Source: Smithsonian Magazine | Published: July 2022 | Reporter: Visit Lauderdale
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Any visit to Greater Fort Lauderdale must include some time spent at the area’s famed beaches, and with 24 miles of sandy shorelines an assortment of adventures awaits.
If your idea of a good time includes underwater adventure, start with Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. The town has the breezy atmosphere of a seaside village and a small beach that’s home to an outstanding walk-up snorkel trail. Strong swimmers with proper equipment can venture just 100 yards offshore to find a spectacular artificial reef featuring a replica shipwreck complete with cannons and anchors—better still, learn from the experts at Private Scuba and Snorkel and come face-to-face with marine life while on a guided tour. If you happen to be a certified scuba diver, a trip to explore the remains of the S.S. Copenhagen can’t be missed; the 19th-century British cargo ship struck the reef on a journey to Cuba and promptly sank. Today, the shipwreck is an underwater archeological preserve, and just one of many wrecks that experienced divers can tour.