Hopping On and Off Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi

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Fort Lauderdale water taxi
A day tour of Fort Lauderdale via water taxi

Fort Lauderdale, Florida has plenty for a visitor to see and do, but if you only have a day there prior to boarding a cruise ship, what should you choose to see? I spent my day on the water taxi, hopping on and off at stops along the way. It was an excellent way to get a glimpse of the city.

There are multiple water taxi routes with access to beaches in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood and a total of 19 stops. The main route runs inbound and outbound between downtown Fort Lauderdale and the coast at the eastern edge of the city. You can purchase a day pass which allows you to get off and on at any of the stops all day.

Riverwalk Park
Riverwalk Park

I was with a group of friends and we first boarded the water taxi at Riverwalk Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The waterfront Riverwalk contains a park, restaurants, and shops and is home to several arts and cultural venues.

The water taxi is not a guided tour, but many of the drivers point out landmarks along the way, particularly when they know they have a boat full of tourists. Part of the route passes impressive mansions. Drivers told us the history of some homes, including famous owners and price tags well out of our reach. But the multi-million dollar price tags for the homes paled in comparison to the price tags of the yachts moored in the waterways.

Mansionsand yachts
Views of mansions and yachts along the way

We stopped to wander and window-shop on Los Olas Boulevard, an area with high-end shops, galleries and restaurants. At our next stop we ate lunch on a patio overlooking the water. Other stops included a walk along the beach and a restaurant for dinner. It was a fun way to spend the day.

Los Olas Boulevard
Window shopping on Los Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale Beach
Fort Lauderdale Beach

Have you used the water taxi in Fort Lauderdale. What other Fort Lauderdale attractions do you recommend?


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  1. I’ve not been to Florida. If I ever get to Fort Lauderdale, I will take advantage of the water taxis. I would love to see some of those mansions.

  2. I have been to Ft; Lauderdale many times and I have never heard of the water taxi. I love the idea. It has me thinking that there are other places in Florida that offer similar services.

  3. Hi Donna: I love Fort Lauderdale! We really enjoyed our cruise of the Intercoastal Waterway, where you ride by all the gorgeous homes along the water. It was a gorgeous journey!

  4. Thanks everyone for the comments. The water taxi was a fun way to spend a day and see part of Fort Lauderdale. I would definitely look for similar facilities in other cities with waterways.

  5. My only forays to Fort Lauderdale have been to the airport, but the water taxi sounds like a good way to see the area. I’m sharing this with my travel blogger son who lives on South Beach.

  6. I would always rather let someone else “drive” me around…what a great way to see the area!