When Spending a Weekend In Fort Lauderdale,
Visit the International Swimming Hall of Fame
February 1, 2011- The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) is featured in a new travel and vacation guide, The New York Times, 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada, published by Taschen of Los Angeles, CA (www.taschen.com). The ISHOF is one of only two cultural/historical recommendations for weekend tourists, the other being the historic Bonnet House. The other recommendations were restaurants, hotels or walks down Las Olas and along the beach.
Located on a beautiful site on the Inland Waterway and just a few steps from Fort Lauderdale’s famous beach, the International Swimming Hall of Fame is a one-of-a-kind Museum dedicated to swimming. Since its opening in 1965, Fort Lauderdale has been recognized internationally as the Swimming capital of the world.
“While we have the world’s largest collection of Olympic medals and memorabilia from the great names in Olympic swimming, what distinguishes our Museum of Swimming from other sports museums, like the Pro Football or Baseball Halls of Fame,” says ISHOF President Bruce Wigo, “is that swimming is much more than a sport or game. Swimming is the passport to two-thirds of the planet, 21 other recreational pastimes, good health, water safety and drowning prevention. It is not a 19th century invention, but has been around since pre-history. It has played a role in every civilization on earth and has shaped our modern culture in ways you can’t imagine. When you leave our museum, you will say, ‘WOW! I didn’t know that.’”
The Museum is open 9 -5 on weekdays, 9 – 2 on weekends. For more information call: 954-462-6536.
The International Swimming Hall of Fame, Inc. (ISHOF), established in 1965, is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of all adults and children. Visit http://www.ishof.org