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Add the Riverwalk to Your Must-Do List in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Sure, people come for the beaches. But don't miss out on this wonderful gem that meanders throughout the city.

By Kevin Litwin on October 13, 2021

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If you can’t find anything to do along Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, then you must be in the wrong place. The beautiful Riverwalk stretches more than a mile along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, FL and hosts a variety of activities throughout the year.

The idea for a proposed community Riverwalk dates to a suggestion made in the mid-1920s, but the concept never became a reality until voters passed a bond issue in 1986. The first section was completed and opened in 1990, and its popularity has grown ever since – along with its list of attractions.

Today, the Riverwalk spans from the Stranahan House to the Sailboat Bend neighborhood. Along the way, you’ll find scores of restaurants, coffee shops, bars and nightclubs.

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Points of interest include Shippey House Recreation Center, Huizenga Plaza, the Art in Public Places program, a water trolley and Riverwalk Linear Park. Other attractions include the newly installed Riverwalk 9/11 Monument that displays an artifact from the World Trade Center in New York, and a new playground that has opened in Sistrunk Park. Also nearby is the Museum of Discovery & Science.

Events along the Riverwalk run the gamut, from a 5K race to jazz brunches, food truck rallies, the Riverwalk Burger Battle, Riverwalk Mutts and Martinis, the Stone Crab & Seafood Festival and Rocktoberfest.

In addition, a highly anticipated and well-attended annual Light Up Lauderdale holiday decoration and lights festival will celebrate its 14th anniversary in December 2021.

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