Playing tourist in your hometown of South Florida is always a fun way to discover new and fun places to visit that as a resident you may have never experienced. With a variety of great water activities and enhanced downtown area of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, planning a summer staycation is a great option to consider.

This idyllic town is just what you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of our urban community. It’s just a few miles away from either Miami-Dade or Palm Beach counties yet this seaside community feels like your worlds away, like you’ve stepped back in time to another era. It’s an oasis in the heart of BrowardCounty, home to two million residents.

Maybe you’ve never visited the SS Copenhagen an underwater gem of the town that is in only 25 feet of water making it ideal for both snorkelers and divers. Rarely is a wreck in such shallow waters and this one’s a jewel that’s on the National Register of Historic Places and just a short ride from the Hillsboro Inlet.

“The SS Copenhagen is the most visited attraction in our area with 10,000 visitors a year,” said Steve d’Oliveira, public information officer for the Town of LBTS.

However, if you prefer to stay put LBTS is known for great snorkeling right off the beach. The snorkel trail located off Datura Street is in approximately 12 to 14 feet of water and features a variety of shipwreck artifacts. In the 100 foot by 20 foot area that comprises the trail you’ll see an anchor, five concrete cannons and a ballast pile. A buoy marks the way and just 150 feet east and 150 feet south of it is where you’ll find the trail. All you need is a snorkel, mask, fins and a red and white-striped diver down flag.

If spending the day or evening fishing for a good catch is an ideal day for you, Anglin’s Pier at LBTS is something you can do 24 hours a day, making it a fun staycation idea. Grab a fishing rod and wile away the time looking out on the water and hoping for a bite, or two and a fresh caught dinner.

Perhaps something as simple as enjoying the summer breeze on an early evening while sitting at Anglin’s Square could be part of a restful long weekend. Take in the soothing ocean view from either a colorful Adirondack chair or from one of the historic boat benches.

Another bonus for an LBTS staycation, you can park your car and easily walk to any of the amenities the town has to offer. If you haven’t already tried it, use the Pelican Hopper to get around. It’s a great way to explore the town and hop on an off at different stops along the way and it’s free! Did you know LBTS is home to many historic Miami Modern style (or MIMO) architectural buildings? We encourage visitors from the tri-county area to discover these structures from the 1950s and 1960s.

Take the stress out of planning a vacation and plan a staycation instead and truly experience what’s in your own backyard– Relax… you’re here.