If you’re looking for some entertaining diversions around Port Everglades besides watching other people’s cruise ships take off, here are suggestions of nearby things to do.
Keep in mind that if you want to take a shared ride, your best bet is to first leave Port Everglades and wait at the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center.
TAKE A SHORTER CRUISE BEFORE YOUR LONG CRUISE
The Jungle Queen boat winds up and down Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal, giving you the 411 on who owns which waterfront mansion. A little history is thrown in for good measure in the five tours offered. And depending on which option you choose, you can even get dinner and a show on a private island (beware: this is four hours). Yeah, it’s cheesy, but it also scratches whatever tourist itch you might have. Prices for adults range from $24.91 to $54.95. The Jungle Queen’s port is at the Bahia Mar Yachting Centre, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. For more information or to book a tour, call 954-462-5596 or go to JungleQueen.com.
Gearheads will not be able to resist the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum. The 30,000-square-foot museum has cars dating back to 1900, including an impressive collection of Packards. Always call first since the museum is often booked by private parties. The Antique Car Museum is located at 1527 SW First Ave. For more information, call 954-779-7300 or go to AntiqueCarMuseum.net.
LIKE TO BIKE?
If you think your legs will give out trying to cross the mammoth 17th Street Causeway Bridge, then an electric bicycle may be a smart choice. Depending on what kind you want, you can rent an electric bike for $75, $100 or $125 a day at Pedego Fort Lauderdale, which is located at 1825 Cordova Road. Call 954-652-1823 or go to PedegoElectricBikes.com. You can also rent a bike at one of the Broward BCycle stations located throughout the county. The rates are $5 for 30 minutes or $50 for the day. There’s one just outside the entrance of Port Everglades at the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center (1738 SE 17th St.). Go to Broward.BCycle.com and enter “17th Street Causeway” in the Find a Station field at the top of the page.
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