Families

A Charming Family-Friendly Florida Beach Town

We take pride in being different from our big city neighbors Fort Lauderdale and Pompano, exuding old Florida charm with our distinctive low-rise, mid-century modern architecture.

What Makes Lauderdale-By-The-Sea a Top Family Vacation Destination?

  1. Our relaxing beach atmosphere (no loud poolside DJ’s here!)
  2. No Car Needed – everything in Town is just a stroll away
  3. Many of the hotels in Town offer in-room kitchenettes
  4. Town is centrally located just 20 min north of Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport.

Family Activities, In and Around the Water

Recognized as “Florida’s Beach Diving Capital,” our shoreline is teeming with marine life less than 100 yards off the beach. The whole family can enjoy snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and paddle boarding right off our beaches. For more leisurely activities, picnic in our seaside parks, enjoy our centrally located playground, soak up the sun on the beach, or relax poolside. Of course, taking a family stroll or fishing from the historic pier over the ocean is a wonderful family experience. We’re also a designated “Blue Wave Beach,” a distinction given to clean and environmentally responsible beach communities.

No Car Needed

You don’t need a car to enjoy our charming beachfront town – everything you need for your family beach vacation is conveniently located within a short stroll. Many hotels offer free bikes, and bike rentals are available, along with our free “around town” Pelican Hopper bus.


Designed for Family-Friendly Fun

Our public plazas are designed with relaxing in mind: sitting in comfortable Adirondack chairs taking pleasure in the kids (and grownups!) playing giant outdoor games, listening to live music at various restaurants year-round, or enjoying seasonal dance lessons, yoga classes, farmers’ market, and more. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is a beach town filled with wonderful family-friendly experiences for all ages.

From the Ocean to the Intracoastal, It’s All Here

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is just a stroll from the Atlantic Ocean west to the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway. Along the way, you’ll find beautiful marine sculptures, locally owned shops and eateries, as well as ice cream shops, and bakeries. Our Town Walking Mapis a handy guide for your family’s visit to our beachfront town.

We’re A Small Town, and We’re Staying That Way

We take pride in being different from our big city neighbors Fort Lauderdale and Pompano, exuding old Florida charm with our distinctive low-rise, mid-century modern architecture.

We’re a “flip-flop kind of town,” and we welcome you and your family to come relax and enjoy our beach life with us!