Fort Lauderdale Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Fort Lauderdale Cruises & boat tours

Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

1. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Day Time Airboat Tour & Exhibits

Embark on a real adventure with an airboat tour of the Florida Everglades and entry to the alligator and reptile exhibit. Explore this fascinating natural wonder, hear the history of the Seminole people, and learn about the wildlife you sport from your captain. Board your airboat and glide out into the Everglades. As you cruise, listen to fascinating historical and ecological facts from your captain. Listen to tales of how the Native American Seminole people and panthers once coexisted in this lush wilderness. Keep an eye out for rare and endangered wildlife as you skim across the glassy water, through grassy rivers, and over the tropical marsh. After your airboat tour, head into the alligator and reptile exhibit. Get up close to a baby alligator and touch its unique skin and learn about these formidable predators.

Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Sport Fishing Shared Charter

2. Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Sport Fishing Shared Charter

Come out fishing on an exciting half-day sport fishing charter. Enjoy the companionship as you share the boat with a couple of anglers, with a maximum of 6 persons fishing on this trip. You will fish 1-3 miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, trolling the reefs, deep dropping around the shipwrecks, and live baiting on the edge of the Gulf Stream current. Here you can catch tuna, dolphin, wahoo, sailfish, sharks, amberjack, barracuda, grouper, and more. This half-day fishing charter will target whatever is biting best on that day to make sure that everyone catches the most fish possible. With only a few persons aboard, you can experience a very one-on-one trip with the captain and mate. No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided for you. Just bring your sunglasses, hat, and a little luck, and get ready to catch some of the biggest species in South Florida.

Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Deep Sea Drift Fishing Trip

3. 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: 1-Hour Family Pirate Adventure Cruise

4. 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 Day Safari from Fort Lauderdale

5. Everglades Day Safari from Fort Lauderdale

Explore the subtropical wilderness of the Everglades on Florida’s finest eco-tour with the Everglades Day Safari. The safari includes narrated transportation from Fort Lauderdale to the four main ecosystems of the Everglades. First take a 45-minute airboat ride through the sawgrass prairie of the Everglades. Here you will see alligators, turtles and dozens of species of birds. Enjoy a wildlife drive in the Big Cypress National Preserve. Tour the sawgrass prairies of the Everglades backcountry. Alligators, turtles and birds abound in front of a backdrop that is reminiscent of the great plains of Africa. Next, take a nature walk through an ancient forest of towering cypress. This area is home to bromiliads, orchids and a variety of colorfully adorned flora. During the afternoon break you will enjoy an excellent lunch at a waterside restaurant in the heart of the Everglades. You will be offered alligator appetizers in addition to several delicious lunch entrees. Relax and check out the scenery aboard a 60-minute boat cruise after lunch. The cruise navigates the shallow, mangrove-lined waters of the 10,000 Islands in the Everglades National Park. Manatees, sea turtles, dolphins, osprey and a variety of other marine life thrive here. Tours depart daily with several convenient pickups at many hotels along Fort Lauderdale Beach and Fort Lauderdale starting at 7:15 am. Tours are limited to small groups and reservations are required.

From Fort Lauderdale: Key West and Glass Bottom Boat

6. From Fort Lauderdale: Key West and Glass Bottom Boat

See Key West - the southernmost city in the US - by land and sea. Soak in the Caribbean atmosphere as you explore its many shops and restaurants before taking a boat ride to the third largest reef. Through the boat's glass bottom you can marvel at the colorful fish and corals. We'll cross 42 bridges and hop 32 islands before reaching Key West. Here street artists, outdoor cafes, and restaurants are waiting to enchant you. After you have explored Key West on your own, we will take you on a three-hour glass bottom boat ride to the coral reef, just off Key West. It is is the third largest reef in the world and home to a variety of plants and animals. You will marvel at the brilliant colors of the fish and the coral formations on this enchanting boat tour.

The Everglades: 1-Hour Airboat Night Tour

7. 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.

Sawgrass Park: Private 1-Hour Airboat Adventure Tour

8. 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.

From Miami: Everglades Airboat Ride and Nature Walk

9. From Miami: Everglades Airboat Ride and Nature Walk

Benefit from pickup at your hotel or other location in the Greater Fort Lauderdale and Miami-Dade County area, and then travel by brand new sprinter-style vehicle to Everglades National Park. Appreciate the natural beauty of the area, and learn about its ecological importance. Join a naturalist guide on 2 different nature walks to learn about 3 different ecosystems of the park. Walk through a tropical hardwood hammock to admire the mature trees and beautiful plants and wildlife. Then, drive to the launch site of your 1-hour airboat ride, and glide through the grasses to see wild alligators up close in their natural environment. Visit an historic Miccosukee Indian village, exclusive to the airboat company, and learn about their special customs and way of life. Head back to your hotel at the end of your exhilarating airboat tour, better acquainted with the real Florida.

Everglades: Sawgrass Park Airboat Package

10. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Airboat Package

Enjoy Sawgrass Recreation Park's diverse activities and take advantage of its exciting package while saving some dollars. Explore Florida's Everglades and see the park's numerous reptile exhibits to learn about the history of this remarkable treasure. Available all season long, experience the spirit-renewing airboat tour and glide across the river to come face-to-face with the native wildlife, including alligators, turtles, snakes, frogs, and much more. Explore the park's exhibit areas featuring over 50 reptiles that have been adopted and rescued. Take a walk on the wild side back in time when you meet an original dinosaur, the Florida Alligator. Make sure you bring your camera to capture the “Meet a Baby Alligator” experience. Depending on the packet you choose, enjoy a $15 credit to grab a bite to eat at the Gator Grill, where you can enjoy mozzarella sticks, mac and cheese bites, fries, burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, and even some famous gator tacos. Before leaving grab your photo souvenir keychain and your choice of a souvenir t-shirt or hat to bring back home a memory you will never forget.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 40 reviews

Captain Jimmy was a great time!!! We went the week after hurricane Ian hit the west coast and I went with no expectations to catch a fish but instead to enjoy the ride and conversation. We had 5 people on our boat and everyone caught a kingfish . The crew was very kind and were very willing to answer questions about the area and give suggestions on places to go ! They cleaned our catch wonderfully! I would definitely recommend this guide service !! What a great time!

It was fantastic. On the trip to the everglades, our guide Ben was able to tell us a lot about Miami and the development of the city, as well as about the people here. There was also a lot to learn about the animals and the Everglades habitat. The boatsman Elvis knew exactly where to find which animal. We were able to admire baby alligators freshly hatched, as well as a large alligator lady. Fantastic communication between humans and animals. A unique experience.

Ryan, Jeremy and the Billy were amazing. 100% great time. This was beyond an amazing experience knowledge of what was going on below and bait to use was so helpful. Will be back again every trip we do to Florida. Great attitudes (even in the rain). Just an amazing experience all . around. Recomend 200%%

Short enough trip to still enjoy other activities in the day, long enough to add some excitement for the younger ones! Fun and entertaining for the kiddos! The captain was also very fun and entertaining!!

very well we saw an alligator it is cheap and fast as an activity