You think you know The Strip on Fort Lauderdale beach?
Well, you don't know it like we know it.
Here are some hidden treasures to enjoy while in town for the 53rd annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show:
The Barber's Bar - You go there for a haircut, a shave or even a manicure. You stay for the six beers on tap, the wine or even the cigars. Check out the 11 TVs all tuned to sports and the hand shuffleboard table. 3114 East Sunrise Boulevard (The Village at A1A). 954-380-8230. TheBarbersBar.com.
Jet Pack Rentals - Want to feel like James Bond? Then reserve a Zainojet at either $125 per person for 20 minutes off of a dock or $250 per person for 30 off of a boat. You can find out more information at the Liquid Addiction Surf Shop at 3120 East Sunrise Boulevard (The Village at A1A) or call direct at 954-874-0835. Zainojet.com.
Paddleboard Rentals - It's just what dudes and dude-ettes do. Get a quick paddleboard lesson, safety tips and even some surfing moves from instructors. Rental rates range from $15 for one hour to $25 for two hours. Depending on the weather, the location is on the beach at N.E. 17th Court and A1A. Or you can call Gold Coast Paddleboards at 754-366-7504. GoldCoastPaddleboards.com.
Plaza Bistro - Truly a hidden gem...even although it's way out in the open. Eating al fresco never had it so trendy with this dining-under-the-stars eatery. And during the Boat Show the owners are planning all kinds of events in the area (North Beach Village) involving yummy words like stone crabs, artisanal cheeses and seafood grill. 2900 Belmar Street. 954-245-2574. Facebook.com/theplazabistro.
The Museum at the International Swimming Hall of Fame - Sure everyone knows about the gi-normous pools, but the museum above the gift shop has a snazzy "100 years of Swimsuits" fashion exhibit including suits worn by President Reagan and from the beach flick "Where The Boys Are." Other parts of the exhibit include aquatic art from the ancient worlds of Greece and Rome; the Caribbean (Gauguin, Picasso) and the history of swimming in Fort Lauderdale. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Boat Show. 1 Hall Of Fame Drive. 954-462-6536. ISHOF.org.
The Aquariums - Steak 954 in the W Fort Lauderdale has a stunner of an aquarium with graceful Moon Jellyfish and the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel (formerly The Yankee Clipper) has wall-to-wall aquariums in the Wreck Bar, where the mermaid show Fridays at 6:30 p.m. is not to be missed. Steak954.com and SheratonFtLauderdaleBeach.com.
Fashion Shows - The island lifestyle tropic-riffic brand Tommy Bahama has partnered with boat builder Hacker-Craft for the - you guessed it - the first ever Tommy Bahama Edition Hacker-Craft and there is a fashion show on the I Dock in the High Performance Village. There will also be a mini fashion show and pop-up shop of the Montce spring 2013 collection of swimwear and jewelry at the High Performance Village along the dock adjacent to Guzzler's Floating Cocktail Barge. Both events are Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. Entry is free for Boat Show attendees.
Basketball/Volleyball/Exercise - Have the need for a pick-up game? Want to spike something? Can't go another day without doing a chin-up? Then head over to South Beach Park (across from the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel) where there is everything you need from basketball courts, outdoor resistance exercise set-up and volleyball nets (with deep sand). FortLauderdale.gov/beach.
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