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The 5 Best Places To Watch The 2018 Ford Lauderdale Air Show

Presented by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Ford Lauderdale Air Show (yes, Ford, not Fort) is making its way to Fort Lauderdale Beach on May 5 and 6.

The U.S. Navy’s F/A-18F Super Hornet will be the headliner at this year's event. Other military performers will include the New York Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster III Demo and the U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo. 

Interested in watching the show? Here’s our list of the best places in town to see all the flips, twists and turns happening up in the sky.

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1. The Flight Line Club and Drop Zone Beach

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If you’re looking to be in the sand during the performance, buy your tickets directly from the Ford Lauderdale Air Show. It will be hosting a VIP beach viewing experience called The Flight Line Club, as well as offering a general admission area called the Drop Zone Beach. VIP tickets are $179 and allow you to sit on the aerial 50-yard line. General admission is $29.75 for adults and $14.75 for children. Click here to find out more details on the options and what is included with each.

3110 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.563.6917; fortlauderdaleairshow.com

2. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Photo courtesy of Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Head to Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort for a special viewing party on May 6, located on the resort’s open-air, oceanfront space BalQony. The BalQony offers uninterrupted views of the show and tickets ($45 per person) include valet parking, a DJ and a reserved spot on the viewing stage. Beer buckets and light-bite specials are available to order. A VIP upgrade will also be available for guests to access the lounge and bottle service.

505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.2222; eventbrite.com

3. The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

Photo courtesy of The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

On May 5 and 6, The Atlantic Hotel & Spa will host watch parties on its fifth floor viewing deck. Tickets are $99 per day, and include a buffet-style lunch, three alcoholic drinks per person, live music and meet-and-greets with the Skytyper pilots. VIP Lounge add-ons are also available and include unlimited SKYY Vodka cocktails, a sushi and sashimi buffet and an air-conditioned lounge.

601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.567.8020; eventbrite.com

4. El Vez Fort Lauderdale

Photo courtesy of El Vez

The new restaurant at W Fort Lauderdale will host an opening preview party for Cinco de Mayo, which coincides with the air show. Complimentary bites will include guacamole, grilled carnitas and corn. Signature margaritas will be available for purchase by the glass or pitchers, along with Mexican beers and more. Entertainment at the event will include El Vez himself, the namesake performer and Mexican Elvis impersonator, a social media contest, musical guests and lawn games on the deck with sweeping views of the sky.

401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.8336; wfortlauderdalehotel.com/el-vez

5. Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach

Photo courtesy of Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach

The recently opened Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach will host its inaugural VIP viewing party on May 5 on its elevated 20,000-square-foot Sky Deck. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the viewing party will include valet parking, a DJ, reserved seating and unlimited Cinco de Mayo tacos and beer. The signature Cinco de Mayo cocktail, the Rosé Margarita, will also be served for guests to sip on as they watch the show. Tickets are $179 per person. 

551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.414.5100; eventbrite.com

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