The Ultimate Guide to the 2015 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Nicknamed America’s Boat Show, the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is aimed to be grandest yet. FLIBS as those in the industry affectionately call it, is located in the yachting capital of the world (Fort Lauderdale) and will span three million feet of in-water and out-of-water displays in a total of seven locations that will promote everything from superyachts to tenders to fishing gear and lots of marine-related product in between. If it’s related to boats and boating, there’s a spot for it at this boat show.
Because of its sprawling size, navigating the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show can be challenging. And although it’s officially Fall, South Florida weather patterns sometimes take a while to catch up with the cooler season. If you are planning a trip to the boat show this year, here’s the guide you won’t want to miss including tips on parking at the show, navigating the show, best days to go and much more. Check it out and enjoy a weekend that’s sure to be filled with boating fun on overload, just like we like it!
Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2015 Guide:
- The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show runs from November 5-9, 2015.
- Thursday is a VIP Day and General Admission Days are from Friday through Monday.
- Show Times are from 10 AM – 7 PM all days except Monday when the shows officially ends when the bell sounds at 5 PM.
Pre-planning Starts Now: Flights are expensive and filling up, so if you are traveling from out of state, be sure to get booked now. The same is true for hotels and dinner reservations…make the most of your trip to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show by doing a little pre-planning now.
Where can I buy a Ticket to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show? The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show requires a paid admission and tickets can be purchased online or at the box offices located at Bahia Mar, Las Olas Marina, the Broward County Convention Center or away from the show at the Las Olas Riverfront which offer free shuttle on the Las Olas Riverboat.
What’s the best way to get to the Boat Show? Parking and traffic around Fort Lauderdale Beach are not fun during the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. The best advice is to leave your car at home and catch a ride!
There is parking at the show including valet options near the Las Olas Marina, but it can fill up and can be costly. Public buses, water taxis, show shuttles and trolleys will be in full swing during the show. Avoid lines to access the transport at peak hours (at the beginning of the show and the end of the show when all the workers are in mass exodus).
Additional off site parking is available at Fort Lauderdale’s Riverside Hotel, The War Memorial Convention Hall, The Sails Marina and the Galleria Mall – all spots offering shuttles to get closer to the show grounds.
Pre-party Festivities & Show Events: The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show offers events for every agenda. Whether it’s networking over coffee, intimate cocktail hours, white glove dining or a wild party on the beach…you’ll find it going on in or around the grounds of the show.
Some Notable Events at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2015:
Seminars: Topics include fishing tutorials for adults and kids, US Coast Guard Safety Advice, How to Hire a Boat Captain and much more. Most are free but may require a RSVP.
Parties & Festivities: Attend the family-friendly Blue Party at the Broward County Convention Center on November 6th for charity or buy tickets to the hottest pre-party in town – Tapas on the Tarmac at Banyan FBO, Fort Lauderdale’s Executive Airport. Both events benefit charity.
Around Town: Of course, the Fort Lauderdale metro area will be buzzing with boat show related events and there is no shortage of great waterfront restaurants including Beauty & the Feast right on the beach or Boatyard on the 17th Street Causeway.
At the Show: Onsite at the show, countless vendors have Happy Hour Events taking place at their barges, booths and onboard their boats – usually by invitation only.
Navigating the Show:The best way to get the most out of your Fort Lauderdale Boat Show experience is to plan your route in advance. Even for the fittest among us, the distance to be covered by foot can be overwhelming. Maps of all the locations can be downloaded in advance as well as a Boat Show App that can be extremely helpful in determining the key places you don’t want to miss when visiting the boat show. It is also helpful to set up an appointment with vendors in advance, if you are a serious show-goer, to make sure that personnel you need to meet with are present and free when you arrive.
What Types of boats are on display at the show? The boat types are generally broken down by location.
At Bahia Mar, The Hall of Fame Marina, The Las Olas Marina, you’ll find all kinds of motoryachts from Superyachts to Trawlers and Catamarans both new and used brokerage boats. In this area of the show, you can view tenders, sportfishers, high performance boats, runabouts and many more boat makes and models.
At the Broward County Convention Center, you’ll find more small to mid-size boats under 40 feet such as fishing boats, center consoles, trailerable vessels, and outboards.
At Sails Marina, you’ll find a small bundle of superyachts. These are the best of the best.
At Pier 66 Marina, you’ll find a small selection of used motor yachts on display at the newly renovated Pier 66 Marina on the 17th Street Causeway.
What to Bring to the Boat Show: The elements can be harsh in South Florida between the blazing sun and pop up thunderstorms. Sunscreen, hats, umbrellas are all in order but keep them small…you don’t want to be lugging a heavy bag around the show all day. Also, be sure to wear comfortable shoes that are easy to slip on and off if you are shopping for boats.
What Not to Bring to the Boat Show: It’s a crowded space so there are some rules to follow. No pets, bikes, skateboards, roller blades and scooters are allowed at the boat show.
If you are headed out to FLIBS (as we lovingly call it) also known as the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, wear smart shoes and don’t leave this information at home! It’ll get you through the hustle and bustle of this mammoth boat show and allow you to have fun, accomplish your goals and take it all in.
And, if you are in need a boat rental during the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, browse the inventory at boatsetter.com but be sure to book today, the boat show’s almost here!