Commune with Nature
One of the world’s most mysterious and vast ecological wonders just happens to be in our backyard: the Everglades. Now more than ever is the time to appreciate the abundant wildlife that calls South Florida home—and the best way to explore the River of Grass is by airboat. Check out the locals’ favorite Everglades Holiday Park for a narrated, one-hour tour that will have you celebrating wildlife and zipping past verdant scenery at 60 miles per hour. Afterward, head back for a live gator demonstration brought to you by the team from Animal Planet’s hit show Gator Boys.
Become a Wave Warrior
With so many pockets of waterways to explore, hopping on a paddleboard is one of the pleasures of living in Fort Lauderdale. The ambience is soothing, and you can paddle at your own speed through mazes of scenic isles. If you’re already a pro, try to kick it up a notch by giving stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga a try. Find inner calm practicing an array of poses on your board with help from area instructors who teach by reservation in tandem with Sunrise Paddleboards. They also host full-moon excursions, eco-tours, and more.
Soar to New Heights
While flying might sound like a thing of the future, you can mimic the feeling on water with flyboarding, a concept created by Jet Ski champion Franky Zapata. During the excursion, you’ll wear water-propelled “jetpack” boots that enable you to “fly” over and under the water, with the option to freestyle. Lauderdale FlyBoard, based out of George English Park, can have you soaring 50 feet in the air in a matter of minutes.
Later this month: Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, known as Florida’s Beach Diving Capital, has tremendous marine life, enticing both snorkelers and divers to take advantage of a reef system located just 100 yards offshore. South of Anglin’s Pier discover a shipwreck snorkel trail with an anchor, five concrete cannons, and a ballast pile—and be on the lookout for eel, parrotfish, nurse sharks, and, of course, lobster. July marks Florida’s lobster mini-season (July 29-30), which Lauderdale-by-the-Sea honors yearly with Bugfest-by-the-Sea, geared toward those in search of the spiny crustaceans.