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Fort Lauderdale Shore Excursion Tips

Fort Lauderdale beach
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Fort Lauderdale shore excursions offer plenty of local attractions for anyone who spends time in this Florida city before or after their cruise to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

One interesting and inexpensive way to tour the city is a hop-on, hop-off water taxi that costs $28 per person. The water taxi makes 15 stops along the city’s coast. Stops include the historic district, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Pristine Beach, Las Olas Beach, Riverwalk and Margaritaville Resort. Visitors can take anywhere from one to 10 hours for the entire tour, depending on how long they stay at each stop.

Everglades tours are common in Fort Lauderdale, with prices depending on the length of time and other factors. One example lasts four hours and costs about $60 per person. It includes a one-hour airboat tour of the Everglades with commentary by a guide.

More expensive tours of the Everglades include both an airboat ride and nature walk with a naturalist. These five- to six-hour tours will cost about $150.

Fishing charters start at about $330 per group and go as high as $600 or more depending on the length of the charter. They last anywhere from four to 12 hours.

Attractions Near the Cruise Port

Anyone who flies into Fort Lauderdale in the morning has enough time before getting on the boat to visit local attractions near the Port Everglades cruise terminal. Most of the best tourist attractions are a long walk or quick taxi ride from the cruise port.

Beach lovers can go to Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Blvd., which is two miles northeast of the cruise terminal. It has a full range of public facilities including showers, grills, restrooms and recreation. Another option is Las Olas Beach, which is right next to the Beach Park. Las Olas is small and clean but has fewer facilities.

Families might enjoy the Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW 2nd St., which is more than three miles from the port. It has a variety of interactive science exhibits in addition to an IMAX theater.

The NSU Art Museum, One East Las Olas Boulevard, is less than three miles from the port and less than half a mile from the Museum of Discovery and Science. The museum’s permanent collection has more than 7,500 works, with an emphasis on the post-war, avant-garde European Cobra artists. It also has the largest collection anywhere of works by American painter William J. Glackens.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
April 18, 2021