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  • Address: Intracoastal Waterway, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

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Intracoastal Waterway Tours

Long disparaged as Miami's lesser northern neighbor, Fort Lauderdale has recently come into its own with a renovated waterfront, a burgeoning culinary scene, and beaches worthy of palm-swept daydreams bringing rightful attention to the Venice of America. Stretching 3,000 miles (4,800 km) between the United States' Atlantic and Gulf coasts, the city's Intracoastal Waterway provides easy access to maritime activities and on-shore attractions along the 300 miles of inland canals that wind through south Florida's unmistakable sky-high resorts and Everglades ecosystem.

The Basics
Aside from serving as a means of transportation, the Intracoastal Waterway offers countless opportunities for recreation, especially in Fort Lauderdale's year-round sunshine. From classy dinner and sightseeing cruises to riverfront gondola tours, visitors can enjoy the water in whatever fashion floats their boat as they travel past forested coasts at Port Everglades; high-end real estate at the famous Millionaires Row; luxury resorts at Hyatt Pier; the drawbridge at the 17th Street Causeway; and the entertainment complex at the Las Olas Riverfront. Didn't pack your sea legs? The water-wary can opt for a walking or Segway tour along the coast, or even see the sights from above on a helicopter excursion over turquoise waters.

  • The waterway offers activity options for every type of traveler, from families to the adventurous solo explorer.
  • Book tickets for higher-end tours in advance, as limited-passenger options fill up more quickly than less exclusive tours.
  • Be sure to bring plenty of sun protection and dress for sunshine and ocean breezes.
  • Waterside restaurants are generally casual, but travelers should dress to impress at the fine dining establishments.


How to Get There

Fort Lauderdale's Intracoastal Waterway functions as the city's artery; it's impossible to miss. Aside from organized boat tours and sightseeing tours near the water, you can take a hop-on, hop-off water taxi through the city's canals and access 15 popular stops, including Seville Street Beach, Las Olas Boulevard, the Stranahan House, Bahia Mar Marina, and the Hilton Marina/Convention Center.

When to Get There
Fort Lauderdale's tropical climate remains warm and wet year-round, with average highs of more than 80°F (27°C) for eight months of the year. Heat and humidity lovers will thrive from May to October; otherwise, opt for a winter or spring tour.

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Fort Lauderdale Segway Tour, Fort Lauderdale, null
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Fort Lauderdale Segway Tour

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Ride through Fort Lauderdale’s downtown, residential, and beachside routes on this Segway tour in the this city that boasts spectacular sand and sea. Your ...  Read more

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise, Fort Lauderdale, Segway Tours
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Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise

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Cruise the waterways of Fort Lauderdale's New River on a riverboat for and stop at the Jungle Queen's beautiful tropical island environment where you'll see ...  Read more

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

From USD $24.91
The Grand Miami Helicopter Tour, Miami, Day Cruises
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The Grand Miami Helicopter Tour

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Flying the friendly skies doesn’t even begin to describe this Miami helicopter tour! The Grand Miami Helicopter Tour is the ultimate tour in the greater Miami ...  Read more

Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

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Fort Lauderdale Family Pirate Cruise, Fort Lauderdale, Helicopter Tours
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Fort Lauderdale Family Pirate Cruise

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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 $18.69
Private Miami Water Activity Package, Miami, Day Cruises
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Private Miami Water Activity Package

Enjoy a day of fun in the sun on this private water activity tour in Miami. Enjoy a boat ride on beautiful Biscayne Bay. Then, choose to kayak, paddle board ...  Read more

Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Duration: 2 to 3 hrs

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The Golden Beaches Helicopter Tour, Miami, Day Cruises
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The Golden Beaches Helicopter Tour

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Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

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Pompano Beach Sunset Dinner Tour, Fort Lauderdale, Helicopter Tours
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Pompano Beach Sunset Dinner Tour

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Enjoy a dinner food tour and a sunset stroll along the Intracoastal Waterway. Your meeting location and first of five tastings provides you with a front row ...  Read more

Location: Pompano Beach, Florida
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $99.98
Hollywood Beach Segway Tour, Fort Lauderdale, Food Tours
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Hollywood Beach Segway Tour

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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
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1.5-2 Hour Daytime Yacht Sightseeing Cruise with Optional Dining St. Petersburg, St Petersburg, ... 
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1.5-2 Hour Daytime Yacht Sightseeing Cruise with Optional Dining St. Petersburg

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Sit back and relax on a leisurely cruise along Florida's beautiful Tampa Bay! Departing from the Corey Causeway in St Petersburg, enjoy live narration from ...  Read more

Location: St Petersburg, Florida
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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