Central Wilton Manors and the Wilton Drive Area is perfectly located in central Broward. North of Sunrise Boulevard, South of Oakland Park Boulevard, three miles from the beach, seven miles from the airport and three miles to downtown Fort Lauderdale. Wilton Drive is just South of “Five-Points” where Dixie Highway meets Wilton Drive / 4th Avenue and Northeast 26th Street. With the introduction of Georgie’s Alibi, a gay bar and restaurant in the 90s, the GLBT community has been visiting and moving to South Florida making it the number two gay destination in America and Wilton Manors has become the hub.
The main drag of Central Wilton Manors, Wilton Drive, has been getting a facelift over the past few years. Both commercial and residential property values continue to increase, giving proof of the city’s economic rejuvenation. Along the Drive, the city’s Arts and Entertainment District features an array of shops, restaurants, gallery’s and entertainment venues situated along a pedestrian-friendly corridor.
The City has several recreational facilities, parks, nature boardwalks, a dog park and a boat ramp for watercraft entry. Kayak rentals and plenty of places for fishing make this city perfect for kicking back and enjoying not just the iconic nightlife but the great outdoors as well. Wilton Drive and Central Wilton Manors has earned its reputation as a hot spot for GLBT living and nightlife. With the addition of Equality Park, a campus that is home to the Pride Center, among other GLBT organizations, has solidified Wilton Manors as the heart of Gay Florida fun and family life.
Beautiful homes that feature Key West styling as well as handsome condominiums now complement the city’s well-kept established neighborhoods. The makeup of Wilton Manors is intriguing. There are more city government gay members here than in any body of government in the country. Their dedication to making Wilton Manors more than “just a place to live,” but also a place to be proud of, certainly is working well. Once considered a tranquil blue-collar community, Wilton Manors is emerging with an entirely new identity as a highly desirable address in Broward County and Southeast Florida