Las Olas Boulevard is the beating heart of Fort Lauderdale’s leisure and recreation. The 2.5-mile thoroughfare runs up from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean on the west, slopes up past the mega yachts on the Intracoastal Waterway, before hitting the boulevard’s famed cluster of shops and up-market dining a mile in. The Central Business District follows, before finally ending in an area of residential condominium and apartment buildings and the NSU Art Museum of Fort Lauderdale.
In the shopping area of Las Olas, which means “the waves” in Spanish, you’ll find restaurants, boutiques, museums and galleries, specialty shops, salons, and all kinds of delightful sights and finds across 17 blocks.
To zero in on your preferred leisure activity, we prepared a list of things to do in Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale, Miami. Choose the options that serve you best.
1. WATER ACTIVITIES
Go on a cruise. Just a few steps away from Las Olas Boulevard, the Jungle Queen Riverboat offers special shows and a sightseeing cruise with your date, family, or group.
You can also sail down Fort Lauderdale’s extensive canal system, which has been called the “Venice of America,” on electric-powered, eco-friendly boats operated by the Riverfront Gondola Tours. The canals stretch to about 165 miles, and a boat tour lets you marvel at the waterways in style.
2. DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
Whether you’re looking for a romantic steakhouse or a casual restaurant with outdoor seating, you’ll have plenty of options in Las Olas Boulevard. Cuisines from all around the world can be sampled at an array of eateries. Dig into gourmet burgers. Treat your taste buds to the brilliant flavors of Thai food. You can also indulge in all-day breakfasts and an assortment of comfort food at selected Las Olas diners.
When the sun goes down, head out to hop bars and gastro-pubs along the boulevard. Catch belly dancers at a Mediterranean restaurant. Explore the side streets for lounges to chill in and iconic bars where classic movies were shot.
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For chic finds, browse the boutiques and other shops along Las Olas. Take home specialty wines, try on Lilly Pulitzer coastal wear, impulse shop a piece of jewelry or two, and grab a handful of postcards, souvenirs, and more gift items you and your recipient will fall in love with.
The only hotel in Las Olas Boulevard is the iconic Riverside Hotel. First opened in 1966, the hotel has had major upgrades through the years to accommodate the influx of guests. The hotel won’t disappoint. You’re right in the middle of the retail and dining action of Las Olas, even if the hotel is just a quick stroll to nearby accommodations like Villa Venezia, W Hotel Fort Lauderdale, and Best Western Oceanside Inn.
Easy access to Las Olas Boulevard is just one of the perks of living in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Get to know more of the area and explore your property options in Fort Lauderdale by consulting Florida’s Certified Luxury Property Specialist, the Connie Cabral Group.
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