Riverwalk

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Riverwalk which includes cruising, a ferry and a marina

Discover a scenic strip of parkland, shops and historic buildings in the center of the city.

The Riverwalk is an area along the north and south banks of the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale. It’s home to several of the city’s main attractions, including the Museum of Discovery and Science, the Broward Center for Performing Arts and Old Fort Lauderdale.

The historic waterfront area was the original settlement in Fort Lauderdale, and some of the early architecture remains. Today you’ll also find luxury yachts in the marina and lining the river.

Spend a day strolling along the paved walkways, which run for roughly a mile (1.6 kilometers) and make the area easy to navigate. Stop at one of several historic attractions, such as the 1907 King-Cromartie House or the 1899 Replica Schoolhouse. The 1905 New River Inn is the oldest surviving hotel in Broward County. The Stranahan House Museum once served as the town hall and post office, and was built by the founder of the city, Frank Stranahan, in 1901. Tours through the house are held every day of the year, except public holidays.

Jump on a tour boat and take a cruise down the New River. Dozens of tour companies operate river cruises, many of them leaving from the marina or Los Olas riverfront. You’ll see expensive yachts and pricey real estate; Sonny and Cher, and Lucille Ball—among other celebrities — have lived in the posh mansions that line the river.

Hit the shops to pick up souvenirs, clothing from luxury brands, art works and home wares. On the fourth Sunday of the month, spend an afternoon browsing the work of local artists at the Riverwalk Sunday Arts event. In the evening, take a seat just steps from the water at one of the themed bars and restaurants The walkways are well lit at night and filled with revelers who hop between bars.

The Riverwalk is located downtown on a number of city bus routes, and parking is available nearby if you opt to drive.

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Sonder | Society Las Olas
Sonder | Society Las Olas
3.5 out of 5
300 Southwest 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is $108 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this condo building is steps from Fort Lauderdale History Center, Las Olas Boulevard, and Riverwalk. NSU Art Museum Fort ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
"Recently, my husband and I stayed at Sonder society Las Olas: WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!! The amenities are top notch, the comfort of the room made us feel as if we were in our own home and the view from this building is impeccable! We had such an amazing time that we are actually even contemplating moving ..."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Sonder | Society Las Olas
Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
4 out of 5
100 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is $144 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is steps from Las Olas Boulevard and NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. Broward Center for the Performing Arts and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (370 reviews)
"Amazing Property and great location .. without a doubt must visit for the future ."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
Riverside Hotel
Riverside Hotel
3.5 out of 5
620 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is $149 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is steps from Las Olas Boulevard and Historic Stranahan House Museum. Broward Center for the Performing Arts ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,032 reviews)
"The Riverside Hotel exceeded my expectations. The staff were all very friendly and the hotel itself is beautiful. Great views from the tower rooms, nice, clean rooms, and a fantastic pool. The location is perfect! Las Olas has something for everyone. Many shops and terrific dining options. Breakfast ..."

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

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Hampton Inn by Hilton Ft. Lauderdale/Downtown Las Olas Area, FL
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Sonder | Society Las Olas
3.5 out of 5
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PREMIER High Rise Condo in Downtown! Perfect for long stays!
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**$99 END OF SUMMER SPECIAL**
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Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
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