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Your Ultimate Guide To The 56th Annual Fort Lauderale Boat Show

This year’s show will feature nearly 1,500 boats across seven locations with cocktails, food, music and more.

Save the date. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show takes place Nov. 5 to Nov. 9.

At its beginning, the show had only 20 boats on display. Today, the international affair includes more than $4 billion in boats and marine accessories spanning more than seven locations and 3 million square feet of space. Exhibits range from mega-yachts and brokerage yachts to exotic cars and yacht builders. The weekend draws visitors from all over the globe, with representation from nearly every continent. Beyond the yachts and all things nautical, the show includes live music, floating cocktail barges, an international food garden and more.

What’s New This Year?

VIP Ticket Package: The package includes entry to the boat show, access to the VIP lounge at the Hall of Fame Marina, on-site valet parking and access to a yacht concierge; available Nov. 5 to 7; $399/one-day ticket; $1,099/three-day ticket.

The Blue Party: On Nov. 6, exhibitors and their guests are invited to unwind at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center’s Sailfish Pavilion. The event includes music, entertainment and prizes. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center, which serves more than 11,000 children with special health care needs in Broward.


Bahia Mar Yachting Center (801 Seabreeze Blvd.)

Las Olas Marina (2 S. New River Dr. E.)

Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Marina (2301 SE 17th St.)

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina (1881 SE 17th St.)

Hall of Fame Marina (435 Seabreeze Blvd.)

Sails Marina (2150 SE 17th St.)

Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center (1950 Eisenhower Blvd.)


Purchase tickets online at . On-site tickets (cash only) are available for $2 more at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Las Olas Marina, Las Olas Riverfront (in downtown Fort Lauderdale) and Broward County Convention Center.

$399/one-day VIP ticket

$41/prime-time preview (Thursday only)

$43/two-day ticket

$25/one-day ticket

$10/children ages 6 to 15

Free/children age 6 and younger


War Memorial Auditorium: $7.75/day

Las Olas Marina: $55/day

Convention Center: $15/day

The Galleria Mall: $6/day

Las Olas Riverfront Plaza: $2/first hour, $1/hourly

Sails Marina: $20/day

Getting Around:

Water Taxi: $10/ride all day travels to the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Broward County Convention Center/Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Galleria Mall/GalleryONE Doubletree Hotel and Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six

Park N Ride: Free Shuttles from War Memorial Park to the Convention Center and the Las Olas Marina and back.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed the Riverboat Shuttle among the transportation options for getting to and from this year's boat show. 

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