This area has earned the title of being one of the most popular spots for Boaters, and is known as the “Yachting Capital of the World”. In Fort Lauderdale, boats are part of the lifestyle and are your key to exploring, be it on the New River, the 165 miles of canals crisscrossing the neighborhoods, or out on the Atlantic.

Fort Lauderdale Activities

The fishing here is incredible, and with over 200 species of freshwater fish, it won’t be long before you are catching your lunch! There is also great offshore fishing here, with plenty of Deep-sea fishing fleets available, Pompano, Lauderdale by the Sea, Deerfield, and Dania Beach are in the area.

Fort Lauderdale is also often referred to as the "Venice of America" due to its extensive canal system. Boating, fishing, jet skiing, and paddleboarding are popular activities here. You can rent a boat or join a guided tour to explore the waterways.

Exploring Fort Lauderdale

The city itself needs to be explored, if only to try one of the 25 Michelin star restaurants that is in the area! Try the Blue Moon Fish Co. This waterfront restaurant offers Louisiana-infused seafood dishes with panoramic views of the Intercoastal Waterway, or 3030 Ocean Restaurant & Bar, a Japanese seafood spot in the Harbor Beach Marriott.

There are many Marinas throughout the area, with lots of opportunities to launch your boat or to rent a vessel. If you prefer taking it easy and letting someone do all the work, you can take a ride on a 28-mile loop around the “Venice of America” where you will see amazing wildlife, historic sites, luxury mansions, mega yachts, and beautiful scenery.

The world’s largest in-water Boat Show is held here every October at the Bahia Mar Marina and attracts thousands of visitors. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is one of the most prestigious and renowned boat shows globally, attracting boating enthusiasts, industry professionals, and visitors from around the world and is definitely worth a visit.

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Nearby Attractions

As well as the beautiful beaches, the city also boasts a bustling arts and cultural scene, with world-class museums, galleries, and theaters. Explore the famous Las Olas Boulevard, lined with trendy boutiques, restaurants, and nightlife venues, or take a scenic cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway on the Jungle Queen Riverboat. You'll learn about the area's history and see beautiful waterfront homes.

For nature enthusiasts, the Everglades are just a short drive away, providing opportunities for airboat rides and wildlife encounters.

Water Access and Hours

24 hours a day / 7 days a week with a permit.