Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District

#9 in Best Things To Do in Fort Lauderdale
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Key Info

219 Southwest 2nd Avenue

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Entertainment and Nightlife, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.2

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Spanning 22 blocks, the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District holds some of Fort Lauderdale's top attractions. You'll find the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, the Nova Southeastern University Art Museum, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Florida Grand Opera and the Historic Stranahan House Museum, in addition to many restaurants, green spaces, movie theaters and shops. The district is set along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale and is a lovely place to stroll or sit on a bench with a cup of coffee. It also encompasses Las Olas Boulevard, where you will find many shopping, dining and nightlife venues.

Recent travelers said they enjoyed the views along the river and found the paved stretch to be a perfect place to go for a walk. Additionally, many recommended hopping on the free Riverwalk Water Trolley, which operates like a bus system with eight different stops along the river's north and south banks. The water trolley runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day and can be requested by calling 954-TROLLEY. Riders can also track the location of the water trolley using the Sun Trolley Tracker app, or simply waiting 20 to 30 minutes at the nearest stop.

For a full list of all the events taking place within the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District, visit its official website. There you will find a combination of daily events (such as guided tours of the area's various historical homes) and special events like concerts, wine and food tours and more. Parking is available at various public garages nearby.

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