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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. 


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Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale ¥12,809
Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale

Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale

100 East 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 NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Historic Stranahan House Museum are also within 15 minutes.

    B Ocean Resort ¥13,632
    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. Las Olas Beach and Fort Lauderdale Beach are also within 15 minutes.

      Riverside Hotel ¥13,886
      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).

        Artrageous on the river By RocketSTAY ¥11,840
        Artrageous on the river By RocketSTAY

        Artrageous on the river By RocketSTAY

        601 N Rio Vista Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Historic Stranahan House Museum, Las Olas Boulevard, and Riverwalk. Museum of Discovery and Science and Broward Center for the Performing Arts are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          The Link Hotel on Sunrise ¥4,941
          The Link Hotel on Sunrise

          The Link Hotel on Sunrise

          1055 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Canine Beach, The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, and Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Fort Lauderdale Beach and Las Olas Boulevard are also within 2 mi (3 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 NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Las Olas Boulevard, and Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Riverwalk and Museum of Discovery and Science are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale/Downtown Las Olas Area, FL ¥11,733
              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 Museum of Discovery and Science are also within 15 minutes.

                The Dalmar, Fort Lauderdale, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel ¥15,285
                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 1 mi (2 km) of Historic Stranahan House Museum, Las Olas Boulevard, and Riverwalk. Museum of Discovery and Science and Broward Center for the Performing Arts are also within 1 mi (2 km).