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Riverwalk is ideal for waterfront walks, live entertainment & festivals

Riverwalk offers a delightful stretch along the New River in Fort Lauderdale for sightseeing, photography & romantic walks. It also serves as a scenic venue for occasional outdoor events, festivals and live entertainment.

Riverwalk runs along the river from about Southwest Fifth Street east toward Federal Highway, incorporating Esplanade Park.  It’s ideal for an outdoorsy picnic & inexpensive date.

Festivals & Events

Flyer/Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale

Mutts & Martinis

People & pets are welcome. Fun includes doggie fashion show, vendors & rescue organizations offering adoptions. Event is 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. November 6 @ Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale 33312

Jazz Brunch

First Sundays, Jazz Brunch on Riverwalk, features live entertainment at different points along the New River. If you’d like, pack your own picnic or purchase food from area restaurant vendors. Feel free to bring portable seats or blankets. Leashed pets are permitted. Parking fees apply. Directions & Parking map from city of Fort Lauderdale. For information, 954-828-5363 or  website .

The website usually features information on which artists are performing for each event.


Flyer/city of Fort Lauderdale


Free Yoga @ Riverwalk — on hold until further notice

on hold until further notice — Free yoga in Esplanade Park  most Mondays, 400 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale 33312.  Instructor is Derek Stout, information 954-468-1541

Light Up Lauderdale, Get Lit, Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale

Train rides, face painting & live holiday performances are included at 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. November 11 @ Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale. Santa is likely dropping in.

Photography Pro Tips

Photographer Jason Leidy of Middle River Arts Photography & Director of Photography for Go Riverwalk magazine, offered information about his favorite places for snapshots & sightseeing on Riverwalk.

“There’s a bunch of great photo moments on the Riverwalk. On the North Side, the view from the Broward Center steps looking east is tough to beat.  There’s… an oversized Adirondak chair just east of Esplanade Park that makes for a good sense of place.

“I also love the view from the landing at the West side of the Railroad tracks. You’re at a good height to take in the History District. Heading further East is one of the most Instagrammed public works of art in Fort Lauderdale. “Thrive” by artist Daniel Popper is on display at the breezeway of Society Las Olas.

“On the south side of the Riverwalk, some highlights include the view from Stranahan Landing. Looking north across the New River you can see one of the oldest buildings in Fort Lauderdale, the Stranahan House Museum. The views looking west from Smoker Park are another stunning point of view on the canyon of buildings along the river. Moving West, I’m partial to the floating docks in front of the Downtowner. The restaurant has history and a often overlooked alley to it’s East winds through some fun little courtyard moments. Walking the entire length of the North and South Side of the Riverwalk is always different.”

Free Water Trolley

Read Free Riverwalk Water Trolley in Fort Lauderdale

Rentals & Tours

  • phone or email to verify when vendor is open
  • Riverwalk Recreation offers kayak, standup paddleboard & bicycle rentals, and various tours
  • 220 SW 3rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-526-5159 or

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