Legend has it that the Indians woke one morning following a torrential rainfall and violent earthquake to find themselves camped beside a river on a site that only the night before had been dry and rocky. The Indians named the river “Himmarshee” or New River, which became a route for trading ocean catches at the Stranahan Trading Post with the early settlers, and Fort Lauderdale grew up around that site.
One of the most memorable walks you can take in Fort Lauderdale is on the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk. This recently completed linear promenade along the New River in downtown is considered by many “Florida’s Most Beautiful Mile,” linking boutiques, restaurants, shops and museums with lush, tropical scenery.
From the Historic District, including the 1901 trading post now called the Stranahan House, to the exciting Arts & Science District with the Museum of Discovery and Science, Riverwalk reflects the many faces of Fort Lauderdale – past and present.
Riverwalk also encompasses Esplanade Park, with interactive navigational and meteorological exhibits, which is located at the foot of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Included along Riverwalk’s path you’ll find romantic gazebos, a picnic area, native plant exhibits and a butterfly garden.
Its length is over a mile and goes from the Sailboat Bend neighborhood to near the Stranahan House. It is in the former club district in downtown Fort Lauderdale. There are two main streets that run through the district, Las Olas Boulevard and Himmarshee Street.
Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, the Riverwalk Linear Park and the Downtown Riverwalk District including 10 parks as well as a lush tropical waterfront in the downtown center of an urban metropolis.