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Riverwalk

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. 

Popular Activities at Riverwalk

Ensure you have lots of time at Riverwalk. Below are some of the best activities:

When organizing your trip, you might want to consider buying a Segway Tour of Fort Lauderdale or a Fort Lauderdale Tour with Boat Ride and Lunch - from Miami.

If you'd like even more activities, examine our Fort Lauderdale things to do page.


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B Ocean Resort ¥10,413
B Ocean Resort

B Ocean Resort

1140 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in East Fort Lauderdale, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Bahia Mar Marina, Jungle Queen Riverboat, and Fort Lauderdale Beach Park. Fort Lauderdale Beach and Las Olas Beach are also within 15 minutes.

    Riverside Hotel ¥12,470
    Riverside Hotel

    Riverside Hotel

    620 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is steps from Las Olas Boulevard and Historic Stranahan House Museum. Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Fort Lauderdale Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale/Downtown Las Olas Area, FL ¥11,386
      Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale/Downtown Las Olas Area, FL

      Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale/Downtown Las Olas Area, FL

      250 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Broward County Library and Las Olas Boulevard. Riverwalk and Broward Center for the Performing Arts are also within 15 minutes.

        Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Downtown ¥11,775
        Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Downtown

        Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Downtown

        30 South Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Las Olas Boulevard and Historic Stranahan House Museum. Riverwalk and Broward Center for the Performing Arts are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          The Dalmar, Fort Lauderdale, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel ¥12,431
          The Dalmar, Fort Lauderdale, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

          The Dalmar, Fort Lauderdale, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

          299 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Las Olas Boulevard and Historic Stranahan House Museum. Riverwalk and Broward Center for the Performing Arts are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Crowne Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruiseport ¥9,075
            Crowne Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruiseport

            Crowne Plaza Hotel Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruiseport

            455 State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Poinciana Park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Harbor Shops and Port Everglades. Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center and Historic Stranahan House Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Rooftop Downtowner
              Rooftop Downtowner

              Rooftop Downtowner

              453 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard, and Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Riverwalk and Historic Stranahan House Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                4 Bedroom Home by Ideal Experience VR ¥20,442
                4 Bedroom Home by Ideal Experience VR

                4 Bedroom Home by Ideal Experience VR

                513 SW 5th ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard, and Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Riverwalk and Historic Stranahan House Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).