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Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Deep Sea Drift Fishing Trip

1. Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Deep Sea Drift Fishing Trip

Set sail on board an 85-foot Gulfcraft fishing boat and fish off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida on a 4-hour morning, afternoon or evening fishing trip. The tour cost per person includes all rod and reel rental, bait and tackle. You will fish approximately 1 mile off the coast, where the ocean bottom drops off quickly to depths of up to 150 feet and the inside edge of the Gulfstream current provides perfect fishing conditions. On daytime trips, you will drift or anchor fish over the reefs, wrecks and rock piles of Fort Lauderdale, and fish for kingfish, tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo, snapper, grouper, or whatever is biting. For added adventure, nighttime trips anchor up over a spot where the crew chum the water for snapper and grouper. Everything is included in the price; just bring along any food and drink you like. This is a fun trip for novice and experienced anglers, and the crew is there to help you 1-on-1 for the entire trip.

From Miami: Everglades Airboat Ride and Nature Walk

2. From Miami: Everglades Airboat Ride and Nature Walk

Benefit from pickup at your hotel or other location in the Greater Fort Lauderdale and Miami-Dade County area, and then travel by brand new sprinter-style vehicle to Everglades National Park. Appreciate the natural beauty of the area, and learn about its ecological importance. Join a naturalist guide on a walk in Everglades National Park and learn about the different ecosystems of the park. Walk through a tropical hardwood hammock to admire the mature trees and beautiful plants and wildlife. Then, drive to the launch site of your 1-hour airboat ride, and glide through the grasses to see wild alligators up close in their natural environment. Visit an historic Miccosukee Indian village, exclusive to the airboat company, and learn about their special customs and way of life. Head back to your hotel at the end of your exhilarating airboat tour, better acquainted with the real Florida.

From Fort Lauderdale: Freeport Bahamas Day Cruise

3. From Fort Lauderdale: Freeport Bahamas Day Cruise

Take advantage of Miami's proximity to the Bahamas and enjoy a day trip to this tropical paradise. Sunbathe on golden sandy beaches, snorkel in the crystal clear waters, or swim with the pigs. Go shopping and enjoy the resorts, then hop back on the boat and return to Florida the same day. Board your boat at Fort Lauderdale to begin your cruise to the Bahamas. Then, arrive at Freeport and begin your day. Choose to chill out on the beaches in the Lucaya district. Next, discover the many resorts with family and friends and go shopping in the many great shops nearby. Afterward, go snorkeling at Deadman's Reef, famous for coral, turtles, and colorful fish. Decide to go to Lucayan National Park to explore the underwater caves. Go kayaking in the ocean if you want, or spend your time hiking on the nature trails. Finally, return to Florida the same day.

Hollywood, FL: 4-Hour Drift Fishing Excursion

4. Hollywood, FL: 4-Hour Drift Fishing Excursion

On our drift fishing trips (8:30AM-12:30PM / 1:30PM-5:30PM) we load the boat with top-of-the-line tackle, bait (squid, ballyhoo, sardines) and head 1-2 miles offshore anywhere from 70-150 ft of water on the reefs. Once lines hit the water, expect to catch: Snapper, Group, Trigger Fish, Grunts, Amberjacks, King Mackerel. If you're lucky enough, you might even hook a Sailfish. Fishing in Fort Lauderdale is seasonal, every 2 3 months a different set of fish species migrates to our waters. For a small fee, we provide all gear including fishing rods, bait, tackle, ice, captain and a mate. We are able to clean your catch and bag it with ice at the end of the trip. Recently-upgraded and beautiful 65 Drift Boat, the Lois Ann, with the latest electronics and gear to give you the best chance to catch fish. You wont find a better boat for comfort and fishability! Fully-Air Conditioned Cabin with clean bathroom on board. All Ages and Experience levels We are kid-friendly! No Experience Needed. Friendly and Professional Crew, you won't find a crew who enjoys fishing more than ours. We love to show off our tips and tricks.

Everglades Day Safari from Fort Lauderdale

5. Everglades Day Safari from Fort Lauderdale

Explore the subtropical wilderness of the Everglades on an Everglades Day Safari. The safari includes narrated transportation from Fort Lauderdale to the four main ecosystems of the Everglades. Tours depart from the Galleria Mall (2414 East Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale) at 7:15am or Flamingo Gardens Botanical Gardens (3750 South Flamingo Road, Davie) at 7:45am. Once in the Everglades, board an airboat and glide across the "River-of-Grass" through the shallow waters of the sawgrass prairies. Returning to dry land, embark on a wildlife drive into Big Cypress National Preserve where we explore the ancient cypress swamps of the Everglades backcountry searching for alligators, turtles, and birds. Stroll through Big Cypress and see bromeliads, orchids, coco plums, and a wide variety of flora that make up the marshes and swamps of the wilderness. During the afternoon break you will enjoy an excellent lunch at a waterside restaurant in the heart of the Everglades. Selections range from grilled shrimp, blackened Mahi, fried chicken sandwiches, and burgers to salads. Finally, take a relaxing scenic boat ride into the mangrove forest of Everglades National Park. The cruise navigates the shallow, mangrove-lined waters of the 10,000 Islands looking for manatees, sea turtles, dolphins, osprey and a variety of other marine life thrive here.

Everglades: Sawgrass Park Airboat Adventure Package

6. Everglades: Sawgrass Park Airboat Adventure Package

Enjoy Sawgrass Recreation Park's diverse activities and take advantage of its exciting package while saving some dollars. Explore Florida's Everglades and see the park's numerous reptile exhibits to learn about the history of this remarkable treasure. Available all season long, experience the spirit-renewing airboat tour and glide across the river to come face-to-face with the native wildlife, including alligators, turtles, snakes, frogs, and much more. Explore the park's exhibit areas featuring over 50 reptiles that have been adopted and rescued. Take a walk on the wild side back in time when you meet an original dinosaur, the Florida Alligator. Make sure you bring your camera to capture the “Meet a Baby Alligator” experience. Depending on the packet you choose, enjoy a $15 credit to grab a bite to eat at the Gator Grill, where you can enjoy mozzarella sticks, mac and cheese bites, fries, burgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, and even some famous gator tacos. Before leaving grab your photo souvenir keychain and your choice of a souvenir t-shirt or hat to bring back home a memory you will never forget.

Sawgrass Park: Private 1-Hour Airboat Adventure Tour

7. Sawgrass Park: Private 1-Hour Airboat Adventure Tour

Embark on a 60-minute airboat tour of the Everglades and get to see all the wildlife, flora, and fauna of this incredible ecosystem. During this tour, which is guided by an experienced Everglades captain, listen to tales of how the Seminole and panther once coexisted in the lush Everglades wilderness. Learn a wealth of other facts and information about the region. As well as catching a glimpse of endangered wildlife as you skim across the water, all airboat ticket purchases automatically include entrance into the Alligator and Reptile exhibit where you can catch educational presentations and even get up close to a baby alligator and touch its unique skin. Choose how you would like to experience the Everglades. The Day Time tour explores this unique ecosystem in full daylight, perfect for getting clear views of the diverse wildlife. The Night Tour travels the dark river to seek out the sights and sounds of various creatures including the nocturnal alligator, distinguishable only by its glowing red eyes.

From Fort Lauderdale: Bahamas Full-Day Trip by Ferry

8. From Fort Lauderdale: Bahamas Full-Day Trip by Ferry

Located just 80 km off the coast of Florida in the middle of the mysterious Bermuda triangle, The Bahamas consists of more than 700 islands. Grand Bahama is home to Crystal Beach, which is known for pigs living on it. Don't miss the chance to visit Crystal Beach during the optional tour offered at a surcharge on the ferry. The Bahamas are known for its small tropical islands, white sandy beaches, and warm, turquoise waters. Some of the top-rated beaches in the world are located in this stunning archipelago. Take advantage of your Florida getaway to explore the Bahamas during this day trip by ferry. Depart in the morning from the port, enjoy ca. 3 hours on the air conditioned ferry with a guaranteed seat before you arrive the island of Grand Bahama. The ferry is equipped with comfortable seats, restrooms, and a snack bar for a light bite. Select from a variety of optional activities on the island at surcharge or discover the island and its beaches on your own. At an additional cost, you can also rent beach chairs and enjoy water sports activities like snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing and banana boating. Enjoy the afternoon on the island before you return to Florida by ferry. The Bahamas are known for its small tropical islands, white sandy beaches, and warm, turquoise waters. Some of the top-rated beaches in the world are located in this stunning archipelago. Take advantage of your Florida getaway to explore the Bahamas during this day trip by ferry.

Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Sport Fishing Shared Charter

9. Fort Lauderdale: 4-Hour Sport Fishing Shared Charter

Come out fishing on an exciting half-day sport fishing charter. Enjoy the companionship as you share the boat with a couple of anglers, with a maximum of 6 persons fishing on this trip. You will fish 1-3 miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, trolling the reefs, deep dropping around the shipwrecks, and live baiting on the edge of the Gulf Stream current. Here you can catch tuna, dolphin, wahoo, sailfish, sharks, amberjack, barracuda, grouper, and more. This half-day fishing charter will target whatever is biting best on that day to make sure that everyone catches the most fish possible. With only a few persons aboard, you can experience a very one-on-one trip with the captain and mate. No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided for you. Just bring your sunglasses, hat, and a little luck, and get ready to catch some of the biggest species in South Florida.

Fort Lauderdale: Everglades Express Tour with Airboat Ride

10. Fort Lauderdale: Everglades Express Tour with Airboat Ride

Explore Everglades National Park on an airboat tour across the Florida wetlands on a day trip from Fort Lauderdale. Learn about the native plants and animals from guides who have unparalleled knowledge of the trails, plants, and wildlife. Get picked up from your downtown hotel before setting off on your drive to Sawgrass Recreation Park. Relax as your driver gets you to your destination in the comfort of a Mercedes Metris van. Upon arrival, get up close and personal with the Everglades’ native wildlife. Hop on one of the park’s thrilling airboats and glide across miles of wetlands while you learn about the flora and fauna of the region. Be sure to keep an eye out for alligators. Stop by the park’s reptile sanctuary, which features over 50 reptiles that have been adopted and rescued, including tortoises and iguanas. See the park’s main reptile exhibit, the Florida Alligator. You may even get the chance to meet a baby alligator. If you get hungry during your adventure, make a stop at The Gator Grill. Enjoy Gator Bites, tacos, burgers, and more at the on-site food truck. Or go to the Gator Emporium for souvenirs, snacks, and beverages. Once you are finished with your experience, be accompanied back to your hotel by a driver.

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What people are saying about Fort Lauderdale

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 138 reviews

It was a cold and rainy day, but we still had a great time and saw lots of animals and birds. Julio, our guide, was very knowledgeable, accommodating and caring! The boat guides were fantastic as well and made sure we all had a chance to observe the animals - we saw a lot of dolphins, as well as white and brown pelicans, and even saw a spoonbill.

Fantastic airboat ride through the Everglades! Daniel was an amazing guide - he knew all of the best places to see alligators (we saw 8-10 of them up close), and he was knowledgeable in answering our many questions about the Everglades. I went with my husband and adult children - we all loved it and would highly recommend it!

Flamingo Gardens is truly beautiful and handicapped accessable! My husband and I spent several hours there and really appreciated May's help picking out a local restaurant to continue the wonderful experience over a late lunch! Thank you so much May!

Captain Will and Chris were AWESOME very entertaining and informative. On top of catching a 55 inch Amberjack The experience was once in a lifetime!! We will be back in the spring, can’t wait till the next adventure with Captain Will and Chris!!

Beautiful gardens and great tram ride. Loved all the free peacocks roaming about.