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Spring Forward With a Day In The District

Spring has sprung in Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk A&E District. While most of the U.S. is still defrosting from winter, here at The District we have long sunny days, cool breezes and the beauty that surrounds us along our historic New River. Enjoy a day in our backyard, and take our lead with this robust itinerary we have created with you in mind. You may take all of our suggestions, or check out our complete calendar at calendar and map out your own adventure. Then, be sure to share it at #DotheDistrict. Whichever way you choose to explore, we are sure you will find your experiences in The District to be as fresh as springtime!

Tuesdays – Sundays

9:00 AM

Begin your Heritage Tour at the beautiful Bonnet House Museum & Gardens.

Begin your Heritage Tour at the beautiful Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

There is no better way to begin a beautiful spring morning than to explore Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. This charming and unique estate offers a variety of tours, Tuesday through Sunday, ranging from the orchid greenhouses that dot the estate’s vast and lush grounds, to the eclectic furnishings and art that inspired the home’s original owners. Also, through April 30, you can enjoy the “Making New Impressions: Art Exhibition,” where talented artists display their art for the benefit of the Bonnet House and their restoration programs.

To see the best places to take a selfie at the Bonnet House, click here and watch our video.

11:00 AM

Stop at the Gift Shop

Stop at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Since it appears to be another glorious day in Fort Lauderdale, you may want to head right across the street from Bonnet House to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. This park is an oasis of tropical hammocks preserving four distinct natural communities, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Visitors can rent a canoe and paddle along a mile-long freshwater lagoon or fish form the seawall. Nature lovers can hike along two short trails and learn about local plants and wildlife, while bicyclists and skaters glide along the paved park road. There are picnic areas, and pedestrians can access the beach through a tunnel. The Terramar Visitor Center features displays regarding the area’s natural and cultural history. The cost is $6 per vehicle, or $2 for pedestrians or bicyclists.

1:00 PM

Head over to The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale mall

Head over to NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is a premier destination for exhibitions and programs encompassing all facets of civilization’s visual history. You may want to stop first at the Museum Café for a coffee or light bite. The Café offers a menu featuring salads and sandwiches, and a Sunday brunch menu, available from noon-4 p.m., complete with mimosas. Also, don’t miss “Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road.” This exhibition presents new and recent work by Los Angeles-based artist Catherine Opie. Created over the course of six months at the Bel-Air, California residence of the late actress Elizabeth Taylor, the exhibition’s photographs are drawn from two series: “Closets and Jewels” and “700 Nimes Road.” Inspired by William Eggleston’s images of Elvis Presley’s Memphis estate, Graceland, Opie creates a portrait of Taylor from her personal space and extensive mementos.

3:00 PM

Hop aboard the Water Taxi

Hang at the History Museum Fort Lauderdale

History Museum Fort Lauderdale brings the stories of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s diverse community to life through educational experiences, cultural exhibits, research, and preservation for future generations. There are daily guided tours of the grounds offered at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily. These tours include the New River Inn (1905), King Cromartie House Museum (1907), 1899 Ivy Cromartie Schoolhouse Replica (1976) and Hoch Research Library. There is also a variety of events offered weekly, including monthly lectures and social events.
Want to see a few more things you can experience at the Historical Society? Then click here and watch our video.


Charming Tour

Hear and experience in The District

This spring, you will find much to see, hear and experience in The District. We suggest you check out some of these great shows such as “Something Rotten” (March 21–April 2), “Matilda” (April 25–May 7), “Aida” (April 20–May 20) or “Mamma Mia” (May 19–21). For something truly unique and spectacular, you may want to experience Florida Grand Opera’s “A Masked Ball” (May 11 & 13). There is also plenty of music, comedy and magic, such as Idina Menzel World Tour (May 24), Jay Leno (April 6) and “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” (April 19), to name a few.

For a truly great dining experience, you will want to reserve a seat at Marti’s New River Bistro before the performance. This casually elegant waterfront dining spot offers a delectable three-course prix fixe dinner menu, an extensive wine list and contemporary cocktails. Indoor and outdoor seating are available and reservations may be made through OpenTable.

So, enjoy these heady balmy spring days and nights. We invite you to create your own Day in The District itinerary and share it with us on Facebook or on Twitter @DotheDistrict. Happy wandering!

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