THINGS TO DO
The famous South Florida weather, along with the over 300 miles of navigable waterways and canals in Fort Lauderdale, make it the perfect place to get outdoors, explore the local scene, and just plain enjoy yourself.
With some of the best views around, our routes are planned to bring you right to classic Fort Lauderdale destinations.
Strolling Fort Lauderdale
Step off the Water Shuttle and stroll along the Las Olas Riverfront (STOP 1). Head east towards Huizenga Park where you’ll find benches near the water fountain, outdoor exercise equipment, and an amphitheater where there are often free music and community events.
Keep walking down Las Olas Boulevard, famous for its shopping, art galleries, and restaurants. Grab a coffee and pastry at Gran Forno or enjoy lunch at Louis Bosse’s or Le Bonne Crepe. Have a true American diner experience at The Floridian, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 24/7 since 1937.
If you aren’t in the mood for walking, you can also catch a Sun Trolley on Las Olas Blvd. to access the Las Olas Shops and Restaurants.
The Water Shuttle route will take you directly to Fort Lauderdale Beach at the east end of Las Olas Boulevard. Bask in the Florida sunshine and stick your toes in the sand. Take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean and grab a beer at the Elbo Room, established in 1938 and made famous by the 1960 Spring Break film Where the Boys Are.
There is no shortage of places to enjoy your evening in Fort Lauderdale. The Riverfront Stop (STOP 1) will take you to Las Olas going east, but walk a little west, and you’ll find yourself in the heart of Himmarshee Village, a thriving bar, restaurant, and music scene. Live music at Revolution Live and The Poorhouse, dancing and foam parties at America’s Backyard, 1920s prohibition era-style bar Stache, and so much more.
Take in a Show
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts gives you easy access to the performing arts consistently rated as a top 10 theater in the country. Before the show enjoy a dinner at the locally owned Chimney House Grill & Café. This stop will also bring you near the Museum of Discovery & Science, just west of Himmarshee Village.
A Taste of Art & History
The Historic Stranahan House Museum (STOP 2) is the City’s oldest structure and tells the story of Fort Lauderdale from its earliest days. The Riverside Hotel has graced Las Olas Boulevard since 1936 with a home away from home and award-winning restaurants just a few miles away from the beach.
If you’d like to explore Fort Lauderdale’s artsy side, visit the NSU Museum of Modern Art or take advantage of the ArtWalk in FATVillage which takes place on the last Saturday of each month. You can also visit the Downtown Broward County Library which frequently holds public events and classes.
Hit the Beach!
Take advantage of your time in South Florida by hitting the shores of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Beach Place sits directly across from the beach and is home to an array of shops, restaurants and bars to please any palette.
Use this stop to access the beachfront, connect with the Sun Trolley or visit North Beach Village Resort, a collection of mid-century modern boutique hotels and bars steps from the beach featuring two restaurants, an art gallery, and home to several events.
Bahia Mar Resort & Bahia Cabana is a local favorite known for live music and a relaxed bar/dining atmosphere on the Intracoastal waterway. This is the perfect spot to enjoy as a resort guest or just to grab lunch or an evening cocktail in a great location, walking distance from Fort Lauderdale Beach.
South of Downtown, on the east side of 17th Street, you’ll find the Broward County Convention Center and to the west is the iconic Hyatt Pier 66, a towering example of mid-century modern architecture with some of the best views of Fort Lauderdale and several dining options.