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Fort Lauderdale

Florida's southeast coast rewards explorers with a natural haven of sandy beaches, sea, and floral greenery.

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Fort Lauderdale: Jungle Queen Sightseeing Cruise

1. Fort Lauderdale: Jungle Queen Sightseeing Cruise

Board the riverboat at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center and embark on a 1.5-hour, fully narrated cruise. Explore Fort Lauderdale, the Venice of America, sailing along the historic New River. Marvel at Millionaire's Row, home to the city's rich and famous, and the spectacular mega-yachts. Enjoy soft drinks, beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks, which are available for purchase on board. Cruises sail in all weather conditions – rain or shine. Take in views of the city’s skyline, the world-famous Pier 66, Florida's White House, the Stanahan House (the oldest house in Fort Lauderdale), and gator country.

Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Deep Sea Drift Fishing Trip

2. Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Deep Sea Drift Fishing Trip

Set sail on board an 85-foot Gulfcraft fishing boat and fish off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on a 4-hour morning, afternoon or evening fishing trip. The tour cost per person includes all rod and reel rental, bait and tackle. You will fish approximately 1 mile off the coast, where the ocean bottom drops off quickly to depths of up to 150 feet and the inside edge of the Gulfstream current provides perfect fishing conditions. On daytime trips, you will drift or anchor fish over the reefs, wrecks and rock piles of Fort Lauderdale, and fish for kingfish, tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo, snapper, grouper, or whatever is biting. For added adventure, nighttime trips anchor up over a spot where the crew chum the water for snapper and grouper. Everything is included in the price; just bring along any food and drink you like. This is a fun trip for novice and experienced anglers, and the crew is there to help you 1-on-1 for the entire trip.

Fort Lauderdale: Flamingo Gardens Entry Ticket

3. Fort Lauderdale: Flamingo Gardens Entry Ticket

Experience a taste of tropical Florida as soon as you enter Flamingo Gardens with a jungle of tropical trees, plants, and over 1,000 orchids. Enjoy a wildlife encounter show presented three times a day, watch playful river otters, and meet some of the animals protected by the sanctuary, such as Josh, a native black bear. Take a narrated 30-minute tram tour through the back 50 acres and experience three different ecosystems, as well as the largest cycad collection in the United States. Stay on the tram the entire time or disembark to discover the Wetlands, the Cycad Garden, the Native Plant Walkway, the Wildflower Garden or the Mango Grove. Visit the Birds of Prey Center, and walk through a half-acre aviary with over 250 wetland birds native to Florida. Step into the past in the historic Wray Home Museum, built in 1933, and stop in the gallery for different shows and exhibits. Tour guides are always present to help you get a taste of old Florida history. In the summer of 2020 — from June 6 until September 13, 2020 — see the award-winning “Nature Connects” exhibit created with over 1.6 million LEGO pieces. The summer of 2021 will host David Rogers' Big Bugs exhibit, a must-see for lovers or art and nature.

Ft. Lauderdale: Hollywood Beach Jet Ski Rental

4. Ft. Lauderdale: Hollywood Beach Jet Ski Rental

Explore the Intercoastal Waterways off Hollywood and Dania Beaches with maximum freedom by renting your own jet ski. Learn from a jet ski professional, then experience the excitement of speed as you jet along the Intercoastal. Choose between a single or double jet ski. After checking in and completing the paperwork and cash deposit payments, get acquainted with the new Yamaha & Seadoo jet skis from a professional instructor. Then, head off to discover the joys of jet skiing on your own, enjoying the freedom to travel at your own pace. Admire the millionaire homes and skyline of Hollywood Beach as you glide over the water. As you travel across the open waters on your jet ski, keep your eyes out for dolphins, manta rays, sea turtles, manatees, and other ocean wildlife.

Fort Lauderdale: 1-Hour Family Pirate Adventure Cruise

5. Fort Lauderdale: 1-Hour Family Pirate Adventure Cruise

Start by arriving a half-hour early to get outfitted with pirate tattoos and a vest that will be returned at the end of the trip. Meet the captain and crew as they introduce you to the Pirate way of life. Follow the first mate to board the real U.S. Coast Guard certified pirate ship where you will learn everything you need to know to join the crew. Learn how to fire the water cannons as you navigate the Intracoastal Waterway to find the key to the treasure. Battle a villainous pirate to win back the key and leave with your share of the loot. Hear of the many tales of legendary pirates and keep a sharp eye out to spot the local wildlife.

Everglades: Sawgrass Park Airboat Tour with Exhibit Entrance

6. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Airboat Tour with Exhibit Entrance

Embark on a real adventure with a 30-minute airboat tour of the Florida Everglades and view this fascinating natural wonder from a unique perspective. Your tour will be guided by an experienced captain. During the tour, you'll listen to tales of how the Seminole and panther once coexisted in this lush wilderness. Also, you'll catch a glimpse of endangered wildlife as you skim across the glassy water. On this tour, feel free to let your spirit soar as you view nature at its finest. All airboat ticket purchases automatically include entrance into the alligator and reptile exhibit, where you can get up close to a baby alligator and touch its unique skin.

Fort Lauderdale: High-Flying Parasailing Adventure

7. Fort Lauderdale: High-Flying Parasailing Adventure

Spark your adrenaline on a parasailing ride in Fort Lauderdale. Glide high above the Atlantic and soak up the views of the South Florida coast. Choose to participate as a passenger on a fast-paced speedboat ride. Meet your captain and get strapped into your harness. As the boat picks up speed, be hoisted into the sky for a breathtaking ride above the water. Take in the views of the city skyline and even spot the Bahamas on a clear day. Enjoy this family-friendly activity with the option to ride as a passenger on the boat if you prefer not to fly. Your instructor will also have have photo packages available to remember your trip.

Fort Lauderdale: Intracoastal Waterway Party on a Cycleboat

8. Fort Lauderdale: Intracoastal Waterway Party on a Cycleboat

From the convenient meeting point, jump on board the cycleboat and bring whatever you want to eat and drink during the trip. The dedicated captain and crew will check you in and you'll will be underway for a boat tour like no other.   You will have the option to cycle or to simply kick back and relax. There will be a supply of coolers, party lights, and music. Along the way, you’ll stop at two bars to grab drinks or some food. The bars you stop at will be up to the group or the captain. You’ll then come back on board and return to the Riverside Hotel to be dropped off.

Sawgrass Park: Private 1-Hour Airboat Adventure Tour

9. Sawgrass Park: Private 1-Hour Airboat Adventure Tour

Embark on a 60-minute airboat tour of the Everglades and get to see all the wildlife, flora, and fauna of this incredible ecosystem. During this tour, which is guided by an experienced Everglades captain, listen to tales of how the Seminole and panther once coexisted in the lush Everglades wilderness. Learn a wealth of other facts and information about the region. As well as catching a glimpse of endangered wildlife as you skim across the water, all airboat ticket purchases automatically include entrance into the Alligator and Reptile exhibit where you can catch educational presentations and even get up close to a baby alligator and touch its unique skin. Choose how you would like to experience the Everglades. The Day Time tour explores this unique ecosystem in full daylight, perfect for getting clear views of the diverse wildlife. The Night Tour travels the dark river to seek out the sights and sounds of various creatures including the nocturnal alligator, distinguishable only by its glowing red eyes.

The Everglades: 1-Hour Airboat Night Tour

10. The Everglades: 1-Hour Airboat Night Tour

Join the action at Sawgrass on this thrilling 60-minute night-time airboat ride deep into The Everglades. Experience the nocturnal side of this vibrant ecosystem. You will board a powerful airboat deep in the night to seek out Florida's legendary reptile, the American Alligator. Sneak through The Everglades as you experience the thrill of this eco-system's abundant wildlife and explore the sights and sounds of nocturnal giants. Discover the mysteries of this rich river as you search for the telltale red glow from the eyes of these amazing predators. Slide over the sawgrass and cattails at an excess of 35 miles per hour and take in the wonderful array of flora and fauna.

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What people are saying about Fort Lauderdale

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 749 reviews

The Jungle Queen Sightseeing Cruise was a fabulous addition to my birthday trip to Miami. The team on the ground was helpful and a joy to interact with. The tour guide was a wealth of knowledge who shared interesting facts with us as we sailed down the New River taking in the views of Miami, marvelous waterfront mansions, and brilliant architecture.

The 30 minute tour was packed with information and unique experience (for me) riding on an airboat. I knew it was going to be loud because they gave you earplugs but I didn't know that they would be stopping to be able to talk and describe. Saw a small gator and an iguana, various birds.

Our pilot was awesome! Everyone was very friendly and the views on our flight were beautiful. Complimentary champagne was a nice touch.

Was very fun and enjoyable!! Guide was entertaining and informative. Would definitely recommend it.

Great fun for everyone in group. Guide friendly and knowledgeable. Saw lots of gators of all sizes.