This beachside resort city is increasingly making a splash in the Florida art scene. Once famous for being America's college Spring... more » Break capital, it's now displaying world class arts in architecturally impressive venues.
On this tour you'll cruise through the cultural highlights of the city known as "the Venice of America." We'll start by walking through the lush gardens and whimsical interior of the historic Bonnet House, home to two of Fort Lauderdale's earliest arts lovers, Frederic Clay Bartlett and philanthropist Evelyn Bartlett Lilly.
Then we'll hop on Fort Lauderdale's brightly colored Sun Trolley and take it to Las Olas Boulevard, known as the Rodeo Drive of Fort Lauderdale. Not surprisingly, this posh pedestrian shopping area is home to an abundance of art galleries. We'll hop off the trolley at New River Fine Art and visit galleries as we head west down the boulevard.
Film buffs can make a stop at Fort Lauderdale's art house movie theater, Cinema Paradiso, before continuing west to the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. This architecturally impressive modernist masterpiece hosts world class touring exhibitions from King Tut to Norman Rockwell. It's also home to an impressive permanent collection of modern paintings. Works from Picasso, Dali, Warhol and other notable modernists are found here.
We continue through Fort Lauderdale's arts and entertainment district by strolling through the city's beautiful downtown waterfront park, Riverwalk. Built in the 1990s, along the historic New River, the 1.5 mile Riverwalk has revitalized Fort Lauderdale’s downtown. As of October 2012, there are free outdoor jazz concerts on the first Sunday of every month, a great way to enjoy this scenic tropical oasis.
Our last stop is where the performing arts take center stage in Fort Lauderdale, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Touring Broadway musicals, classical concerts, dance performances and children's theater are performed in this modern waterfront venue, which is also home to the Florida Grand Opera. less «