Riverwalk

Riverwalk which includes cruising, a ferry and a marina
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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.

Top Hotels Close to Riverwalk

Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale
Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale
3 out of 5
250 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
The price is $109 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 18
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
"Decent stay, fairly clean. Couldn’t find a working ice maker on any of the floors. Bathroom smelled like a musty locker room whenever the fan was turned on. Beds were hard as a rock and creaked every time you moved."

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Riverside Hotel
Riverside Hotel
3.5 out of 5
620 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
The price is $169 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,063 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel! We were originally given a room that was not suitable, but the front desk staff gave us an upgrade that was great. We only stayed one night here before a cruise, but we would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
4 out of 5
100 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Fully refundable
The price is $178 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a restaurant. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (688 reviews)
"Very nice hotel that is not too far from the airport and has good food in the restaurant. I felt very welcome there."

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Riverwalk

4.3
Top Destination
5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 40.19607843137255%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 50.16339869281046%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.516339869281046%
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2 - Disappointing 0.8169934640522876%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.3071895424836601%

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Feb 29, 2020

Riverwalk needs to be expanded.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 21, 2020

Lovely walk, but to be honest with you kind of hard to find access points and we were blocked a few times due to construction so had to take detours.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 9, 2019

It was a nice addition but didn't relish the taking out of the older buildings to put in a corridor of humongous buildings! I must say the architecture was pleasant but it's starting to look like Manhattan.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 11, 2019

Saw it from the Jungle Queen trip. Would go back for a visit.

5/5 - Excellent

David

Feb 19, 2019

Nice place to shop, eat, and just take a stroll.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jan 17, 2019

this is not at it appears on the website it is under construction and there is not much there

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Best Lodging Options Near Riverwalk

Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale
Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale
3 out of 5
250 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Riverside Hotel
Riverside Hotel
3.5 out of 5
620 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
4 out of 5
100 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Sonder at Riverwalk
Sonder at Riverwalk
3.5 out of 5
301 Southwest 1st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Tru by Hilton Fort Lauderdale Downtown
Tru by Hilton Fort Lauderdale Downtown
2.5 out of 5
315 NW 1ST AVENUE BLDG B, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
The Dalmar, Fort Lauderdale, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
The Dalmar, Fort Lauderdale, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
4 out of 5
299 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Home2 Suites by Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Downtown, FL
Home2 Suites by Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Downtown, FL
3 out of 5
315 NW 1st avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Element Fort Lauderdale Downtown
Element Fort Lauderdale Downtown
3.5 out of 5
299 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301
Oasis Hotel
Oasis Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1200 Miami Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33316
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.