We can’t head to Fort Lauderdale for November without first talking about FLIBS. The 58th Fort Lauderdale International Boat show will take place from 1st – 5th of November 2017. This is the largest on water boat show on the globe, with 1,200 vessels attending and over 1,000 exhibitors. The show spans 7 locations and as well as the obvious superyachts, sailing yachts and motor yachts there will be a massive variety of vessels waiting for you. From sportfishers to trawlers, cabin cruisers to ski boats, catamarans to skiffs, bowriders to flat boats…..there will be something to suit every kind of boat lover out there.
If you are heading to FLIBS and plan on hanging around after the show then as usual we have found a few suggestions of things to see and do whilst you are visiting the ‘Venice’ of America that are (mostly) not boat related. We’ll begin at the beach where you could partake in a variety of watersports on offer, or rent a lounger and just chill out. Fort Lauderdale beach is a pretty calm and clean place to be and its easy to find a spot to yourself when you need some time out.
Las Olas Boulevard is the place to go for a bit of shopping, as long as you don’t mind the exclusive pricing. There are heaps of restaurants with a wide range of cuisine choices here so if the shopping doesn’t appeal, just head here for a bite to eat and a touch of culture from the museums and art galleries along the way. Wear some comfortable footwear if you plan on visiting the 10 art galleries and 3 museums in one hit!
Take in some Fort Lauderdale history and romance and visit Bonnet House and grounds, filled with decoration and artwork produced by its 3 past residents. The grounds will wow any horticulture enthusiasts or monkey fans, yes you may be accompanied by monkeys during your tour! Stranahan House is the oldest residential building in Fort Lauderdale and is now a museum to 1900’s Floridian life. Both houses can be viewed by guided tour only so it’s worth checking out tour times and booking in advance.
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park offers activities to get your adrenaline pumping as well as more serene, calming options. View the park from the bike saddle or explore the dune lakes in a kayak if you prefer to be active. Stroll around the Coastal Hammock Trail and take in the extensive flora and fauna and wildlife along the way, through the maritime tropical hardwood hammock ecosystem. If you fancy a few hours sat down then grab a fishing rod and head to the seawall.
Ok, here come the boating options…..There are plenty of boat tours to choose from, allowing you to explore the waterways of Fort Lauderdale. Head to Sawgrass Recreation Park for an airboat tour of the Everglades, day and night tours are available, and spot yourself some alligators. There are many options for different water tours in Fort Lauderdale, from catamaran cruises to history tours, fishing trips to yacht spotting (just in case you miss them). Segway hire is also a great way to explore the New River without actually being on the water.
When it comes to evening adventures, you won’t be stuck for ideas either. Get yourself back to the beach and go from there. You’ll find plenty of live shows in the restaurants and bars to cover most music tastes. Nightclubs and bars can be found in this area too. If you want a more relaxed, but still late, evening then head back to Las Olas Boulevard. This area has live music and great places to drink too, just with a more mature atmosphere.
Right, we are off to get ready for FLIBS, hope to see you there!