Fort Lauderdale is known for a lot of things – “Where The Boys Are”, “Spring Break Central”, “The Venice of America” and of course, “The Yachting Capital of the World”. The latter is the one that gives modern day Fort Lauderdale it’s true identify and our 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 that are sure to help you navigate the “Daddy of them All”.
BOAT SHOW TIPS – Venue, tickets, parking, etc.
The show is spread out between the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and the various marinas at Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Marina and The Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina. 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 $18 for one day or $34 for a 2 day pass. 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 ($34), 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.
Parking close by can be difficult and expensive, so consider taking a taxi, especially if you want to be at the Bahia Mar and Hall of Fame Marinas. Another good option is to park at the conference center and take the water shuttle. Here is the full schedule and link to the Show Management web site:
BOAT SHOW SCHEDULE
October 25-29, 2012
Prime Time Preview:
Thurs. Oct 25, 10am – 7pm
Fri. Oct 26, 10am – 7pm
Sat. Oct 27, 10am – 7pm
Sun. Oct 28, 10am – 7pm
Mon. Oct 29, 10am – 5pm
Go to the Show Management web site for more information
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