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Things To Do With Kids in Fort Lauderdale

Maybe it’s the summer, or maybe it’s a day off. But when the kids are home and itching to get out of the house, it can be up to you—the responsible parent—to keep them active. That’s where it helps to live in one of America’s best and biggest metropoles; there are plenty of great things to do with kids in Fort Lauderdale, from whimsical outdoor adventures to educational and cultural pursuits.

Family-Friendly Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale

The great thing about living on southern edge of the Atlantic Coast is the abundance of sunny, warm days, perfect for a family outing. Many of the best activities in Fort Lauderdale for kids are watersports just off of the beach. However, there are plenty of kid-friendly things to do on dry land too—check out this list of warm-weather kids activities:

  1. Cruise past the Everglades swampy wildlife just to the west of Fort Lauderdale on a Sawgrass Recreational Park airboat tour.
  2. Kayak through Fort Lauderdale’s extensive canal system (which have earned comparisons to Venice, Italy) with a kayak rental from Blueskies Florida.
  3. Speed around Fort Lauderdale Beach and the surrounding neighborhoods in style—via a Segway rental from the Fun Center.
  4. Teach your kids a new coastal skill: the art of stand-up paddleboarding. Do it with a lesson from Las Olas Paddleboards.
  5. Pet some sheeps and goats, then take a horseback trail ride at the Davie Ranch, just a few miles southwest of town.
  6. Have a day of R&R by taking advantage of this cabana, mini golf and paddleboard rental package from Doctor Jet Ski.
  7. Head out to the ocean in search of kingfish, mahi-mahi, snapper, and wahoo during a deep-sea fishing adventure from Fish on Board Charters.
  8. It’s been visited by President Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and Queen Elizabeth–why not your kids, too? We’re talking about taking a short trip down to Vizcaya Gardens, home one of the world’s most opulent Italian-style estates.

Spotlight On: Jungle Queen Riverboat


Named one of Fort Lauderdale’s top attractions by USA Today, the Jungle Queen invites families to sail peacefully past Millionaire’s Row aboard a turn-of-the-century-style riverboat. Read a little bit about what our customers had to say about the riverboat tour, then take a peek at our deal for sightseeing or dinner cruise aboard the Jungle Queen:

This was by far one of the best river cruise I have taken. The food and entertainment were great on the island. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to have a good time in the Fort Lauderdale area.” - Onica F.

“Totally entertaining!! Abundant & tasty food. Courteous and efficient staff. The young woman boat commentator was fun, funny, and informative. We visited for the first time several years ago and the entertainment has improved 100%.” - Barbara G.

“Worth every penny! We went for the first time last night with our family of 5 and were floored by how much fun we had and how good the food was. The food, atmosphere, views, tour, service, shows–EVERYTHING was so dreamy. We highly recommend it!” - Lindsay W.

5 Things to Do with Kids on a Rainy Day in Fort Lauderdale

You’ve finally got a day off with the kids and a great outdoor activity planned. Then you wake up and’s raining. And yet the show must go on, and you need to figure out some great indoor kids activities. Fort Lauderdale, thankfully, is well-equipped for such an occasion. Here are our favorite things to do on a rainy day with kids:

  1. Jump all day in south Florida’s largest trampoline center. The 32,000-square foot Rebounderz not only hosts the bounciest dodgeball games, it also boasts an American Ninja Warrior obstacle course.
  2. When in doubt: go bowling! Bowlero in nearby Davie is one of the Miami metro’s best, with plush lounge seats, HD screens, and black lights.
  3. Thinking something educational? Enter the Fort Lauderdale History Museum, where you’ll time travel to the early 20th-century via its historic buildings.
  4. There’s nearly a dozen activities your kid can do at Xtreme Action Park, but might we suggest skating on the gorgeous maplewood rink.
  5. Kids can imagine they’re in some galactic battle amidst the cosmic decor inside Rocket Kids laser-tag arena, located in Pembroke Pines.

Spotlight On: Trazos Art Academy

For many kids, finding an outlet for self-expression is a game-changing, joyful experience, and something they can enjoy even when they’re as young as a toddler. Trazos Art Academy understands this; they offer a “Little Van Gogh” artistic party for kids, as well as other themed parties centered around painting with Twister or with eggs. In the evenings, Trazos transitions to more adult, BYOB paint-n-sip-style classes.

If you’re on the fence about grabbing a deal for a Trazos Art Academy party here, read what some of our customers say about it:

“Such a great time. Music was awesome and the instructor very comforting!” - Johana M.

“Great event I had for my daughter. I forgot the instructor name but she was great with the kids! She interacted with the kids and had so much patience. We enjoyed ourselves, the kids had so much fun painting their rainbow portrait.” - Joya N.

“The instructor was very sweet, easygoing, and interactive with everyone and she made it enjoyable to be there ... Highly recommend!” - Bentley J.

Fort Lauderdale Kids Activities, By Sport

Does your kid have a passion for sports? Turns out, the Fort Lauderdale area hosts a number of different sports camps and athletic classes that can help fine-tune your kid’s skill. For help getting started, simply find the sport your kid is most interested in, and we’ll point you to a local sports teacher.

  • Horseback riding: Double Flush Stables offers 75-minute horseback-riding lessons, ideal for learning the basics of equestrianism.
  • Tennis: Weston Tennis Center can take your serve and the rest of your tennis game from “not so good“ to “not so bad!” as they specialize in beginner lessons.
  • Tumbling: The Broward Elite All-Stars Tigers is the team your kid can join–it welcomes children ranging from age 4 to 18.
  • Martial Arts: Aikido Florida Aikikai and its teachers boast a combined 30+ black belts, and they can help boost your child’s self-discipline, focus, and self-esteem through aikido training.