scuba2Finding vacation destinations for a family with such a wide range of ages can sometimes be challenging.  What is fun for someone 45 years old isn’t necessarily fun for the 33, 19, or the 8 year old. Recently we got to explore Family Fun Week at Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (LBTS) and were pleasantly surprised at the options we had to choose from for fun and relaxation.

What is Family Fun Week?

Family Fun Week happens every year in the town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea to kick off summer (this year June 23-30).  With the feel of the Old South, the seaside town hosts families to come sample a week of fun activities from Discover Scuba, chocolate making and cooking lessons to fishing contests, outdoor movies, and paddle boarding.  There are tons of things to choose from that meet the needs of all age groups.

windjammer2Family Fun Week is a collaborative event between the Town and Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and area retailers, hotel owners, and restaurant owners.  Together they offer a glimpse to tourists of their unique, family friendly town located by the sea.

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Activities

While we were in LBTS we did a lot of really fun activities from renting bikes at Pedrito’s Bike Shop to Discover Scuba with the awesome folks Gold Coast Scuba.  We also tried to do the Paddle Boarding but it was a bit challenging for our crew.  One of our most memorable evenings we had was relaxing on Anglin’s Pier while fishing with the kids.  It was a blast even though we didn’t catch anything.  We did, however, get to talk to a lot of the locals and we learned a lot about the area.  Head out to the pier after midnight – that’s when the REAL fishing starts.


windjammer-night2The Hotels

Although we stayed at the Windjammer there were a lot of hotels to choose from offering discounted rates.  I’m not sure there would be a bad choice as I was fortunate to meet several of the different owners and you could tell they all took pride in their accommodations.  The Windjammer Resort was just perfect for our family.  The location was great because with a quick walk down the road you were in the middle of it all, yet they were far enough away to enjoy peace, quiet, and privacy.  My kids loved the beach cam and even had their friends watching while they played in the surf.

John, the owner of the Windjammer Resort, was the most hospitable host I have ever encountered.  He was there to make sure we had the time of our lives and he takes great pride in his town.  It was incredible to be treated as if we were part of the town’s original founders.  He made us feel like royalty.

bluemoonThe Food

There is nothing boring about LBTS’s cuisine and I’m pretty sure we all gained 10 pounds just sampling all the town had to offer.  I believe we ate at every restaurant and sampled from every chocolatier they have in LBTS.  From delicious subs at Laspadas (and I mean delicious) to the chef inspired dishes of the Blue Moon Fish Company we couldn’t find a thing to complain about.

If it is chocolate that you like be sure to stop by Jan’s Candies or stop in to Kilwins for a delicious ice cream treat.


Jans2Everything Else in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

While enjoying Family Fun Week be sure to visit some of the shops.  We stopped in at Argenti Designer Jewelers one afternoon and not only did we learn a lot about jewelry but we also found some great one-of-a-kind pieces.  I was even lucky enough to get a beautiful, hand crafted Palm Tree Necklace. The town is filled with small shops that you can get lost in and they are all within walking distance.

While strolling the beach or walking around the town be sure look out for nature’s creatures.  We found all types of cool things from snails and crabs to sea turtle nests.  It is currently sea turtle season and if you are lucky you might catch a mama coming up on shore to lay her eggs.  We didn’t actually see one, unfortunately, but hopefully we will next year.

beachcrab2There will be a next year, for sure.

Have you ever been to Family Fun Week in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea? What were your thoughts? What did you do during the week for fun? Share your stories in the comments!

Lisa is a 40-something mom and the is the voice behind Life with Lisa a blog about life in Orlando, FL with her 30-something husband and two sons (8 and 19). Her two favorite things are traveling and cooking. Finding the right vacation destinations can sometimes be a challenge for Lisa’s family due to their range in age and interests, but she always manages to find something for everyone.  When she isn’t blogging or tweeting (@lisasamples), Lisa is busy working as a social media consultant for her business, In Charge Social Media.