One of my favorite things to do with my family is explore our home state of Florida. I love finding new places to visit, especially when they are close enough to our house to make it a day trip.
We’ve recently fallen in love with Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and realized it’s such a hidden gem right here in our own backyard!
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is a small beach town on the Southeast coast of Florida in between Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. It’s easily one of the best places to go for a beach day with my kids to have a relaxing time; especially since their town motto is “Relax…you’re here.”
Charming Little Town
When we drive into LBTS (short for Lauderdale-By-The-Sea) the first thing we see are signs welcoming us into town and so much color. Everything in the town is colorful and looks like it’s out of a movie. They even have really cool fish-shaped bike racks and chairs all over the center of the town and on the sidewalks.
Everything is locally owned; the shops, restaurants and hotels. It really ties to the charm of the town making it feel like home.
My kid’s must have? The ice cream shops! And yes, there is more than one; Sloan’s and Kilwins.
They opted for bags of candy last time we were there instead of ice cream and I tried chocolate covered oreos. Both equally delicious!
Kilwins had a cotton candy flavor that was fantastic and we couldn’t pass it up.
Hitting the Beach
The main reason we love LBTS is the beach. It’s never truly crowded (unless there’s a big Holiday event happening) and the water is always perfect. Parking is also easy with a public lot right across from the beach access and several other metered parking areas.
We like to park in the biggest lot right across from Town Hall and El Prado Park. There’s easy beach entry from there and public restrooms are available behind Town Hall by the park.
Flip Flop Town
Something else that draws me to LBTS is how everything is right there in town. They actually encourage you to walk around and call themselves a “flip flop kind of town” where you can just throw a shirt on over your bathing suit and enjoy your time. And since all of the stores and restaurants are within a 5 block radius, it’s super easy to get to places without needing a car.
But if you want something else with wheels, they offer bike rentals and even a free shuttle!
There are over 30 restaurants and eateries in town ranging from fast food to fine dining so there’s something for every palette.
The colorful chairs along the center of town are my personal favorite. They always makes me smile and put me in a good mood instantly!
LBTS has something the whole family can enjoy. They host tons of free events year round and there are public common areas with free entertainment. We love Anglin’s Square where you’ll find big games, chairs, and even live music sometimes. It’s right in the center of the town and great for just relaxing after some time at the beach.
The canoes turned into benches face the beach and they’re perfect for taking a break while enjoying the sea breeze.
How cool is this huge “connect four” game?! We loved it and my kids even made some new friends playing together.
We all played a round of Cornhole against Dad and he beat us all! But it was fun anyway.
Recently, we spent a couple days there for Fourth of July and the town did not disappoint with their all day celebration. It was a completely free event with a parade, decorations, party, water slides for the kids and ended with a big fireworks show at night.
Here are some pictures of the parade in the morning.
If you’re into fishing this is a must do! Anglins Fishing Pier is something we don’t skip anytime we visit Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. We haven’t had the chance to go fishing there just yet but we love walking the pier to see the sights and watch others catch some fish!
It costs $1-$2 per person just to walk the pier if you don’t plan on fishing so we always go prepared with some cash in hand.
The view from the end of the pier is phenomenal and completely worth it just to capture this moment.
Even if there are a lot of people fishing, it doesn’t seem crowded or loud. It’s nice to enjoy the breeze, listen to the waves and watch the fish swimming in the ocean.
We promised the kids we will go back with fishing poles next time!
Have you ever visited Lauderdale-By-The-Sea? If you have, I hope you agree with me that it’s such a beautiful hidden gem in South Florida. If you haven’t, then I hope this post encourages you to plan a visit soon!