Broward Center for the Performing Arts

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201 SW 5th Ave


Entertainment and Nightlife Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

If you're interested in seeing a theatrical performance during your trip, head to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The Broward Center is conveniently located on the west side of the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District in Fort Lauderdale, so you can easily grab dinner and a drink before your show or end your night with a stroll along the water.

Shows at the Broward Center range from family-friendly options like Baby Shark Live!, Disney's Aladdin and Junie B. Jones: The Musical to adult-centered performances like Beatles tribute shows, Les Miserables, So You Think You Can Dance Live! and the Miami City Ballet. Be sure to check the theater's website for a current event calendar. The Broward Center recommends patrons arrive 45 minutes to an hour before showtime to allow themselves time to park, get through security and enjoy the pre-theater experience – complete with food and drink specials. Seating opens up 30 minutes before the performance begins. The Broward Center does not enforce a dress code, so you may get as dressed up or dressed down as you desire. Visitors loved the theater itself and said they had a wonderful experience from start to finish. Still, some guests noted that the space could use more restrooms, as long lines form quickly during intermission and after shows.

There are several public parking garages in the area, with prices ranging from $5 to $15 per vehicle typically. You may also valet your car at the main entrance of the Broward Center for $25 per vehicle (preferred valet service costs $35). After your show, you can present your admission ticket at several Fort Lauderdale restaurants to receive discounts off your bill, free bottles of wine and other special promotions. You can check the theater's current dining partners – and start planning your visit – on the Broward Center's website.

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