Las Olas Boulevard
Back in the 1900’s, Las Olas Boulevard was just a dirt road that took one to the beach. It was the heart and soul of Fort Lauderdale. Today, however, it is also a major dining and shopping mecca and a popular South Florida tourist attraction. The boulevard begins at the Elbo Room bar where the beach and the boulevard meet, and ends in the west at the Museum of Art. It stretches from Andrews Avenue in the Central Business District to A1A and Fort Lauderdale Beach. Additionally, the easternmost section of the thoroughfare with canals that are lined with upscale waterfront homes is a lovely sight to see.
Las Olas is a “must visit destination.” The main stretch of shopping and dining is about 10 blocks making it perfect for a great stroll, with over three dozen bistros and restaurants, most with indoor and outdoor dining. Also, there are art galleries, museums, beauty salons, spas, jewelry stores, boutiques, international banking, a pharmacy, and much more. Additionally, Las Olas has its very own IMAX cinema.
However, when the sun goes down, Las Olas Boulevard doesn’t go to sleep. Instead, it comes alive with nightlife, as the nightclubs, bars and other entertainment venues open their doors.
Las Olas Boulevard is less than a mile to the beach, 9 miles to Fort Lauderdale Airport and 4 miles to Port Everglades. There is plenty of parking both on the street and private lots. On-street metered parking begins at 11am, and both city and private lots are on the side streets. In addition, the Riverside Hotel has a 7 story parking lot with over 500 spaces.
So if you are visiting Fort Lauderdale, be sure to stop by Las Olas Boulevard. There is something for everyone there.