Sleep Inn & Suites Ft. Lauderdale International Airport
1500 SE 5th Ave
Dania, FL 33004
Phone: (954) 874-1800
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Arts & Museums
Now a sleek museum with an intriguing variety of exhibits, this operation once was tucked away in a dusty series of rooms with a leaking roof and peeling walls. Thanks largely to the determination and considerable lobbying talents of Gypsy Graves, for whom this museum is named, this new facility was born several years ago and just keeps getting better. Here you can peer at the teeth of a dinosaur and trace the lines of a fossil fern. A 6,000-pound hunk of quartz dazzles in the mineral exhibit and an eclectic array of antiquities reveal the history of Florida and its place in the world.
The Anne Kolb Nature Center was named after a dedicated environmentalist from the region. Part of the 1500-acre (607.02-hectare) West Lake Park, one of the largest parks in Florida, you can find a variety of birds here, like the white ibis, osprey and peregrine falcon. Tour the mangrove wetlands by foot on raised boardwalks, by bike or by canoe. The nature center rents bicycles, while the park's marina rents canoes and runs guided trips. Visitors can also experience a 40-minute environmental boat tour.
Occupying one of the city's oldest homes, this regionally distinct, contemporary center is a thriving multidisciplinary arts center that offers a wide range of exhibitions, visual and performing arts, and films.
Although Art and Culture Center of Hollywood started in 1975 with an aim to promote contemporary art, in 1997 it became a full fledged visual and performing arts center. The center's educational programs include art classes, camps, workshops to teach dance and arts and are held in both the premises as well as in schools and community centers. Distance learning has been made available and is for those who wish to learn and need to interact with faculty. Sunday is a family day to take part or mess around creating art with the materials provided.
The IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum holds various exhibitions, educational classes and fishing demonstrations for all those interested in knowing more about the art and business of fishing. Walk into the grand 60,000 square foot (5574.2 square meter) facility and get introduced to around more than 200 different species of fish. Take a look at the Great White Shark, which is the largest catch of the museum. The hall can be booked for fundraising events as well as birthday parties.
The Link Trainer Building in Fort Lauderdale, Florida became the Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale Museum. It is of great importance, having served as one of the 257 air stations in World War II. It aims at the preservation of national as well as international naval air artifacts in a way that educates the public. The museum was dismantled in 1998 and relocated to its current location in 1999. The research library offers a great deal of knowledge via more than 3000 volumes touching various aspects of history.
Secret Woods Nature Center is designated as an "urban wilderness area". Take a guided or self-guided nature walk through the woods. The New River Trail offers visitors a walk through the marsh where they can view fiddler crabs. To enjoy a hike down the broadwalk, take the Laurel Oak Trail. Get cocooned by pretty butterflies at the Butterfly Island. An interpretive nature exhibit is also available as well as educational classes. The park office is happy to assist with any park-related questions. Call for additional information.
The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum has an amazing collection of cars from the first half of the 20th Century. Parked here are Packard automobiles, the oldest of which is the Packard Model 18 Speedster from 1909. These imposing beauties manage to impress and attract car lovers from all over. Although the last Packard model was produced in 1958, these legends of luxury make a trip to this museum worth every dime.
This gallery has an enormous inventory of contemporary paintings, lithographs, screen prints, sculptures and animation-related items. The pricing is considerably lower than suggested retail prices. Additional services include an in-house framing shop and a lifetime guarantee exchange policy. For additional information, call or check out the website.
Built in 1901 by the “Father of Fort Lauderdale,” Stranahan House also referred to as the Pioneer House, is the oldest residence in the city. In 1984, this mansion was opened for public viewing as a house museum and almost 10,000 tourists visit this landmark annually. Now a historic riverside museum, the elegantly restored house contains antiques, turn-of-the-century furnishings and old photographs of the area. It is also an example of classic Florida Frontier architecture. The house has previously been used as a post office, town hall and general store. The events hosted here are as interesting as the collection and includes tours, the Pineapple Jam, the Peter Pan Pirate Party and more. This lovely museum can also be hired for private events and special celebrations.
This family-operated north Dade art emporium has been at the same location for over 31 years, and offers myriad works including oils, photographs, acrylics, lithographs, pottery, and gift items as well as an array of fine posters. In addition to art sales, the shop also offers custom framing. You will find an inventory of nearly 5,000 frames, ranging from the very unusual to the highly refined. Affordable prices prevail.
The New River Gallery specializes in works by 20th century masters and contemporary artists. It features original art works as well as limited edition fine prints and sculptures in glass and bronze. Featured artists include Miro, Pissarro, Dali and Hessam Abrishami. The gallery provides custom framing and free in-home consultations. They also offer corporate art consulting.