​​​General Information

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport's Community Outreach Office provides area residents with information about the Airport and its related projects. Residents can contact the Community Outreach Office with their questions via phone, email, or make a personal visit.

Broward County Aviation Department
320 Terminal Drive, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

Phone: 866-435-9355

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

Viewing Areas

There are three viewing areas to watch the planes taking off and landing: the Ron Gardner Aircraft Viewing Area, the Hibiscus Garage Viewing Area, and the Greenbelt Viewing Area. 

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Ron Gardner Aircraft Viewing Area 


The Ron Gardner Aircraft Viewing Area is located along the southwestern end of the north runway. It is the perfect location to watch aircraft taking off and landing. It is named after a longtime Aviation Department employee and airport friend, Ron Gardner. 
The Viewing Area is a great place to spend a lunch hour or to introduce kids to the joy of flight. There is ample parking space and is the only airport observation area where you can sit in your car and view the airplanes.
Hours of Operation and Location
The Viewing Area is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. It is located near the southwest corner of Perimeter Road on Southwest 39th Street (near the Animal Care and Adoption’s animal shelter).
Listen to the Tower Conversations
In 2010, the Broward County Aviation Department installed a solar-powered speaker system for people to enjoy the conversations of the pilots and the tower when aircraft land and take off. The radio transmissions lend an element of realism to the experience.

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 Ron Gardner Viewing Area

Hibiscus Garage Viewing Area 

Hibiscus Garage Viewing Area  This viewing area provides a birds-eye-view of the entire airfield and terminals. It is located on the top level of the Hibiscus Garage’s western edge near section 7A. There are numerous benches for sitting while you watch the planes take off and land. The garage is open 24/7, and the daily parking fees apply.

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Greenbelt Viewing Area

The 30-acre Greenbelt is a landscaped earthen berm. It also serves the community by providing a passive park containing a viewing area, walking path, diverse vegetation, and wetland areas. It is the perfect place to have a picnic lunch on the grass under shade trees. There are also several benches near the walking path.
 Greenbelt Viewing Area Map
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Hours of Operation and Location
The Greenbelt is open from sunrise to sunset. It is located at the intersection of Griffin Road and Northwest 10th Street.


Speaker's Bureau: The Voices of FLL


Community OutreachFLL's Speaker's Bureau offers presentations to business organizations, civic groups, and homeowner associations. Speakers can discuss a wide variety of topics including the Airport's rich history, growth, and expansion program. Presentations last approximately 25 minutes and can be customized for your organization. To schedule a speaker about the airport's history, growth, or general information, contact: 


Steve Belleme, Business Development Manager
Broward County Aviation Department
320 Terminal Drive, Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Phone: 954-359-2336

Hurricane Tips 

  • Call your airline or check the airline's website for the latest flight schedule. When the airport closes/reopens due to a hurricane, the airlines are the best source of information for their canceled and rescheduled flights.
  • Do not use the parking garage to store your car during a hurricane.
  • Terminals are not designed as hurricane shelters. As a hurricane approaches, all passengers and airline personnel will evacuate the terminals and they will close. The terminals will reopen after the storm passes and declared safe to re-enter.
  • The safety of travelers, airline employees, and FLL employees is our primary concern. The Broward County Aviation Department will do everything possible to maintain regular operations so the airlines may continue to fly.  ​