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Riverwalk
Vacation Travel Guide

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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Top Hotels Close to Riverwalk

Riverside Hotel
Riverside Hotel
3.5 out of 5
620 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is ¥14,039 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is steps from Las Olas Boulevard and Historic Stranahan House Museum. Broward Center for the Performing Arts ...
4.4/5Excellent! (927 reviews)
"Very well designed. Beautiful environment"

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Riverside Hotel
Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
4 out of 5
100 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥20,216 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
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! (248 reviews)
"All likes no dislike"

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥10,751 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Riverwalk, Las Olas Boulevard, and NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. ...
4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
Wonderful Place 1st Class
"The apartment is a great location to dinner places, walking down the river side, boats moving by, 10 minute drive to beach, A1A. The apartment was really clean and well kept up with everything ya need for the week. A publix grocery store a block away, to walk to at any time. Great pool and gym as ..."

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
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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Riverside Hotel
Riverside Hotel
3.5 out of 5
620 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is ¥14,039 per night from May 23 to May 23
Riverside Hotel
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 ¥20,216 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is ¥10,751 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is ¥10,751 per night from May 25 to May 25
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Three Bedroom
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Three Bedroom
Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is ¥13,249 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Three Bedroom
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is ¥10,751 per night from May 25 to May 25
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is ¥12,842 per night from Jun 9 to Jun 9
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
Fort Lauderdale, FL
The price is ¥11,186 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 7
Riverwalk Apartments 30 Day Stays Two Bedroom
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.