Fort Lauderdale / / (frequently abbreviated as Ft. Lauderdale ) is a city in the U.S. state of Florida , 28 miles (45 km) north of Miami . It is the county seat of Broward County . As of the 2010 census , the city had a population of 165,521.  It is a principal city of the South Florida metropolitan area , which was home to 5,564,635 people at the 2010 census.
The city is a popular tourist destination, with an average year-round temperature of 75.5 °F (24.2 °C), and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. Greater Fort Lauderdale which takes in all of Broward County hosted 12 million visitors in 2012, including 2.8 million international visitors. The city and county in 2012 collected $43.9 million from the five percent bed tax it charges, after hotels in the area recorded an occupancy rate for the year of 72.7 percent and an average daily rate of $114.48. The district has 561 hotels and motels comprising nearly 35,000 rooms. Forty six cruise ships sailed from Port Everglades in 2012. Greater Fort Lauderdale has over 4,000 restaurants, 63 golf courses, 12 shopping malls, 16 museums, 132 nightclubs, 278 parkland campsites, and 100 marinas housing 45,000 resident yachts. 
Fort Lauderdale is named after a series of forts built by the United States throughout the Second Seminole War . The forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale (1782–1838), younger brother of Lieutenant Colonel James Lauderdale . William Lauderdale was the commander of the detachment of soldiers who built the first fort.  Notwithstanding development of the city didn't begin until 50 years after the forts were abandoned at the end of the conflict. Three forts named "Fort Lauderdale" were constructed; the first was at the fork of the New River , the second at Tarpon Bend on the New River between the Colee Hammock and Rio Vista neighborhoods, and the third near the site of the Bahia Mar Marina. 
The area in which the city of Fort Lauderdale would later be founded was inhabited for more than two thousand years by the Tequesta Indians.  Contact with Spanish explorers in the sixteenth century proved disastrous for the Tequesta, as the Europeans unwittingly brought with them diseases, like smallpox, to which the native populations possessed no resistance. For the Tequesta, disease, coupled with continuing conflict with their Calusa neighbors, contributed greatly to their decline over the next two centuries.  By 1763, there were only a few Tequesta left in Florida, and most of them were evacuated to Cuba when the Spanish ceded Florida to the British in 1763, under the terms of the Treaty of Paris (1763) , which ended the Seven Years' War .  Although control of the area changed between Spain , United Kingdom , the United States , and the Confederate States of America , it remained largely undeveloped until the twentieth century.
The Fort Lauderdale area was known as the "New River Settlement" before the twentieth century. In the 1830s there were approximately 70 settlers living along the New River. William Cooley , the local Justice of the Peace , was a farmer and wrecker , who traded with the Seminole Indians . On January 6, 1836, while Cooley was leading an attempt to salvage a wrecked ship, a band of Seminoles attacked his farm, killing his wife and children, and the children's tutor . The additional farms in the settlement weren't attacked, but all the white residents in the area abandoned the settlement, fleeing first to the Cape Florida Lighthouse on Key Biscayne , and then to Key West . 
The first United States stockade named Fort Lauderdale was built in 1838,  and subsequently was a site of fighting throughout the Second Seminole War. The fort was abandoned in 1842, after the end of the war, and the area remained virtually unpopulated until the 1890s. It wasn't until Frank Stranahan arrived in the area in 1893 to operate a ferry across the New River, and the Florida East Coast Railroad 's completion of a route through the area in 1896, that any organised development began. The city was incorporated in 1911, and in 1915 was designated the county seat of newly formed Broward County . 
Fort Lauderdale's first major development began in the 1920s, throughout the Florida land boom of the 1920s .  The 1926 Miami Hurricane  and the Great Depression of the 1930s caused a great deal of economic dislocation. In July 1935, an African-American man named Rubin Stacy was accused of robbing a white woman at knife point. He had been arrested and being transported to a Miami gaol when police were run off the road by a mob. A group of 100 white men proceeded to hang Stacy from a tree near the scene of his alleged robbery. His body was riddled with a few twenty bullets.  The murder was subsequently used by the press in Nazi Germany to discredit US critiques of its own persecution of Jews, Communists, and Catholics. 
When World War II began, Fort Lauderdale became a major US base, with a Naval Air Station to train pilots, radar operators, and fire control operators. A Coast Guard base at Port Everglades was additionally established. 
On 4 July 1961 African Americans started a series of protests, wade-ins, at beaches that were off-limits to them, to protest "the failure of the county to build a road to the Negro beach".   On 11 July 1962 a verdict by Ted Cabot went against the city's policy of racial segregation of public beaches.
After the war ended, service members returned to the area, spurring an enormous population explosion which dwarfed the 1920s boom.  The 1960 Census counted 83,648 people in the city, about 230% of the 1950 figure.  A 1967 report estimated that the city was approximately 85 percent developed,  and the 1970 population figure was 139,590. 
After 1970, as Fort Lauderdale became essentially built out, growth in the area shifted to suburbs to the west. As cities like Coral Springs , Miramar , and Pembroke Pines experienced explosive growth, Fort Lauderdale's population stagnated, and the city actually shrank by almost 4,000 people between 1980, when the city had 153,279 people,  and 1990, when the population was 149,377. A slight rebound brought the population back up to 152,397 at the 2000 census. Since 2000, Fort Lauderdale has gained slightly over 18,000 residents through annexation of seven neighbourhoods in unincorporated Broward County. 
Geography and climate
According to the United States Census Bureau , the city has a total area of 38.6 square miles (99.9 km 2 ), 34.7 square miles (90.0 km 2 ) of which is land and 3.8 square miles (9.9 km 2 ) of which is water (9.87%).  Fort Lauderdale is known for its extensive network of canals; there are 165 miles (266 km) of waterways within the city limits. 
The city of Fort Lauderdale is adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, includes 7 miles (11 km) of beaches,  and borders the following municipalities:
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The northwestern section of Fort Lauderdale is separate from the remainder of the city, connected only by the Cypress Creek Canal as it flows under I-95. This section of Fort Lauderdale borders the cities of Tamarac and Oakland Park on its south side. Oakland Park additionally borders Fort Lauderdale on the west side of its northeastern portion. The greater portion of Fort Lauderdale in the south is bordered, along its north side by Wilton Manors.
Off the coast of Fort Lauderdale is the Osborne Reef , an artificial reef made of discarded tyres that has proven to be an ecological disaster.  The dumping began in the 1960s, with the intent to provide habitat for fish while disposing of trash from the land. Notwithstanding in the rugged and corrosive environment of the ocean, nylon straps used to secure the tyres wore out, cables rusted, and tyres broke free. The tyres posed a particular threat after breaking free from their restraints. The tyres then migrated shoreward and ran into a living reef tract, washed up on its slope and killed a large number of things in their path. In recent years, thousands of tyres have additionally washed up on nearby beaches, especially throughout hurricanes. Local authorities are now working to remove the 700,000 tires, in cooperation with the U.S. Army, Navy and Coast Guard. 
Fort Lauderdale has an official programme for designating and recognising neighborhoods. Under the Neighborhood Organization Recognition Program,  more than 60 distinct neighbourhoods have received official recognition from the city. An additional 25–30 neighbourhoods exist without official recognition, although the city's neighbourhood map displays them as well. 
Fort Lauderdale features a tropical rainforest climate ( Köppen Af )  with little seasonal variation in temperature. Average monthly temperatures are always above 65 °F (18.3 °C) and average monthly precipitation is above 2.39 inches (60.71 mm). This qualifies the city's climate as a tropical climate, and the city doesn't have a true dry season . While a few rain does fall in winter, the majority of precipitation is received throughout the summer months (see climate chart below).
Summers from May through October are hot, humid, and wet with average high temperatures of 86–90 °F (30–32 °C) and lows of 71–76 °F (22–24 °C). Throughout this period, more than half of summer days might bring afternoon or evening thunderstorms.  The record high temperature of 100 °F (38 °C) was recorded on June 22, 2009. 
Winters from November through April are warm and mostly dry with average high temperatures of 75–82 °F (24–28 °C) and lows of 59–67 °F (15–19 °C). Notwithstanding the city experiences occasional cold fronts throughout this period, bringing high temperatures in the 60s °F (16-21 °C) and lows in the 40s °F (4-10 °C), lasting only for a day or so.  Rare frosts occur every few decades. Only once in reported history have snow flurries been reported in the air or trace amounts on the ground – on January 19, 1977.  Throughout the dry season (winter), brush fires can be a concern in a large number of years.
Annual average precipitation is 64.2 inches (1,630 mm), with most of it occurring throughout the wet season from May through October. Notwithstanding rainfall occurs in all months, even throughout the drier months from November through April, mainly as short-lived heavy afternoon thunderstorms. Fort Lauderdale has an average of 143 rain days and 250 sunshine days annually. The hurricane season is between June 1 and November 30 with major hurricanes most likely to affect the city or state in September and October.  The most recent storms to directly affect the city were Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Wilma , both of which struck the city in 2005. Other direct hits were Hurricane Cleo in 1964, Hurricane King in 1950, and the 1947 Fort Lauderdale Hurricane .
|Climate data for Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1981–2010 normals)|
|Record high °F (°C)|| 92 |
| 94 |
| 94 |
| 95 |
| 98 |
| 98 |
| 99 |
| 100 |
| 99 |
| 98 |
| 91 |
| 90 |
| 100 |
|Average high °F (°C)|| 75.4 |
| 76.7 |
| 78.5 |
| 81.9 |
| 85.5 |
| 88.5 |
| 89.8 |
| 90.2 |
| 88.8 |
| 85.8 |
| 80.9 |
| 76.9 |
| 83.2 |
|Daily mean °F (°C)|| 66.3 |
| 67.8 |
| 70.1 |
| 73.9 |
| 78.1 |
| 81.5 |
| 82.6 |
| 83.0 |
| 82.0 |
| 78.8 |
| 73.3 |
| 68.6 |
| 75.5 |
|Average low °F (°C)|| 57.1 |
| 59.0 |
| 61.6 |
| 65.9 |
| 70.7 |
| 74.4 |
| 75.4 |
| 75.8 |
| 75.2 |
| 71.9 |
| 65.7 |
| 60.4 |
| 67.8 |
|Record low °F (°C)|| 28 |
| 28 |
| 32 |
| 40 |
| 49 |
| 57 |
| 64 |
| 66 |
| 61 |
| 44 |
| 35 |
| 29 |
| 28 |
|Average rainfall inches (mm)|| 2.62 |
| 3.24 |
| 3.58 |
| 3.52 |
| 6.20 |
| 9.81 |
| 7.41 |
| 8.00 |
| 9.45 |
| 6.40 |
| 3.90 |
| 2.39 |
| 65.75 |
|Average rainy days (≥ 0.01 in)||8.3||7.8||8.7||7.3||10.3||16.9||16.4||17.5||18.5||13.5||10.5||8.8||144.7|
|Source: NOAA (extremes 1912–present) |
| U.S. Decennial Census  |
2014 Estimate 
|Fort Lauderdale Demographics|
|2010 Census||Fort Lauderdale||Broward County||Florida|
|Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010||+8.6%||+7.7%||+17.6%|
|Population density||4,761.1/sq mi||1,444.9/sq mi||350.6/sq mi|
|White or Caucasian (including White Hispanic )||62.6%||63.1%||75.0%|
|( Non-Hispanic White or Caucasian )||52.5%||43.5%||57.9%|
|Black or African-American||31.0%||26.7%||16.0%|
|Hispanic or Latino (of any race)||13.7%||25.1%||22.5%|
|Native American or Native Alaskan||0.3%||0.3%||0.4%|
|Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian||0.1%||0.1%||0.1%|
|Two or more races (Multiracial)||2.1%||2.9%||2.5%|
|Some Other Race||2.4%||3.7%||3.6%|
As of 2010, those of Hispanic or Latino ancestry ancestry accounted for 13.7% of Fort Lauderdale's population. Out of the 13.7%, 2.5% were Cuban , 2.3% Puerto Rican , 1.7% Mexican , 1.1% Colombian , 0.9% Guatemalan , 0.8% Salvadoran , 0.6% Honduran , and 0.6% were Peruvian . 
As of 2010, those of African ancestry accounted for 31.0% of Fort Lauderdale's population, which includes African Americans . Out of the 31.0%, 10.0% were West Indian or Afro-Caribbean American (6.4% Haitian , 2.5% Jamaican , 0.4% Bahamian , 0.2% Other or Unspecified West Indian , 0.2% British West Indian , 0.1% Trinidadian and Tobagonian , 0.1% Barbadian ), 0.6% were Black Hispanics , and 0.5% were Subsaharan African .  
As of 2010, those of (non-Hispanic white) European ancestry accounted for 52.5% of Fort Lauderdale's population. Out of the 52.5%, 10.3% were Irish , 10.1% German , 8.1% Italian , 7.1% English , 3.0% Polish , 2.1% French , 1.9% Russian , 1.7% Scottish , 1.2% Scotch-Irish , 1.0% Dutch , 1.0% Swedish , 0.6% Greek , 0.6% Hungarian , 0.5% Norwegian , and 0.5% were French Canadian . 
As of 2010, those of Asian ancestry accounted for 1.5% of Fort Lauderdale's population. Out of the 1.5%, 0.4% were Indian , 0.3% Filipino , 0.3% Other Asian , 0.2% Chinese , 0.1% Vietnamese , 0.1% Japanese , and 0.1% were Korean . 
As of 2010, there were 74,786 occupied households, while 19.7% were vacant. 17.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.4% were married couples living together, 12.3% have a female head of household with no husband present, and 52.4% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were comprised of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older (4.8% male and 6.3% female.) The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 3.00. 
In 2010, the city population was spread out with 17.6% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.2 years. For every 100 females there were 111.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.1 males. 
As of 2010, the median income for a household in the city was $49,818, and the median income for a family was $59,238. Males had a median income of $46,706 versus $37,324 for females. The per capita income for the city was $35,828. About 13.1% of families and 18.2% of the population were below the poverty line , including 30.3% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those aged 65 or over. 
In 2010, 21.3% of the city's population was foreign-born. Of foreign-born residents, 69.6% were born in Latin America and 15.3% were born in Europe, with smaller percentages from North America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.
In 2000, Fort Lauderdale had the twenty-sixth highest percentage of Haitian residents in the US, at 6.9% of the city's population,  and the 127th highest percentage of Cuban residents, at 1.7% of the city's residents. 
Like South Florida in general, Fort Lauderdale has a large number of residents who can speak languages additional than English, although its proportion is lower than the county average.  As of 2000, 75.63% of the population spoke only English at home, while 24.37% spoke additional first languages . Speakers of Spanish were 9.43%, French Creole (mostly Haitian Creole ) 7.52%, French 2.04%, Portuguese 1.02%, Italian 0.82%, and German at 0.80%. 
The city, along with adjacent small cities Oakland Park and Wilton Manors , is known for its large LGBT community and has one of the highest ratios of gay men and lesbians , with gay men being more largely present,  in the United States.  The city is additionally known as a popular holiday spot for gays and lesbians ,  with a large number of LGBT or LGBT-friendly hotels and guesthouses.  Fort Lauderdale hosts the Stonewall Library & Archives , and in neighbouring Wilton Manors there's a large LGBT community center, the Pride Center , and the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center.
Fort Lauderdale's economy has diversified over time.From the 1940s through the 1980s, the city was known as a spring break destination for college students. Notwithstanding the college crowd has after dwindled, with the city now attracting wealthier tourists.  Cruise ships and nautical recreation provide the basis for much of the revenue raised by tourism. There is a convention centre located west of the beach and southeast of downtown, with 600,000 square feet (55,742 m 2 ) of space, including a 200,000-square-foot (18,581 m 2 ) main exhibit hall.  Approximately thirty percent of the city's 10 million annual visitors attend conventions at the center. 
The downtown area, especially around Las Olas Boulevard , first underwent redevelopment starting in 2002  and now hosts a large number of new hotels and high-rise condominium developments.  The downtown area is the largest in Broward County, although there are additional cities in the county with commercial centers. Office buildings and highrises include Las Olas River House , Las Olas Grand, 110 Tower (formerly AutoNation Tower), Bank of America Plaza , One Financial Plaza , Broward Financial Center, One East Broward Boulevard, Barnett Bank Plaza, PNC Center , New River Center, One Corporate Center, SunTrust Centre, 101 Tower, and SouthTrust Tower. 
The Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area foreclosures increased 127.4% from 2006 to 2007, or one filing per 48 households in the quarter. Fort Lauderdale ranks fourth in the list of top 10 metropolitan areas ranked by foreclosure filings per household for the third quarter of 2007. 
Fort Lauderdale is a major manufacturing and maintenance centre for yachts. The boating industry is responsible for over 109,000 jobs in the county.  With its a large number of canals, and proximity to the Bahamas and Caribbean , it is additionally a popular yachting holiday stop, and home port for 42,000 boats, and approximately 100 marinas and boatyards.  Additionally, the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the world's largest  boat show , brings over 125,000 people to the city each year.  
Companies based in the Fort Lauderdale area include AutoNation , Citrix Systems , DHL Express , Spirit Airlines , and National Beverage Corporation . The largest employers in the county are Tenet Healthcare , which employs 5,000 people; American Express , which employs 4,200; The Continental Group, which employs 3,900; Motorola , which employs 3,000, and Maxim Integrated Products , which employs 2,000. 
Fort Lauderdale has a Commission-Manager form of government. City policy is set by a city commission of five elected members: the mayor and four district commission members. In 1998, the municipal code was amended to limit the mayoral term. The mayor of Fort Lauderdale now serves a three-year term and can't serve more than three consecutive terms.  The current mayor is John P. "Jack" Seiler. He succeeds the longest serving mayor, Jim Naugle , 1991-2009.  Administrative functions are performed by a city manager , who's appointed by the city commission. Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Department provides Fire and Emergency Medical Services .
The United States Postal Service operates post offices in Fort Lauderdale. The Fort Lauderdale Main Post Office is located at 1900 West Oakland Park Boulevard in the city of Oakland Park .  Post offices within the city limits include Alridge,  Colee,  Coral Ridge,  Gateway Station,  Melrose Vista,  and Southside Station. 
According to 2000 census data, 79.0% of the city's population aged 25 or older were high school graduates, slightly below the national figure of 80.4%. 27.9% held at least a baccalaureate, slightly higher than the national figure of 24.4%. Broward County Public Schools operates 23 public schools in Fort Lauderdale. 2007 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results for Fort Lauderdale's public schools were mixed; while ten (of sixteen) elementary schools and one (of four) middle schools received "A" or "B" grades, Sunland Park Elementary School  and Arthur Ashe Middle School  received failing grades. Boyd Anderson High School , which is located in Lauderdale Lakes but whose attendance zone includes part of Fort Lauderdale, additionally received a failing grade.  None of the three failing schools have failed twice in a four-year period, thus triggering the "Opportunity Scholarship Program" school choice provisions of the Florida's education plan. 
Nine institutions of higher learning have main or satellite campuses in the city:
- Broward College BC (Willis Holcombe Downtown Center)
- City College
- Florida Atlantic University FAU (satellite campus)
- Florida International University FIU (satellite campus)
- Keiser University
- Nova Southeastern University NSU (satellite campus)
- The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
- University of Phoenix (Cypress Creek Learning Center)
- Jersey College
Local bus transportation is provided by Broward County Transit (BCT), the county bus system. BCT provides for connexions with the bus systems in additional parts of the metropolitan area: Metrobus in Dade County and Palm Tran in Palm Beach County . Tri-Rail , a commuter rail system, connects the major cities and airports of South Florida. In November 2006, Broward County voters rejected  a one-cent-per-hundred sales tax increase intended to fund transportation projects like light rail and expansion of the bus system. 
Four railroads serve Fort Lauderdale. Florida East Coast Railroad (FEC) and CSX Transportation are freight lines, Amtrak provides passenger service to additional cities on the Atlantic coast via the Fort Lauderdale station , and Tri-Rail provides commuter service between Palm Beach County, Broward County (including two stations in Fort Lauderdale), and Miami-Dade County. All Aboard Florida is constructing a new station in downtown Fort Lauderdale for its Brightline rail service connecting Miami and Orlando, Florida .
The Wave (streetcar) , a new 2.7-mile (4.3 km) electric streetcar system costing $125 million, is being planned for the downtown. Most of the construction funding will come from federal ($62.5 million), state ($37 million) and city taxpayers ($10.5 million), with approximately $15 million from assessments on properties located within the Downtown Development Authority. Broward County (BCT) has committed to operating the system for the first 10 years at an expected annual cost of $2 million, and has guaranteed funding to cover any shortfall in ridership revenues.  The construction cost of $50 million per mile is considerably higher than additional recently built streetcar projects, in part due to the challenges of building an electric transit system over the third Avenue drawbridge.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport , in neighbouring Dania Beach, Florida , is the city's main airport and is the fastest-growing major airport in the country.  This is, in part, attributable to service by low-cost carriers like Spirit Airlines , JetBlue , Southwest Airlines and Virgin America , resulting in lower airfares than nearby Miami International Airport .  Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood is an emerging international gateway for the Caribbean and Latin America. Miami International Airport and Palm Beach International Airport additionally serve the city.
Fort Lauderdale is home to Port Everglades , the nation's third busiest cruise port.  It is Florida's deepest port, and is an integral petroleum receiving point.  Broward County is served by three major Interstate Highways ( I-75 , I-95 , I-595 ) and U.S. Highways like U.S. 1 , US 27 and US 441 . The interchange between I-95 and I-595/SR 862 is known as the Rainbow Interchange . It is additionally served by Florida's Turnpike and State Highway 869, additionally known as the Sawgrass Expressway .
Fort Lauderdale is served by Broward General Medical Center and Imperial Point Medical Center, which are operated by Broward Health , the third largest hospital consortium in the United States. Broward General is a 716-bed  acute care facility which is designated as a Level I trauma center .  It is additionally home to Chris Evert Children's Hospital and a Heart Center of Excellence. The hospital serves as a major training site for medical students from Nova Southeastern University 's College of Osteopathic Medicine , as well as nursing and paramedic programmes from throughout the area. Imperial Point Medical Center is a 204-bed facility  with a hyperbaric medicine program.  Holy Cross Hospital , a 571-bed  hospital operated by the Sisters of Mercy , was named by HealthGrades as one of the 50 best hospitals in the country for 2007. 
Lifestyle, media, and culture
As is true of a large number of parts of Florida, the city's population has a strong seasonal variation, as snowbirds from the north spend the winter and early spring in Florida.  The city is additionally at times referred to as "Fort Liquordale" because of its beaches, bars, nightclubs, and history as a spring break location, in the 1960s and 1970s, for tens of thousands of college students.  Notwithstanding the city has actively discouraged college students from visiting the area after the mid-1980s, passing strict laws aimed at preventing the mayhem that regularly occurred each year. The city had an estimated 350,000 college visitors for spring break 1985;  by 2006, that number had declined to about 10,000.
Fort Lauderdale is served by English-language newspapers South Florida-Sun Sentinel and The Miami Herald , Spanish -language newspapers El Sentinel and El Nuevo Herald , alternative newspaper New Times Broward-Palm Beach and city monthly Fort Lauderdale Magazine.
Fort Lauderdale's arts and entertainment district, otherwise known as the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, runs east-west along Las Olas Boulevard , from the beach to the heart of downtown. The district is anchored in the West by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts , and runs through the city to the intersection of Las Olas and A1A. This intersection is the "ground zero" of Fort Lauderdale Beach, and is the site of the Elbo Room bar featured in the 1960 film Where the Boys Are , which led in large measure to the city's former reputation as a spring break mecca. The city and its suburbs host over 4,100 restaurants and over 120 nightclubs, a large number of of them in the arts and entertainment district.  The city is additionally the setting for the 1986 movie Flight of the Navigator , and host of Langerado , an annual music festival. In 2013, the county welcomed about 1.3 million LGBT travellers who spent about $1.5 billion in area restaurants, hotels, attractions and shops, according to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, is the current home of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers which play in the current incarnation of the North American Soccer League . It was previously the home of the original Fort Lauderdale Strikers , which played in the previous version of the North American Soccer League . The Miami Fusion of Major League Soccer played at this stadium from 1998 to 2001. The Florida Atlantic University Owls football team played its home games at Lockhart Stadium from 2003 through 2010.  
Although Fort Lauderdale doesn't host any top division professional sports teams, the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League play at BB&T Center in suburban Sunrise .  Major League Baseball 's Miami Marlins ,  the National Football League 's Miami Dolphins  and the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association all play in neighbouring Dade County .
The New York Yankees , Baltimore Orioles , and Kansas City Royals used to conduct spring training in the city at Fort Lauderdale Stadium ,  and NCAA Division I college sports teams of Florida International University and University of Miami play in Dade County. Florida Atlantic University 's athletic programmes are located in neighbouring Palm Beach County .
Fort Lauderdale is additionally home to the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, which is located at the International Swimming Hall of Fame . It contains two 25-yard (23 m) by 50-meter competition pools, as well as one 20 by 25-yard (23 m) diving well. The complex is open to Fort Lauderdale residents, and has additionally been used in a large number of different national and international competitions after its opening in 1965. 10 world records have been set there, from Catie Ball 's 100 m breaststroke in 1966  to Michael Phelps ' 400 m individual medley in 2002. 
Sites of interest
In addition to its museums, beaches, and nightlife, Fort Lauderdale is home to the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop , a large indoor/outdoor flea market and the site of the world's largest drive-in movie theater, with 13 screens. 
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a 180-acre (0.73 km 2 ) park along the beach, with nature trails, camping and picnicking areas, canoeing, and features the Terramar Visitor Center, with exhibits about the ecosystem of the park.  Hugh Taylor Birch came to Florida in 1893. He purchased ocean-front property for about a dollar per acre, he eventually owned a 3.5-mile stretch of beachfront.  The Bonnet House is a historic home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. Bonnet House’s modern history began when Birch gave the Bonnet House property as a wedding gift to his daughter Helen and her husband, Chicago artist Frederic Clay Bartlett in 1919. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic places in 1984 and declared a historic landmark by the City of Fort Lauderdale in 2002. 
Henry E. Kinney Tunnel on U.S. Route 1 is the sole tunnel on a state road in the state of Florida.  It was constructed in 1960, and its 864-foot (263 m) length travels underneath the New River and Las Olas Boulevard.
The Florida Everglades is one of the most popular sites of interest amongst visitors to Fort Lauderdale. There are numerous services available to bring visitors from Fort Lauderdale Beach to the Everglades.  Just minutes from the beach is the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District in downtown Fort Lauderdale, home to cultural attractions, shops, parks and restaurants. Along Riverwalk, the brick-lined meandering promenade, discover the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Discovery and Science with its AutoNation 3D IMAX Theater, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale Historical Center, Stranahan House and the Museum of Art. 
Las Olas Boulevard is a popular thoroughfare in downtown Fort Lauderdale that runs from Andrews Avenue in the Central Business District to A1A and Fort Lauderdale Beach. The boulevard is a popular attraction for locals and visitors, being ideally situated close to Fort Lauderdale beach, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades. It is considered to be South Florida’s most architecturally unique, authentic, and eclectic shopping and dining district.