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Touring the Intracoastal Waterway, you’ll understand why Fort Lauderdale is nicknamed the “Venice of America.” Made up of beautiful canals lined with palm trees, restaurants, hotels and attractions, the Intracoastal Waterway is both a means for transportation and an experience in itself.

Stretching 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers) between the United States’ Atlantic and Gulf coasts, the main purpose of the Intracoastal Waterway is to provide a navigable route for ships that doesn’t present many hazards. Sightseeing from the Intracoastal Waterway is a special experience, as it allows you to take in Fort Lauderdale’s resort-like skyline, high-end real estate, yachts and attractions like Hollywood and the Las Olas Riverfront complex in a relaxing manner. For those who enjoy wildlife viewing, it’s not uncommon to also see manatees.

The Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale can also be enjoyed on land, mainly from one of the city’s waterfront restaurants. Kaluz Restaurant is a top choice, known for its high-quality meats and seafood, beach-inspired cocktails and water views. Chart House also serves a delicious meal on the waterway, with fresh seafood dishes like seared Chilean bass, miso-glazed salmon and pine nut-crusted shrimp linguine.

Practical Info

Along with a number of scenic sightseeing cruises on the Intracoastal Waterway, there’s a hop-on, hop-off water taxi that takes you through the city’s waterways and provides access to 12 different stops, some of which include Seville Street Beach, the shops and restaurants at Las Olas, Hilton Marina/Convention Center, Shooter’s Waterfront Cafe and Pirate Republic Bar.

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Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

Cruise the waterways of Fort Lauderdale's New River on a riverboat and stop at the Jungle Queen Indian Village, a beautiful tropical island environment where ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $19.89

Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Ride the Fort Lauderdale water taxi and experience the "Venice of America" all day long! Float from one attraction to the next with 12 hop-on hop-off ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: Varies

From USD $15.89

Hollywood Beach Segway Tour

Have a blast exploring the Fort Lauderdale area on this fun and entertaining Segway tour! Cruise down the wide, paved Hollywood Beach Boardwalk and pass the ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 1 hour or 2 hours

From USD $59.89

Fort Lauderdale Family Pirate Cruise

Prepare for high seas adventure on this high-spirited pirate cruise along Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway that’s fun for the whole family! The crew ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $12.50
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