23. Take in the view at the top of the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six.

The rotating rooftop lounge is usually reserved for special events; but sweet-talk someone at the front desk to be let up.

24. Make friends with retired NFL stars or Jamaican reggae stars.

5. See the sirens
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5. See the sirens
6. Swap Shop till you drop
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6. Swap Shop till you drop

They all live here!

25. Get your concealed weapons permit.

Everybody has one!

26. Bike around the finger islands off Las Olas Boulevard.

Back in the 1920s, developers borrowed from Venice the technique of dredging parallel canals with long peninsulas and a central road. That's why Fort Lauderdale is called "The Venice of America."

27. Check out the "World's Fastest Sport" at Dania Jai Alai.

Just like handball but played with a cesta and a ball that goes so fast, it could kill you.

28. Play on an adult kickball team.

The World Adult Kickball Association is all about the "best parties, best games, and best friends."

29. Go night fishing.

30. Experience the Bergeron Rodeo in Davie.

Everyone needs a little old-fashioned calf roping.

31. Browse at Bob's News & Books.

Part head shop, part porn shop, part art-book shop, and part cosmopolitan magazine stand.

32. Find the wild monkeys behind the Motel 6 in Dania Beach.

33. Host a hurricane party.

If a hurricane actually comes.

34. Cycle Party down Las Olas.

This group bicycle is powered by 15 partiers who stop at bars along the way. Bring an iPod stocked with party jams.

35. Play "Bitchy Bingo" with drag queens at Lips.

36. Fulfill your freaky fantasies at Scary Mary's tricked-out dominatrix dungeon, Chamber 7.

37. Drive like a local.

If you want to zip around Fort Lauderdale fast, trade A1A for Birch Road and U.S. 1 for 15th Street.

38. Ride your horse to McDonald's.

The whole ranch-style town of Davie has a Western theme, and the Micky D's has a hitching post outside.

39. Flutter over to Butterfly World.

Just pay the danged $24.95 and see it already. It's the largest butterfly park in the world.

40. Become a regular at PRL Café.

Not only was owner Jay Rottermund specializing in international beers before craft beer was cool but you might catch some eclectic art or learn a thing or two about European politics while you're here.

41. Wakeboard at Ski Rixen.

No boat necessary, because these wakeboards are pulled around by a cable system.

42. Bet on a horse named Tripod at Gulfstream Park.

Ponies! You can't go wrong with a few $2 bets.

43. Catch a Fort Lauderdale Strikers game at Lockhart Stadium.

44. Become a Zumba instructor.

Zumba's world headquarters are in Hallandale Beach. Also: This is a great way to meet chicks.

45. Try your luck at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.

Blow your winnings on a grandiose night of partying.

46. Know your Native American history.

You are living next to thousands of Seminoles, hundreds of Miccosukees, and more independent native people whose ancestors lost all they had. Respect.

47. Sample a flight of local brews at the Funky Buddha in Oakland Park.

And take a quick tour of the 20,000-square-foot production brewery.

48. Enroll in Beer Academy.

For $125, the six-week course at Riverside Market will teach you everything you need to know about homebrewing. For advanced beer nerds, there's Beer Grad School.

49. Learn who Jaco Pastorius is.

Only the world's greatest bass player, ever! Other local legends: Johnny Depp grew up in Miramar, and Subway founder Fred de Luca is from here.

50. Eat fried chicken at Betty's Soul Food.

Wash it down with sweet tea.

51. Do a poker run to Key West with biker pals.

Stop your motorcycle and pick up a playing card at five checkpoints along the way. Whoever has the best hand, wins.

52. Spend an entire day playing house at IKEA.

Maybe buy a 72-piece table?

53. Down an exquisite vegan meal at Sublime.

Veggie burgers, pshaw! Ever had veggie frito misto and mushroom risotto cake, all with white-tablecloth service?

54. Eat a burger at Le Tub.

Don't be turned off by the restaurant's toilet-bowl décor; the burger here was named among the best in America by GQ's food critic and Oprah's best friend, Gayle King.

55. Walk around with the wild peacocks on Rose Drive in Fort Lauderdale.

56. Lose hours in the Stonewall National Museum and Archives.

What began as the personal collection of worldwide book collector Mark Silber has become one of the only permanent spaces in the U.S. devoted to exhibits of LGBT culture and history.

57. Stargaze at Buehler Planetarium & Observatory.

Public shows start at just $4. We recommend bringing someone to make out with. Visit iloveplanets.com.

58. Ogle the future MMA stars at American Top Team.

Adults can sign up for a one-week trial for $9.95 (includes a T-shirt).

59. Ogle the male strippers at Le Bare.

Free bottle of Champagne during your birthday week!

60. Enjoy a bottomless brunch at Tap 42.

Get wasted with Fort Lauderdale's professional millennials. Unlimited refills of mimosas or bloody marys until 3 p.m.

61. Make a boat friend and anchor at the sandbar at the mouth of the New River.

Party in the thigh-deep water in the middle of the Intracoastal Waterway.

62. Watch the Winterfest Boat Parade — from a boat.

63. Dine in the Dark.

Market 17's waiters wear night-vision goggles to bring your food in a completely blackened room, where you proceed to eat with your hands. Try not to stuff chicken in your nose.

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To anyone who has went can you tell me a little about what it is, if its fun, and why i should go 


I have heard about it.

  Adding to bucket list


entertaining and informative list is good for travelers retirees moving to the area and I'm adding to my bucket lists

Arabella Drummond
Arabella Drummond

This was great but I didn't see the Florida Ren Fest on there anyplace!!


Florida just looks like an old man's uncircumcised penis hanging off of America's belly, and we thought America was a girl. Cuba must be an expelled kidney stone.

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@Arabella Drummond Oh man! Let's make it 101 things!