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Fort Lauderdale by Water

By Viator, November 2016

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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, it can all be done in Fort Lauderdale. To help you plan your aquatic adventure in the city, here are some recommendations.

Water Taxi Journeys
It's possible to explore the city by 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 along the waterfront. Stops include Beach Place Beach, Seville Street Beach, Las Olas Riverfront, Bahia Mar, 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 want.

Riverboat Experiences
A popular experience for visitors, riverboat cruises take place along Fort Lauderdale's New River. Opt for a dinner and comedy show experience with an all-you-can-eat meal of barbecue ribs, chicken, and shrimp set aboard an old-fashioned riverboat gliding along with views of the city skyline, or a wildlife-viewing riverboat cruise with a stop at the Jungle Queen Indian Village to see monkeys, macaws, and colorful birds.

Airboat Adventures
Set right outside the city are the Everglades, a natural region of subtropical wetlands filled with wildlife, diverse landscapes, and unique ecosystems. Explore the area via an airboat cruise from Fort Lauderdale that will allow you to cruise along mangrove-lined waters to spot manatees, dolphins, and osprey and take in the natural scenery.

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 151 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, Fort Lauderdale, Eco Tours
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Jungle Queen Riverboat Dinner Cruise and Show

4.5 star rating: Recommended 252 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, Fort Lauderdale, Dinner Cruises
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Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 150 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
Riverfront Cruises Venice of America Tour, Fort Lauderdale, Day Cruises
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Riverfront Cruises Venice of America Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 60 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 $23.31
Fort Lauderdale Family Pirate Cruise, Fort Lauderdale, Day Cruises
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Fort Lauderdale Family Pirate Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 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! The crew ...  Read more

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

From USD $18.69
Guided Urban Eco Tour by Kayak or Paddleboard, Fort Lauderdale, Day Cruises
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Guided Urban Eco Tour by Kayak or Paddleboard

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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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