2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Picture of Author: Rich Barnhart

Author: Rich Barnhart

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

The Boat Show Starts Thursday November 3rd!

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 Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County 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.

WHAT’S NEW? – The Powerboat School Teaches Hand’s On Boating Skills at the boat show!

Nothing beats hands on experience when it comes to learning or improving your boating skills. This year add more fun and excitement to your Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show experience and take your boating skills up a notch. There are courses for everyone, ranging from absolute beginners to seasoned captains. Click here for the class schedule.

You can buy tickets at the show or online for $28 for one day or $46 for a 2 day pass. Children ages 6 to 15 are $12 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 ($45), 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 Uber or 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. Valet parking is also available at the Las Olas Marina for $65.

November 3rd to November 7th, 2016

Prime Time Preview:
Thursday, November 3, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

General Admission:
Friday, November 4, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 5, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 6, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Monday, November 7, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

TICKETS: $28 (Prime Time Preview is $45)

Go to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show web site for more information

Blog Author:

Rich Barnhart

Rich is the broker and owner of By The Sea Realty and a frequent contributor to the company's real estate blog.

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