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Intracoastal Waterway

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 110 Reviews

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $22.99

Fort Lauderdale Family Pirate Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 90 minutes

From USD $18.69

Hollywood Beach Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

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

From USD $62.49

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