When In SoFlo – What to Do and Where to Go in South Florida

When In SoFlo - What to Do and Where to Go in South Florida

When In SoFlo - What to Do and Where to Go in South Florida

Warning: this post contains a lot more photos than I normally share.  I just couldn’t narrow my trip down to only 10-12 captures 🙈 Hopefully you’ll enjoy traveling to SoFlo with me through my photo diary!

After Brandon and I got engaged, we immediately jetted off to South Florida to visit his family and friends and celebrate with them for a whole week!  I took a break from blogging, and just savored that vacation time to the max!  We’ve been back for almost a week now and I wanted to share some of the fun we had and the outfits I wore!  If you’ve never been to Coral Springs or Fort Lauderdale in South Florida, you’re missing out.  When people think of SoFlo, they immediately assume Miami, but there’s so many fun things to do outside of MIA, so keep reading to see what we did while we were gone!

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I absolutely love flying, and I’ve always always found that dressing comfortable is key when you’re going to be on a plane for any amount of time.  I stick with cutoff shorts and sweatshirts, or yoga pants and a cute top, and I almost always wear sneakers.  I know a lot of people say to only wear slides because they come off easily when going through security, but I find I can slip my sneaks on and off just as effortlessly!

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The day after we arrived, we took the short drive from Coral Springs to Fort Lauderdale’s Arts District – FAT Village – and explored all the art in the area!  I wrote a full post on what I wore and the art we saw, which you can read here.  On our way out, we stopped at BREW Urban Café, which we both loved.  It’s located inside C&I Studios – an “idea agency” as they have aptly named themselves on the website.  This place was floor-to-ceiling packed with creativity, and we never wanted to leave … plus the coffee from the café was delish!

Later in the day, when we were back in Coral Springs, we visited the cutest rolled ice cream spot called Taiwan Ice.  I got their honeydew ice with milk, kiwi, and lychee on top and 😍 ← that’s the best way I can think to describe how yummy it was!

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After our trip to FAT Village, and filling ourselves with rolled ice cream, Brandon surprised me with tickets to one of my favorite places in the entire universe: Butterfly World.  Anyone who knows me knows I have an immense fascination with butterflies – to the point that I had my friend sketch one for me as a tattoo after high school, and it has graced my ankle ever since.  B took me to Butterfly World a couple months after we started dating, and I fell in love with it.  You walk through rooms and rooms filled with the most stunning butterflies ever, and if you’re lucky, they’ll land on you!  I guess this white one thought I was a walking flower in my bright dress, and didn’t want to leave me alone!  It was so fun revisiting a spot we had gone to right after beginning our relationship, as an engaged couple!

To wrap up this afternoon, we enjoyed our favorite ice cream spot, Cherry Smash, and split the most delicious sundae.  Can you tell ice cream is a necessity for us while we’re on vacation?  Cherry Smash is so cute with the vintage vibes and old movies playing while you enjoy your dessert!  We make it a priority to stop by every time we’re together in SoFlo.

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Last summer, I put together a full post about my love for all things comic and superhero-related, specifically at TATE’S – a comic and pop-culture shop in SoFlo.  Well, of course we had to take an afternoon to explore their new arrivals and fantasize about bringing home all the POP figurines and comic books we could fit in our suitcase 😂

During the same day, we took advantage of the rainy weather and hit up the most appropriate spot: a coffee shop!  Lady and the Mug just opened recently around the corner from where we were staying, and after seeing some of the photos on Instagram, I knew we had to stop by.  I mean, come on, how cute is it that they have a swing-set inside?  Oh, and yes, their chai latte lived up to my high standards!

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Saturday night seriously couldn’t have been more amazing!  Per the suggestion of B’s brother, we went to the Art Walk in FAT Village!  I was lucky enough to meet up with two of my friends from RVA who had recently moved to Fort Lauderdale, and by the end of the night, Brandon’s brother and his girlfriend joined us!  It was so much fun seeing all the incredible art on display, and even taking advantage of the delicious food trucks and creative vendors.  My favorite was probably the Lights Camera Shoot Booth, which allowed B and I to express our inner weirdos with silly props and goofy facial expressions. We even made it onto their Instagram page!  Totally wishing they were in RVA so I could hire them for our wedding reception!

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(sadly both this top and the skirt are sold out 😭)

Talk about beautiful!  The night before our flight home, we took a pitstop at Fort Lauderdale beach, right around the end of golden hour.  Not only was the sky beautiful from the oncoming sunset, but also because there were storm clouds rolling in.  It was almost cool with the beach breeze, and while we only stayed for about ten minutes, we were so glad to get in these beautiful photos before the rain hit us.

After the rain went away (typical Florida – it only lasted like 30 minutes), we headed over to Game Night Arcade, which made it the … third … time we frequented this brand new barcade.  We had visited on their opening night and became immediately obsessed not only with the clever gamer vibes (video game stations set up along the bar with classic games from N64, GameCube, and more) but the clientele.  The awesome owner, Spencer, was even kind enough to send us home with t-shirts, since we had been so supportive during their first few days.  I’m now following their Instagram page, and can’t wait to go back at Christmas time for some gaming and Wynwood Pop’s Porter – which is now my favorite beer ever.

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(swimsuit c/o Adore Me)

Just hours before our plane took us back to RVA, we hit up Deerfield Beach with one of Brandon’s lifelong friends for some sun and seabreezes.  I took home a souvenir in the form of the weirdest sunburn ever where our sunscreen spray had missed my upper thigh 😂  Let’s just say I totally looked like a typical tourist coming home from Florida with a big red patch as I boarded the plane that night.

In all, this may have been one of the best trips to SoFlo that Brandon and I have gotten to experience so far, and I can’t wait to go back and enjoy it again in a few months.  I’m so glad for the fact that JetBlue has great prices on their tickets, and the plane trip is only 2 hours long, making it easy for us to visit on a more regular basis.  Have you ever been to South Florida?  If so, where are some of your favorite places to visit?

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57 Comments

  • Reply
    Donna
    September 4, 2017 at 6:16 AM

    Nothing more wonderful than lovely Ft Lauderdale. Making me jealous!🌴🦋🌊❤️

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    Julie Purdy
    September 4, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    These are beautiful Steph. Love the beach pictures. You find the cutest places for photos and to visit too! Hugs!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      September 5, 2017 at 2:47 PM

      Aww thank you so much for the encouragement! I couldn’t stop myself from taking a million beach photos hehe!

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    Christina
    September 4, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    So glad you enjoyed my hometown! South Florida is a beautiful place 🙂

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      Stephanie Whitman
      September 5, 2017 at 2:48 PM

      You’re lucky that you get to call such a beautiful place home! It’s one of my favorites! I’m glad that my fiancé’s family all just happens to live there because it’s a great excuse for us to visit!

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    Rach
    September 4, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Your trip to Southern Florida looks amazing!! I definitely want to explore Ft Lauderdale more!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

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      Stephanie Whitman
      September 5, 2017 at 2:48 PM

      It was amazing! You definitely need to whenever you get the chance. It’s such a great place!

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    Ashley DTKAustin
    September 4, 2017 at 9:24 PM

    I haven’t been to Florida in YEARS but this post is making me want to get back NOW!! Gorgeous photos!!

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      Stephanie Whitman
      September 5, 2017 at 2:49 PM

      Haha! That’s the fun part about FL – there’s something beautiful to photograph wherever you look!

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    Tania cascilla
    September 4, 2017 at 9:53 PM

    Looks like you had a great trip!! I definitely need to visit south Florida soon’

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      September 5, 2017 at 2:49 PM

      It was the absolute best time! I’m already looking forward to our next trip in December for the holidays!

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    Kristin
    September 4, 2017 at 9:53 PM

    This post is so informative! My boyfriend’s sister and her husband live in Orlando, and we’ve been to visit with them before but I’ve always wanted to adventure around other parts of Florida. The butterfly place you want to is definitely on my wishlist now, along with some of the gorgeous beaches. Thanks so much for sharing your trip!

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      Stephanie Whitman
      September 5, 2017 at 2:50 PM

      ORL sounds incredible as well! I’ve only been there once and it was to go to Disney World when I was 16, so I don’t remember much aside from the theme park, but I do know that Miami and the surrounding areas (like Coral Springs and Fort Lauderdale) are so much fun! You’d love Butterfly World – it’s truly magical!

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    Ashley Zeal
    September 5, 2017 at 1:18 AM

    These photos are all so gorgeous!!!!

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      Stephanie Whitman
      September 5, 2017 at 2:51 PM

      South Florida is so easy to photograph. It’s beautiful and tropical and vibrant no matter where you look!

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    Caitlin
    September 5, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    I love that gingham skirt! Looks like a perfect trip!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      September 5, 2017 at 2:51 PM

      It was hard to actually change OUT of the skirt after that first day haha! It’s so cute, isn’t it? We certainly had an amazing time!

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    Samantha
    September 5, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    You have such gorgeous photos! I love all your outfits too 🙂
    http://www.thefitbrunette.com

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      Stephanie Whitman
      September 5, 2017 at 2:52 PM

      Thank you so much for the kind words! Florida is the best place to take photos. There’s nothing better than palm trees, bright houses, and beaches!

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    Haley
    September 5, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    Looks like you had so much fun! Definitely pinning this in case we ever visit this area!
    Xo,
    Haley
    http://www.me-and-mrjones.com

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      Stephanie Whitman
      September 5, 2017 at 2:52 PM

      I certainly hope you get to visit one day. You’d have an amazing time!

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    Danielle
    September 5, 2017 at 12:14 PM

    South Florida has a special place in my heart, because its where Joe & I got married! Loved seeing all of your snaps from your trip!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

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      Stephanie Whitman
      September 5, 2017 at 2:52 PM

      Awww no way! I didn’t know about that. Where in SoFlo? It’s just such a dreamy place!

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    Sara
    September 5, 2017 at 12:50 PM

    OH my goodness these beach photos are gorgeous! It looks like you had an amazing time and that yellow floral dress is the perfect Florida dress!

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      Stephanie Whitman
      September 5, 2017 at 2:53 PM

      Hehe thank you so much! I had to bring bright enough outfits that I matched my surroundings while I was there! It was so much fun!

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    Maggie
    September 5, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Oh wow this looks so amazing!! All of your outfits are on point, as always! I’ve never been to South Florida – only Clearwater, so I’ve got to add this to my list!

    Maggie @ Polished Closets

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      Stephanie Whitman
      September 5, 2017 at 10:35 PM

      You totally need to visit! You’d love it there. It’s so colorful and fun!

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    Debbie Savage
    September 5, 2017 at 7:40 PM

    Florida — I have never been! It looks so beautiful and amazing! I love your Adore Me swimsuit!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      September 5, 2017 at 10:36 PM

      No way! Florida is so much fun. There’s so much life there. I love it to death there. You’ve gotta visit sometime!

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    Jenna Colgrove
    September 5, 2017 at 7:50 PM

    all the colorful walls!!

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    Amy M Loochtan
    September 5, 2017 at 7:52 PM

    bookmarking this! my in laws just moved there and we need to visit soon!

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      Stephanie Whitman
      September 5, 2017 at 10:38 PM

      No way! You’ll love it there when you visit. It’s so much fun! Definitely reach out if you need any more suggestions!

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    Jojo Hua
    September 5, 2017 at 8:14 PM

    Wow, what beautiful photos. Looks like you had loads of fun. I haven’t been to Southern Florida before but it looks like so much fun and so vibrant and colourful too!

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      Stephanie Whitman
      September 5, 2017 at 10:39 PM

      It’s really my favorite place to visit. I absolutely adore all the color and life. The palm tree view is also something you seriously can’t beat!

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    Melissa | Bubby and Bean
    September 5, 2017 at 11:01 PM

    Such a great travel guide! I haven’t been to South Florida in forever but really need to get back!

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    Lavenda Memory
    September 5, 2017 at 11:20 PM

    Loving the way you styled this Florida trip! Looking absolutely gorgeous in that yellow print!

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    Maggie
    September 6, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    Looks so beautiful there!

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    Shelby Back
    September 6, 2017 at 1:35 PM

    it looks like you all had the best time!

    xo!
    Shelby
    http://www.glitterandgingham.com

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    Amanda
    September 6, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Looks like you had an amazing trip! I would love to check out all of these places next time I visit FLA.

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    Kelly @Birdieshoots
    September 6, 2017 at 9:25 PM

    I’ve actually never been to Florida, but have always wanted to travel there!

    Birdie Shoots

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    Francesca
    September 7, 2017 at 4:33 AM

    What a fantastic place! thanks for this mini guide.

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    Laura Leigh
    September 7, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    I love this post! Your photos are all amazing. Especially those beach shots!!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

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    Laura
    September 7, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Congratulations on your engagement and love all your travel looks!!

    xo, Laura
    http://www.have-need-want.com

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    Hanna Isabelle
    September 7, 2017 at 5:33 PM

    Thank you for sharing all the lovely tips!! I love Florida

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    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    September 7, 2017 at 9:28 PM

    I love all of your travel looks! So many pretty styles all in one place! I am heading to south Florida this winter maybe so this would be great all of these awesome tips!

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    Thomas Falkenstedt
    September 9, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    Dear Stephanie, it’s been a while since I had time to read your posts and obviously a LOT has happened in the meantime and I won’t go on rambling about all I’ve missed out on here, but will text you about all the details instead, as I want to concentrate on this blog post. To begin with, SO many people miss out on there being more to Florida than just Miami and Orlando and I’m glad you showed us your highlights of SoFlo. I would love to visit the butterfly sanctuary as I would like to call it and the FAT-district would totally be something I could spend days in. Oh, regarding flying, I agree. Comfy is the key. Sitting on a plane while typing this down I’m looking down at my comfy, but still classy outfit. There’s a way to do both, just as you do. 🙂
    Missed you!
    Love,
    Thomas

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    Sarah | The Bourbon Beauty
    September 9, 2017 at 7:21 PM

    Stephanie, it looks like you had an amazing trip! You have some really great tips and now I am sitting here trying to convince myself that I need to go to Florida! You look amazing in that swimsuit. You and your fiance make a beautiful couple. Please document your wedding planning process! I am very excited for you.

    XO,
    Sarah

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    Kachet
    September 10, 2017 at 5:08 AM

    Great tips for an awesome trip to SoFlo. It’s been on my list and I’m sending everyone in that region love right now!

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    Tayler Malott
    September 11, 2017 at 12:46 AM

    This looks like it was such a fun trip! Love this guide!

    XO,Tay
    http://www.taylermalott.com

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    Julia Comil
    September 11, 2017 at 2:32 AM

    I love all your pictures! I visited Miami but there are so many cities in Florida I need to see! Great pictures

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    LuxMommy
    September 11, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    SO much fun!

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    Tristan Dennington
    September 11, 2017 at 11:03 AM

    Sounds like you had an amazing time! Cherry Smash looks like the cutest little place. I need to keep these places in mind for my next Florida trip!

    -Tristan

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    Liz
    September 11, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    These photos are stunning! I want to go!

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

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    Derek
    September 11, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Looks like a fun trip! The pictures of the clouds brings back childhood memories of when I used to fly as a kid!

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    Nita
    September 12, 2017 at 1:30 AM

    I absoutely love Florida!! such a great post btw <3

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    Sami | The Classic Brunette
    September 14, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    I’ve only been to Florida once, but I loved it! This makes me want to visit again!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

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