Where are you staying? I lived there for 7 years so I know the area very well and was also a rixen rat for about 5. Like they said if you don't bring your own gear don't bother going and that includes a helmet. As for where to go out and to eat, fort lauderdale is a VERY BIG place so it depends on your location because all parts of town have their own spots to go out. If you are in actual "fort lauderdale" goto this area called Las Olas. The best way to get there is i95 to broward bvd and head east towards the beach. You will start approaching downtown about 2-3 miles down broward. Take a right on Andrews avenue and then a left on las olas bvd and grab the first parking spot you see. There is a new restaurant/ultra lounge calle Yolo right before the bank of America building that has a sick bar scene and good food. Another amazing restaurant in las olas is Johnny v's. The head chef/owner was on iron chef and they have a cheese menu that is out of this world. Big city grill on las olas also has good food and a good bar scene. Now if you want bars/clubs and a strait party scene. Instead of taking a left on las olas go right and you are in riverfront. It is all bars and clubs and will offer pretty much any scene you want, but not upscale like las olas. There are a number of parking garages in riverfront but reccomendation would be too drive through "riverfront" and take a left on himarshee and park in the parking garage there because that's where all the good bars are. It's just a block away.
If you are in the boca area, goto Misner park. Just do a google search for the directions. It's an upscale area with bars and restaurants and MILF central. South Beach is only a 30-40 minute drive and for everyone visiting south Florida the first time I think it's a must. Take 95 south to 395 and the signs will get you there. The parking garages are on Collins ave. Just park there and walk over to the next block which is ocean drive which is the south beach you see in all the movies. It actually is cool to drive down ocean first to check out the scene. If you don't mind spending some coin, Nobu for dinner is where it is at. It is in the Shore club hotel in sobe. Beautiful girls and a sick bar scene. All the girls there are models. If you specify exactly where you are at and how far you are willing to drive I will get more specific.