The Boat Show Starts November 5th!
With 1,500 boats, 6 miles of floating docks and over 100,000 attendees the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the largest in-water boat show in the world. It is also a huge boost to our local economy with an estimated impact on Broward County of $500 million per year. If you’re in town for the show, or if you’re a local thinking about it, here is the scoop.
BOAT SHOW TIPS – Venue, tickets, parking, etc.
The boat show attracts yachties and boating enthusiasts from all over the world. Whether you are a boat show regular or a first timer, here are some tips for attendees that are sure to help you efficiently navigate our show. The show is spread out between the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and the various marinas at Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Marina, Sails Marina, The Fort Lauderdale Hilton and the beautifully renovated Pier 66. The convention center hosts the exhibits, booths and smaller boat displays and the big-boy boats are all at the marinas. You can go between the various locations by shuttle bus or water taxi.
You can buy tickets at the show or online for $25 for one day or $43 for a 2 day pass. Children ages 6 to 15 are $10 and children under 6 are free. The busiest days are Saturday and Sunday, so if you don’t like the crowds try to go Thursday, Friday morning, or Monday. The Primetime Preview on Thursday is more expensive ($43), but worth it if you want the first chance to buy your dream boat. Yes, the good ones do sell early in the show, especially if the weather is good, and the forecast is very promising:
Parking close by can be difficult and expensive, so consider taking a taxi, especially if you want to be at the Bahia Mar, Hall of Fame and Pier 66 Marinas. Another good option is to park at the convention center and take the bus or water shuttle to the marinas. You can also jump on the water taxi from any stop in Fort Lauderdale and connect to all of the boat show locations. Here is the full schedule and link to the Show Management web site:
BOAT SHOW SCHEDULE
November 5th to November 9th, 2015
Prime Time Preview:
Thurs. Nov 5th, 10am – 7pm
Fri. Nov 6th, 10am – 7pm
Sat. Nov 7th, 10am – 7pm
Sun. Nov 8th, 10am – 7pm
Mon. Nov 9th, 10am – 5pm
TICKETS: $25 online or $27 at the show. (Prime Time Preview is $43)
Go to the Show Management web site for more information