Fort Lauderdale is a hustling, bustling community full of people from all different walks of life. The melting pot community has given way to tons of incredible attractions, restaurants and more that bring together inspiration from all over the world. However, visitors to the area should take some time to explore some of the less known attractions that are most prized by the locals. Here are a few of our favorites:

Visit the Galleria Mall

This gigantic shopping mall is full of amazing shopping. Not only is it home to many of the big box names you know and love, but it also hosts an ever-changing selection of local businesses and art displays. As you walk through the mall, you will note many different statues, paintings and other art on display with information on how you can bring some home for yourself! This is one of our favorite non-touristy things to do in Fort Lauderdale because you will be mingling with the locals.

Check out Flagler Arts and Technology Village

This is another community of local geniuses who offer their work in galleries. You can explore, meet local artists in person, and learn some history along the way. There is also live music, and other festivals held on weekends so you can get out, walk around, dance the night away and so much more.

Walk the Secret Woods

The Secret Woods Nature Center is home to three long trails, each with its own difficulty rating. You can get up close and personal with the wildlife, walk down to the serene river banks, and take plenty of photos of the landscape. This park has been pristinely preserved and is a favorite among locals who enjoy biking, hiking, and other outdoor sports.

Stop Into American Social

Before the night is over, you have to stop into American Social Fort Lauderdale. Here you’ll discover what locals really do in Fort Lauderdale as you share drinks and delicious food in an open social environment. We’ll have the hottest games on the big screens, and you can sit out on the patio and enjoy the nice evening weather. Don’t forget to check out our expansive beer list, as well as our wine and cocktail discounts during happy hour!

These are some of the best things to do in Fort Lauderdale, no matter what day of the week you are in town. Visit American Social today to learn about our full menu and upcoming events!