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Experience Downtown Fort Lauderdale: Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s growing dining, shopping, arts and entertainment scene provides options for all.

Quick Facts: 

  • 1 in 4 Fort Lauderdale restaurants and bars are located in Downtown. 

  • Downtown Fort Lauderdale is home to 2.3 million square feet of retail space, a 75% growth in 5 years. 

  • Downtown Fort Lauderdale is becoming a preferred destination for visitors with 900 new hotel rooms added in the past two years and another 900 rooms approved to be built.

Arts & Culture.

Here are some of the top spots to experience Downtown’s flourishing cultural scene and rich history:

  • The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is the destination of choice in South Florida for spectacular entertainment. Overlooking the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Center presents more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons.

  • NSU Art Museum is a premier destination for exhibitions and programs encompassing all facets of civilization’s visual history. NSU Art Museum’s 83,000 square-foot building contains 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 256-seat auditorium, Museum Store and Café.

  • History Fort Lauderdale brings history to life through educational experiences, cultural exhibits, research and preservation of artifacts.

  • The Stranahan House Museum showcases the 1901 home of Frank Stranahan, who is credited as Fort Lauderdale’s founding father, and his wife Ivy Cromartie Stranahan. The Historic Stranahan House Museum tells the story of the birth of our community through the lives of two extraordinary people and the homestead they created and to serve as an enduring legacy for historic preservation.


Stay in Downtown - Just steps away from the Riverwalk, shopping, dining and much more, here are some lodging options to make the most of your stay in the heart of Downtown: 


Check out some of the top spots for foodies in each of Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s neighborhoods:

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