UPDATE 2020: Due to Covid-19, please check with businesses listed below on new operating hours, rates and services.
One thing visitors notice during their vacation on Fort Lauderdale Beach is just how many things there are to do in and on the water. After all, with over 300 miles of navigable waterways, and the nickname, the "Venice of America" no visit can be complete without touring the destination by boat.
Whether you are looking for the unique or the utilitarian – there is one thing for sure, touring Fort Lauderdale Beach by boat will certainly be unforgettable.
Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi is the trolley in the water, and probably the best way to see it all. A daily pass will get passengers on and off at 19 stops, including the countless shops and restaurants at Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Beach and nearby Hollywood Beach and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea at points north and south. For the tour crowd, you can simply sit back and enjoy y the ride on these glimmering aquatic waterways, lined with spectacular mansions, luxury yachts and pleasure boats taking in the same. To start your tour, log onto the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi's website for pricing and maps, and enjoy!
October 2020 Schedule Update: Ride with the #WaterTaxi on our new 2-hour weekend cruises! For a limited time, join us on Saturdays and Sundays for some fresh air, cold drinks and gorgeous views of Fort Lauderdale. Purchase your tickets on WaterTaxi.com for just $20! → Keep in mind, these are not the regular hop on/hop off services!
TIP!: Get discounts at Cruise and Save Partner restaurants, bars, and shops with your Water Taxi ticket!
One of the most spectacular ways to enjoy the waterways is on the Jungle Queen Riverboat. The Sightseeing Cruise is about three hours and takes you up the New River. Enjoy a pleasant and humorous sightseeing tour given by the Jungle Queen's captain about the many interesting sights, celebrity waterfront homes, historic landmarks, huge yachts, and downtown Fort Lauderdale.
After seven miles down the New River, the Jungle Queen stops at a tropical isle for dinner and a show. At the tropical isle, you will walk to the dining room for a delicious All-You-Can-Eat dinner of BBQ ribs, chicken, and shrimp along with plenty of side dishes. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are available at an additional charge (cash only).
After dinner, you'll enjoy the for some laughter during the Jungle Queen's famous and hilarious variety show including comedians, magicians, and a game show. After the show, you will leave the tropical isle and return to the Jungle Queen Riverboat to enjoy a relaxing moonlit return cruise back the departure location.
Jungle Queen Facts: The Jungle Queen Riverboat has been enjoyed by many since 1945. In addition to their famous dinner cruise, the riverboat offers a 3-hour sightseeing cruise with two departures daily; one in the morning and one in the afternoon (meal and show are not included).
Bluefoot Pirate Adventures is a fun, interactive pirate cruise for adults and children offering a daily pirates’ treasure hunt along the Ft. Lauderdale waterway. Upon arrival, children are gussied up into pirate attire and for a small fee, you can buy some pirate gear like an eye patch, bandana and sword.
During the 1 ½ hour trip children learn the basic layout of the vessel and safety measures to be taken. Once all have boarded and taken their positions, the adventure begins. 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 land marks. The trip will end with a “battle on the high seas (intracoastal)” with the notorious “Barnacle Bill”, looking to claim a long lost treasure.
Enjoy an Affordable Five-Star Personally Guided Sightseeing Boat Tour Experience an Intimate Waterway Tour with Fort Lauderdale’s finest Electric Boat tour. Immerse yourself in the Amazing Sites of Ft. Lauderdale’s network of beautiful canals. Located at The World Famous Bahia Mar Hotel and Marina on Fort Lauderdale Beach. There are several socially distanced tours available for groups up to six, including a half day rental, sunset tour or 90-minute excursions.
SUNRISE PADDLE BOARDS
Whether you are a first timer or experienced, Sunrise Paddleboards makes paddleboarding a fun and easy way to play or exercise on the water. Advanced SUP users can gain a strong 'core' workout. SUP is a fun way to travel "The Venice of America". see magnificent views of Las Olas or travel past Port Everglades Playing in the Ocean, touring the river, or just taking it easy on our lakes; there is no wonder why SUP has become the hottest sport in the world and we look forward to putting you on a Sunrise Paddle Board.