Riverwal Arts & Entertainment District - Things to do


Taste the high life on Las Olas Blvd

Stretching from the beachfront and rising over the Intracoastal Waterway, magnificent views of million dollar homes and spectacular yachts, set the scene for this popular entertainment strip in Fort Lauderdale. The place to see and be seen, Las Olas Boulevard buzzes with boutique shops, street cafes, upscale restaurants, art galleries and an electric nightlife atmosphere after dark.


Catch a show at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Overlooking the New River, visitors love the spacious venues, comfortable seating and family-friendly atmosphere when attending shows at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Home of the Florida Grand Opera, this world-class venue showcases the best of Broadway and year-round ballet, dance, opera, music, theater and more. Arrive early and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Riverwalk, or enjoy casual outdoor dining at a nearby waterfront restaurant.

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Be transported back in time at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

A must-see in Fort Lauderdale, the beautiful historic home of artists Frederic Clay Bartlett and Evelyn Fortune Bartlett, transports visitors to the the days of gracious living. This wonderfully whimsical Caribbean plantation-style house was built in the 1920s, when Florida was one of the nation’s last frontier outposts. In addition to public tours available from Tuesday - Sunday, Bonnet House hosts outdoor concerts, artist exhibitions, and an annual orchid festival.

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Bask in the Florida Sun at Fort Lauderdale Beach

Just a short drive north of the city, Butterfly World in Coconut Creek is the biggest butterfly park in the world. Don’t miss this fantastic family-friendly attraction, featuring three acres of butterfly aviaries, two bird aviaries, botanical gardens, and the working butterfly farm and research center. This enchanting world, will mesmerize with dazzling color as local and exotic butterflies as big as your hand flutter in beautifully landscaped spaces.


Discover the original Fort Lauderdale at the Historical Society

Located on the riverwalk, this historical attraction depicts the history of the area with attractions like the restored New River Inn, built in 1905; a World War II boarding house,the King-Cromartie School House, and a public research library, where over 250,000 historic images are held. The museum is opening 12 - 4 pm Tuesday to Sunday, with tours available at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

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Ride the Riverwalk Water Taxi

This new water taxi has to be the most scenic way to ride the New River and shuttle you to Fort Lauderdale's top city attractions - and it’s free! Cruise along the bustling New River, and hop on and hop off at one of eight stops, each just a few steps away from popular city attractions, restaurants, and museums including Esplanade Park, Riverfront Plaza, and Las Olas Boulevard.


Be inspired at the NSU Art Museum

Located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University’s Art Museum is home to more than 6000 international works. Known for its popular touring exhibitions and community programs like the AutoNation Academy of Art & Design, offering professional painting, drawing and designing courses. A monthly highlight is the First Thursdays Starry Nights offering free admission from 4-8pm, drinks specials and hands on projects for all ages.

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Find a nature escape at the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

A natural preserved oasis in the city, the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is a haven for nature lovers with four distinct eco-systems nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. The park features picnic sites, two nature trails, a paved road for cyclists and skaters or rent a canoe and paddle a mile-long freshwater lagoon.


Take a ghost tour at Stranahan House

Join us if you dare, on a River Ghost Tour of the Historic Stranahan House Museum and a boat ride on the New River. Offered almost every Sunday night, be fascinated by the tales of the spirits fabled to wander the halls of one of founding city buildings of Fort Lauderdale. With a long history dating back to 1901, visitors can journey through time with a guided tour of the house, restored to its 1913 configuration. The museum also hosts a variety of innovative and family-friendly events to highlight the city’s rich history.


Be swept up in the music at the Florida Grand Opera

Among the oldest performing arts organizations in Florida, the Florida Grand Opera brings some of the most provocative and stimulating productions to opera loving audiences, at the state-of-the-art Broward Center for the Performing Arts. This season, opera goers can look forward to the main stage operas of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Richard Strauss’s Salome, and Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.

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The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. For additional cultural events happening throughout Broward County please visit ArtsCalendar.com Copyright 2020 ® Riverwalk a&e. All Rights Reserved.