Things To Do in Las Olas

Things To Do in Las Olas

  • Tim Singer
  • 12/19/22

Beaches, parks, and canals–are just some of the many features of living in Las Olas, one of Fort Lauderdale’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Better known as Las Olas Isles, Las Olas is ideally located between downtown Fort Lauderdale and Florida’s Atlantic Coast. It is a prominent neighborhood loved by residents and visitors. With just over 15,200 residents, Las Olas is a small town within one of Eastern Florida’s most bustling metropolitan areas. Beautiful and refined, there’s so much to love about Las Olas, Florida. Whether you are visiting the area or are on the hunt for Las Olas real estate, here are some of the best things to do in Las Olas.

Explore the area’s many canals

While both cities of Venice are well known for their canals, the canals in Fort Lauderdale are every bit as impressive as their Italian and Californian counterparts. Sometimes known as the “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale has over 165 miles of intricate canal waterways leading to the Atlantic Ocean. Las Olas is at the heart and soul of that canal system. You can drive your boat through them, connecting to many parts of the city and the ocean without ever driving or even leaving the water. Las Olas is lined with many waterfront estates, restaurants, and docks. There are even numerous yacht clubs where people can store their boats or even dine at.

For a truly spectacular experience, try a boat tour with a local guide. There are plenty of tour options to choose from, including gondola rides. You can even book a romantic dinner for two on your gondola ride. You don’t have to take out your passport in order to ride these legendary boats. While Fort Lauderdale has a different ambiance from the Venetian canals, the gondola rides in Las Olas are every bit as magical. If you prefer to drive, rent a boat and check out some of the area’s most beautiful homes.

Hit the beach

In Las Olas, there is more than one way to hit the water. Not only is the Fort Lauderdale area known for its impressive canals, but the area is also known for having some of the most spectacular beaches in Florida. In Las Olas, there is Las Olas Beach, a bustling public beach with miles of white sand, palm trees, and beach loungers. Las Olas is one of the most popular beaches in the Fort Lauderdale area, so it is not somewhere you should go for solitude. However, it has water equipment rentals, making it a great place to go swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking, and more. This is the beach for high-energy fun! Las Olas is also just a short distance from Fort Lauderdale Beach, one of the city’s best-known and most popular beaches.

Another fantastic beach that’s just minutes away from Las Olas is Sebastian Street Beach, a low-key, laidback beach with sandy beaches and a playground on site.

Shop & dine in style

Of the many activities you can do in the area, nothing beats shopping in Las Olas. Centered around the iconic Las Olas Boulevard, this neighborhood is one of Fort Lauderdale’s most prized shopping areas, featuring high-end shops, boutiques, and salons, as well as some of the area’s best restaurants. Las Olas proves you don’t need to go to Rodeo Drive or even Miami to find fabulous shopping. Everything you could ever want can be found here in this high-end shopping district. Sometimes referred to as The Boulevard, Las Olas Boulevard has dozens of retailers, specialty stores, high-end boutiques, and service providers. Whether you are searching for designer attire, accessories, shoes, or jewelry, it’s all here.

Once you have worked up an appetite, stop at one of Las Olas’ many dining establishments. Whether you are craving casual fare or upscale dining, you will find it in Las Olas. No matter what you are hungry for, Las Olas Boulevard has some of the best dining selections in the Fort Lauderdale area.

Visit museums

When most people think of the Fort Lauderdale area, including Las Olas, they tend to imagine the city’s elaborate network of canals, sandy beaches, and yacht clubs. What many people don’t realize until they spend quite a bit of time here is how much culture exists within the Fort Lauderdale area. Of the many benefits of living in Las Olas, close proximity to museums and historical sites is one of the most underrated. For those who love the Olympics and its fascinating history, the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum is an eye-opening experience, featuring the stories and awards of some of history’s most decorated championship swimmers. The ISHOF not only features a popular museum, but it also has a world-class swimming pool and a 27-meter high dive tower.

For those who love history, Las Olas is just minutes from the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, a stunning plantation home dating back to the 1920s. The property also features spectacular gardens and a fabulous art museum within the home. Bonnet House can even be booked for weddings and other celebrations. With acres of lush green spaces, you would never know this museum is in the middle of bustling Fort Lauderdale Beach.

From beautiful beaches and canals to fantastic museums, the Las Olas area has so much to offer its residents and visitors alike. With warm weather year-round, there is never a wrong time to visit Las Olas. If you find yourself falling in love with this glamorous neighborhood, you might end up calling Las Olas home.

Searching for Las Olas luxury real estate? Are you ready to find your dream home in one of Fort Lauderdale’s most highly sought-after neighborhoods? Whether you are searching for a high-rise condo, a classic villa, or a waterfront estate, Tim Singer will help you find the home of your dreams. Contact Tim today to start your house hunt.

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