Known for its beautiful long sandy beaches and fabulous weather, Fort Lauderdale is a gorgeous destination to head to for a vacation. Beaches however are just a part of what makes Fort Lauderdale so special – there’s also a strong arts and culture base here, quaint historic neighborhoods to explore and many natural attractions, as well as great shopping and many fine dining opportunities. Fort Lauderdale is a sophisticated destination that suits all ages and interests.
Fort Lauderdale is a great city to visit if you have mobility issues, as most attractions and businesses are set up to accommodate to special needs. There’s lots to explore, and having an electric scooter or wheelchair booked in advance of your visit will ensure that nothing stops you from getting everywhere that you want to go, and minimize hassles once you get there. Contact Scootaround to see how we can help meet your needs, and read on for tips to help you plan the perfect vacation to this gloriously sunny city.
When planning your Fort Lauderdale trip, Scootaround can help make sure your mobility needs are taken care of before you arrive and have an electric scooter or wheelchair waiting at your hotel for you. We’re the mobility equipment experts in North America, with more than 1500 locations serving our happy customers seven days a week. Call 1-888-441-7575 or email us to get the ball rolling whether you’re visiting Fort Lauderdale or any other location.
People may head to Fort Lauderdale for the beaches, but once they get there they are often surprised at how much more there is to do there. The city is on the doorstep of the Everglades, so there are plenty of chances to explore the swamps, mangroves, and alligators, but as a complete contrast to that there are lots of great restaurants, luxurious spas, and fabulous shopping districts to flex your credit card at. There are lots of fun attractions to explore too, where you can get close to butterflies, flamingoes, and other creatures, and museums and cultural activities to enjoy.
Here are four of the city’s top attractions that you’ll want to check out:
By renting a mobility scooter or wheelchair from Scootaround in advance of your visit to Fort Lauderdale, you’ll be able to access every attraction on your itinerary. Email us or call us at 1-888-441-7575 to find out how we can help your trip go smoother.
Florida recognizes disability parking permits from all other states, allowing you to park in designated spaces, and Fort Lauderdale allows permit holders a maximum of 4 hours free parking at meters in the city. Fort Lauderdale was voted one of the 10 best cities in the US for parking, so you shouldn’t have any problems finding a spot wherever you need to go.
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Travel and Leisure Magazine named Hollywood Beach Boardwalk one of America’s Best Beach Boardwalks, and when you explore this 2.5 mile stretch of well-maintained boardwalk you can see why. Besides the fact that you have that beautiful beach beside you, there’s an abundance of great places to eat, neat little shops to browse, and free live music and performances five nights a week at the Hollywood Beach Theatre just steps from the sand.
What makes this attraction especially fun for those with mobility issues is that so much attention has gone into making the boardwalk, and beach, accessible to everyone. You’ll find beach wheelchairs available for public use at the lifeguard stations, lots of accessible parking and accessible washrooms, and mobi-mats available to help wheelchairs onto the beach. Everyone feels welcome at this beach.
If you’re looking for a place to spend a rainy day, or just to get away from the heat, the Museum of Discovery and Science is the perfect place to go. There are lots of interactive exhibits that allow you to get hands on with science, including nine cockpit simulators and a chance to experience what it feels like in a hurricane in the Storm Centre. There’s also an aquarium featuring sharks and the largest living Atlantic coral reef in captivity, a really cute otter habitat, and exciting science theatre shows to check out.
On top of this, the Museum of Discovery and Science is home to a giant (60ft x 80ft) IMAX 3D theatre, where you can watch special features and new release Hollywood blockbusters. The museum is fully wheelchair accessible.
Located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale has really interesting programming that encompasses events such as wine tastings, talks on art and culture, family activities, as well as of course permanent and visiting art collections. The NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale has more than 6000 works in its permanent collection, including some by leading Latin American artists such as Diego Riviera, Candido Portinari and Francisco Toledo. There is also a significant ceramics collection with works from the likes of Pablo Picasso and other renowned modern artists. Because the museum hosts so many visiting shows, there’s always something new to take in each time you visit.
All areas of the museum are accessible, including restrooms, the museum store and café (which is a really sweet place to stop for a coffee and sandwich, with seating both inside and outside in the breezeway).
Wander through beautiful gardens amongst thousands of brightly-hued butterflies and various tropical birds at Butterfly World. Spot hummingbirds, orchids, and all manner of exotic flora and insects making their home here. This attraction is so very pretty, and there’s a very good chance that the butterflies will land on you, which is a magical experience, and you may even get similar treatment from the birds too. There are outdoor cafes on-site that offer a gorgeous place to stop and observe all the beauty around you.
All areas of Butterfly World are wheelchair accessible, so you’ll have no trouble seeing everything at this lovely attraction. With both indoor and outdoor areas it can get warm at Butterfly World, so plan to go early when the heat won’t be such a big issue and won’t diminish any enjoyment from your visit.
Travelling to a conference or other event in Fort Lauderdale? Here's a short list of confirmed events where you can rent Scootaround mobility equipment.
Don't see your event? Contact us at 1-888-441-7575 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you.