Island Outside

Take a walk on the wild side…

Although their 1-mile, Beach Hammock Trail Guided Walk is on hold due to COVID, you can still self-guide and explore one of the last resid-

ual maritime forest habitats in the county. Your walk can range from one to three miles, depending on what you’d like to see. Just pay the fee to enter the park ($2 for pedestrians, $6 for cars) and ask for details as you check in. Make it a full day and stop for lunch at Park & Ocean, then take the tunnel to the beach!

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
3109 E. Sunrise Blvd. at A1A

With 165 miles of canals, Fort lauderdale was named a Fodor’s Top Ten.


What does Fort Lauderdale have in common with Amsterdam, Bruges and Amiens? According to Fodor’s Travel, the leading publisher of travel guides, it’s one of the world’s ‘Top 10 Canal Cities’ (that aren’t Venice.) Indeed, as ISLAND celebrates, it’s this intimate connection to its waterways that makes our little city cherished by so many who live or visit. It’s nice to get that recognition from Fodor’s!


Kudos to the Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House or OB House as it is commonly known. This downtown landmark –– known for its locally-sourced, mouthwatering delights –– has transformed a parking lot into a delightful, al fresco dining spot with umbrella-shaded tables

The umbrella-shaded, outdoor dining room at OB House is absolutely perfect.

set on a bed of pea-gravel. Dotted with terra cotta pots spilling over with flowers, it evokes the simple joie de vivre often found in Parisian parks.

Coming for breakfast? Order the blueberry and corn, oven-baked pancake! You’ll thank us. Promise!

OB House
333 Himmarshee Street, Fort Lauderdale


And… they’re back! After being off limits for months, the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens has unlocked the gates to its 45-acre home and invites guests to once again explore… Although this time, its incredible history is taught, not by docents, but through the miracle of technology, namely, your mobile phone.

Tucked away on the Bonnet House’s 45-acre estate, the lagoon is a peaceful respite.

Not quite ready to go into the house itself? No worries. The 100-year- old estate is open for self-guided, “grounds only” tours as well for just $10.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
900 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale

Sunset tours on the water

Take your pick of a kayak or paddle board for Birch State Park’s weekly Friday Evening Sunset Tour.

Paddle along an ancient and fresh water coastal dune lake enjoying the stunning casts of our South Florida sunsets. When you’ve finished, stop at Park & Ocean. Tucked away in the park under a grove of Sea Grape trees, here you can munch on macho nachos, fish tacos and more. There’s no better start to the weekend!

For more information go to and pull down the “adventures” menu.

“Bali Ha’i may call you… Any night, any day… In your heart you’ll hear it call you… Come away, come away.”

The best way to tour Fort Lauderdale’s exceptional setting with visiting family and friends? By water, of course. How do you make that excursion even more pleasurable? Charter a floating tiki bar from

Cruisin’ Tikis for an afternoon. These babies comfortably seat six in shaded comfort. You provide the drinks, they do the rest. Ice, sink, bluetooth speaker system and an experienced, licensed captain.

Cruisin’ Tikis
10 S. New River Drive East, Fort Lauderdale
833 386.8454