The 10 Best Things to Do in Lauderdale by the Sea, United States

January 8, 2018 Florencio Paulino

With 2.5 miles of beautiful beaches, an iconic pier and lovely ocean vistas, Lauderdale by the Sea is a small community that attracts visitors from around the world. Here low-rise downtown buildings and mid-century modern architecture exude old Florida charm, even as they celebrate the town’s present-day connection to the ocean — most hotels, restaurants and shops are just a few minutes’ walk from Anglin’s Square, a charming oceanfront gathering place.
Restaurants in Lauderdale by the Sea

1. Beach Pavilion

0 Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308 +1 954-776-1000
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Beach Pavilion

Reviewed By NewEnglandTraveler23 - Glastonbury, Connecticut

This place has it all and is a must see when you are in town. Its the central hub of the beach area and reminds me of a boardwalk you see on the Jersey shore. Its just a delightful place to sit and watch the waves of the ocean while you listen to live music ( most nights) from the close by restaurants

The view is magnificent and there is colorful Adirondack chairs to sit and relax in

2. Funky Buddha Brewery

1201 NE 38th St, Oakland Park, FL 33334-4502 +1 954-440-0046
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 252 reviews

Funky Buddha Brewery

Reviewed By Leah C

The best brewery space aesthetics I have ever seen. There are lots of seats, and different seating arrangements. Even though there are often many patrons, very busy, the service was fantastic. The beer selection available is diverse and there are more taps than most brewed offer. Good snacks.

3. Anglins Fishing Pier

228 Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308-4438 +1 954-491-9403
Excellent
30%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
8%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 517 reviews

Anglins Fishing Pier

Reviewed By Larry S - Pompano Beach

The pier goes for hundred feet into the ocean. It 's romantic enough to walk down this pier and look at the fish and sites and fishermen testing their luck. Snacks and beverages are available from concessions and the views are breathtaking. It should be free but I guess it's privately owned and maintenance is expensive?? A tourist destination at the end of Commercial Blvd.

4. Pompano Municipal Pier

222 N Pompano Beach Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33062-5100
Excellent
42%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 439 reviews

Pompano Municipal Pier

Reviewed By Mary C - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Often overlooked as being one of the BEST BEACHES in SE Florida. The City of Pompano Beach has completely updated the beaches with a beautiful walkway and tropical landscaping. There is plentiful parking (new covered parking garage). The beach offers: Volleyball Nets, bicycle rental, picnic & BBQs for grilling, picnic tables and covered pavilions all along the beach area, lifeguards, Splash Park for the kids, cabana and umbrella rental, and a beach grill offering beer, soda, homemade sandwiches, salads, pizza and hot dogs and only outdoor dining.

This beach is kept clean, and the sand is raked every day. The sand area is very spacious enough for large crowds; however, you will never see large crowds here because it's a well-kept secret as to how special this beach is. Currently in the works is a brand new BEACH-HOUSE, which will be offering a couple of restaurants, fast food, as well as nice dining (Italian), right on the beach which includes outdoor dining overlooking the beautiful ocean. There is large pier (currently closed until 2019 for repairs). Bring your own bait enjoy the fishing - and soon..The Yellow Water Taxi is coming to Pompano Beach.

Wiki: Pompano Beach is currently in the middle of a redevelopment process to revitalize its beachfront and historic downtown. The city has also been listed as one of the top real estate markets, being featured in CNN, Money and the Wall Street Journal as one of the country's top vacation home markets. Pompano Beach Airpark, located within the city, is the home of the Goodyear Blimp Spirit of Innovation.

This beach has a lot to offer and frequently hosts many events during the year including Seafood Festival, Music Under the Stars. Great place for a wedding on the beach as well. Don't pass this place up if you are in the area. This place needs to be marketed for the great value it has to people who really enjoy the outdoors and the ocean.

5. Garman Sculpture Works

1041 NE 45th St, Oakland Park, FL 33334-3811 +1 954-789-5001
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 24 reviews

Garman Sculpture Works

World Famous, South Florida Artist, Sean Garman creates a mold directly from YOUR hands and then produces a beautiful, museum quality sculpture of YOUR HANDS that you will love forever and will be treasured in your family for generations! The molding process is fun and only takes anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour depending on the sculpture you want. Our Holding Hands mold process takes around 15 minutes and the Family Hands of 3 or more takes about 30 minutes. Body Sculptures can take a bit longer depending on the size and pose. When the mold is complete, the casting process begins. The mold is prepped and then the sculpture is cast in a very fine, architectural casting stone/cement that captures very fine detail and is durable enough to last for generations. When the casting is complete and the sculpture is fully dry, the finish is applied. You also have a choice of 3 finishes; Brass, Silver or Bronze. Add a beautiful wood base and your museum quality sculpture is complete!

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

I saw their page on facebook and although I live far away, my visit was worth every mile. What Sean does with his art is priceless. From the time you meet them, till the time you leave they treat you like family. They were so gracious and made my mom and I feel special. See my mom has been sick for a while and we have been in and out of hospitals. One night while holding her hand it came to me that Sean could memorialized such a special moment forever. So I called and the rest is history. Today I picked up my sculpture and it is amazing! I am forever thankful. I recommend it to anyone!!!

6. Lauderdale by the Sea Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center

4201 N Ocean Dr, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308-5424 +1 954-776-1000
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 12 reviews

Lauderdale by the Sea Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center

The Lauderdale By The Sea Visitor Center has everything you need to plan your stay. We can help you find accommodations, restaurants, transportation and attractions. We have brochures and publications in multiple languages. We are staffed and open 6 days a week.

Reviewed By LINDA R - GLASTONBURY

Staff at the LBTS Visitor Center were very welcoming and helpful. They offered maps, ideas for things to do and where to eat. Also gave us discount coupons which we used for a free lunch.

7. Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park

777 Isle of Capri, Pompano Beach, FL 33069-3104 +1 954-972-2000
Excellent
40%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 767 reviews

Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park

Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park in sunny Pompano Beach, Florida, located just minutes from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and only 20 minutes from North Miami, is your Pompano Beach gaming destination. Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park is a state of the art gaming and entertainment destination with all the amenities and services you are looking for in a smoke-free environment, including approximately 1,500 slots, 38 live-action poker tables, 6 restaurants, live harness racing, and live entertainment 7 days a week. So stop by Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park today and see what a premier gaming experience feels like!

Reviewed By Janet J - Boston, Massachusetts

Visited this casino twice. Majority of old machines but new ones as well. Loved that it was non smoking.Both my husband and I came out ahead. On the second visit, the machines were all down and had been for 6 hours. There was a computer...MoreHey Janet, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time here! We apologize for any inconvenience that day the machines went down, it was unintentional and we understand the frustration. We hope to see you again soon, though!

8. The Brew Bus-South Florida

1201 NE 38th St, Oakland Park, FL 33334-4502
Excellent
92%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 21 reviews

The Brew Bus-South Florida

The South Florida Brew Bus proudly offers Brewery Tours throughout South Florida! Boasting one of the fastest growing craft beer scenes in the country, South Florida is a gold mine for beer enthusiasts. The Brew Bus is a Bus Tour Company dedicated to promoting these local breweries by offering a unique and personal beer tour experience.

Reviewed By Jane B - Tampa, Florida

I hired the BrewBus for a team building event for the company. We used the time on the bus for 'get to know' activities, and enjoyed the learning about the brewing business together. The staff is top notch. They helped us craft an experience that was new for the team and they made sure everyone was taken care of. Even if you have folks who don't drink beer, it's a great experience to learn about the process.

9. El Prado Park

4500 El Mar Dr, Just off El Mar Drive at the Beach, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308-3608 +1 954-640-4200
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

El Prado Park

Reviewed By Hotelsnobb - Boston, MA

Cute little park where you can sit, relax and watch the ocean or people. They have a nice little Farmer's market on Sundays until 2pm with fresh produce, food, handmade soaps & candles, jewelry, & more. Pretty small, but a good selection, nice people, and fun to shop.

10. Intracoastal Waterway

Rua Professor Carlos de Carvalho 75 AP 41, Fort Lauderdale, FL 04531-080 55 11 7889-2552
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Intracoastal Waterway

Navigate the canals that have earned Fort Lauderdale its nickname, "Venice of America."

Reviewed By Allen21096 - Chicago, Illinois

We happened to be on the Intracoastal Waterway (aka the ICW or I.C.W.) just before sunset. The scenery on the ICW changes constantly with different boats around you. There are many bars and restaurants along the ICW where you can dock your boat and go ashore to eat or have a cocktail. The skyline is ever-changing as are the sunsets. It would be a fun trip to take a tour boat along the ICW to learn more about the different buildings, homes or the history of the ICW.

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