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Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Mark your calendar for Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. This year’s boat show will attract boating enthusiasts from around the world, with more than $4 billion in boats and marine accessories – everything from megayachts and superyachts to canoes and Jet Skis. Fort Lauderdale lives up to its reputation as the “Venice of America.”

After a whole weekend full of entertainment, dining and pampering yourself, you’ll be sure to cruise away with a boatload of memories.

Locations

Bahia Mar Yachting Center (801 Seabreeze Blvd.)

Hall of Fame Marina (435 Seabreeze Blvd.)

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina (1881 SE 17th St.)

Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention

Center (1950 Eisenhower Blvd.)

Las Olas Marina (240 E. Las Olas Circle)

The Sails Marina (2150 SE 17th St.)

Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six (2301 SE 17th St.)

Prices

$38/prime-time preview

$22/one-day pass

$7/children between 6 and 15

Free/children younger than 6

$40/two-day pass

Tickets are also available for purchase online at On-site tickets can be purchased for an additional $2 at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Broward County Convention Center, Las Olas Marina box offices and Las Olas Riverfront.

Parking

Convention Center: $15/daily

Sails Marina: $20/daily

Galleria Mall: $7/daily

War Memorial Auditorium: $7.75/daily

Las Olas Riverfront Plaza: $2/first hour, $1/hourly

Las Olas Marina: $55/valet

Getting Around

Water Taxi: $10/ride all day, $40/5-day pass Includes service to Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Convention Center and Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Doubletree Hotel/Galleria Mall, The Sails Marina and Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

Riverboat: free/all day Travels from Las Olas Riverfront

Park ‘N’ Ride: Enjoy free shuttle bus rides to the Broward County Convention Center and Las Olas Marina from War Memorial Park and back.

A Place to Rest Your Head

3 hotels for out-of-towners:

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Let your mind wander as you take a dip in the heated infinity pool or enjoy a cocktail under “King Neptune and His Horses,” an elegant 13-foot centerpiece mural inspired by the 1880 painting. The aqueous surroundings will send you off on a voyage of pure relaxation; (1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.)

2. W Fort Lauderdale

Take a load off at Bliss Spa, the W’s retro 1950s-themed spa, where you can treat yourself to lavish manicures and massages. As your new coat of polish is drying, keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of a famous face that may be hanging out at this playground for the stars; wfortlauderdalehotel.com (401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.)

3. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina

Enjoy a savory breakfast overlooking the Intracoastal before heading out on the Water Taxi to the boat show, or dock your own boat at the 33-slip inlet marina; fortlauderdalemarinahotel.com (1881 SE 17th St.)

boat show bites

3 restaurants to try near the show:

1. Shula’s on the Beach

If some of the world’s finest, savory meats are your forté, Shula’s has the hookup. Enjoy porterhouses up to 48 ounces; (321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.)

2. Shooters Waterfront

Enjoy one of Fort Lauderdale’s most popular waterfront dining destinations with views of the Intracoastal. Valet parking and 340 feet of dockage allow guests to arrive by car or boat; shooterswaterfront.com (3033 NE 32nd Ave.)

3. 3030 Ocean

After a long day in the sun, this candlelit oceanfront bistro is just a short walk away from the boat show. Try the delectable raw seafood bar or indulge in one of the wine selections from across the globe; 3030ocean.com (3030 Holiday Drive)