With more than 150 gay-owned hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants, Fort Lauderdale has emerged as one of Florida’s most popular LGBT-friendly vacation destinations. Here are four reasons you may want to stay longer.
1. Stonewall National Museum & Archives is home for the gavel used to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” as well as an amazing book and film program, more than 7,000 historic artifacts and a new Educational Services Center dedicated to developing LGBT K-12 curriculum. 1300 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-763-8565; www.stonewallnationalmuseum.org.
2. The neighboring gayborhood of Wilton Manors is where you’ll find numerous gay-friendly shops, restaurants and clubs, including, The Manor, a 16,000-square-foot gay bar with six themed areas ranging from a coffee shop to a late-night dance club; www.gaywiltonmanorsinfo.com.
3. Pride Factory is a clothing and video store that has been a staple of the Gay South Florida scene for almost two decades, offering swimwear, underwear, pride flags and other gear, trendy apparel, jewelry, cards and a variety of adult items. 850 NE 13th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-463-6600; http://pridefactory.myshopify.com.
4. Beefcakes Grill American Restaurant is a Boardwalk gay bar that has been the city’s longtime go-go haven. 1721 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-463-6969.