Fort Lauderdale by Water

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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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Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise

Cruise along Fort Lauderdale’s historic New River on this guided, 3-hour sightseeing cruise. Board the Jungle Queen Riverboat and see the luxurious mansions and yachts along Millionaire’s Row. The cruise travels to the Jungle Queen tropical isle with exotic birds, alligators and other animals. A concession stand is available on the isle. A variety of snacks and beverages are also available on board the boat for purchase. A 90-minute tour is also available.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$24.91 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Jungle Queen Riverboat Dinner Cruise and Show

Cruise along Fort Lauderdale’s historic New River and enjoy a delicious shrimp and barbecue dinner on this 4-hour cruise. Board the Jungle Queen Riverboat and see the luxurious mansions and yachts along Millionaire’s Row, stretching from the Bahia Mar Yachting Center to the Intracoastal Waterway. The cruise travels to a tropical isle for an endless dinner offering barbecue ribs, chicken and shrimp with all the trimmings. Then experience a laugh-out-loud variety show to cap off an enjoyable and entertaining evening.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$54.95 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Alligator Show from Fort Lauderdale

Discover the Florida Everglades from Fort Lauderdale on this 1-hour guided airboat adventure at Everglades Holiday Park. This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades. Glide across the grassy water while looking for wildlife like alligators, fish, turtles and wading birds in their natural habitat. This tour includes a 25-minute alligator show after the airboat ride. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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$58.99 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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Grand Bahama Round-Trip Ferry Ride from Fort Lauderdale

Easily get over to the island of Grand Bahama from Fort Lauderdale with this round-trip ferry ticket. Board the ‘Balearia Caribbean’ for a 3.5-hour ride across the Atlantic Ocean to Freeport Harbour, and then enjoy about five hours of free time to go snorkeling, relax on white-sand beaches, or explore by scooter before catching your return ferry back to Fort Lauderdale that evening.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$130.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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$130.00 USD

60-Minute Everglades Airboat Tour and Gator Boys Alligator Rescue Show

Escape to Everglades Holiday Park for an airboat tour and alligator show. This 90-minute adventure is a great way to experience the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades. Skim across the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour while looking for alligators, wading birds and an abundance of flora and fauna in their natural habitats. This tour includes an alligator presentation by the Gator Boys, alligator trappers from Animal Planet. Complimentary group photo included.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$32.99 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Riverfront Cruises Venice of America Tour

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Fort Lauderdale from the water on this 1.5-hour narrated cruise along the city’s riverfront. Learn about Fort Lauderdale’s famous marinas and piers from the canopied observation deck or inside the climate-controlled cabin. See the luxurious mansions and yachts along Millionaire’s Row, stretching from Tarpon Bend to the Intracoastal Waterway.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$26.00 USD
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Everglades VIP Tour with Transportation Included

Combine an airboat tour in the Everglades with an alligator show by the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue Team (of Animal Planet fame) on this tour from Ft. Lauderdale. Make sure you tick off the most important highlights of the Everglades with a guide in the lead. Race through the River of Grass listening to in-depth commentary on the local environment and wildlife, then learn about alligators' biology and behavior at the exciting show.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$60.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Fort Lauderdale Daily Sightseeing Cruise

Harken back to yesteryear with a fun Fort Lauderdale sightseeing cruise aboard the Carrie B paddlewheeler. Sail past the "yachts and homes of the rich and famous" along the New River and Intracoastal Waterway in Port Everglades. Spend time on the open sun deck or sit outside under a canopy or in air-conditioned comfort on the main deck. The captain narrates the tour. Full bar service and light snacks are available.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$26.45 USD
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Tikki Queen Dinner Cruise

A mixture of South Pacific nostalgia and South Florida flavor, the Tikki Queen Dinner Cruise is truly the most unique dinner vessel in South Florida, with an exotic menu and libations you cant help but feel you are cruising the South Pacific. The cruise includes a full course Tikki themed meal, and this experience is ideal for all ages as you cruise along the new river with its rich history. Also available are specialty drinks, an extensive wine list, and a full service bar. Includes a complimentary tropical cocktail on arrival!Boarding is at 7 PM, Boat departs the dock at 7:30 PM for the cruise duration returning at  9:30 PM, departure of the boat by 10 PM. This cruise is available as a dinner cruise, or you can also join the cruise for cocktails at a reduced price (dinner excluded).
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$30.00 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter Ticket

Escape to the Florida Everglades for this 30-minute airboat adventure and wildlife encounter at Sawgrass Recreation Park. This exciting airboat ride is a great way to experience the unique subtropical ecosystem of the Everglades. Skim across the grassy water at speeds up to 40 miles per hour while looking for wildlife like alligators, fish, turtles and wading birds. This guided tour includes entrance to Sawgrass Recreation Park and an admission ticket to the Reptile, Glades and Exotic Wildlife exhibits.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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$24.33 USD
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  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Fort Lauderdale Family Pirate Cruise

Set sail for adventure on this exciting, interactive pirate cruise along Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway. This spirited 1-hour excursion is fun for the whole family. Help find the hidden treasure, learn to talk and dress like a pirate with face painting and temporary tattoos and fend off the attacks of rival pirates with onboard water cannons. Kids receive a pirate certificate and bag of loot to take home. This tour is great for birthday parties, group field trips or just a day of fun on the high seas.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$18.69 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi

The best way to see Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood! Hop on & hop off at any of the15 stops all day for one low price.  Enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s restaurants, bars, beaches and shopping while traveling by the magnificent mansions and yachts of the rich and famous. Experience Hollywood by hopping on the Margaritaville Express, that travels through Port Everglades and brings you directly to the 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar at the Margaritaville Resort. Hollywood offers one of the top beaches in the country and there is plenty to see and do along the world famous Broadwalk.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Fort Lauderdale to Key West Tour

Travel from Fort Lauderdale to the Florida Keys with ease on this full-day tour. Drive across the famous 7 Mile Bridge straddling the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean on your ride into the Keys, and then explore the islands on your own before your return transfer back to your Fort Lauderdale lodging.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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$97.00 USD
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  • Duration: 13 hours
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Winterfest Boat Parade

Hop on board a New River cruise boat and take part in Fort Lauderdale’s annual Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. Each year the parade—Florida’s largest one-day, live audience event—attracts more than 1 million viewers along its 12-mile route. Enjoy a buffet dinner and cash bar as you join hundreds of other vessels decked out in holiday lights to celebrate the season.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$65.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Fort Lauderdale Sailing Charter

Cruise along the coast of Fort Lauderdale aboard your own private 40-foot (12-meter) sailboat on this personalized excursion, ideal for couples or travelers celebrating a special occasion. Opt to cruise down the historic Fort Lauderdale New River or sail in the Atlantic Ocean, and customize your itinerary according to personal preference, choosing from activities such as sightseeing, swimming, snorkeling, or fishing.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$90.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Day Trip to Key West

Enjoy the Caribbean vibe of Key West on this day trip from Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy comfortable round-trip bus transportation to this historic island city and wander at will, or choose from a variety of tour upgrades. Add a 90-minute Conch Tour Train or a hop-on hop-off trolley tour to see all the attractions. Or get out on the water and select from a 3-hour snorkelling adventure, a 2-hour glass-bottom boat cruise or a 15-minute parasailing ride. Pickup and drop-off from Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport and Cruise Port Hotel included.
  • Duration: 15 hours
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$94.00 USD
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  • Duration: 15 hours
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Guided Urban Eco Tour by Kayak or Paddleboard

Experience the flora and fauna near Fort Lauderdale on this guided, 90-minute, urban eco tour. Choose from a kayak or a paddleboard, then head out with a small group to the Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve in Wilton Manors. Learn the history of the local river and its early settlers. See exotic and native tropical plants, trees and fruits, plus birds, crabs, fish and other animals along the way. Afterward, enjoy fresh coconut water and a snack. Equipment rental and a brief instructional session are included.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$47.99 USD
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18' Electric Boat Rental in Ft. Lauderdale

Cruise the intracoastal waterways of Fort Lauderdale without noise or fumes in one of our Duffy eco-friendly electric boats. Tour on your own, or hire our captain to drive you around and give you an entertaining, informative tour. Ecoboats provides a unique way to celebrate special occasions, gather with friends, visit dockside restaurants and bars, or watch the sunset. Our boats can accommodate up to 12 adults, have a full canopy rooftop, window enclosures, and a CD player with an aux cord. So don’t forget to bring along your favorite playlist! We strive to make this planet a better place by protecting Florida’s wildlife and the environment with our Duffy boats. We look forward to having you on board!
  • Duration: 2 to 6 hrs
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$160.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 to 6 hrs
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21' Electric Boat Rental in Ft. Lauderdale

Cruise the intracoastal waterways of Fort Lauderdale without noise or fumes in one of our Duffy eco-friendly electric boats. Tour on your own, or hire our captain to drive you around and give you an entertaining, informative tour. Ecoboats provides a unique way to celebrate special occasions, gather with friends, visit dockside restaurants and bars, or watch the sunset. Our boats can accommodate up to 12 adults, have a full canopy rooftop, window enclosures, and a CD player with an aux cord. So don’t forget to bring along your favorite playlist! We strive to make this planet a better place by protecting Florida’s wildlife and the environment with our Duffy boats. We look forward to having you on board!
  • Duration: 2 to 6 hrs
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$240.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 to 6 hrs
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