Explore the Riverwalk District of Ft. Lauderdale

A short guide to enjoying your stay around Fortlauderdale River Walk.

By Yannis Goldman
Oct 25, 2022

Because it features a park, shops, restaurants, nightlife, and a movie theater, the Riverwalk district is frequently referred to as the "Venice of America" by both locals and tourists. 

As a result, it is a popular destination for people who want to go for a stroll, eat, and watch some outdoor entertainment. The complex is home to a number of well-known tourist destinations, including the Florida Grand Opera, the Stranahan House, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Discovery and Science, and Esplanade Park.

There are many different ways to experience the Riverwalk; some of these options include walking tours, tours on Segway personal transporters, and tourist cruises with companies like the Jungle Queen Riverboat. These boat tours will cover the Riverwalk in addition to providing vistas of Millionaire's Row. Millionaire's Row is a stretch of luxurious residences and the huge yachts that accompany them that extends from Tarpon Bend to the Intracoastal Waterway.

#1 Get around with the Water Taxi

The Water Taxi was to provide customers with "more than just a boat ride." It's not just a way to get from one of the many amazing sights to another; it's also a destination in its own right.

You are welcome to bring your own refreshments on board, and our experienced crew will provide entertaining narration throughout the journey. 

At each of the 11 stops along the 15 miles of waterway in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood—each of which has ample parking nearby—you can pick up tips about the best places to visit, and you can even ask about our "cruise & save" partners, who offer discounts at notable locations along the route.

But if you really want to know what sets Water Taxi apart from other transportation options, use this link to book a ride.

#2 Sight See in the Jungle Queen

The crew of the Jungle Queen Riverboat has a combined 80 years of experience sailing the canals of Fort Lauderdale. When it comes to entertaining guests, getting around in the sometimes congested waterways, and generally making a good impression, the crew has a lot of practice that shows. In addition to our rich history, we also have one of the most attractive sightseeing vessels in the area. 

Some of the most spectacular and opulent mansions in all of Florida may be found in the tour's major part, which is located along the New River. A more appropriate name for this area would be "billionaire's row," as only the very wealthy can afford these mansions.

Some of the world's wealthiest people, like the TV producer who made the blockbuster show Miami Vice and the heir to the department store chain Kohl's, have extravagant mansions in this area. The likes of Steven Spielberg's yacht are also on display.

Even if you're not familiar with the names of the mega-rich (such Blockbuster, Auto Nation, and Waste Management co-founder Wayne Huizenga), their multi-million dollar mansions are sure to be a highlight of your Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise.

Jugnle queen boat

#3 Take a shot at The Wharf Fortlauderdale

Downtown Fort Lauderdale is the home of a brand new event and entertainment center.

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale, situated on the New River in the heart of the Las Olas district. The 8,000-square-foot space, which is similar to the Wharf Miami, will give tourists and locals a new place to enjoy the best local food, live performances, and late-night fun.

The Wharf Fort Lauderdale is situated on more than an acre of land along the New River and is easily accessible by both water and land. 

Guests are able to talk to each other while eating bites from a variety of pop-up concepts run by some of South Florida's most famous chefs under tents set up on AstroTurf lawns with nautical accents.

The Wharf holds both public and private events, and it will collaborate with well-known Broward and Miami chefs and restaurateurs to improve the local dining scene.

#4 Enjoy Beach Ventures @ Seabob Rental & Tours

The Fort Lauderdale beachfront is the starting point for Beach Ventures' SEABOB snorkel tours.

What is the SEABOB? This apparatus reminds me of a jet ski for use underwater. You'll be dragged around the water's surface, where fish can be seen, then lowered to the depths, where you can swim alongside them.

The safety harness is attached to the machine, so you won't even need to know how to swim. As an added bonus, they'll lend you a mask, and you can even rent wetsuits if you'd like. That makes it the best place to go if you want to go snorkeling in Fort Lauderdale.

If you aren't actively engaged in any sort of movement while using the electric water toy, you'll simply float on the surface.

Angelfish, Parrotfish, Sergeant Major Fish, Hog Fish, Sea Turtles, and Many More Will Be Visible to You on Our Guided Reef Tour!

Book your tours here.

#5 Take a Walk around Las Olas

Las Olas Boulevard is a major east-west road in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. It goes from SW 1st Avenue in the Central Business District to Florida State Road A1A in Fort Lauderdale Beach. In Spanish, "Las Olas" means "The Waves." The road used to be called both State Road A1A Alternative and State Road 842.

The easternmost part starts on a barrier island and crosses the intracoastal waterway. The road then goes into the neighborhoods of Seven Isles, Hendricks, and Venice Isles, where people live. West of SE 17th Avenue, the road goes into a commercial shopping area that is called "Las Olas" by locals. Along this part of the road, there are bars, nightclubs, bridal shops, shops, boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants that are low to mid-rise. The road goes through the Henry E. Kinney Tunnel and into the financial district of the city. Most of the buildings on the west side of the street are tall buildings.

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