Here’s a roundup of the 3 most popular (and most scenic) outdoor exercise routes in Fort Lauderdale. Whether you’re walking, jogging, running, rollerblading or bicycling, these routes will ensure you’re taking in some of the most spectacular scenery that Fort Lauderdale has to offer.
#1 – The Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk
The Riverwalk, a pedestrian-only walkway winding along the north and sound sides of the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, links together the neighborhood high rises, restaurants, parks, shops and more. Commonly dubbed “Florida’s Most Beautiful Mile,” the Riverwalk is lined with boats, luxury yachts and lush, tropical scenery. The south side of the Riverwalk is .5 miles long stretching from North Rio Vista Boulevard (directly above the Federal Highway/US1 tunnel) to just west of Andrews Avenue in front of the New River Yacht Club luxury apartment rental building. The north side of the Riverwalk stretches from the Historic Stranahan House to the east and winds along the river past city parks and high rises ultimately ending just past the Symphony Condominium building. Both the south and north sides of the Riverwalk are accessible from one another via the pedestrian friendly Andrews Avenue and SE 3rd Avenue bridges. Regardless of which side of the Riverwalk you choose to enjoy, you can’t go wrong with the incredible scenery that makes this area so unique: The luxury yachts, tropical vegetation, high rise condos, luxury apartment buildings and more. In this setting, it’s easy to forget that you’re in the heart of a city’s downtown district and it makes the perfect setting for outdoor exercise of any kind.
#2 – Las Olas Blvd – Between the Las Olas Isles and A1A on Fort Lauderdale Beach
Las Olas Boulevard, one of Fort Lauderdale’s most popular thoroughfares and destinations, is full of shops, restaurants and more. As you continue east towards the beach, the businesses begin to thin out as the Blvd transforms into a postcard-perfect view of palm trees lining the road along with magnificent views of multi-million dollar homes and luxury yachts. This is the second spot we’ll cover. This stretch of Las Olas Blvd is popular with joggers, runners, rollerbladers and bicyclists – And is 1.3 miles. Here, there are dedicated bicycle lanes and wide sidewalks on both sides of the street eastbound and westbound. Mornings and evenings right before sunset are the most popular times for outdoor exercise on this stretch of the Blvd. As you approach the beach, the bicycle lanes end, giving way to the Las Olas Intracoastal Bridge and remaining stretch of the Blvd. I recommend this route to take in the one-of-a-kind scenery that makes Fort Lauderdale such a popular travel destination.
#3 – Fort Lauderdale Beach Wave Wall
If you’re looking for amazing ocean views for your outdoor exercise, you have 3 gorgeous miles to choose from – All directly along Fort Lauderdale Beach. The iconic white wave wall runs parallel to Ocean Drive (also called A1A) and separates the sandy beach from the road/sidewalk/etc. It begins at the south end of Fort Lauderdale Beach at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, continues through the most heavily trafficked stretch of the beach including Las Olas, and eventually ends north of Sunrise Blvd where the Lauderdale Beach and Galt Mile oceanfront condos begin. With the exception of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park at the sound end of the 3 mile white wave wall along Fort Lauderdale Beach, a dedicated bicycle lane (and wide sidewalk) is perfect for runners, joggers, rollerbladers, bicyclists and more. Amazing sunrise views can be experienced here and as a result, it’s an extremely popular exercise location at that time of day.
So, there you have it. The 3 most popular (and most picturesque) locations in Fort Lauderdale for outdoor exercise of all kinds.
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