Las Olas is extremely photogenic. I see people taking photographs often – and we take many too. Many, many …
What are our favorite places? These:
The Stranahan House.This is the oldest home in Fort Lauderdale and is right on the New River. The house itself is fascinating, as is the history of its ocupants but visually, it is a gem. What’s more, although there are tours of the house in the afternoons for which there’s a fee, there’s no charge at all to go into the grounds.
The Riverside Hotel. The Riverside is a glorious building to photograph in itself. A hidden spot is the tropical garden are outside Preston’s Bar at the back of the lobby. They also have an events area which is right by the river – another great place to photograph.
Right next door is the Las Olas Lawn on which you’ll find elephants. Yes, elephants. These are kinetic sculpture created by Frederick Prescott of Santa Fe.
If you walk east along the boulevard, you’ll find that there are several small breezeways at the sides of the buildings. Check out the one at 888 ELO with its decorative seahorse water feature.
Even further to the east you’ll cross a small bridge and the view from there is often photographed. At both sides ofthe bridge there are waterfront dining areas – very photogenic.
Once you’ve crossed the bridge you’ll see Tarpon Drive. Just a short stroll away is Colee Hammock Park – a great place to take photographs with its Spanish moss-laden oaks and the New River running by.
Those are my favorites but watch too for the big red chair, the ornamental snails, the Las Olas Isles, Huizenga Plaza, Water Taxi stop number nine …