2023 Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBTQ+ Travel Guide

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2023 is poised to be a record-breaking year in Greater Fort Lauderdale! As we continue to recover from COVID-19, we welcome you to experience Greater Fort Lauderdale’s 23 miles of promenade-lined beachfronts and explore a destination that boasts luxury hotels, an impressive art scene, world-class restaurants, craft breweries, nightlife, shopping, casinos, and the Everglades on its doorstep. Cruise along the “Venice of America,” explore shipwreck dive sites in the “Wreck Capital of Florida,” and get lost in botanical gardens with lush tropical plants and native wildlife.

We are Florida’s LGBT+ capital and pride ourselves on being an inclusive, diverse, open and safe destination. We offer the widest range of LGBT owned and LGBT+ welcoming hotels, guesthouses, inns, and resorts of any destination. No other destination has more LGBT owned businesses, including accommodations than Greater Fort Lauderdale!

Thanks to visitors like you, Greater Fort Lauderdale remains the leading destination for all travelers. We welcome you to enjoy all of what we have to offer. For more detailed information, check our website, SouthFloridaFun.com.

Safe Travels!

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From live theatre to concerts, galleries and museums, we’ve got lots to offer.

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Greater Fort Lauderdale isn’t just about our 23 miles of inviting beaches.

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A sampling of 11 great places we highly recommend.

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From Downtown’s famous Las Olas to the beach and beyond.

Maps | 54, 55, 56,68, 92 Find all of our advertisers on our 4-pages of color-coded maps, as well as bars & entertainment locations!

Wilton Manors | 66 Known as the heart of nightlife and entertainment!

Florida’s Hollywood | 80

Located just South of Fort Lauderdale – this LGBT welcoming city has beaches, dining, shopping, and lots more!

Oakland Park | 84

Just North of Wilton Manors. Be sure to visit this fast growing city.

Nightlife | 91 Be sure to save some energy for happy hour, last call and everything in between.

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From waterfront music festivals to boat shows, food and wine fairs, neighborhood art walks, sports and LGBTQ+ specific events.

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Alphabetical list of our advertisers and where to find them.

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We’re a culturally rich community and we invite you to experience it like a local. Here, we feature ten recommended museums, theatres, galleries and more.

ArtServe

Art is a powerful tool. It can uplift lives. Upend unjust systems. Transform perspectives and amplify voices that far too often go unheard. When properly leveraged, art is a catalyst for change on personal, communal and economic levels.

At ArtServe, they bring together enterprise, academia, government and philanthropy to engage and inspire people of all backgrounds and abilities through innovative programming, artist support and education. ArtServe’s Residency Program supports a community of artists who have a demonstrable history of arts outreach. With a focus on community building and process development, the Program strives to make a positive impact beyond that of art-making.

1350 East Sunrise Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-763-8565

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts invites you to discover something new to love about the arts. Try theater, from tragedy to farce. Dance, from ballet to modern. Music, from classical to opera to pop. With performances yearround, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! No matter what your age, you can learn something new about the arts—and yourself—with their innovative educational programming.Two theaters with over 3,000 seats, offering year-round, world-renowned performances. Come see what you’ve been missing. See their ad in this guide. 201 SW 5th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 954-462-0222

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Charles F. Dodge City Center, Pembroke Pines

The Charles F. Dodge City Center, (CDCC) is in the heart of Pembroke Pines, Florida, the second-largest city in Broward County, and is nestled between Mediterranean style residences, casual-chic and family-style restaurants featuring international cuisine and numerous name-brand stores and shopping malls. The city center is a multi-use facility that is managed by SMG Worldwide and offers more than 35,000 square feet of event space for Banquets, Concerts, Festivals, Meetings and Trade Shows, and much more.

601 SW City Center Way Pembroke Pines, FL 33025 954-392-9480

Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida

GMCSF brings live music and entertainment to the community through large-scale, main-stage concerts in high-profile venues, community-based engagements,

and volunteer projects. More than 20,000 people are inspired and moved each year by the Chorus’s music, community outreach, and mission, making GMCSF a significant LGBTQ+ nonprofit service organization and cultural asset in the heart of South Florida. With more than 150 singing members, the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida is the southeastern United States’ largest gay men’s chorus and one of the country’s ten largest nonprofit LGBTQ+ choruses. See their ad in this guide. 2038 N. Dixie Highway, # 201 Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-763-2266

Island City Stage

Founded in 2012, Island City Stage produces award-wining professional theatrical experiences rich with

LGBTQ+ history, stories and characters, but have a heart and soul that is truly universal. It specializes in developing new work in addition to featuring the efforts of playwrights

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who expose audiences to different voices and diverse experiences. These shows are brought to life on stage through the talents of professional artists whose credits include Broadway, Off Broadway, national tours, major regional theaters, film, and television. Island City Stage offers an intimate setting with six rows of stadium seating to foster a feeling of inclusion and participation in each theatrical event. Island City Stage is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization See their ad in this guide and check out a show. 2304 N. Dixie Highway Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-928-9800

Museum of Discovery & Science (MODS)

Located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Arts and

Science District, the facility offers 120,000 square feet, packed with dynamic science exhibits, learning labs, café, store and grand atrium 300-seat AutoNation IMAX® 3D Theater featuring both 2D and 3D films. Accredited by the American Association of Museums and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. See their ad in this guide. 401 SW 2nd Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 954-467-6637

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

The Museum is the hub of the South Florida Art Coast, in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Its distinctive modernist building, which opened in 1986 was designed by the renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes.

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Located in Fort Lauderdale’s active Arts and Entertainment District, the Museum is a short walk to the shops, restaurants and galleries of vibrant Las Olas Boulevard as well as to the picturesque Riverwalk waterfront promenade. NSU Art Museum’s 83,000 square-foot building contains 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 256-seat auditorium, Museum Store & Cafe. 1 East Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-525-5500

Stonewall National Museum & Archives

It’s always important for LGBT+ travelers to pay homage to a city and region’s queer history. And Fort Lauderdale’s Stonewall National Museum & Archives is a must-visit for that exact reason. Home to one of the nation’s largest gay archives,

visitors can spend hours sifting through old photos, documents and books that chronicle the progression of LGBT+ rights in the U.S. Visit stonewallmuseum.org. Find SNMA on Facebook: stonewall-museum and on Instagram: @stonewallarchive. See their ad in this guide. 1300 East Sunrise Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-763-8565

The Parker

The Parker curtain rose for the first time on February 6, 1967. One of

Fort Lauderdale’s first venues, the neo-classical Playhouse, was built by Dr. Louis Parker and is managed now by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. This 1,147-seat fully equipped theater plays an important role in the community by fueling economic development, while also bringing the community

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together with performances, activities and educational programming. The historic performing-arts venue (formerly Parker Playhouse) in downtown Fort Lauderdale has completed a $30 million renovation and reopened with its first public event in September 2022. 707 NE 8th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-462-0222

World AIDS Museum & Educational Center

Florida was one of the worst affected parts of the U.S. during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic (alongside New York and San Francisco). The World AIDS Museum was set up to shed light on the

history and impact of a disease that took the lives of over 700,000 people in the U.S.It’s difficult for younger generations to imagine how bad the stigma around HIV/AIDS was back when it first appeared. In a world with PrEP and an increase in representation of HIV positive individuals living long and healthy lives, it’s unfathomable to imagine a time when the general public didn’t know or care about the condition. Heck, the U.S. President at the time, Ronald Regan, famously took YEARS before even acknowledging the epidemic. See their ad in this guide. 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-390-0550

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TELLING THE STORY OF HIV Open Monday - Friday 11AM - 5PM 954.390.0550 World AIDS Museum and Educational Center 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 Tours available upon request DOCUMENT. REMEMBER. EMPOWER. worldsaidsmuseum.org info@worldaidsmuseum.org I
Sunshine by Day... Experience the thrill, joy and passion of live orchestral music! Tickets from $15 at The Parker, Fort Lauderdale southfloridasymphony.org | 954.522.8445 Symphony by NightTM
HOURS Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm Thursday 11:00am - 8:00pm Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm MUSEUM TOURS Thursday @ 6:30pm Saturday @ 1:00pm Sunday @ 2:00pm HISTORY = PRIDE 1300 East Sunrise Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 https://stonewall-museum.org/ The only national LGBTQ+ nonprofit organization headquartered in Florida

We’re famous for our 23 miles of blue wave beaches, but if you’re looking for something else–something different and unique, we’ve got some recommendations.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens preserves the unique historic estate of Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett. Through enjoyable and enriching cultural experiences, the museum connects today’s community to the Bartletts’ architectural, artistic, and environmental legacy. 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. 900 North Birch Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-563-5393

great Venice of America experiences continue to thrill out of town guests, visitors and residents. Join them for a 1.5 hour fully narrated sightseeing cruises of Fort Lauderdale’s yachts and homes of the rich and famous traveling on the New River, the Intracoastal Waterway, and Port Everglades. 440 North New River Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-768-9920

Everglades Holiday Park

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The Carrie B sightseeing paddlewheel tour boat has been providing scenic sightseeing boat tours and private charters in Fort Lauderdale since 1991. These

Featuring airboat tours, gator shows and animal encounters. Climb aboard one of their stateof-the-art vessels for an unforgettable Everglades airboat ride, then take in a live alligator presentation featuring the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue in the world famous Gator Pit! With miles of wetlands before you, you’ll journey deep into the

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Everglades, zipping across the “River of Grass” at top speeds, with an expert tour guide leading the way. Now, guests can experience a once-in-a-lifetime animal encounter in a small, private setting. 21940 Griffin Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33332 954-434-8111

Everglades National Park

America’s Everglades - The largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. The park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like

the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther. An international treasure as well - a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected areas under the Cartagena Treaty. 305-242-7700

Flamingo Gardens & Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary

Flamingo Gardens Botanical Garden is 60 acres of tropical paradise. It features more than 3000 species of rare and exotic, tropical, subtropical, and native plants. Their arboretum contains some of the largest trees in the state of Florida.

In addition, check out the Wray Home Museum and the Wildlife Sanctuary -- home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlifeincluding alligators, bear, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacocks and flamingos.

3750 S. Flamingo Road Davie, FL 33330 954- 473-2955

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Historic Stranahan House & Museum

Stranahan House is the home of Fort Lauderdale pioneers Frank and Ivy Stranahan. Built in 1901 as a trading post and converted into a residence for the Stranahans in 1906, the house is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County. Located on the New River in the heart of the Las Olas area, it is available for tours and private events. 335 SE 6th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-524-4736

Jungle Queen River Boat

The world is a canvas to your imagination. You’ll see sights beyond belief. Now imagine cruising on something extraordinary for a day or night. Where the sightseeing, dinner, and show is indescribable. Where you can look up into the sky at night and hear the stars talking to you. No wonder over 18 million people since 1935, from all over

the world have discovered it. They offer 90-minute narrated morning sightseeing cruises, 90-minute narrated afternoon and evening sightseeing cruises. In addition, there is a one-of-a-kind dinner sightseeing cruise. When you arrive at their tropical isle, you’ll be treated to an all-you-can-eat dinner with live entertainment. See their ad in this guide. 801 Seabreeze Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-462-5596

Sawgrass Recreational Park

Come visit Sawgrass Recreation Park at night for the ultimate nighttime airboat. Join one of their experienced captains as they escort only your group on a private Everglades tour at night. This airboat tour includes an extended one-hour (60 minutes) nighttime adventure. You get to visit exclusive locations in the Everglades and are able to see and

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hear a variety of reptiles, insects, and amphibians as we explore. They’re also open daily for airboat rides and offer a fleet of rental boats available for fishing. Primitive camping is also available with reservations.

1006 N. US Highway 27 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33327 888-424-7262

Water Taxi

Fort Lauderdale is known as the “Venice of America” because of its many beautiful waterways. One of the best ways to Explore the city is from the water. The Water Taxi is more than just a boat ride.

unique routes with easy transfers, Water Taxi features specialty cruises and is available for groups and events. There is no starting or stopping point. The Water Taxis run from stop to stop along the routes in both directions. There are 15 scheduled stops and on-demand whistle stops. You are encouraged to get off and explore throughout the day. Routes and additional information can be found at WaterTaxi.com, 954-467-6677.

Xtreme Action Park

Their Captains and Crew are well versed on the city and the many attractions that can be viewed from the water. In addition to the three

Now the largest indoor entertainment venue in Florida, Xtreme Action Park has over 200,000 square feet of exciting attractions and event spaces including Go Kart Racing, Bowling Lanes, Arcade Game Room, a Ropes Course Adventure, a Trampoline Park, Roller Skating Rink, Escape Rooms and now all new Laser Tag, Virtual Reality Games and VR Escape Rooms.  Plus refuel your fun at our All American Cafe and the Pit Bar, a full Liquor Sports Bar. We truly have Something Fun for Everyone! Open 7 days a week and 365 days a year.

5300 Powerline Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 954-491-6265

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With lots of choices for places to eat, we wanted to give you some of our personal recommendations.

Bona Italian Restaurant

With more than 50 years of experience under their belts, they understand how to best serve their customers through tried and true service principles. Instead of following trends, they set them. The food is made from scratch with care. They pride themselves on the highest caliber products that go into every meal. The cuisine, prepared under the direction of Chef Ryan Lorenzo, is American style Italian with influence from the Campania region of Southern Italy. Bona Specialties have become signatures for them. Try the Fazzoletti, pasta purses filled with truffles, Italian cheeses in a carbonara sauce. A perfect place for Cocktails, Small Bites or even

Hosting Private Events.Stop in for Happy Hour, 4:30pm-7:00pm daily. Enjoy a free glass of wine every Wednesday when you order an entrée. Every Monday they choose a different non-profit serving the local community and donate 10% of all dine-in and take-out orders back to that organization. 2468 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954- 565-7222

DelacaSeas Café

The best cafe in Lauderdale by the Sea is DelacaSeas Cafe. Locally grown, farm-to-table produce and Fresh Seafood is delivered daily. A hidden gem, serving chef inspired dishes of all of your favorites. Enjoy classic homemade dishes

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to gourmet fish entrées, you’ll be coming back for more. Open daily serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and fresh pressed juices, and don’t miss our monthly wine dinner series. Come find out what all the locals are raving about. Join them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also serve Sunday/ Champagne Brunch with beer and wine available. Ask about the Monthly Wine Dinners first Monday of each month. Catering is also available. DelacaSeas Cafe was voted one of the top 100 gay owned and operated restaurants in the United States.

4404 Bougainvilla Drive Lauderdale by the Sea, FL 33308 954-557-5798

Hamburger Mary’s Wilton Manors

Hamburger Mary’s is your dream destination for every party and special occasion. Gourmet Burgers, Decadent Desserts, Colorful Cocktails and the most AMAZING Drag Artists around. Local Drag Queen and Drag King Favorites plus visiting Celebrity guests from RuPaul’s Drag Race are sure to turn your party. Not to mention our karaoke night, trivia night and charity bingo! Mary’s is the perfect Party palace - bachelorette parties - girls night out - birthday parties. They offer a full menu from salads, their famous Hamburgers, Vegan & Vegetarian fare as well. Turn up

your spirits, with their spirits! Health Conscious to Comfort Classics, all served up with Mary’s signature sass. Open 11:00 AM until 2:00 AM 7-days a week. 2426 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 754-779-7424

Milk Money Bar & Kitchen

A cozy neighborhood full-service kitchen with cocktail bar serving dinner, lunch, brunch, and breakfast. American fare with

global influences & vegan options served in a cool, laid-back space. Located in the increasingly cool NE 13th Street with plenty of free parking.

815 NE 13th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-990-4018

Naked Crab Restaurant

With more than 20 years of culinary experience, Chef David Morales draws on his Latin heritage, blending fresh ingredients and

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spices to create contemporary Mediterranean dishes influenced by the flavors of Europe, North and South America. He sources his menu locally in South Florida, using fresh seafood and produce from local farms. Located in the B Ocean Resort where both locals and visitors can relish on all things surf or turf, pairing the finest prime steaks with the freshest seafood and the highest quality ingredients in a picturesque, beachside setting. 1140 Seabreeze Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-727-7090

OCEAN2000

OCEAN2000 offers regionally influenced cuisine, blending local produce and character into a refined menu – with a little Latin spice and spectacular views. Enjoyed by locals and resort guests, OCEAN2000 is a contemporary American Bistro, offering an array of culinary specialties. Enjoy their Seafood-Centric menu and dine amidst magnificent panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from either the multi-tiered dining room or sweeping veranda. One cannot get any closer to The Atlantic Ocean!  Located in the Pelican Grand Beach Resort. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with weekend brunch. 2000 N Ocean Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305 954-556-7667

Rosie’s Bar & Grill

Great place to see and be seen with lots of covered outside dining with expansive bar. In addition to the regular weekday menu, Rosie’s Bar & Grill is serving Sunday Brunch and featuring some of the most amazing, ‘’Reason to get out of bed on a Sunday morning’’ items you could possibly want to eat. American food with a fun and playful atmosphere. 2449 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954- 563-0123

Steelpan Caribbean-American Fusion Kitchen & Bar

Fresh & tropical, Steelpan hosts a fresh and tropical menu featuring savory appetizers, small bites, and entrées, including island bowls and inventive spins on familiar favorites. For an exciting twist on classic and tropical cocktails, the Steelpan mixology team serves up handcrafted concoctions in a fun

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and unexpected presentation. Serving breakfast lunch and dinner. Located inside Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach. 999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-302-5252

Thasos Greek Taverna

Thasos Offers A modern touch to the Greek and Mediterranean cuisine serving traditional recipes with a modern twist in a contemporary setting with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Dining at Thasos brings the Greek cuisine and hospitality to you. We are passionate about our food and provide a warm and friendly atmosphere.

3330 East Oakland Park Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-200-6006

Toro Latin Kitchen & Tequila Library

Toro concept comes from acclaimed chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval, recognized as the “Father of modern Mexican cuisine,” who has an international collection of 40 Latin Americaninspired restaurants worldwide. At Toro, he masterfully blends Pan Latin cuisine with South American, Japanese and Chinese influences. One of the best new restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Toro Latin Kitchen & Tequila Library brings Latin flair to a casual, yet sophisticated, Dania

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Beach setting. In local tradition all dishes are intended to be shared family-style and paired with classic Latin cocktails all hand-muddled with fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables to create a celebration of Latin cuisine. Private dining is also available for special occasions. Located at the Le Méridien Dania Beach at Fort Lauderdale Airport hotel.

1825 Griffin Road Dania Beach, FL 33304 954-686-1200

Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery

Centrally located along Fort Lauderdale Beach’s renowned A1A strip within The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery offers a grown-up interpretation of a chic boardwalk dining experience with a whimsical twist on fresh dining favorites from the land and sea. At Wild Thyme, guests will enjoy stunning, panoramic

oceanfront views to accompany their fresh caught ocean and farm raised main land offerings. The warm and inviting atmosphere is a perfect choice for a small dinner, or to gather with a large group. Wild Thyme’s eclectic menu and charming beachfront ambiance provides a home away from home for tourists visiting Fort Lauderdale Beach and locals alike.

601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-567-8070

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100 North Andrews Avenue Mayor Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (954) 828-5314 dtrantalis@fortlauderdale.gov

Dear Friends,

On behalf of my fellow members of the Fort Lauderdale City Commission and the citizens of our great city, I am pleased to welcome you to the shores of greater Fort Lauderdale!

In this region of South Florida, you’ll find one of the highest concentrations of same-sex households in the country, and we welcome in an average of over 1.3 million LGBTQ+ visitors each year.

We also pride ourselves as an intersection to the world where 120 different languages are spoken, and African American, Caribbean, Afro-Latino, Native American, Central American, and South American-influenced culture and diversity abound.

In Fort Lauderdale, you can be who you are without fear of reproach. The city boasts a stalwart human rights ordinance that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations. This critical legal protection is now stronger than the countywide human rights ordinance. Fort Lauderdale also continues to receive back-to-back perfect scores on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index that rates cities’ performance on key LGBTQ+ issues.

Along with the many LGBTQ+-owned businesses that you will find in this guide, greater Fort Lauderdale is the proud home to the Sunshine Cathedral, “the world’s largest progressive queer church,” which celebrated its 50th birthday last year. We’re also honored to have the Stonewall National Museum and Archives, which is the largest LGBTQ+ circulating library in the United States, and the World AIDS Museum, the only museum dedicated to telling the story of the disease and those affected by it.

I hope you have an enjoyable and memorable time with us in greater Fort Lauderdale. Welcome home!

Yours,

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Welcome to Wilton Manors!

Welcome to Wilton Manors!

Scott Newton Mayor

Mike Bracchi

Vice Mayor

Chris Caputo

Commissioner Don D’Arminio

Welcome to Wilton Manors!

Please accept our warm hello, along with our hope that you enjoy your visit to our wonderful Island City. If this is your first visit to Wilton Manors, prepare to be wowed by all that we offer in just under two square miles, including miles of waterfront property, dozens of bars and restaurants, many shops, several significant museums and art galleries, and acres of parks! Wilton Manors, particularly Wilton Drive’s Arts and Entertainment District, is an important LGBT+ tourism destination, and we take pride in sharing our inclusive neighborhood values and welcome to all.

Please accept our warm hello, along with our hope that you enjoy your visit to our wonderful Island City. If this is your first visit to Wilton Manors, prepare to be wowed by all that we offer in just under two square miles, including miles of waterfront property, dozens of bars and restaurants, many shops, several significant museums and art galleries, and acres of parks! Wilton Manors, particularly Wilton Drive’s Arts and Entertainment District, is an important LGBT+ tourism destination, and we take pride in sharing our inclusive neighborhood values and welcome to all. Whether you are here for work or play, we hope you enjoy all the great things Wilton Manors has to showcase and also invite you to consider the many residential and business opportunities available.

Commissioner Paul Rolli Commissioner Leigh Ann Henderson City Manager

Kerry Ezrol City Attorney

Please accept our warm hello, along with our hope that you enjoy your visit to our wonderful Island City. If this is your first visit to Wilton Manors, prepare to be wowed by all that we offer in just under two square miles, including miles of waterfront property, dozens of bars and restaurants, many shops, several significant museums and art galleries, and acres of parks! Wilton Manors, particularly Wilton Drive’s Arts and Entertainment District, is an important LGBT+ tourism destination, and we take pride in sharing our inclusive neighborhood values and welcome to all.

Whether you are here for work or play, we hope you enjoy all the great things Wilton Manors has to showcase and also invite you to consider the many residential and business opportunities available.

We are thrilled you chose to visit us, and are proud to be recognized as a destination of progress, acceptance, and equality. In fact, we have earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index for 9 years in a row - the ONLY city in our region to do so - as we strive to demonstrate from policy to practice our commitment to being an inclusive community for all.

Whether you are here for work or play, we hope you enjoy all the great things Wilton Manors has to showcase and also invite you to consider the many residential and business opportunities available.

We are thrilled you chose to visit us, and are proud to be recognized as a destination of progress, acceptance, and equality. In fact, we have earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index for 9 years in a row - the ONLY city in our region to do so - as we strive to demonstrate from policy to practice our commitment to being an inclusive community for all.

Just as the LGBT+ Pride Flag flies permanently and year-round here, know that whatever color under the rainbow with which you most identify, you are welcome in our community. “Life’s just better here” in the City of Wilton Manors because of our residents, businesses and visitors like you.

We are thrilled you chose to visit us, and are proud to be recognized as a destination of progress, acceptance, and equality. In fact, we have earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index for 9 years in a row - the ONLY city in our region to do so - as we strive to demonstrate from policy to practice our commitment to being an inclusive community for all.

In service and gratitude,

Just as the LGBT+ Pride Flag flies permanently and year-round here, know that whatever color under the rainbow with which you most identify, you are welcome in our community. “Life’s just better here” in the City of Wilton Manors because of our residents, businesses and visitors like you.

Just as the LGBT+ Pride Flag flies permanently and year-round here, know that whatever color under the rainbow with which you most identify, you are welcome in our community. “Life’s just better here” in the City of Wilton Manors because of our residents, businesses and visitors like you.

In service and gratitude,

In service and gratitude,

Newton

Scott

Wilton Manors is a Community Wildlife Habitat

City of Wilton Manors

City of Wilton Manors

Wilton

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Hollywood is a diverse City that has emerged as a municipal leader for LGBTQ+ equality. The City has partnered with the Hollywood LGBTQ+ Council to host the annual Progressive Pride Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall to raise awareness and support for marginalized communities. The City was the first in the state to fly the Progress Pride flag and display a Pride Youth Tapestry created by local youth on the theme of what Pride means to them. Hollywood continues to demonstrate its commitment to work together toward progress and equity for everyone.

Again this year, the City earned a perfect score of 100 points, plus 9 additional flex points on the annual Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The MEI evaluates how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ+ residents and employees. The ratings are based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and leadership on LGBTQ+ equality.

Hollywood is a great place to live, work, and play, and offers easy access to the best of South Florida while still preserving the hometown charm that makes it unique. With more than six miles of blue wave beaches, a historic oceanfront Broadwalk, and an eclectic downtown with one-of-a-kind restaurants, shops and art galleries, Hollywood truly has something for everyone. Hollywood and its Community Redevelopment Agency recognize that small businesses are the foundation for strong communities and the City is proud to partner with the GFLGLCC to promote the success and growth of business enterprises that share the values of inclusivity and equality of opportunity for all.

Hollywood was founded in 1925 by a visionary leader who wanted to create a dream city by the sea that would be a place for everyone. The future is bright in Hollywood as it strives to be a dream destination for visitors, residents, and business owners and supports efforts to end prejudice, respect the rights of people and celebrate the diversity and richness of our City.

Sincerely,

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Greetings & Welcome to Oakland Park!

On behalf of the Oakland Park City Commission and the nearly 50,000 residents of our diverse community, we warmly welcome you to “A City on the Move.”

Oakland Park attracts people from near and far to our Downtown Culinary Arts District and the City’s eclectic array of art and antique galleries. We are proud that people who visit us for the first time quickly become regular visitors, with some choosing to take advantage of the excellent opportunities to become business owners or home buyers.

Our community offers a wide variety of parks and recreation facilities. We enjoy waterfront access to launch kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards, allowing you to enjoy the serenity of pristine waterways and frequent encounters with manatees and abundant birdlife.

Take an online tour at www.opcra.com to see the very best of what Oakland Park has in store. You will find a handy GIS map of local businesses and various incentives and promotions to help stretch your leisure spending budget.

From sampling craft beers at the nationally-renowned Funky Buddha Brewery to a rich array of cuisine reflecting our cultural diversity, you will find the welcome sign flashes brightly in Oakland Park. Visit our City website at www.oaklandparkfl.gov to check the latest updates on our popular special events such as “Taste of Oakland Park” and “Dancing in the Street.”

See old friends and make new ones at the free outdoor concerts atJaco Pastorius Park – named for our hometown jazz legend – and its beautiful fountain plaza. When you do, we hope you will stop to say hello and let us know how you like our community and if there is anything we can do to ensure you have a wonderful visit. Enjoy a sunny and safe stay!

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Greater Fort Lauderdale offers many nightlife options. We’ve got the latest, listed alphabetically.

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Woman-Owned, Gay Friendly

2163 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33005 954-880-1191

Club Xtra Trans Club

2245 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33005 561-870-2117

Corner Pub Lounge

1915 N. Andrews Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 954-564-7335

DrYnk Bar & Lounge

Bar & Lounge

2255 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-530-1800

Eagle Wilton Manors

Leather, Bear & Fetish Club

2209 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-818-2803

Georgie’s Alibi | Monkey Bar

Dance, Food & Lounge

2266 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-565-2526

GYM Sportsbar

Sports Themed Bar

2287 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-368-5318

Hamburger Mary’s Wilton Manors

Bar & Grill 2426 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 754-779-7424

Hunters Nightclub

Dance Club & Lounge

2232 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-630-3556

Infinity Lounge

Cocktail Bar

2184 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-223-3619

Johnsons Fort Lauderdale

Strip Club

2340 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-945-9453

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LeBoy

Strip Club

1243 NE 11th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305 954-368-8786

Lips

Drag Bar & Dining 1421 E Oakland Park Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334 954-567-0987

Lit Bar

Neighborhood Lounge 2440 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-778-7250

The Manor Complex Dance Club 2345 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-626-0082

Mona’s

Neighborhood Bar 502 E. Sunrise Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-525-6662

Monkey Business Bar

Laid Back Bar 2740 N. Andrews Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 954-514-7819

The Pub On the Drive Bar & Lounge 2283 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 754-200-5244

Ramrod Fort Lauderdale

Leather Bar 1508 NE 4th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-763-8219

Rosie’s Bar & Grill Busy Dining with Bar 2449 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-563-0123

Scandals Saloon

Country Lounge & Dance Bar 3073 NE 6th Avenue Wilton Manors, FL 33304 954-567-2432

Smarty Pants

Enduring & Unpretentious Bar 3038 N. Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305 954-561-1724

Spencer’s Bar & Grill 2390 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-368-2558

Tulio’s Tacos & Tequila Bar Bar & Mexican Food 2150 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-350-5523

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From waterfront music festivals to boat shows, food and wine fairs, neighborhood art walks, sports and LGBTQ+ specific events.

Greater Fort Lauderdale plays host to a number of events worth traveling for. From waterfront music festivals to boat shows, food and wine fairs, neighborhood art walks, and pro sports games, the Greater Fort Lauderdale events calendar is constantly full.

Throughout the year, you’ll find spectacular annual events like Pride Fort Lauderdale, the state’s oldest Pride celebration, which draws nearly 350,000 visitors to rooftop pool parties, parades, and concerts. In spring, Tortuga Music Festival puts on a three-day concert in the sand at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park to raise money for ocean conservation and research by bringing big-name acts like Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan. Fort Lauderdale beach is also the locale of the annual Fort Lauderdale Air Show, starring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, and in October, the largest in-water boat show in the world, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, brings more than 1,500 boats (including pretty swanky superyachts) to marinas and

waterways around the city. Greater Fort Lauderdale also knows how to turn up the dial and throw memory-making holiday events, like the 4th of July Spectacular on Fort Lauderdale Beach and Las Olas Oceanside Park (complete with bands, a kids zone, and a 23-minute firework show). Perhaps the most anticipated event of the year is a Christmas favorite, the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, dubbed the “Best Show on H2O.” More than a million viewers tune in to watch decorated boats of all sizes, from megayachts to barges and paddle boards, parade along the 12-mile route. Catch the spectacle in person if you can.

In early January, the weeklong Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival places the county’s top and emerging chefs and restaurateurs on prime display through poolside BBQs, bar competitions, and grand tastings at the beach. And if you’re visiting in the spring, downtown Fort Lauderdale turns into a fourblock street fair helmed by the

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city’s best chefs and restaurants during the Las Olas Wine & Food Festival. In addition to eating your way around town, you can also sample a selection of more than 100 wines from international wineries while dancing to live music and DJs.

In summer, post up on the sand in Oakland Park for free, familyfriendly concerts and food trucks, or enjoy weekend live music along the Broadwalk in Hollywood, where movie night takes place on Fridays at ArtsPark at Young Circle. Friday Night Sound Waves brings free music, a makers market, and food vendors to Fort

Lauderdale Beach every Friday, while the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood attracts some of the hottest events in town year-round, including bigname acts like standup comedian Amy Schumer, Alicia Keys, Green Day, and Bruce Springsteen.

Sports are just as much a fabric of Greater Fort Lauderdale as the beaches. Snag front-row seats to both Division 1 college teams as well as the pros like the Florida Panthers ice hockey team, who play from October through April at the FLA Live Arena, which doubles as a concert venue for some of the biggest shows in South Florida.

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Food & Wine Events

Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival

Formally known as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival, this epic weekend-long festival experience will take place January 9-15, 2023 boasting an impressive lineup of culinary events.

Seaglass

The Fort Lauderdale Rosé Experience is a first-of-its-kind three-day event immersing guests in a rosé experience second to none. Set on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach – with the Atlantic Ocean as its backdrop on January 20-22, 2023 – Seaglass showcases more than 30 varietals of the world’s finest rosé wines, spirits, and craft brews with perfectly paired culinary options throughout the weekend. See their ad in this guide.

Las Olas Food & Wine Festival

Every spring, downtown Fort Lauderdale closes one of its busiest streets to accommodate thousands of foodies who turn out to enjoy dishes from the area’s many award-winning chefs and restaurants.

Pompano Beach Seafood Festival

This long-standing, springtime foodie tradition in Greater Fort Lauderdale is a seafood festival where you’ll find everything from Maryland crab cakes and Louisiana crawfish to conch fritters and shrimp caught fresh in the Florida Gulfstream.

FemAle Brew Fest

Beer lovers of all types should make it a point to attend this festival every March at Huizenga Plaza. While the event celebrates women in the brewing industry, the craft beer, music, food, and vendors make it fun for all.

Dine Out

Join us as we celebrate Greater Fort Lauderdale’s top restaurants, chefs and cuisine in August & September. Enjoy specially created three-course gourmet dinner menus for $35 or $45 during Dine Out Lauderdale.

Dania Beach Arts & Seafood Festival

Head to Frost Park, in the heart of downtown Dania Beach, every May for this free event full of fresh seafood, arts and crafts, family activities, a beer and wine garden, local music, and live performance art.

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Atlantic Resort & Spa

601 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-567-8060

B Ocean Resort 1140 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-524-5551

Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 SW 5th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Casitas Coral Ridge 2648 NE 32nd Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 954-563-3840

Castelli Real Estate Services

2227 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-563-9889

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2227 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-253-6000

Chic Optique 2228 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-567-3937

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City of Hollywood HollywoodFL.org 954-924-2936

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Claudia Castillo ART Studio

2215 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-274-7047

Club Fort Lauderdale 110 NW 5th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 954-525-3344

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Courtyard by Marriott

Fort Lauderdale Beach 440 Seabreeze Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-524-8773

DelacaSeas Café 4404 Bougainvilla Drive Lauderdale By The Sea, FL 33260 954-557-5798

Diplomat Beach Resort 3555 South Ocean Drive Hollywood, FL 33019 954-602-6000

Eagle WIlton Manors 2209 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors FL, 33305 954-533-8248

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa 3030 Holiday Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-525-4000

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa 1200 N. Ocean Bouleavard Pompano Beach, FL 33062 954-782-0100

Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida gmcsf.org 954-763-2266

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort 505 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-414-2222

Hotspots Magazine Hotspots.LGBT 754-200-2979

Hunters Nightclub 2232 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-630-3556

Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port 1851 SE 10th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954-763-7670

Inn Leather 610 SE 19th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33016 954-467-1444

Island City Stage 2304 N. Dixie Highway Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-928-9800

Jungle Queen Riverboats JungleQueen.com 954-462-5596

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Le Méridien Dania Beach at

Fort Lauderdale Airport 1825 Griffin Road Dania Beach, FL 33304 954-920-3500

Museum of Discovery & Science 401 SW Second Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 954-467-6637

OCEAN2000 Restaurant & Lounge

2000 North Ocean Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305 954-556-7667

Out of the Closet Thrift Store 2097 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-358-5580

Pelican Grand Beach Resort 2000 North Ocean Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305 954-568-9431

Plunge Beach Resort 4660 El Mar Drive Lauderdale By The Sea, FL 33308

Poverello Thrift Store 2056 North Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-561-3663

Pub on the Drive 2271 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 754-200-5244

Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel 2000 NW 19th Street Boca Raton, FL 33431 561-368-5252

Seaglass - A Greater Fort Lauderdale Rose Experience seaglassexperience.com 954-982-2046

Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach 999 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-315-1460

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South Florida Symphony Orchestra

SouthFloridaSymphony.org 954-522-8445

Steelpan 999 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-315-1460

Stonewall National Museum & Archives 1300 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 954-763-8565

Sunshine Cathedral 1480 SW 9th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315 954 462-2004

Thasos Greek Taverna 3330 E. Oakland Park Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-200-6006

Tim Singer South Florida Real Estate Group

901 East Las Olas Blvd., Ste 101 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-463-1373

Toro Latin Kitchen & Tequila Library 1825 Griffin Road Dania Beach, FL 33004 954-686-1200

Visit Lauderdale Sunny.org/lgbt

Wilton River Suites 611 NE 29th Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-251-0465

World AIDS Museum & Educational Center 1201 NE 26th Street #111 Wilton Manors, FL 33305 954-390-0550

Yellow Cab of Broward yellowcabbroward.com 954-565-8900

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everyone under the sun Welcome Discover a beach playground unlike any other in Florida’s LGBT+ capital, from cosmopolitan dining and nightlife and the revelry of Wilton Manors to miles of golden beaches and Everglades eco-tours. As one of the world’s most progressive and inclusive destinations, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s welcoming vibe is legendary. And we can’t wait to welcome you.