When the sawgrass blooms in South Florida so does racism, gambling, prostitution, and public corruption.
If you are looking for something a little out of ordinary during your Fort Lauderdale visit plan a stop at Crime Tours, a combination museum and bus tour company that will take you into the dark depths of South Florida's infamous history.
Start your visit at the Crime Gallery, which provides a fun and educational look into South Florida's law enforcement, crime, and forensic history. The gallery will allow you to learn about the history of the area from the murder of Native American Tribes to the rampant gun violence of today. Discover truly twisted tales throughout the museum as you see things such as a recreation of the murder of Fatty Walsh, a replica of 'Old Sparky', an in-depth crime timeline, and much more. There are guided tours available that are appropriate for any aged visitor (3 and up, that is), that walk you through the era of Cuban Bombers, Cocaine Cowboys, and even current Ponzi Schemers.
For more crime history fun opt-in to take a bus tour, of which there are typically 3 options: Crime Tour, South Florida History Tour, and Black History Tour. The primary crime tour lasts about 60 to 75 minutes and will allow you to travel by van/bus to various historic locations as you learn all about how South Florida rose to fame and infamy in its colorful past, discussing pirates, moonshine makers, Al Capone, pill mills, and more along the way.