With our seemingly never-ending sandy shores and 300-miles of navigable Venice-like canals, there is no shortage of water activities to experience on Fort Lauderdale Beach's three-mile barrier island. Whether you are looking to take a dive deep, dip your toes, or sail from sunrise to sunset, we’ve got you covered with some of the most enjoyable ways to get in, out and under the water on your next vacation.
Ride the Waves
With its abundance of beaches and open waters, Fort Lauderdale is a jet skier’s paradise. Rent your own for an hour or two and explore the area at your own pace; or join a private jet ski tour that takes you through areas like the Venice of America Canals and Millionaires Row.
BouYah Water Sports, located at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa offers 30 and 60-minute jet-ski rentals as well as family-friendly guided tours through Fort Lauderdale's famed waterways. It's the perfect way to get your heart pumping or view the area as the captain of your own personal watercraft.
Imagine the rush of being able to burst out of the water and fly 45 feet (14 meters) into the air. Emerge from salty ocean waters, soar like a superhero and dive like a dolphin. At Aqua Flight you can achieve your dreams of flight in one ultimate adrenaline pumping Flyboard experience, see Fort Lauderdale from a totally new perspective, be the "talk of the ocean" and wave to everyone dipping their toes in the water along the shoreline.
For a more relaxing and peaceful experience, Fort Lauderdale Parasailing offers families, couples and individuals a-once-in-lifetime experience too see beautiful Fort Lauderdale from a different perspective. Soaring high above the ocean under your personal parachute, you might even take in a surprise experience and observe some of our aquatic wildlife like sea turtles or dolphins.
Contrary to its appearance, stand-up paddleboarding isn’t easy to master! But once you’ve got the hang of it after learning the ropes, it serves as one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy the Fort Lauderdale waters. Rent your own board, sign up for a one-on-one lesson, or embark on a group tour of the city’s canals and rivers — either way, you’re in for a treat.
For a truly remarkable experience of gliding on the water in moonlit skies, Sunrise Paddleboards 3-hour monthly Full Moon Paddle is a must try. A favorite by locals and visitors for more than a decade, guests can go for the glow while wearing provided glow accessories or don their own neon wear for a creative spin on the water.
Should staying closer to shore and a shorter spin be more your speed, you can take your pick of a kayak or paddle board during Park & Ocean Adventure Center's weekly Friday evening sunset tour at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. During the 75-minute excursion you will paddle along an ancient and fresh water Coastal Dune Lake enjoying the stunning casts of South Florida's sunset. As a treat the tour company also operates a casual beachside bar and eatery on site to enjoy a bite and a micro brew beer before or after.
Have you always wanted to experience the thrill of catching a fish but never had the chance? Well, look no further. Fort Lauderdale is blessed with an abundance of marine life in its coastal waters, and there are plenty of sportfishing boat charters on offer to help you reel one in. Blackfin tuna, kingfish, and bonitos are common in the area, likewise sailfish, mackerel, and even whale sharks!
For a variety of fishing charters, Fishing Headquarters offers 3 daily drift fishing trips, as well as private and shared sportfishing charters for big game fish. Family owned and operated since 1967, your family can also enjoy in family-friendly fishing trips courtesy of a professional and very experienced crew. Each of the fishing charters also include everything you need - bait, tackle, licenses, rods and reels and free parking - for convenience and ease.
Dive In for Underwater Adventures
Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Fort Lauderdale Beach is the ideal place to scuba dive as the waters remain warm year-round, so it's total immersion 12 months a year. Over the past 20 years, the artificial reef programs of Broward County have placed upwards of 75 artificial reefs on the ocean floor as magnets for fish and reef life. Today, Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to the largest collection of warm-water wrecks in the Western world.
Offering both diving and snorkeling trips daily, Sea Experience is an all in one dive shop located within the Bahia Mar Marina complex. As a full service training and PADI 5 Star Career Development Center, even those new to the sport can discover a new passion before departing on a new adventure just off Fort Lauderdale Beach's shores.
Chase the Sun
Sip Champagne on a Sunset Sailing Cruise
A perfect way to end the day, Tropical Sailing relaxing Sunset Catamaran cruise sets the tone for sun dresses, flowered shirts, sandals , cold beer and chilled wine. Relaxing music and breaking waves provide a tropical rhythm as the sun slips away casting fiery hues of orange and red sunset vistas. There’s no more unique way to make new friends as afternoon turns into evening or before hitting the town.
Drink in the Sunset on a Water Taxi Happy Hour Cruise
Water Taxi’s famous Hop On Hop Off tours offer a one of a kind experience on the Venice of America. The captains & crew narrate as they take you to and from several destinations, giving you fun facts about all the gorgeous homes, yachts, and South Florida history. In addition to the savings at more than 100 Cruise and Save partner locations, one of the best offers, made even better with their 2-4-1 Summer LauderDEAL offer, is the already discounted Happy Hour ticket to sail after 4pm and discounts on drinks aboard the vessels as well.
Fun For the Family
Dine & Unwind on a Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise
As you sit in comfort on the historic Jungle Queen Riverboat, you’ll zoom past sprawling $30-million homes and jealousy-inducing mega yachts, learning about their luxury and tidbits about the city in general, thanks to the informative narration. If you opt for the dinner cruise, the historic boat docks at a purpose-built island where a delectable all-you-can-eat buffet and a hilarious live show await!
Walk the Plank on a Pirate Adventure Cruise
Youngsters and the young at heart will absolutely love the face painting, pirate speech lessons (arrr me’arty!), and water cannons (not to mention the treasure they get to take home) on a Bluefoot Pirate Adventure cruise. The first half of the trip concentrates on science, and the second half including social studies and local history – while following nautical charts and locating specific landmarks. The trip ends with a “battle on the high seas (intracoastal)” with the notorious “Barnacle Bill”, looking to claim a long lost treasure. But it’s not just for the kids; it’s a cruise designed for entire family fun — adults can soak in the pristine views while sipping on a classic pirate-style rum.