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Fort Lauderdale sparkles at night

Fork & Balls is a fun and tasty resto

Enjoying the city

City of Tastes

There’s also plenty to do off-property — some of it surprising. I didn’t know, for instance, that Fort Lauderdale is called the Venice of North America, due to its 480 km of navigable waterways. So a sunset trip with Gondolas West proves to be both enlightening and awe-inspiring. My teens would love this watery tour of what’s known as “Millionaire’s Row” where gorgeous mansions compete for attention with massive yachts. It’s a lovely, peaceful way to end the day and get a different perspective of the city. Speaking of perspective, I gained a new respect for artists, thanks to Painting with a Twist. As the name suggests, this shop brings together people of all ages and walks of life for a painting lesson — and for the grown-ups, you can bring along some liquid encouragement. It’s a cool way to indulge your kid’s inner artist. As for me? Although all the Chardonnay in the world cannot make me a good painter, I did have a good and oddly therapeutic time.

All that sunshine and activity fuels the appetite and Fort Lauderdale has something for everyone’s tastes. Once you get past the name, Fork & Balls on trendy Las Olas Boulevard offers delicious, spherical meals in a relaxed, rustic family-friendly setting. You can choose from chef-prepared meatball combos, or design your own. If you’re in the mood for taking in a variety of flavours in a lively, outdoor setting, consider Sweet Nectar Charcoal Grill & Spirits, also on Las Olas. Opt for their variety of shared plates — roasted Brussels sprouts, sea scallops, lobster mac and cheese, to name just a few. It’s a delicious way to sample a range of local cuisine and perfect for smaller appetites. If you like your meal with a view, the three restaurants at Marriott Harbor Beach — Riva, Sea Level and 3030 Ocean — all offer ocean-view noshing along with beautifully prepared food. It’s a combination that’s hard to beat, just like the mix of sun, sand, food and fun that make up Fort Lauderdale. ■

FORT LAUDERDALE FAST FACTS WHERE TO Stay Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa www.marriottharborbeach.com WHERE TO Eat Sea Level (Marriott Harbor Beach) www.sealevelharborbeach.com 3030 Ocean (Marriott Harbor Beach) www.3030ocean.com Fork & Balls www.forkandballs.com Sweet Nectar www.sweetnectarbuzz.com WHERE TO Play Gondolas West www.gondolaswest.com Painting with a Twist www.paintingwithatwist.com/fortlauderdale/ Aloha Watersports (Marriott Harbor Beach) www.alohawatersports.com

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