Our Fort Lauderdale flight training academy is located at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), on the southeast coast of Florida. If you’re visiting our campus, or already a student, there’s plenty to do in Fort Lauderdale when you don’t have flying on your brain. It’s hard to beat the weather in Ft. Lauderdale so here’s our top recommendations for outdoor adventures in and around Ft. Lauderdale.
Sawgrass Recreation Park
Only 30 minutes from downtown Ft. Lauderdale, the Sawgrass Recreation Park puts you on guided airboat tours of the marshy swamp waters of the Florida Everglades. Brimming with animal life you are sure to see something unique to the area. Visitors get the chance to spot alligators, pythons, and even a black leopard if you’re lucky. Nighttime tours are available as well for those interested in seeing the swamp activity at its most active.
Jungle Queen Riverboat Tour
Jungle Queen Riverboats have navigated Ft. Lauderdale’s New River for over 80 years. Passengers on the historic vessels enjoy riverfront sightseeing as well as the waterway’s secluded tropical corridors. Take in the beauty of extraordinary plants, exotic birds, and local alligators. Both daytime and evening cruises come with the crew’s signature hospitality.
Take a half or full-day trip and experience the thrill of hooking into a big one. Fish for snappers, groupers, and other reef fish. Deep-sea fishing trips are fun for people of all experience levels from first-timers to avid fishermen.
Fort Lauderdale Beach
It’s hard to beat the good ole’ Florida beaches when it comes to fun in the sun. With over 23 miles of pristine beaches, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to swim and catch some rays. The Ft. Lauderdale beachfront offers a wide variety of experiences, like windsurfing, jet skiing, boating, snorkeling, and scuba diving. If you’re more of a land lover you can enjoy jogging, cycling, rollerblading and beach sports like volleyball and frisbee.
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
Spanning 80 acres of land, the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a ruggedly beautiful park located in the middle of Ft. Lauderdale. You’ll find something everyone at this park. There are paved paths for cycling, nature trails for hiking, and more than 200 plant species. The park features a freshwater lagoon ideal for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Get started at the Terramar Visitor Center to learn about the ecology and history of the park. The park is open from 8 am to sunset year-round.