A sun-drenched coastal city in Southern Florida, along the Atlantic Ocean, is shedding its reputation of solely being a spring break party destination for college students and emerging as a refined, cultural, and wholesome destination for families.
Renovated waterfronts, palm-lined golden beaches, picturesque waterways, seaside cafés, museums, and historic homes all add to the charm of Fort Lauderdale.
Where to stay.
With so many newly renovated hotels and condominium options, selecting the perfect place for families to enjoy a relaxing vacation can be challenging.
Perfectly positioned away from the crowds, the Pelican Grand Beach Resort is a luxurious beachfront hide-away where old Florida grandeur meets seaside elegance. The unrivaled location and amenities make the Pelican Grand Beach Resort the perfect choice for families.
A $7 million renovation in 2019 resulted in 144 spacious, light, and airy rooms with coastal chic and boho inspired decor finishes, large sweeping balconies, and well-appointed bathrooms. Parents of young children will enjoy the large showers with pull-down shower sprayer to wash sandy toes.
The true treasure of the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, in addition to the spectacular view, is the outdoor patio area boasting a massive verandah, lined with white rocking chairs, leading to a zero-entry ocean front pool and Fort Lauderdale’s ONLY lazy river.
Grab an inner tube and float under graceful palms while listening to the rhythmic sound of lapping waves against the shoreline and breathe in the fragrant, cool sea breeze for a truly relaxing experience.
For guests looking for a more active scene, an oceanfront fitness center and paddle boarding are available on property. Kids of all ages will love the scavenger hunts and seasonal events offered at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort as well.
There’s no need to leave the resort in search of fabulous cuisine.
At OCEAN2000, guests can choose from a seafood centric, contemporary American menu with organic ingredients and local produce while enjoying spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Dine outside on the verandah or discover a truly unique experience and dine under the stars with tables atop rolling sand dunes with the toes-In-sand dining option.
O2K lounge is a casual eatery for light bites and cocktails overlooking the ocean front pool and lazy river. Guest favorites include fish tacos and wagyu beef sliders.
Not to be missed and a favorite hang out with locals and guests alike is The Emporium. A 1950s inspired ice cream shop featuring sundaes, shakes, banana splits, and gourmet bakery items that will surely satisfy any sweet tooth.
Discover Ft. Lauderdale.
One absolute must do with the entire family while in Fort Lauderdale is the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS). With 150,000 ft² of dynamic science exhibits, learning labs, live animals, an outdoor interactive science park, and an IMAX 3-D theater, it’s no wonder 425,000 people visit annually.
If fortunate enough to travel in the summer months, be sure to buy tickets for the MODS offered night sea turtle walks. This once in a lifetime experience allows a small group of guests to accompany an expert guide to possibly witness a sea turtle nesting on a local Fort Lauderdale beach. A truly magical experience that you won’t soon forget. Plan ahead because these experiences sell out quickly.
A short distance from the Pelican Grand Beach Resort is the Bonnet House. A 3.5-acre beachfront historic home, turned museum, perfectly preserved in the 1930-40s era with lush tropical gardens. Built in 1920, it’s an extraordinary blend of architecture history, nature, and art. Kids will love searching for monkeys in the trees or other wildlife in the expansive gardens.
With so many spectacular things to do and see, it’s easy to recognize why so many families are choosing Fort Lauderdale for their family vacations.
To reserve your next family getaway
Pelican Grand Beach Resort, 2000 North Ocean Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL