IFWTWA Media Trip

Greater Fort Lauderdale

September 21-23, 2022

Greater Fort Lauderdale is the perfect place for fun in the sun. The region ranges from 24 miles of beaches along Florida’s southeastern coast all the way to the Everglades. The destination is as diverse in population and welcoming spirit as it is in things to do, offering something for Everyone Under the Sun. Greater Fort Lauderdale encompasses 31 diverse municipalities, each having their own unique and welcoming flavor.

Waterfront dining can be enjoyed overlooking the ocean or the area’s 300 miles of inland waterways. It’s easy to see why the area is known as both the “Venice of America” and the “Yachting Capital of the World.” Both on the water and inland, there are many options to experience the more than 4,000+ eateries, craft breweries, rooftop bars and compelling attractions in Greater Fort Lauderdale.

Writers participating in the two-day media trip in Greater Fort Lauderdale may find themselves enjoying a dock-and-dine experience, arriving by the famous Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi or private boat at a waterfront restaurant, or sipping from a flight of craft brews from a local brewery/distillery. In addition to Greater Fort Lauderdale’s dining scene, writers may visit the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, explore outer space or the ocean at the Museum of Discovery and Science, or learn about the influence of Caribbean culture at the Island Space Museum.

Transportation will be provided from the IFTWTA conference in St. Petersburg to Fort Lauderdale to begin the press trip. Hotel and restaurant information is tentative and will be confirmed later.

Visit Lauderdale Everyone Under The Sun
Beach scene at Fort Lauderdale by the Sea


Day 1 - Welcome!

8 a.m. – Pick-up at Hyatt Place – Transfer to Greater Fort Lauderdale
Saint Petersburg, FL

11:30 a.m. – Lunch & Exploration – Sistrunk Marketplace
Food, a brewery, a distillery, a marketplace, and DJ academy
115 Northwest 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Tel. 954-329-2551

Greater Fort Lauderdale’s first food hall is located downtown in the artsy Flagler Village neighborhood adjacent to Historic Sistrunk, the heart and soul of the and Fort Lauderdale’s oldest African American neighborhood.

Sistrunk Marketplace has diverse food offerings, a brewery, a distillery, a marketplace and even a DJ academy.

IG/FB: @sistrunkmarketplace

4 p.m. – Check in – Hotel TBC, Fort Lauderdale Beach

7 p.m. – Dinner – Riviera by Fabio Vivani
Hotel Maren
525 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Tel. 754-241-2020

A coastal Italian concept by Florence native and celebrity Chef Fabio Vivani located inside Hotel Maren that features a veranda-style patio on the rooftop. 
Riviera blends the charm of a traditional Italian fare such as pasta made from scratch with the structured elegance of Ft Lauderdale. Guests come to enjoy high-quality food and drink produced with passion, knowledge, and experience ‘al fresco’ on the veranda of one of the finest rooftops along the coast.

IG/FB: @rivierafortlauderdale

Day 2

9 a.m. – Breakfast TBC

10 a.m. – Sight-Seeing – Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi
The Water Taxi will email you an all-day pass for boarding and disembarking at your leisure at any of their 11 stops throughout Fort Lauderdale.

In Operation: Seven days a week, 10am-10pm

The Water Taxi is “more than just a boat ride.” Captains and Crew are well versed in the city and all the attractions that may be viewed from the water. Enjoy the fresh air, a refreshing drink, great visuals, and a fun narration of this wonderful destination.

IG/FB: @FortLauderdaleWaterTaxi

1 p.m. – Lunch – Salt 7
500 E Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tel. 954-751-7258

Fantastic menu and delicious fare crafted by Hell’s Kitchen winner, Paul Niedermann. Seating along the Riverwalk and outdoor pergola with a lively outdoor bar. Dining and bar seating inside. On Friday and Saturday night open until 2am. Expect a scene with late dining delivered in a club-like atmosphere.

Option – Tour – Stranahan House (next to Salt 7)
335 SE 6th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (Between Las Olas and the New River)
Tel. 954-524-4736

The Stranahan House was built in 1901 by Frank Stranahan, credited as Fort Lauderdale’s founding father, and his wife Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, the area’s first schoolteacher. It is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County and has served as a trading post, post office, community gathering, and home to the Stranahans. The house is a wood-frame vernacular structure with wide porches and a stunning view of the New River. It was lovingly restored by the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and the Fort Lauderdale Board of Realtors and opened to the public as a historic house museum in 1984.

IG/FB/TW: @stranahanhouse

3 p.m. – Tour – Museum of Discovery and Science
401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
Tel. 954-467-6637

Founded in 1976 as the Discovery Center, today the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) is at the forefront of science education, innovation, and exploration. In addition to daily hours, MODS is currently offering virtual and offsite programming, which allows us to continue connecting people around the globe to inspiring science – whether at home or in virtual classrooms.

The Museum showcases more than 300 interactive exhibits, immersive films, experiential programs, and an aviation-themed Makerspace. Families can enjoy super science shows and demonstrations, wild Creature Feature animal encounters, awesome avatar tours and private experiences, mind-blowing Makerspace labs, cool camps, unforgettable birthday parties, engaging field trips and STEM curricula, professional development workshops for educators, distinguished speakers, and more.

Fun Fact: The Museum of Discovery and Science has the most visitors of any museum in the state.

IG: @Modsftl

5 p.m. – Shopping and gallery stroll – Las Olas Boulevard

Stroll the boulevard, duck in and out of fashion boutiques, art galleries, bars, ice cream shops, sidewalk cafes and cool restaurants. A delightful short stroll or long walk, Las Olas Boulevard stretches from the beach at A1A, immaculately lined with palm trees and beautiful people, over the fabulous Intracoastal Waterway with magnificent views of multi-million-dollar homes and spectacular yachts… to the bustling downtown and Riverwalk where the Stranahan House, NSU Art Museum and MODS all reside.

7:30/8 p.m. – Dinner – TBC – Ya Mas Taverna or Rivertail

Ya Mas
1103 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Tel. 954.306.8388

Newly opened, Ya Mas, brings a refreshingly vibrant and delicious concept to Las Olas, transporting you to the Mediterranean through fresh, chef-driven dishes and a curated beverage program. Foodies and mixologists, alike, welcome this newcomer to the neighborhood.

IG/FB: @yamastavernaftl

4 West Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Tel. 954.306.2665

RIVERTAIL is the first Fort Lauderdale outpost of James Beard-nominated chef, José Mendín. It features a seafood-driven dining experience that provides guests a fun, upbeat atmosphere that is refined, yet approachable enough for families in a captivating people-and watercraft-watching locale on the New River.

IG/FB/TW: @rivertailftl

10 p.m. – Final, Final, and mingling – The Wharf
20 West Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tel. 954-372-7606

Inspired by summers in the Hamptons and Fort Lauderdale’s casual riverfront, this nautically themed space includes communal tables under shaded tents, Astroturf grass bordered by five local Fort Lauderdale food pop-ups from the most sought-after chefs in the area, four bars, music, dockage for easy boat access and 54,000 square feet to spread out.

IG/FB/TW: @wharfftl

Day 3

9 a.m. – Breakfast TBC

Optional beach time or promenade walk

11 a.m. – Check out Hotel TBC, Fort Lauderdale Beach

1 p.m. – Bonnet House
900 North Birch Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Main: 954-563-5393

Be magically transported to the beginning of the 20th Century, and the days of gracious living, charm, and whimsy when Florida was one of the nation’s last frontier outposts and Bonnet House was built as an eclectic artist’s estate.
Chicago born artist Frederic Clay Bartlett created Bonnet House in 1920 on South Florida oceanfront land given to him and his second wife, Helen Louise Birch, by her father Hugh Taylor Birch, a prominent Chicago attorney, real estate investor, and naturalist. Unfortunately, tragedy struck in 1925 and Helen died of cancer.
In 1931 Frederic remarried, taking the hand of Evelyn Fortune Lilly. She spent winters at Bonnet House until 1995.

IG/FB/TW: @bonnethouse
YT: https://www.youtube.com/user/bhmandg

1:30 p.m. – Lunch – S3 (Sun, Surf, Sand)
505 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd Suite S, Fort Lauderdale, FL 3330
Tel. (954) 523-7873

Sun, surf, and sand brings you steak, seafood, and sushi at a trendy perch with a laid-back vibe, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Atlantic and Fort Lauderdale beach. Savor coastal cuisine of the freshest daily catches and premium cuts of meat, with locally sourced and seasonal offerings, and an expansive, one-of-a-kind sushi bar. Open seven days a week serving lunch and dinner in the ultimate in oceanfront setting with indoor and outdoor seating.

IG/FB/TW: @S3SunSurfSand

Transfers to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL), depending on departure time.

Other options for those with later flights could include:

Flamingo Gardens
3750 S. Flamingo Rd

Davie, FL 33330-1614
Tel. (954) 473-2955

A 60-acre Botanical Garden and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary, the Flamingo Gardens botanical gardens in Fort Lauderdale, (Davie) Florida, feature over 3000 species of rare & exotic, tropical, subtropical, and native plants, and trees.

As well, the Flamingo Gardens wildlife sanctuary is home to the largest collection of Florida native wildlife including alligators, bobcats, eagles, otters, panthers, peacock, and of course, flamingos!

IG/FB/TW: @FlamingoGardens
YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHHGcmzaPpby4VA7I4repA

NSU Art Museum
1 E Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale 33301
IG/FB/TW: @NSUartmuseum

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale
Promenade along the New River throughout Fort Lauderdale

Social Media:

Cocktail at Shooters in Fort Lauderdale

Trip Information:

Dates of the trip: September 21-23, 2022

Number of participants to be chosen: 5-7

Applications due: June 8

See the wonderful tentative itinerary with this post for details on this trip.

Accommodations and local transportation to all activities will be covered. Writers will fly home from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) after press trip.

Transportation from the IFWTWA Conference in St. Petersburg to Ft. Lauderdale will be covered. The specific hotel and restaurant information is tentative.