Known as the "Venice of America." Nearly 6.5 million visitors traveled to the Greater Fort Lauderdale area throughout the year. With 3,000 hours of sunshine, 30,000 boats, 165 miles of waterways, 7 miles of beach and one beautiful ocean it is easy to see why.Greater Fort Lauderdale is one of the fastest-growing communities in the nation for small business, high tech, and foreign trade. Ranked sixth in the nation for job growth by Southern Business and Development magazine.There is much to discover beyond our beautiful beaches. Immerse yourself in the arts. Explore the many museums --- from fine art to fishing,archaeology to Native American heritage, dinosaurs to outer space and a museum dedicated to the art of swimming. Just minutes from the beach is the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, home to cultural attractions, shops, parks and restaurants. The area includes the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the Museum of Discovery and Science with its Blockbuster 3D IMAX Theater, the Florida Grand Opera, Old Fort Lauderdale, Museum of Art, the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, and Stranahan House. All are within walking distance of one another along brick-lined Riverwalk, a meandering promenade that runs along the New River. The 22-block district includes chic Las Olas Boulevard and Las Olas Riverfront.
Not only does Broadway come to Fort Lauderdale at the state-of-the-art Broward Center for the Performing Arts along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale's Riverwalk Arts and Science district, but more than 20 home-grown theater companies perform year-round. Greater Fort Lauderdale, where the arts always shine.