I will be visiting The Atlantic and Riverwalk next week, before this super special package begins in May. I return  here every time I travel to the east coast of Florida for business and pleasure. This is a special value is during the secret Florida season for a family or couple get-away vacation. The sunshine is perfect, water is warm, fish are jumping and the snowbirds have flown north.

Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District Offers “The Atlantic’s Fin-Tastic Getaway” Package

Contacts: Carmen Ackerman, Riverwalk A&E District, 954-414-6910cackerman@browardcenter.org; Duree Ross, Duree & Company, PR Consultant 954-723-9350duree@dureeandcompany.com

Riverwalk A&E District and The Atlantic Resort & Spa are teaming up to offer “The Atlantic’s Fin-Tastic Getaway” package ideal for couples or families who love exploring all the ocean offers while enjoying the amenities of a luxurious beachside hotel. May 25-Oct. 15 package includes stay at the Atlantic Resort & Spa; admission to Museum of Art,  Fort Lauderdale’s SHARK Exhibition, Museum of Discovery and Science; snorkeling cruise and more .

Fort Lauderdale, Florida,  April 5, 2012 – The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District is offering “The Atlantic’s Fin-Tastic Getaway” package, perfect for those who love exploring the underwater world, culture, education and relaxing at a sophisticated Fort Lauderdale beachfront hotel. Available from Friday, May 25–Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, the package is based on double occupancy, two-night minimum stay and includes:

·        3-day/2-night stay at The Atlantic Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, based on double occupancy (guaranteed oceanfront accommodations)

·       Daily continental breakfast for 2 at East End Brasserie

·       Admission for 2 to SHARK Exhibition at the Museum of Art I Fort Lauderdale located in the Riverwalk A&E District

·       Admission for 2 to explore live sharks, other aquatic animals and over 200 dynamic exhibits at the Museum of Discovery and Science located in the Riverwalk A&E District

·       Two-hour Sea Experience snorkeling cruise for 2 in a glass-bottom boat

·       20 percent off all spa services at The Spa Atlantic, The Atlantic Resort & Spa’s sea-and-citrus-inspired day spa (must be at least 16 years of age to use Spa facilities)

“The Atlantic’s Fin-Tastic Getaway” package rates from May 25 – October 15, 2012 begin at $199 per room, per night excluding taxes, from Sunday-Thursday, and $229 per room, per night, excluding taxes, Friday and Saturday.  Reduced rate for children (4 to 18 years) will be an additional $25, per night; maximum occupancy of four guests per room.  Rates are subject to projected availability.

Organized by the Museum of Art I Fort Lauderdale in association with Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center, the major exhibition SHARK is guest curated by acclaimed wildlife artist, author and environmentalist Richard Ellis. SHARK also includes well-known marine artists and conservationists Guy Harvey and Kent Ullberg, as well as noted photographers Chris Fallows, Ron and Valerie Taylor, Daniel Botelho, David Doubilet, and Rodney Fox. Among the most dramatic installations are the watercolors of 400 shark species by British wildlife illustrator Marc Dando. In addition to drawings of all known varieties of sharks in the world, the exhibition contains photographs, sculptures, and video as well as a gallery devoted to the sensational impact of the 1975 Steven Spielberg film Jaws. In recent years, attention has turned to protecting the habitats of these magnificent animals and the exhibition documents advances made in those areas, including the July 2011 banning of a  ll commercial shark fishing by the island nation of the Bahamas.

During the Sea Experience snorkeling cruise, guests will enjoy a narrated tour through “Millionaire’s Row” on the Intracoastal Waterway to Port Everglades, and then out to the ocean to the beautiful coral reefs and wrecks off Fort Lauderdale Beach. Beginners are welcome for snorkeling. Following the snorkeling fun, guests will cruise back along Fort Lauderdale Beach. No minimum age required for snorkeling; those participating must be able to swim.

For reservations or more information on “The Atlantic’s Fin-Tastic Getaway” package, please call The Atlantic Resort & Spa at 877-567-8020 or visit www.atlantichotelfl.com.

About Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District: The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District is a unique partnership of arts and entertainment organizations located along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale with the express mission of promoting cultural tourism in South Florida. Presenting over 1000 individual events each year, the District attracts well over 1 million visitors annually. Partners of the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium include Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and the Historic Stranahan House Museum. It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information about Riverwalk A&E District and its partners, visit www.riverwalkae.com.

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