Hotel at a Glance: Sawgrass Grand
Freshly re-imagined under new ownership, the Sawgrass Grand hotel has a host of family-friendly amenities near Fort Lauderdale. Soak up the Florida sun around the hotel’s heated outdoor pool, or head to the beach. Kids and kids at heart can tinker with hands-on exhibits at the Museum of Discovery and Science, and a complimentary shuttle transports guests to nearby Sawgrass Mills mall for a day of shopping.
- Where you’ll stay: Chic guest rooms include 37-inch flat-screen TVs with DirectTV and WiFi access.
- Grab a bite: The Grand Cafe offers espresso and pastries to get you going in the morning, as well as casual Italian fare such as pizza and pasta for lunch and dinner.
- Fitness center stocked with Nautilus machines and ellipticals, as well as flat-screen TVs
- Within a half-hour drive of Sawgrass Mills mall, Sun Life Stadium (home of the Miami Dolphins), BB&T Center (home to the Florida Panthers), and Port Everglades
Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Sunny Beaches, Canals, and Nightlife
Fort Lauderdale has been called the “Venice of America,” thanks to the intricate canal system that crisscrosses town. These waterways buoy the city’s yachting scene—100 area marinas and boatyards house some 42,000 pleasure crafts. You can hop onto a water taxi to cruise to cultural, historical, and retail destinations, or spend the day sprawled out on a stretch of the city’s 23 miles of beaches. At night, venture to the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, where you’ll find theaters, museums, and restaurants along the New River.