Part of this has had to do with re-building after the destruction caused by Hurricane Wilma. But there has also been a genuine effort to upgrade both the beachfront and the downtown area. Of course, downtown Fort Lauderdale has always been famous for its cafés, boutiques and unique arts district. Now it is even better.
The Arts and Entertainment District along the New River is still the jewel of downtown Fort Lauderdale. At the Broward Center for the Performing Arts you can see Broadway shows, ballet, and much more. Just a short walk away are the Museum of Discovery and Science, the Fort Lauderdale Historical Museum, and the Museum of Art. Be sure to see “Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” while you’re here. You’ll find a great selection of restaurants and sidewalk cafés. In the bars you can listen to jazz, reggae, blues, folk and rock. Enjoy a stroll along Las Olas Boulevard, and then take in the lovely Riverwalk.