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General Information About Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

With a reputation as a Low-Key Get-Away, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, is a 1/2 mile wide hamlet which has that old-fashioned, charming "beach village" vibe. This town is one of the only locations in Florida where the three-tier natural coral reef system is close enough for visitors to swim out for snorkeling or diving. Enjoy live music on Fridays at Anglin's Square while relaxing on one of the colorful Adirondack chairs or join in on a free seaside dance lesson the second and fourth Sunday, from October through April. Be sure to check up on what special events may be going on during your stay.

Everglades Holiday Park

Everglades Tours,Gator Shows, Boat Rentals & More!

Welcome to Everglades Holiday Park! Climb aboard one of our state-of-the-art vessels for unforgettable airboat rides journeying deep into the Everglades, zipping across the "River of Grass" at top speeds with an expert tour guide leading the way. Then take in a live alligator presentation featuring the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue in our world famous Gator Pit!
Jungle Queen Imagine cruising on something extraordinary for a day or night. Where the sightseeing, dinner and show are indescribable. Where you can enjoy things visitors have been enjoying since 1935.
  • Morning Sightseeing Cruise - A fully narrated, 90-minute morning cruise down the "Venice of America" sailing through Ft. Lauderdale Millionaire's Row with homes of the Rich and Famous, spectacular Mega Yachts, and sights beyond belief. Departs 11:00 am, year-round
  • 90-Minute Evening Sightseeing Cruise - A fully narrated, 90-minute morning cruise down the "Venice of America" sailing through Ft. Lauderdale Millionaire's Row with homes of the Rich and Famous, spectacular Mega Yachts, and sights beyond belief. Departs 5:30 pm, Monday and Tuesday, year-round.
  •  3-Hour Sightseeing Cruise - Includes a visit to our Tropical Isle where you'll see an alligator show, birds, monkeys, and more.  Departs 1:30 pm daily, year-round.
  •  Dinner & Show Cruise - Includes an All You Can Eat barbeque ribs, chicken, and shrimp dinner on our tropical isle, and a laugh out loud variety show.  Departs 6:00 pm, Wednesday-Sunday, year-round. 

All cruises sail from the Bahia Mar Yachting Center on A1A in Fort Lauderdale


Sawgrass Recreational Park         Feel the excitement and learn the history of Florida’s most remarkable treasure, the Everglades, at Sawgrass Recreation Park. Located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, this family owned and operated business offers more than just airboats and alligators. With different tour options, including daytime and nighttime airboat rides, animal exhibits, group activities and corporate events, fishing and camping, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Sawgrass Recreation Park.

Hours of Operation and Tours:

  • ANIMAL EXHIBIT AREAS OPEN 9 A.M. TO 5 P.M.:  The park is open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, or pending inclement weather. Please call us to see if it is raining. In Florida it may be raining near the beach but not in the Glades.
  • GENERAL ADMISSION TOURS:  The tours start after 9:00 a.m. each day and continue every 20-30 minutes throughout the day until 3:30 p.m. with a final airboat tour at 5:00 p.m. when the animal exhibits close.
  • PRIVATE AIRBOAT ADVENTURES: Private Tours can be scheduled anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the animal exhibits close. Reservations are required, although last minute tours can usually be accommodated.
  • RED EYE TOURS: Red Eye Tours can be scheduled on the hour or half-hour starting 5:00 p.m. each day and ending at 10:00 p.m. Reservations are required, although tours can sometimes be booked on the day of.

Water Taxi One of the best ways to see this beautiful city is on a Water Taxi Tour. Water Taxi Tours are the best combination of tours and transportation in Fort Lauderdale. The Water Taxi experience is like a trolley tour! You pay one fare and can hop on and off all day. The Water Taxi Tour has a total of 18 stops (16 are scheduled, and 2 are “on demand” whistle stops) at the best destinations including many hotels and restaurants in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. We also stop at several beach locations as well as Hugh Taylor Birch State Park also known as Birch State Park. While on the Water Taxi Tour, our staff will narrate the scenes along the Intracoastal Waterway and provide valuable information on how to best enjoy your tour.