World’s largest in-water Boat show happening this October in Florida

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – If you are traveling to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, also known as the “Venice of America,” the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® is a must-see event. From October 31- November 4, 2013, the City of Fort Lauderdale welcomes thousands of international visitors to the largest in-water boat show in the world.


Serenity now...a Sundeck from a HANA yacht.

Serenity now…a Sundeck from a HANA yacht.


Featuring more than $3 billion worth of boats and marine products, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is known for its astounding number of luxurious super yachts, which attract yachting enthusiasts from around the world. But the show offers something for everyone who loves the water, and even those not in the market to buy a boat can find an array of fun-filled activities.

For laid-back fun and relaxation, the show provides an elaborate fireworks display and live musical entertainment on floating cocktail barges and at the International Food Garden, where some people linger all day and enjoy the friendly boating atmosphere.

The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show image: Forest Johnson

The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show image: Forest Johnson


For those in the mood for learning, entry to the boat show includes complimentary marine seminars covering a wide variety of topics such as sport fishing and long-range cruising. Even kids can get in on the fun at youth fishing clinics presented by  Hook The Future, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering children.

Anyone who loves life on the water can stroll the docks at five outdoor locations, as well as the Broward County Convention Center, which together present an amazing variety of beautiful boats ranging in size from 20 feet to almost 300 feet in length. In addition to over-the-top mega-yachts and recreational boats of all sizes, there’s an eye-popping display of exotic cars. If a new boat or car isn’t in your budget, the boat show is a total shopping experience with nautical clothing, jewelry, art, accessories and everything marine.


The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show encompasses 3 million square feet of space on land and in water over six sites. Its transportation network of shuttles, water taxis and riverboats ensures show goers can easily navigate the “Venice of America” and its expansive waterways system. Purchasing an all-day Transportation Show Pass provides unlimited one-day usage of the show’s water taxis, a great way to see Fort Lauderdale by water while enjoying boat show tales shared by the boats’ captains. Free riverboats are also available, providing a fun, affordable adventure for the whole family. For those looking to drive, convenient valet parking is available at the show’s Las Olas Municipal Marina location.

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show



The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Showtakes place at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, the Las Olas Municipal Marina, the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, the Broward County Convention Center and the Sails Marina, all minutes away from Fort Lauderdale’s renowned “Blue Wave” beaches and rows of restaurants, shops and attractions.

The show’s free smartphone app, MyBoatShow, helps attendees navigate the show’s  docks, land areas and tents. Available on iPhone and Android platforms, the MyBoatShow app provides show maps, transportation schedules and seminar information, and allows attendees to search for exhibitors, manufacturers, product categories and boats  by specifications and size.

To make travel arrangements, contact the show’s official travel partner,,
at  +1 (954) 548-0878


Thursday, Oct. 31 (Prime Time Preview)        10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 1                                                          10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 2                                                     10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3                                                       10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 4                                                      10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact for admission rates and ticket pricing.


The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® is owned and sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, managed and produced by Show Management, and sponsored by Gosling’s Rum, Seakeeper, AIM Marine Group, Budweiser,,
Palm Harbor Marina and Smallwoods Yachtwear. Like the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on Facebook at

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