Fort Lauderdale’s Famous Swap Shop: A Unique Shopping, Entertainment Experience

Shop for clothes or accessories; scan the flea market; and enjoy the amusement park, car museum or drive-in theater

Fort Lauderdale’s famous Swap Shop is a notable shopping landmark known all over the country, with more than 12 million visitors per year; it boasts of being the second largest attraction in all of South Florida.

Located just a few miles northwest of downtown Fort Lauderdale, this 80-acre shopping and entertainment complex even includes its own car museum and video game arcade, as well as outdoor vendors.

This is clearly the epicenter for great deals on everything from clothes, shoes, fragrances, accessories, kitchenware, linens, video games, antiques and more. There is almost literally no end to the choices, with its over 2000 vendors in this amazing indoor/outdoor flea market.

Also, plan to grab a quick lunch here from one or more of the many stops offering the best international fare.

But it doesn’t end with just shopping and eating. This is entertainment central.

With an amusement park at the main entrance, who can resist a ride? It’s especially great for the kids.

At night, one of the Swap Shop’s most unique features is the Fun Land Drive-In Movie Theater. There aren’t many of these left, and this is an original. Gather your friends and family, buy some snacks and settle in for that special feature film that can only be appreciated from the front seat of your car or the back of a pick-up.

The Swap Shop is most noted for its expansive flea market. This is open every day, and weekends are especially busy with more vendors and an endless supply of everything and anything one could think of. What is more fun than looking through row after row of possible treasures?
And don’t forget: A trip here is not complete without stopping in the farmer’s market. There are fresh fruits and vegetables galore here from many vendors on row after enticing row, with everyone’s favorites, along with displays of fresh and colorful flowers.

Pick up something for dinner later on, set the table with an amazing bouquet and celebrate those incredible finds.

There’s plenty of parking on either side of Sunrise Boulevard, and the Swap Shop is conveniently right on the bus route; it’s only a short cab ride from the beach or most hotels.

Swap Shop is well worth the trip and the time.

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Tour Fort Lauderdale by Land and Sea on Duck Tours

One thing visitors notice first and foremost during their time in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is just how many things there are to do in and on the water. After all, this place isn’t called the “Venice of America” for nothing. This is what draws visitors here in the first place. So why not enjoy every method and vehicle available to see as much of the amazing city and county as possible?

Get on the water, whether on the ocean, one of many lakes in the area or the more than 300 miles of navigable waterways that keenly snake through some of the city’s most desirable shopping districts, prestigious neighborhoods. You’ll see up-close-and-personal views of magnificent yachts on Millionaire’s Row, as well as historical points.

There’s no way a visit here is complete without some time on the water.

Certainly one of the most unique ways to see both water – and land – is on one of the very popular Fort Lauderdale Duck Tours. Talk about the best of both worlds! This 90-minute tour of Fort Lauderdale starts on dry land and becomes even more exciting, as the amphibious vehicle splashes down and the tour becomes of water.

This tour passes by many memorable hot spots throughout the city, including the ever-popular Las Olas Boulevard with its boutique shopping, fascinating and delicious restaurants and ideal people watching, as well as stops in the fascinating historical districts, where the history of the city is on full display.

Along the way, just sit back and enjoy the interactive experience, which is narrated by an entertaining DUCKtainer who really knows the city.

So, first of all, head to the Quack Shack, located on the second floor of the very popular Beach Place (south wing) on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Buy your tickets and climb aboard this vehicle, which will be waiting at the corner of A1A and Cortex Street, and let the fun begin.

This activity is especially great for families, as kids will marvel at the land and sea experience, and it’s especially relaxing for those who just want to sit back and enjoy the ride. It’s also fun to take along business associates on that off day for a brief respite.

Even better, this is available year-round, thanks to the sub-tropical weather.

Tours are available daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for adults cost $30, $22 for seniors and $16 for children. Those under the age of three ride along for free.

Bring along your phone (or a camera) for great pictures and memories that will last a lifetime.

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Fort Lauderdale is known for…

1. The Venice of America: Known as the Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale is home to over 300 miles of navigable sparkling waterways, which snake through this city and county of one million, and are trafficked with astounding yachts as well as many smaller vessels, each captained by enthusiastic nautical lovers from all over the world. These coveted waterways are a tourist magnet as they are lined with spectacular mansions, many of which are owned by some of the country’s most successful business tycoons and even some celebrities.

2. Yachting Capital of the World: Fort Lauderdale has been dubbed the Yachting Capital of the World. Each year the city hosts the spectacular International Boat Show, which draws thousands of yachting enthusiasts and proves to be a major source of fuel to the local economy. The city’s unique location on the Atlantic coast, together with its hundreds of miles of navigable waterways, makes this the perfect spot for this exciting industry. Providing over a hundred thousand jobs in Broward County alone, Fort Lauderdale proves that it takes the business of recreation seriously.

3. Year-Round Warm Weather: With an average temperature of 75 in the dead of winter and 90 in the heat of summer, Fort Lauderdale is the destination for sun worshippers of every age and or for those who love the promise of year-round terrific weather. Fort Lauderdale is the perfect destination for raising a family or for that long-awaited retirement. It is here that people enjoy this laid-back lifestyle with its abundance of beaches, parks, and endless venues of outdoor recreation.

4. Cruise Ship Powerhouse: Rising to the occasion, Fort Lauderdale’s busy Port Everglades is a powerhouse in South Florida’s ever-expanding multi-billion dollar cruise ship industry. Nearly every cruise ship company is represented here, making Port Everglades one of the world’s busiest cruise ship ports as well as home to the world’s largest cruise terminal. Fort Lauderdale also has the bragging rights as being home port of Royal Caribbean’s mega ships, Oasis Of The Seas and Allure Of The Seas.

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Fort Lauderdale is known for…

1. The Venice of America:
Known as the Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale is home to over 300 miles of navigable sparkling waterways, which snake through this city and county of one million, and are trafficked with astounding yachts as well as many smaller vessels, each captained by enthusiastic nautical lovers from all over the world. These coveted waterways are a tourist magnet as they are lined with spectacular mansions, many of which are owned by some of the country’s most successful business tycoons and even some celebrities.

2. Yachting Capital of the World:
Fort Lauderdale has been dubbed the Yachting Capital of the World. Each year the city hosts the spectacular International Boat Show, which draws thousands of yachting enthusiasts and proves to be a major source of fuel to the local economy. The city’s unique location on the Atlantic coast, together with its hundreds of miles of navigable waterways, makes this the perfect spot for this exciting industry. Providing over a hundred thousand jobs in Broward County alone, Fort Lauderdale proves that it takes the business of recreation seriously.

3. Year-Round Warm Weather:
With an average temperature of 75 in the dead of winter and 90 in the heat of summer, Fort Lauderdale is the destination for sun worshippers of every age and or for those who love the promise of year-round terrific weather. Fort Lauderdale is the perfect destination for raising a family or for that long-awaited retirement. It is here that people enjoy this laid-back lifestyle with its abundance of beaches, parks, and endless venues of outdoor recreation.

4. Cruise Ship Powerhouse:
Rising to the occasion, Fort Lauderdale’s busy Port Everglades is a powerhouse in South Florida’s ever-expanding multi-billion dollar cruise ship industry. Nearly every cruise ship company is represented here, making Port Everglades one of the world’s busiest cruise ship ports as well as home to the world’s largest cruise terminal. Fort Lauderdale also has the bragging rights as being home port of Royal Caribbean’s mega ships, Oasis Of The Seas and Allure Of The Seas.

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Old Lauderdale Becoming Broward

It was a long time coming, but not so easy to carve out Broward County. The area’s previous incarnations had been under the Spanish, “East Florida” under the British, St. John’s County in 1821, Monroe County in 1823, Dade County in 1836, Mosquito County later in 1836, St. Lucia County in 1845, Brevard County in 1860, Palm Beach County in 1909 and then Dade again.

But finally in 1915, this area was no longer an afterthought, a space between Dade and Palm Beach. And our city became the new county seat.

Yet it was not inevitable that things would happen this way. In 1908, three years before Fort Lauderdale was incorporated, two adjacent towns were. And one was hungry. This letter from a prominent citizen appeared in the Miami News Record in 1908.

Dania has five stores, one hotel, a stone church, the LaBree boot works, a blacksmith shop, Mrs. Palmer’s Bakery, Coulters Jewelry, two lumber yards, one lawyer, a new cement block school and a jail….The Citizens of Dania now contemplate taking in more territory next summer as far as the New River. If the Fort Lauderdale citizens on the north side of the river wish to be incorporated in Dania, Dania will have no problem.

Meanwhile to the north, Pompano and Deerfield for a time became part of Palm Beach County. Would our unincorporated settlement of mostly vegetable farmers be next?

To give you a feeling of the times, Pompano, once incorporated, enacted a raft of laws. Livestock could no longer be driven in the streets, and jail or fines awaited “rogues and vagabonds, common pipers and fiddlers.” (There goes the early Irish music scene.)

Two major developments sent territorial change in a different direction. One was the great land boom in Fort Lauderdale, sparked by Gov. Napoleon Bonaparte Broward’s campaign to drain the Everglades for a “New Fertile Crescent.” People across the U.S. bought the concept, and our city became the big kid on the block as people kept streaming in. (Though a sizable portion left in anger when they discovered their land was underwater.)

So on March 27, 1911, 45 of the town’s qualified voters got together in the new schoolhouse and voted for incorporation. They debated the city’s size, whether it should be 1.5 miles square or two miles square. They decided two miles was just too big.

One of their first acts came in the area of sanitation, then a crisis. The new council raised $230 to buy a wagon and a draft animal to facilitate “emptying the privies and disposing of refuse.” They called the beast of burden “The Sanitary Mule.”

With our growth, there was no more talk of annexation by Dania. In 1913, the business community thought it was time to break away from Dade County altogether, which in 1909 had lost another chunk of its territory to the newly endowed Palm Beach County (including Deerfield and Pompano).

Fort Lauderdale would create a new county around itself, including Dania, Hallandale, Zona and Pompano. (“Zona” was a small town roughly corresponding to present-day Davie, whose residents came up from the Panama Canal Zone to help build Governor Broward’s drainage canals.)

At that time, this new-county effort failed because the southern cities wanted to stay with Dade and Pompano wanted to stay with Palm Beach.

But then, along came that second major event – Prohibition.

Miami, a tourist town, wanted the “wet” version, but the county overall voted the dry option. Next thing you know, Dade was no longer resisting a new county. Pompano and Deerfield had also come around.

So after all the boundary details were hammered out, the state legislature passed a bill unanimously creating a new county named after the “swamp-draining” governor. History books list its towns: our city, Dania, Pompano, Hallandale, Deerfield, Davie (Zona changed its name), Progresso and Colohatchee.

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10 reasons Fort Lauderdale is better at life than Miami

Fort Lauderdale’s attackers are relentless: “It’s too sleepy. Too boring. Too cheesy. Not culinary enough. Not as mamacita-filled as a certain city 30 miles due south.”
These accusations can certainly be true — but only if you let them.
From craft beer to saner beaches, when you take a closer look, today’s (post-spring break) Fort Lauderdale can out-magic the Magic City any day of the week.
You just have to work a little harder to let it.
An no, we’re not high on flakka — to prove it, here are 10 ways Fort Lauderdale makes Miami look basic.

1. https://funkybuddhabrewery.com/
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Despite Big Beer’s support of the draconian ban on growlers (64-oz. jugs) designed to keep Florida’s craft beer scene down, the Funky Buddha is alive and well.
Fittingly named, since no religious icon rocks a shameless beer belly quite like Siddhartha Gautama, this Boca-born craft brewery — now enjoying a 40,000-square-foot HQ in Oakland Park — is convinced it can replicate any flavor in beer form.
To wit: Their Maple Bacon Coffee Porter was named No. 1 porter in the world by ratebeer.com.
Catch a game in their taproom, sample the wares then tour the joint for half a sawbuck.

2. http://www.steak954.com/
Central nervous system, schmentral nervous system. The countless jellies over at the W hotel’s Steak 954 restaurant don’t have time for them as they pulsate and dart about the restaurant’s 15-foot illuminated tank.
When they’re not invisibly stinging you out in the wild, nature’s discarded plastic bags are actually quite breathtaking indoors — especially after a couple of 151-proof-rum-infused Zombie cocktails (you can’t order more than two, by intergalactic law), when you’ll swear you’re right in there with them.

3. http://theriversidemarket.com/
Technically this is a cafe, but this house of deep-sofa and board-game feng shui is all about the 550 kinds of craft beer it has occupying its many self-serve fridges and taps. Go beer for beer through the night, then count up your empties and pay up at the end — you’re on the honor system. Just time your visit right: Riverside’s Beer Bingo night is now the first Wednesday of each month.
More of a DIYer? Right across the street is the Craft Beer Cartel, which sells all sorts of gizmos, kegs and glassware to make your own beer at home (and, of course, ready-made beer). Noobs welcome, too, as the Cartel (so named because it’s a joint venture between a Native Brewing Company brewer and Riverside Market co-founders) frequently offers classes.

4. http://www.cp-tours.com/
Better yet, you and 14 other dipsomaniacs can pedal around a gas-less, engine-less quadracycle on a pub crawl. You can drink onboard, as long as the alcohol A) is from the bars and restos visited along the route (i.e., not BYOB) and B) in a plastic cup. Otherwise, you’re good to go!
Cycle Party was conceived in 2012 by a couple of dreamers who wanted “to have fun and do no harm to anyone, including the environment.” See, booze might just be the key to stopping global warming.

5. http://s3restaurant.com/
Renting out a prime space on the ground floor of the Hilton Beach Resort, oceanfront S3 (sun, surf, sand), owned by the guys behind Fork & Balls, serves up wee plates of sushi, apps like mac and cheese and high-octane cocktails (don’t be fooled by their cutesy names) best enjoyed by the fire pits on their patio.

6. http://watertaxi.com/
Wind up with a DUI as a souvenir on your last trip to Miami? In Fort Lauderdale — a k a the “Venice of America,” with its many waterways and canals — you can go hard all night and just Water Taxi back to your hotel, footloose and jail-free.

7. The pretty-people hotels are cheaper
If you’re prowling for sexy people sunbathing by guest-only pools, you have to shack up at the best hotels. In Miami, this cost can be astronomical. Not so in the Fort.

8. Alt.sports – http://www.strikers.com
Fort Lauderdale doesn’t claim a single top-division professional sports team — this is good news.
No jilted LeBron jersey-burning Heat fans. No pissed-off Marlins Park-subsidizing taxpayers. No sad-sack just-missed-the-playoffs Dolphins fans. No paradoxical Florida Panthers hockey fans who forget they live in the land of 80-degree winters. (Well, technically all those guys are here, but just less obnoxiously so than in Miami.)
The only pro-ish team in the city proper is the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, a second-tier soccer team co-owned by Ronaldo, who encourages days out on the pitch with the fam/friends.

9. MIA is M.I.A.
Did we mention you don’t have to fly into Miami International?
Mic. Dropped.

10. Because we are the best!!!

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Andrew Barnett – Business Owner in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Andrew Barnett served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development of NMI Finance Inc, a fully diversified real estate company. Mr. Barnett was responsible for the signing of Letter Intents to acquire four mortgage companies and a title company to create $4.6 billion in loan volume, $118 million in revenue, and $18 million in net income. Prior to NMI Finance, Mr. Barnett served as Vice President of Corporate Development of Dental Partners, Inc., a dental practice management company. At Dental Partners, he was responsible for establishing a $15 million bank line of credit, making $30 million of acquisitions, and selling the company.

Mr. Barnett held a similar position at Trident Medical Concepts, Inc., a physician practice management company. At Trident, Mr. Barnett assisted in raising over $20 million through a private placement and assisted in $60 million of acquisitions. Prior to Trident, Mr. Barnett served as Executive Vice President and Director of Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc. (MDF:AMEX). Mr. Barnett received a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University.

 

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ONE SMALL POSITIVE THOUGHT

The Power of Positive Thinking. Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results. A positive person anticipates happiness, health and success, and believes he or she can overcome any obstacle and difficulty.