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Fort Lauderdale's Art Beat Tour

Tour Fort Lauderdale's arts scene including galleries along Las Olas Blvd. & the Broward Center for Performing Arts.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.7 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  This beachside resort city is increasingly making a splash in the Florida art scene. Once famous for being America's college Spring... more »

Tips:  Wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water.

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Points of Interest

Located just off Fort Lauderdale's central beach area at Sunrise Boulevard you'll find the historic home of artist Frederic Clay Bartlett and arts patron Evelyn Fortune Lilly. Daily tours of their eccentric estate, built in 1920, highlight Bartlett's expressive and colorful art and the whimsical design and furnishings that make this home so unique... More

2. Las Olas art galleries

Walk 2 blocks from the Bonnet House to A1A, the main road along the beach. Start walking south and when you see one of the brightly colored yellow and red Sun Trolleys, wave it down. There are no bus stops, the trolley stops for anyone who flags it down. For 50 cents, the Sun Trolley will take you south to Las Olas Boulevard and then west towards ... More

If you're a film buff, walk a few blocks south of Las Olas to stop by Cinema Paradiso, Fort Lauderdale's independent art house movie theatre. The theatre is open 365 days a year and has three bars that serve wine, beer and mixed drinks. The standard popcorn and candy are for sale as well.

Cinema Paradiso is home to the annual Fort Lauderdale... More

Started over 50 years ago in a nearby storefront, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale (MOAFL) is now an architecturally notable modernist masterpiece. What you'll find inside is equally memorable. World class touring exhibitions regularly stop here. Notable exhibits have included King Tut, splendors of the Vatican and Norman Rockwell. MOAFL also has... More

5. Riverwalk

Walk one block south to the New River and you'll find yourself at Fort Lauderdale's stunning Riverwalk.

In the late 1980s, Fort Lauderdale decided it needed to reinvent itself. Instead of being known as a spring break destination, it wanted to brand itself as a more cosmopolitan and family-friendly city. It invested in a beautiful waterfront... More

Towards the west end of the Riverwalk you'll find the showpiece of Fort Lauderdale's cultural scene, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Built in 1991, this modern masterpiece overlooking the New River hosts more than 700 events throughout the year, from touring Broadway shows, to classical music, children's theater and dance performances... More