UPDATED October 25th, 2021
The “Yachting Capital of the World” presents
The Greatest Boat Show on the Seven Seas!
Wednesday, October 27th through Sunday October 31st, 2021
With the exception of some scattered storms on Thursday, the forecast for this week’s boat show looks perfect!
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is the largest in-water boat show in the world and is always a huge boost to the local economy. The show attracts on average 100,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors from around the world. Products on display range from Guy Harvey t-shirts to mega yachts, and everything in between including marine electronics, fishing equipment and about 1,300 different types of boats. Even non-boaters will love the energy and excitement, as well as the upscale food and drink options.
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The following tips should help you to navigate your way to the boat show and to locate the exhibits and boats you’re looking for. The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center hosts the exhibits, booths and smaller boat displays. If you’re looking for the big-boy boats, including the mega yachts and large sport fishers, then the Bahia Mar Yachting Center on the barrier island is the place to be. You can go between the various show locations by shuttle bus or water taxi. The show is spread out between the following 7 locations.
- Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center
- Bahia Mar Yachting Center
- Hall of Fame Marina
- Las Olas Municipal Marina
- Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina
- Pier 66 Marina
- SuperYacht Village at Pier 66 South
FORT LAUDERDALE BOAT SHOW EXPERIENCES
Windward VIP Club
Located in the heart of the show on the main face dock at Bahia Mar, the Windward VIP Club features a beautiful air conditioned arched tent with outdoor terraces offering yacht and water views. This boat show sanctuary provides guests with early show access (9:00 AM), a premium open bar and gourmet food all day. VIP guests looking to purchase a boat may book private appointments with yacht brokers and manufacturers through a private VIP concierge. Tip: VIP Tickets usually sell out, so buy them in advance.
More Information on VIP Club
Upscale Culinary Experience
Find everything you are craving, from lobster rolls to street tacos and hand-crafted burgers. Other delicious seafood options include stone crabs, oysters and calamari. Upscale beverages include local craft beers, premium wines and specialty cocktails.
Hook The Future – Kids Fishing Clinics
Bring the whole family and introduce the kids to fishing at the boat show. Fishing education classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Convention Center.
More Information on Kids Fishing Clinics
Located at the new “Pier South” at Pier 66, this exhibit features yachts nearly 300 feet long! You can access the marina by tender and shuttle bus. There is also valet and self-parking, when available.
More information on Superyacht Village
Aquazone – Watersport Demos
The AquaZone is presented by Nautical Ventures and is open all day with regular demonstrations from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This is an exciting and engaging attraction designed to provide an upfront and personal experience with a variety of products that cater to all different types of boaters and lovers of watersports.
More information on AquaZone
Get Out of the Heat
The weather is generally pretty mild in late October, but if you need to escape the heat and maybe have a cool drink then there are plenty of options available.
- Accessories Tent
- Marine Electronics Tent
- SuperYacht Tent (Tiki Bar)
- Convention Center
- Winward VIP Experience (VIP ticket required)
You can buy tickets at the show or online for $37 for a one day pass. Children ages 6 to 15 are $15 and children under 6 are free. The busiest days are Saturday and Sunday, so if you don’t like the crowds try to go Wednesday, Thursday or Friday morning. The Primetime Preview on Wednesday is more expensive ($57), 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. VIP tickets are also available on-line for $300 and they typically do sell out
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PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
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. All day water taxi passes are only $12. Valet parking is also available at the Las Olas Marina (expensive) or at Galleria Mall. From the Galleria Mall you can walk to the Gallery One Doubletree Hotel and take the water taxi from there.
BOAT SHOW SCHEDULE
October 27th to October 31st, 2021
Prime Time Preview:
Wednesday, October 27th, Noon – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 28th, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 29th, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 30th, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 31st, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
TICKETS: $37 (Prime Time Preview is $57)
Visit the FLIBS web site for more information
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