Q:Can I test drive a boat at the Show?
No. All in-water displays are locked in place as a precaution. You can however make arrangements at the show with the manufacturer/dealer to test drive models at some other time once the show has concluded.Q:What security measures should I be prepared for when coming to the Show?
All bags and purses will be checked at show entrances. Weapons are not permitted at any show site.Q:I have some tickets placed for me at Will Call. Where can I pick them up?
For those going to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center, you will have to pass a Broward Sheriff’s Office check-point before entering the facility. The facility is located within the Port Everglades so some different rules apply. To expedite this process, please make sure to have photo identification ready and you are not carrying a weapon. This is a Broward Sheriff’s Office policy.
There are two Will Call pick-up locations:Q:Where can I find parking?
• Broward County Convention Center – Show Office (inside Lobby)
• Bahia Mar Yachting Center – Will Call Booth outside main entrance on A1A and the Water Transportation Dock entrance.
Tickets should be held under your last name, or the name of the exhibiting company leaving tickets for you.
Prior to coming to the show, we highly recommend contacting the company representative leaving Will Call tickets for you to find out which Will Call pick-up location your tickets will be at, and what name to ask them for.
Parking facilities on the Show’s Official Transportation Network are listed below. If you are interested in Valet Parking you can Purchase your ticket on this website
Q:Can I buy a boat at the Show?
Get Water Taxi Parking Information here
Holiday Park/ War Memorial Auditorium (no in-out privileges) Purchase parking online
- Broward County Convention Center garage (no in-out privileges)
- Downtown Riverfront (no in-out privileges
- Parking is also available at these nearby City of Fort Lauderdale parking lots and garages.
- Oceanside Lot – north of Las Olas Blvd
- E. Clay Shaw Lot – under the 17th Street Causeway Bridg
- “R” Lot – on A1A and Sebastia
- City Park Garage – next to the Main Library in Downtown
There will be “Special Event” rates in effect. For City parking lot/garage locations and rates. For more information contact Customer Service at (954) 828-3700.
There are private parking lots that charge high premiums ($100 or more) during the Show. They are not official show parking venues or are affiliated with the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® in any way.
Absolutely!Q:Can I get aboard any boat?
In general, most boats at the show can be boarded, with the exception of the superyachts and megayachts. In some cases, you may have to go through a qualifying process to get on board a boat, in others, you can just take your shoes off and go. Access is granted at the discretion of the exhibiting manufacturer/dealerQ:Do I need to make an appointment in advance to visit a manufacturer or dealer?
Yes, but not necessarily. The advantage of the Boat Show is that there will be plenty of representatives and dealers on site ready to start negotiations with you at the Show. Visitors who purchase tickets from our website are then sent a short survey in which your answers help us to match you with a dealer or manufacturer that has something to offer that matches your needs.Q:Where is the Boat Show?
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® has five distinct show venues in the heart of the city:Q:Where can I buy a ticket?
Intercoastal Waterway North (on A1A from Seabreeze Blvd. north to Las Olas Blvd.)
• Bahia Mar Yachting Center: 801 Seabreeze Boulevard, 33316
• Hall of Fame Marina: 1 Hall of Fame Drive, 33316
• Las Olas Marina: 240 E. Las Olas Circle, 33316
Intercoastal Waterway South (on 17th Street Causeway from Eisenhower Blvd.
• Grtr. Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Conv. Center: 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., 33316
• Fort Lauderdale Hilton: 1881 SE 17th Street, 33316
• The Sails Marina 2150 SE 17th Street,Ft Lauderdale, FL 33316
• Pier 66 Marina, 2301 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(1) The best place to purchase a ticket is from our website at www.showmanagement.comQ:What is Prime Time Review?
(2) On site at the show, you can purchase a ticket at the box offices at Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Las Olas Marina, the Broward County Convention Center and off show site at Las Olas Riverfront where you would catch a ride on the free Riverboats.
Marine professionals, boating enthusiasts and members of the media can be among the first to visit the show during Prime Time Preview, Thursday, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Q:What kinds of boats are at each location?
During Prime Time Preview attendees have the exclusive opportunity to visit, shop, and broker mega-deals at the show, before it opens to the general public on Friday
Q:Is the whole show outdoors?
Generally speaking, boats at the show are exhibited as follows:
- Bahia Mar Yachting Center: Express Cruisers, Trawlers, Sportfishing Boats, Brokerage Boats, Superyachts, Motoryachts, Sports Yachts, Sailing Yachts, Family Cruisers, Small Motoryachts, Runabouts, High Performance Boats, Inflatables/Tenders
- Hall of Fame Marina: Brokerage Motoryachts, Trawlers, Superyachts, High Performance Boats, Brokerage Boats
- Convention Center: Boats Under 40 feet: Fishing Boats, Flats Boats, Trailerable Boats, Outboards
- Las Olas Marina: Catamarans, Charter Yachts, Brokerage Boats, Megayachts
- Sails Marina: A small but elite selection of Superyachts
- Pier 66 Marina: A great selection of pre-owned motoryachts will be displayed at the totally rebuilt Pier 66 Marina
No. There is the air-conditioned Broward County Convention Center, and the Bahia Mar Yachting Club location also features seven air-conditioned tents full of marine products, electronics, yacht builders and designers, engine makers, and more. Q:How do I get to the various show sites?
However, all boats at all show sites (except for Broward County Convention Center) are on display outside, either on land or in water.
Q:Can I get aboard a superyacht or megayacht?
Our Official Transportation Network connects all six sites to get you around the show. The Network consists of:
Shuttle Buses: FREE Color-coded routes between all six show sites, War Memorial Auditorium parking and Downtown Riverfront parking.
WATER TAXI: The Water Taxi goes to all the venues. Click for more information
Shuttle buses and water shuttle run one hour prior to opening, and one hour after closing.
For more information see Parking and Transportation
Access to superyachts and most megyachts is not open to the general public. Boarding these yachts is usually by private invitation only, with arrangements made directly between brokers representing potential clients and the yacht owner. This generally means that the broker would like to speak to you at length before you board the vessel and that these types of vessels are shown to one person/group at a time.