Daily Life in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale (Self Guided)

There's lots to enjoy on a daily basis in such a beautiful city as Fort Lauderdale. A stroll through the scenic Riverwalk Park downtown, a visit to one of the many shops, bars, and clubs of Las Olas Boulevard, or a trip to one of the city's cafes and cinemas. You could also catch a show at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Take our tour to catch the highlights of Daily Life in Fort Lauderdale.
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Daily Life in Fort Lauderdale Map

Guide Name: Daily Life in Fort Lauderdale
Guide Location: USA » Fort Lauderdale (See other walking tours in Fort Lauderdale)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: christine
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The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

1) The Broward Center for the Performing Arts (must see)

The Broward Center for the Performing is place to go to experience a great night of theater, whether you like drama or comedy. Opened in 1991, its first show was Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Phantom of the Opera”. Since then it has hosted many other successful Broadway Shows. There's also the chance to see local music and comedy productions.
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Riverwalk Park

2) Riverwalk Park (must see)

The Riverwalk Park is the perfect place for a stroll on the northern bank of the New River. Overlooking the Himmarshee Village, it's a favorite spot among many visitors to the city. The park is known for its local music performances such as monthly Jazz Brunches and season fairs. The Riverwalk Park is also conveniently located near the Broward Center for the Performing Acts and the Museum of Discovery and Science.
The Las Olas Riverfront in Fort Lauderdale's historic downtown makes for an entertaining walk in which visitors can admire both the city skyline and the banks of the New River. Plus there's the chance to visit sidewalk cafes, restaurants, shops, and movie theaters. Many of the city's historic attractions are also located in the area.
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Broward Central Terminal

3) Broward Central Terminal

The Broward Central Terminal is the main bus station of Fort Lauderdale and the rest of Broward County. Located in the heart of the downtown area, it's got links to all the main destinations state and country wide. The Terminal itself stands out for its so-called “Stair #1”, an elliptical, yellow roofed, black-and-white checked tile structure that serves as a visual gateway to the downtown business and entertainment area. You'll find it on the northwest corner of the station at the intersection of 1st Avenue and Broward Boulevard.
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First Baptist Church

4) First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church is a landmark of downtown Fort Lauderdale. This mid-century church, built in a style typical of Anglican Baptist churches, was recently renovated and expanded to include several community centers, including a great Student Life Center. Christmas is a favorite time for family visits to the church because of its annual pageant, which has been held every year since 1983. The church is also known for its spectacular Easter and Christmas community concerts.
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The Cheesecake Factory

5) The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory is a great restaurant that attracts as many locals as it does tourists. Located in the downtown financial area among the city's skyscrapers, the Cheesecake Factory is a comfortable restaurant and bakery, with a nice selection of dishes. There are sandwiches, salads, seafood, desserts, and meal deals on offer.
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Cinema Paradiso

6) Cinema Paradiso

The Cinema “Pradiso” is one of Florida's best art house movie theaters. Along with worldwide blockbuster premieres, the theater hosts the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. During this festival, the cinema features art house films, documentaries, foreign films, classic films, and independent movies that can only be seen in Florida. Cinema “Pardiso” is also a place to see local filmmakers and celebrities.
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Publix Food & Pharmacy

7) Publix Food & Pharmacy

The Publix Food & Pharmacy is the most popular grocery store in the downtown area, with good service and very friendly staff. Just a few blocks south of the New River Line, this place has got it all between groceries, bakery goods, deli food, and drugstore items. Watch out for weekly sale specials.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday 7 am - 11 pm.

Walking Tours in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Create Your Own Walk in Fort Lauderdale

Create Your Own Walk in Fort Lauderdale

Creating your own self-guided walk in Fort Lauderdale is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Art Walking Tour in Fort Lauderdale

Art Walking Tour in Fort Lauderdale

Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale's famous downtown street, brings together many of the city's best galleries, including the Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale. The area also hosts regular art and craft fairs. Take our Art Walking Tour to get a cultural walk-through the whole boulevard, featuring both contemporary and classical art from the US and abroad.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Historic Walk in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Historic Walk in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Downtown Fort Lauderdale is home to three designated historic districts: The Sailboat Bend, The Himmarshee and The Stranahan House. Each holds a range of houses and buildings from the mid-19th Century and the 20th Century, that together tell the fascinating story of the development of this growing city and its communities.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.5 km
Downtown Orientation Walk

Downtown Orientation Walk

Fort Lauderdale, also known as the “Venice of America”, is one of Florida's most attractive cities. This quintessentially Floridian city has preserved historic buildings, museums, sightseeing walks along the New River banks, and lots of navigable canals. Fort Lauderdale has become a great place to visit during spring and summer vacations.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Beach Walking Tour in Fort Lauderdale

Beach Walking Tour in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, dubbed the “Venice of America”, is one of Florida's most attractive cities with lots to offer any visitor, including navigable canals and gorgeous beaches. A top destination for both spring and summer vacations, with one of the most popular things to do being a long walk along the city's ocean line. This beach walk has got all the activities and attractions that make...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.9 km
Shopping Tour in Fort Lauderdale

Shopping Tour in Fort Lauderdale

As well as being a classic tourist destination, Fort Lauderdale is also a top place to go shopping. Its charming Las Olas Boulevard district is chock full of specialty shops, fashion boutiques and galleries. The sunny beachfront area also has its fair share of shops, souvenir boutiques, plus a beach plaza with great entertainment. Take our Shopping Tour to catch all the best shops in these areas.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
Nightlife at Fort Lauderdale Beach

Nightlife at Fort Lauderdale Beach

Fort Lauderdale is rich in nightlife venues and nowhere more so than the beach strip. Here you'll find a wide range of great hotspots, with everything from fashionable lounges to casual hangouts. Take our Nightlife at Fort Lauderdale Beach tour to see the best nightspots in the area.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Fort Lauderdale for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Fort Lauderdale has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Fort Lauderdale, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.