There are many reasons to travel from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Florida. Regardless of whether the journey is for a sightseeing excursion, business or just to get away from the cold winter air, the area has plenty of exploration opportunities.
Once you pick up your car rental, you can go spend some time relaxing in South Beach. If you prefer the hustle and bustle of shopping with the locals, take a drive down to the Swap Shop Flea Market on Sunrise Boulevard. Here you can find over 2,000 vendors, arcades and rides for the kids.
If adventure is the goal of your trip to Fort Lauderdale, make sure to head to the Everglades. Take an airboat tour that will glide you through this fragile environment, while you experience local wildlife up close.
Another option for seeing nature in Fort Lauderdale is Butterfly World. Here thousands of live butterflies are free to fly around the three acres of tropical gardens they call home. The atmosphere here is relaxing with soothing music in the background, luscious plant life, hummingbirds and Koi ponds to explore. If you are lucky, the butterflies will land right on you.
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A nonstop flight from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale takes a little over three hours to complete. With such a short flight, exploration can begin as soon as your plane lands, even if this stop is only a layover until your next plane arrives.