are the destinations that get all the hype in Florida but we wanted to go somewhere different and decided to make a weekend road trip to Fort Lauderdale. We only had 36 hours, so we spent one day at Las Olas Boulevard and the second day at Fort Lauderdale Beach. We usually pack a ton of activities into our itineraries but for this trip, we decided to relax a little and spend more time enjoying the amenities near or at our hotel. 

FRIDAY

 Riverside Hotel - view from our room

Riverside Hotel - view from our room

4PM: Check-in at Riverside Hotel

We left Tampa on a Friday afternoon and reached the Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard around 4PM. It is the only hotel located on this trendy street and it's walking distance to numerous restaurants, shops and bars. It is also the oldest hotel in Fort Lauderdale dating back to 1936.

 

 LAS OLAS BOULEVARD

LAS OLAS BOULEVARD

 

 

7PM: Bubier Park Water Fountain

Before heading to dinner, we wanted to check out the water fountain near the end of Las Olas Boulevard for the sunset. It was a short 10-minute walk from our hotel and we had fun taking pictures here while watching the sunset. 

 

 

 OUTSIDE DINING AT BIG CITY TAVERN

OUTSIDE DINING AT BIG CITY TAVERN

 

8PM: Dinner at Big City Tavern

We made reservations at Big City Tavern since we heard that it was one of the best restaurants on Las Olas Boulevard and can get very busy at night. I was so happy to see a wine flight on their menu and it was the first time I tried wine on tap. Not only were their drinks superb, but so was the food and service. 

 

SATURDAY

 CORN FLAKE CRUSTED BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST

CORN FLAKE CRUSTED BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST

 VIEW OF THE DOWNSTAIRS DINING ROOM

VIEW OF THE DOWNSTAIRS DINING ROOM

 

10AM: Brunch at YOLO

We started off our morning at YOLO for brunch. The Brioche French Toast was superb and the fruits were very fresh and juicy. The Omelet of The Day was a Greek inspired omelet filled with spinach, olives, and feta cheese. I haven't had a tasty omelet like that in ages! The only downside to YOLO was the manager and most of the staff. They were unfriendly and made us feel very unwelcome, which was such a shame because the food was delicious! 

 

 

1PM: Stranahan House Museum

After brunch, we walked to the historic Stranahan House Museum. The museum was located right next to our hotel and sat right along the New River. The Stranahan House  was built in 1901 and it's the oldest existing structure in Broward county. It was such a fun and interesting tour that we ended up staying there for nearly two hours. 

 

 BLUEBERRY MUFFIN AT ANN'S FLORIST & COFFEE BAR

BLUEBERRY MUFFIN AT ANN'S FLORIST & COFFEE BAR


 

3PM: Ann's Florist & Coffee Bar

After the museum, we walked up and down Las Olas Boulevard and stopped by a cafe that was both a coffee and flower shop. We love establishments that are combined like this; especially flowers and coffee. Walking into a coffee shop that is filled with beautiful flower arrangements really brightens up the mood. The pastry and drink selections were excellent and we really enjoyed our cheesecake and blueberry muffin. 

 CRYSTAL CHECKING OUT THE SAMPLES

CRYSTAL CHECKING OUT THE SAMPLES


 

4PM: Hoffman's Chocolates

We spotted Hoffman's Chocolates while we were walking back to our hotel and peaked in to see all the delicious chocolates. We were full from our treats at the coffee shop, so we didn't buy anything but we did try some of their chocolate samples and they were divine! They also served ice cream, which seemed to be pretty popular with the customers. 

 POOL DECK AT THE CONRAD WITH AN OCEANFRONT VIEW

POOL DECK AT THE CONRAD WITH AN OCEANFRONT VIEW

 

 

 

5PM: Check-in at Conrad Ft. Lauderdale Beach

 Atlas Cocktail Lounge

Atlas Cocktail Lounge

For our second night, we made reservations on a beachfront property at the Conrad Hotel. We were extremely happy with our stay here. The service was top-notch, the room was spacious and modern, the amenities were plentiful, and you can't beat the location.

 

 

 

6PM: Happy Hour at Atlas Cocktail Lounge

 SUNRISE AT FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH

SUNRISE AT FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH

We pretty much spent the rest of the evening enjoying the amenities on-site. We had free happy hour at the Atlas Cocktail Lounge, watched the sunset at the pool deck and had a light dinner at the Cornucopia Gourmet Market.

 

 

SUNDAY

 

 

7AM: Sunrise at Fort Lauderdale Beach

It was nice to get up and simply walk across the street to see the sunrise. Shortly after the sunrise, it started to rain, so we had to head back to the hotel. We would have stayed longer if we could because it was so beautiful in the morning.

 

 THE AMAZING LEMON POPPYSEED PANCAKES

THE AMAZING LEMON POPPYSEED PANCAKES

 

9AM: Breakfast at Terra Mare

We changed into dry clothes and headed to breakfast at Terra Mare, which was located at our hotel. The service was awesome and we were happy that it had stopped raining so that we could enjoy breakfast out on the patio. The Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes were excellent, but the omelet we ordered was pretty average. Definitely order pancakes instead of the omelet!

 SUNSHINE SKYWAY BRIDGE

SUNSHINE SKYWAY BRIDGE

 

 

11AM: Drive back to Tampa

After breakfast, we decided to head back to Tampa. We were originally planning on going to the pool before heading home but there was a small tropical storm heading towards South Florida, so we decided it was best to hit the road a bit earlier than planned.

 NEW RIVER RIVERWALK

NEW RIVER RIVERWALK

Crystal has lived in Florida for over 15 years and this was the first time we decided to spend the weekend in Fort Lauderdale. We're glad we decided to make a weekend trip here and really enjoyed Las Olas Boulevard and Fort Lauderdale Beach. It's a beautiful and clean city and getting around was pretty easy. We also liked that it wasn't overly crowded with tourists. If you're visiting Florida, definitely add Fort Lauderdale to your list of cities to visit!

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36 Hours in Ft Lauderdale, Florida
36 Hours in Ft Lauderdale, Florida
36 Hours in Ft Lauderdale, Florida
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