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Fort Lauderdale is so much more than swaying palms and long, sandy beaches. When you’ve got fed up with the sun and sand why not try out some of our Travel Economist’s favourite activities in the city!

   1. There’s a reason as to why Fort Lauderdale is called America’s Venice. Just like the original, the city is built up around a large number of ingeniously constructed canals. It’s hardly surprising that the best way to explore Fort Lauderdale is by boat. Go down to Las Olas Riverfront and jump on a water taxi. For 20 Dollars you can travel as much as you want on the company’s two lines. Revel in the posh homes and luxury yachts owned by local millionaires along the route that has come to be called "millionaires’ row". Take the boats’ timetable with a pinch of salt as occasionally the traffic on the canals is dense, making it difficult for the water taxis to keep time. Remember your camera and some cash.

   2. Swap Shop in Fort Lauderdale is known as America's largest flea market and offers an exciting bustle. The market has been running since 1963 and you can find a bargain on almost anything. The hours range between 09.00 and 18.30 every day of the week. A good tip is to combine the flea market with a visit to the area’s drive-in cinema, which is also said to be one of the world's largest.

   3. Sawgrass Mills is a huge area with outlet stores just outside Fort Lauderdale. Both Americans and tourists come here to find bargains on discounted designer clothes, shoes, home furnishings, perfumes, jewellery and electronics in any one of the six buildings. If you plan your visit in advance you’ll save both time and money. By joining the outlet’s Facebook group, you can keep up-to-date on news as well as signing yourself up for a free discount booklet from Sawgrass Mills’ information centre.

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