Among the most popular routes are Route A1A and Bayview Drive, especially in early morning before traffic builds, and a 7-mile bike path that parallels State Road 84 and New River and leads to Markham Park, which has mountain-bike trails. Alligator alert: Do not dangle your legs from seawalls.

Broward B–cycle. The big-city trend of "pay and ride" bicycles is alive and well in Broward County. With 40 station locations over 20 scenic miles, from as far south as Hallandale to as far north as Pompano Beach and Coconut Creek, bikes can be rented for as little as 30 minutes or as long as a week, and can be picked up and dropped off at any and all stations in Broward County. Most stations are found downtown and along the beach. This is an excellent green and health-conscious way to explore Fort Lauderdale. Please note, however, that helmets are not provided at the kiosks.


Evergreen Historic Cemetery. North of Fort Lauderdale's 17th Street Causeway, amid a Gothic setting, lies an avid bird-watchers' haven. The circa-1879 graveyard, shaded by gumbo limbo and strangler figs, doubles as a place of fleeting repose for Bahama mockingbirds and other species winging through urban Broward. Warblers are big here, and there are occasional sightings of red-eyed vireos, northern waterthrushes, and scarlet tanagers. 1300 S.E. 10th Ave., Intracoastal and Inland, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33315. 954/745–2140.


Bahia Mar Marina. If you're interested in a saltwater charter, check out the offerings at the marina of the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, A DoubleTree by Hilton. Sportfishing and drift-fishing bookings can be arranged. Snorkeling and diving outfitter Sea Experience also leaves from here, as does the famous Jungle Queen steamboat. In addition, the water taxi makes regular stops here. Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, A DoubleTree by Hilton, 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Along the beach, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33316. 954/627–6309.


Davie Pro Rodeo. It may sound strange, but South Florida has a rather large cowboy scene, concentrated in the western suburb of Davie. And for over four decades, the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds has surfaced as Davie's biggest tourist attraction. Throughout the year, the Rodeo hosts national tours and festivals as well as the annual Southeaster Circuit Finals. Check the website for the exact dates of these rodeos. Davie Pro Rodeo Arena, 4271 Davie Rd., Davie, FL, 33314. 954/680–8005.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Lauderdale Diver. A PADI 5-Star Certification Agency, this dive center facilitates daily day trips on a variety of dive boats up and down Broward's shoreline (they don't have their own boat but work with a handful of preferred outfitters). A variety of snorkeling, reef diving, and wreck diving trips are offered daily as well as scuba diving lessons. 1334 S.E. 17th St., Intracoastal and Inland, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33316. 954/467–2822.

Sea Experience. The Sea Experience I leaves daily at 10:15 am and 2:15 pm for two-hour glass-bottom-boat and snorkeling combination trips that explore Fort Lauderdale's offshore reefs. The tour costs $28; $7 more to snorkel, equipment provided. They also offer beginner and more advanced scuba diving experiences. Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, A DoubleTree by Hilton, 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Along the beach, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33316. 954/770–3483.

Segway Tours

M.Cruz Rentals. M.Cruz Rentals rents out just about everything pertaining to Fort Lauderdale fun-in-the-sun—Jet-Skis, kayaks, bicycle rentals by the hour—as well as offers guided Segway Tours of Fort Lauderdale Beach four times per day. The rental facility is at the beach entrance of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, just north of hotel row. The Segway Tours leave from here as well. Staff are exceptionally friendly and accommodating. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Along the beach, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33304. 954/235–5082.


Jimmy Evert Tennis Center. With 22 courts (18 lighted clay courts, 3 hard courts, and a low-compression sand "beach" court), this is the crown jewel of Fort Lauderdale's public tennis facilities. Legendary champ Chris Evert learned her two-handed backhand here under the watchful eye of her now-retired father, Jimmy, the center's tennis pro for 37 years. Holiday Park, 701 N.E. 12th Ave., Intracoastal and Inland, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301. 954/828–5378. $18 day pass (for Broward nonresidents). Weekdays 7:45 am–9 pm, weekends 7:45 am–6 pm.