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Fort Lauderdale by Water

By Viator, May 2015

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Located on the Atlantic coast of Florida, Fort Laurderdale is home to an array of exciting water activities and excursions. Whether you’re looking to explore subtropical wetlands, lay on the beach, spot manatees or enjoy good food and entertainment aboard a relaxing cruise you can do it in Fort Lauderdale. To help you have an aquatic adventure in the city, here are some recommendations for experiencing Fort Lauderdale by water. 

Beaches, riverfronts and fisheries by water taxi 

There are many ways to experience Fort Lauderdale by Water, for example, a Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi. Similar to a hop-on, hop-off bus tour, the taxi takes passengers along the “Venice of America” with the option to get off at 12 different stops. Some water-themed stops include Beach Place Beach, Seville Street Beach, Las Olas Riverfront, Bahia Mar/Bahia Cabana (Beach) and the 15th Street Fisheries. Best of all, your ticket allows you to get on and off the water taxi as many times as you would like. 

Riverboat cruise

Another option for exploring Fort Lauderdale by water is a riverboat cruise. You have a few options in terms of what kind of riverboat cruise experience you’d like to have. First there is a Jungle Queen Riverboat Dinner Cruise, which allows you to climb aboard an old fashioned riverboat and sail on Fort Lauderdale’s New River. Along with dining on a delicious all-you-can-eat meal of BBQ ribs, chicken, shrimp and side dishes, you’ll see a comedic show called the Hilarious Variety Revue as well as take in views of the Fort Lauderdale skyline. 

Your other option is a Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise, which provides more of a nature and wildlife experience. You’ll stop at the Jungle Queen Indian Village where you’ll see monkeys, macaws, colorful birds and a brave man wrestle an alligator. Back on board, some highlights you’ll take in include Millionaires Row, Bahia Mar, Harbor Beach, Little Florida, Port Everglades and New River jungles, to name a few. 

Explore the Everglades by airboat 

Right outside of Fort Lauderdale you can visit the Everglades, a natural region of subtropical wetlands filled with wildlife, diverse landscapes and unique ecosystems. For those exploring the area by boat you can opt for an airboat tour of the Everglades from Fort Lauderdale, which allows you to cruise along mangrove-lined waters to spot manatees, dolphins and osprey and take in the natural scenery. You can also add on experiences to an airboat tour like an alligator show or wildlife encounter with panthers, gators, turtles, fish and birds. 

Tours & Tickets

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Small-Group Tour: Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Ft Lauderdale

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 124 Reviews

Explore the wilderness of the Everglades for a full day on this adventure from Ft Lauderdale. With your naturalist guide, take a thrilling airboat ride, spot ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $158.99

Jungle Queen Riverboat Dinner Cruise and Show

4.5 star rating: Recommended 217 Reviews

Join us for an entertaining and relaxing fully narrated cruise down the "Venice of America," Fort Lauderdale's historic New River. See Millionaire's ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.95

Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 129 Reviews

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

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

From USD $23.27

Fort Lauderdale Riverfront Sightseeing Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 47 Reviews

Hop aboard a sleek boat and cruise along Fort Lauderdale’s stunning marinas and riverfront on this 1.5-hour ride. You’ll see this tropical city from a new and ...  Read more

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

From USD $21.99

Fort Lauderdale Family Pirate Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 Reviews

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

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

From USD $18.69

Guided Urban Eco Tour by Kayak or Paddleboard

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

View native and non-native plants, birds and animals on a scenic tidal river by kayak or paddleboard. Your guide describes the history of the river and ...  Read more

Location: Wilton Manors, Florida
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.99

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