Some of the most fun you can have while in Fort Lauderdale is to visit Riverwalk. In the heart of downtown, covering both the north and south banks of the New River is Riverwalk Park. Hundreds of years ago settlers and Native Americans alike would bring their wares to these shores to be bought, sold and traded. It was the birthplace of the city. It only seems appropriate that today you can still go and enjoy the many shops and restaurants; that this place is a community hub.
Food and Drink at Riverwalk
During the day, you can stroll along the river paths or take a tour of the areas million dollar homes along the water via one of the Water buses or Riverfront Cruises. When you return, you can eat at wide range of restaurants, no matter what you're in the mood for you'll find it here. Want seafood? Try Cafe Bluefish or the Ugly Tuna Saloona, want Italian or pizza eat at Pizza Fusion or Primanti Brothers Restaurant, or maybe a beer at Sally O'Briens or McSorley's Beach Bar & Grill. After diner if you'd like some coffee stop at one of the many Starbuck's or Dunkin Doughnuts and if it's ice cream you're craving go to Carvel or world famous Haagen-Dazs for something cool, refreshing and delicious.
Entertainment at Riverwalk
Once you've satisfied your hunger for food and refreshed yourself satisfy your hunger for fun at one of the areas night spots. The Riverfront gazebo offers nightly live entertainment or you can party down at places like the Art Bar, open mid-week for girls night to the Friday and Saturday electric entertainment, this place rocks. If you're looking for something a little different, try Off the Hookah, an electric hookah bar. They have everything from homemade hummas to live belly dancers, a great place for a bachelor or any kind of party for that matter. Whyte Noise, located on the second floor next to the Ugly Tuna, has a ladies night too and features Reggae/Caribbean.
If you'd like to take in a movie, Sunrise Cinemas has the latest blockbuster or the newest independent film, and after the movie, go relax in beer and wine bar in the lobby and discuss what you've just seen. Is your preference a play or dance show or perhaps the most recent musical? At the Broward Center for the Performing Arts you can enjoy all of this and more, it also offers exhibits and guest speakers.
If at the end of the night you've partied a little too much, you can take a water taxi home or take the Sun Trolley back as far as Himarrshee Village. That's just another of the wonderful options Riverwalk has to offer.
In 1986, after a vote by the people of Fort Lauderdale the multimillion dollar Riverwalk Park was approved, funded with state, local and private monies. The park combines the arts, history, entertainment, shops and restaurants. In 1996, Riverwalk expanded east past the historical Stranahan House to include the Las Olas shops and ends in the west at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
By Beverly Martinez-Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com