Fort Lauderdale waterfront

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#94. Fort Lauderdale, FL

Welcome to “Venice of America,” where 300 miles of inland waterways meander through Greater Fort Lauderdale, FL, and water taxis can shuttle you between culinary hot spots, museums and boutique shops. Decades ago, Fort Lauderdale’s economy was hinged on fun-in-the-sun tourism. Now, this diverse city has a number of industries — from aerospace to film production — that lend to a strong economy. But, of course, the picturesque beaches remain a draw for tourists and residents alike. 

Top Colleges/Universities: Nova Southeastern University

Top Industries & Employers: Marine, manufacturing, finance, insurance, real estate, tech, avionics and aerospace, film and television production 

Weekend Plans: Hit the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, a 22-block community with so much to do, from shows at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts to shopping along Las Olas Boulevard

Favorite Place to Feast: Lona Cocina & Tequileria is a waterfront restaurant that serves taco flights and cocktails for tequila lovers, like a spicy avocado marg.

Beloved Beverage: The blue Butterfly Latte from Cyth & Co deserves a spot on your Instagram grid. 

Outdoorsy Activity: Greater Fort Lauderdale has two dozen Atlantic beaches to enjoy. Get scuba certified and explore the area’s 76 artificial reefs.  

Rooftop Bar: Perched above Las Olas Boulevard (aka “style mile”) is Rooftop @1WLO, where you can pair Korean fried chicken sandwiches with rosé. 

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: Very delicious treats from Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming.

Remote Work Perk: Walks along the Fort Lauderdale Beachfront Promenade, lined with palm trees and a curved white wave wall running for 2 miles.

One More Thing … The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show claims to be the biggest in the world.

– Brittany Anas

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