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Fort Lauderdale Named One Of America's Best Cities For Staycations, Making Us Wonder, Why Even Travel?

The best vacations don’t always require extensive travel plans or budget-busting costs—especially when you live in South Florida. 

In fact, WalletHub recently revealed the best staycation spots in the U.S., and Fort Lauderdale came in second.

The financial website considered America’s 150 most populated cities and compared them across factors related to food and entertainment, recreation, and rest and relaxation. These included such factors as the numbers of cultural attractions, zoos and aquariums, golf courses, restaurants, beaches, and spas.

Florida cities swept the top three spots. Fort Lauderdale was beat out only by theme park central, Orlando, and Tampa came in right behind us at No. 3.

Among the worst cities for staycations are Los Angeles at No. 143 and New York at No. 148.

We're proud to say that Fort Lauderdale scored the highest of the 150 cities in the recreation category, based on the city’s number of parks, tennis courts, swimming pools, shopping centers and more. 

Wallethub also recently identified South Florida (the Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach metro area, to be specific) as one of the best summer travel destinations for 2016, proving that Fort Lauderdale is a great spot for anyone to vacation—whether they’re flying hundreds of miles to get here, or driving because it's just minutes away. 

A recent AAA survey showed that nearly two-thirds of Americans are planning to pass up a long-distance family vacation this year, so it looks like Fort Lauderdale natives have a good reason to join in on some inexpensive, local fun.

For Floridians whose priority is lots of beach time, hospitality expert Kevin Murphy, of UCF's Rosen College of Hospitality Management, noted spring through early fall is a good time to staycation. Local vacations are also a good, money-saving idea, he added.

“They are much less costly than a vacation involving traveling to a distant destination. There are no lodging costs because vacationers stay at home and travel expenses are minimal to local destinations,” he said.

Check out our Social Calendar to see what’s going on in Fort Lauderdale during your summer staycation.

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