Moving to a new city, leaving everything and everybody we are familiar with, coming to a place we know nothing about, etc., easily becomes too much to handle. When situations like this occur, friends are the only ones who can help us. But, what if we do not have any friends yet? What if we feel like the new kid on the playground? Do not worry; no matter how old you are, it is perfectly normal to feel nervous and anxious about meeting new people.
Luckily, Fort Lauderdale is one of the most welcoming cities in Florida! Locals will let you join their close-knit communities in no time. All you have to do is be ready to get out of your comfort zone and be willing to take the first step. So, with that being said, here are some of the best places to meet new people in Fort Lauderdale.
Give Your Neighborhood a Chance First
You have moved, unpacked, and settled in. And, what is next? Next is exploring your new neighborhood in Fort Lauderdale. So, put on your walking shoes and leave no stone unturned. Even though you have just moved to this city, there is nothing wrong with being a tourist first. Check out your street, neighborhood, local stores, coffee shops, restaurants, etc. And, while doing that, do not hesitate to meet your neighbors. Most of them are already wondering who you are and what brought you to Fort Lauderdale, so tell them your story. You can also organize a "Welcome Party" for yourself! Prepare some food and drinks, and mingle. Your neighbors will appreciate it and surely invite you to their party or barbecue next time.
Visit Local Shops
If moving to Fort Lauderdale is also your first time in Florida, you are probably wondering what to expect when relocating here, right? Well, nothing to worry about, as living in Fort Lauderdale is as good as it gets - your new neighbors will tell you all about it. But, if you want to meet people outside your own neighborhood, try visiting the local shops. Those can be just any shops - bakeries, flower shops, antique shops, pet shops, etc. Those are the places owned by the locals, and if you support their small business, be sure that they will soon become your friends. If you tell the owners your story, they can also point you in the right direction. They can, maybe, tell you all about the local gatherings, festivals, or even where to look for people who share the same interest as you. Do not be afraid to be the first one to talk; after all, you are the one in search of new friends.
Fort Lauderdale Greeneries Are Always Full of People
Fort Lauderdale residents just love their greenery and parks are among the best places to meet new people in Fort Lauderdale. When you move here, be sure to visit Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Gulfstream Park, Bonnet Gardens, Sawgrass Recreation Park, Flamingo Garden, Butterfly World, etc. These places are not only great for their amazing greenery and for feasting one's eyes, but they are also great for meeting people who share the same interests as you. For instance, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is an excellent place for meeting people who enjoy yoga, meditation, fine arts, and similar activities. Gulfstream Park is great if you are an equestrian enthusiast. And, if you are interested in alligators and other creatures, you can find the same-minded people in Sawgrass Recreational Park. If you find it difficult to find "your people," share your interests and hobbies with your neighbors, and they will surely tell you where to go.
Pay a visit to the Beach
Once moving to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, you must embrace the summer-state-of-mind. And, what a better way to do that than to pay a visit to the local beach. If you do some research, you will soon see that different beaches in Fort Lauderdale have different purposes. Some are visited by surfers and those loving water sports while others welcome party lovers. So, depending on your interests, go find your people. You can also take your dog to the beach, for example. Approach the locals and start talking - how to help your pet adapt to living in a warmer climate is always a good conversation-starter in these kinds of situations. And, speaking of conversation-starters, it would be a good idea to have some prepared, just in case you get confused.
Coffee Shops Are Always a Good Idea
There is not a person in the world who does not like going to a coffee shop every once in a while. Some go there to relax, drink a different kind of coffee, and catch up with the news. Others go there to meet with their dates or friends. However, you can go to a coffee shop for another reason - to actually read those coffee shop flyers. They are placed on the tables, windows, and boards, and they are filled with information about future events. Maybe you will find out about the incredible music festivals you shouldn't miss in Florida, or about the annual sports events. Perhaps your neighbor is organizing a yard sale, or there may be a church event coming up some. Look for those flyers the next time you go into a coffee shop. You will be surprised at what you can find. Be sure that people who left those flyers there want to make new friends too!
Finally, we have to mention an important thing. While there are many excellent places to meet new people in Fort Lauderdale, you have to do that safely. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, you must wear a mask and keep your distance. Perhaps throwing a party will not be an appropriate option now, so you could save that idea for later when our lives get back to normal.
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