A private tour through 126 years of history in Fort Lauderdale
This tour is for 1 or 2 guests. I can take up to 14 guests by customizing your tour. However, the vehicle used for the tour depends on the number of guests in your tour. If there are more than 2 guests, please email for a customized quote.
You'll begin with a drive to the Historic District, where an Indian trail became Florida's first road. We will see how a campsite and trading post turned into a school, post office, bank and home for our city's founders, Frank and Ivy Stranahan. After touring inside, our trail continues at Esplanade Park, and Flagler's railroad. Also, we'll see where agents watched Al Capone's men "bootlegging" whiskey onto the trains. At our next stop, we will see the "Isles of Venice", our "Venice of America". Our journey through time shows us a WWII torpedo storage room that is now disguised as a popular restaurant. The submarines have been replaced with some of the world's largest mega-yachts!
We will drive to the Stranahan House in the Historic District, and then to Esplanade Park for a short walking tour. (Public restrooms are available at the park. ) The next stop is the Las Olas Bridge, with a drive along Las Olas Boulevard. Then, we will see the location of what once was a submarine torpedo room, and from there, view any mega-yachts nearby. At this stop, you can sit by the waterfront, and enjoy the Happy Hour Specials, including cocktails, beer, wine, and appetizers, all included. We will make a brief final stop outside the Fort Lauderdale Swimming Hall of Fame, and then take a sightseeing drive along Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: You may be picked up at any hotel or agreed meeting place in Broward or Miami/Dade County, and most of Palm Beach County, except at an airport. (My private car is not licensed to do business for passengers there.) We can pick you up at the Port of Miami or Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.
End location: You may be brought back to your original pick-up location, or arrange to be dropped off at any location mentioned above.
Duration: 4 hours
The tour may start any time between 07:00 and 13:30. Tour time suggested in 13:00 to 16:00 (1pm to 4pm), but may be adjusted to your preference.
You host will provide transportation by a private car. There is a walking tour of approximately 30 minutes, and other stops along the way. Costs are based on the number of passengers, and luggage requirements. For more than 2 people, please contact me for a quote.
Private car transportation, driven by your host, with all fuel, tolls, and parking fees included.
You may want to buy books, souvenirs or other items along the way, but no additional expenses are anticipated.
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