Historic Stranahan House Museum Tours
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The Historic Stranahan House Museum is the oldest surviving structure in Fort Lauderdale. It was built in 1902 as a trading post by Frank Stranahan, the founder of the city, and used by Stranahan’s wife, Ivy, as a school house. Over the decades it has also served as a post office, community center, and town hall. Today it’s a historic attraction that’s open daily for guided tours.
The Stranahan House is a wood-frame, two-story green-and-white house, now modest and unassuming at its location on Fort Lauderdale’s bustling Las Olas Avenue. The house has been restored to show visitors what it looked like in 1915, when it first fitted with electricity and indoor plumbing. On your guided tour, you can learn about the Stranahans’ life and see Ivy’s original china and quilt, which is draped across her bed upstairs.
Things to Know Before You Go
- This is a must for history buffs, as it tells the story of the evolution of present-day Fort Lauderdale and Florida.
- There is an on-site gift shop stocked with unique souvenirs.
- The Stranahan House is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
This house is located between the Riverside Hotel and the Icon just off Las Olas Boulevard on the New River, over the Henry E. Kinney Tunnel. From I-95, take the Broward Boulevard exit, and then turn right on 6th Street. Public parking is located on Las Olas Boulevard and in nearby lots.
When to Get There
Guided tours of the house take place at 1, 2, and 3pm each day, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. One of the best times to visit is during the holidays, when the Historic Stranahan House Museum is decorated in a Victorian Christmas theme. Holiday River Tours, which float down the New River, include costumed docents and festive live music.
Ivy and Frank
Ivy Stranahan, a former teacher in Miami, worked with the Seminole tribe and offered informal lessons to Seminole children. Though her husband is credited as the ounder of modern day Fort Lauderdale, he became severely depressed after the collapse of Florida’s land boom and two devastating hurricanes. After he drowned himself in the river in front of his home, in May 1929, Ivy continued to live there, renting out the rooms and leasing out the lower floor to restaurants, until her death in 1971.
Address: 335 Southeast 6th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 33301, USA
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Historic Stranahan House Museum
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Harken back to yesteryear on a fun Fort Lauderdale sightseeing cruise aboard the Carrie B paddlewheeler. Sail past the "yachts and homes of the rich and famous" along the New River and Intracoastal Waterway in Port Everglades. Spend time on the open sun deck or sit outside under a canopy or in air-conditioned comfort on the main deck. The captain narrates the tour. Full bar service and light snacks are available to purchase.
Mountain Bike Tours
Pedal through Fort Lauderdale’s scenic waterfront neighborhoods on a 2-hour bicycle tour with an experienced guide. Cruise past rows of swaying palms on the Riverwalk, and learn about the city’s trading post origins at the historic Stranahan House. See the best places to eat, drink and shop like a local along Las Olas Boulevard then visit a lush park, an entertainment district and a glamorous riverside neighborhood. Enjoy a leisurely pace, with time to stop for snacks, drinks and photos.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Mountain Bike Tours
The Perks of Going Electric See more of the gorgeous Fort Lauderdale coast and city in a shorter amount of time. Less physical effort means that you can spend your time enjoying the views, not catching your breath. Adjust the bike’s electric assistance to fit your preferences. It’s suitable both for people who want a good workout and for those that don’t want to expend much energy.
Cruise along Fort Lauderdale’s historic New River and enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner on this cruise. Board the Jungle Queen Riverboat and see the luxurious mansions and yachts along Millionaire’s Row, stretching from the Bahia Mar Yachting Center to the Intracoastal Waterway. The cruise travels to a tropical isle for an endless dinner offering barbecue ribs, and chicken with all the trimmings. Then experience a laugh-out-loud variety show to cap off an enjoyable and entertaining evening.
Experience 3 Hours Riding the Middle River, New River, Venice Of America Canals, Millionaires Row, Atlantic Ocean, and Fort Lauderdale's Intracoastal Waterways. Guides point our Celebrity Homes and Historical Sights on the amazing excursion that allows you to see Mansions and Mega-yachts as close as you can get. Plus, ride the newest 2019 Yamaha Wave Runners at top speeds allowable. We can customize to alter routes to suit your adventurous needs.
Private and Luxury
The 2 Hour Adventure is an abbreviation of our All Inclusive Adventure without Port Everglades and the Ocean. For those who want a calmer experience; we offer a relaxing experience cruising the beautiful Fort Lauderdale Waterways. We head towards Victoria Park and the World Famous “Venice Of America” Canals. As we journey into the New River we will pass under Las Olas which boast Shoppes, Sidewalk Cafes, Art Galleries, and Landscaping only found here. Next is Dowtown Riverwalk including The Harry Potter House, Bugsy Siegle, Huizinga Estate, and Cape Fear. For those who prefer, we can bypass this and squeeze in some Ocean Fun by request. We may take a break at the Sand Bar where any given day 1000's of Vessels can be seen having a giant floating party with views extending all the way to Port Everglades and the Ocean. Our Journey back to the docks will include cruising thru the Inteacoastal Waterways running paralele to A1A and the famous Fort Lauderdale Beach Resorts.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Historic Stranahan House Museum?
The best ways to experience Historic Stranahan House Museum are:
- Fort Lauderdale Daily Sightseeing Cruise "On the Venice of America."
- Classic Fort Lauderdale Bike Tour
- 2 Hour Fort Lauderdale Guided Electric Bike Tour
- All You Can Eat BBQ Dinner and Show at Tropical Isle with Sightseeing Cruise
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