Fort Lauderdale Boat Tour

If you are looking for a boat tour near you, let Flamingo Yacht Charters be your guide. There are over 300 miles of waterways that snake their way through the city of Fort Lauderdale. Known as the Venice of America, these waterways shape the city’s culture. Whatever portion of the waterway you are on, there is undoubtedly something to see. Whether it’s a historical look into the beginnings of Fort Lauderdale, an extravagant piece of architecture, or simply nature, there is much to see on a Fort Lauderdale boat tour. 

Most Scenic Boat Tours in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding area are known for their enchanting and scenic sights. With both natural and manmade portions, there are plenty of locales to gaze at as you pass through the city.

Millionaires Row Boat Tour


There’s no better way to witness a concentrated amount of luxury and wealth than with a Millionare’s Row sightseeing cruise. This Fort Lauderdale boat tour of homes takes you through a later portion of the New River. There you can find some of Florida’s most expensive homes lined up alongside the river’s edges.

The list of celebrities and other influential people that inhabit this relatively small piece of land is long. Paul Allen, Jay Leno, Sonny and Cher, Al Capone, John Schnatter (of Papa John’s fame), Micheal Bloomberg, Oscar Mayer, Burt Reynolds, and Gloria Vanderbilt are just some of the few names that have called this portion of Fort Lauderdale their home. 

Along with widely known celebrities, there are also lesser-known business people successful enough to rub shoulders with A-list celebrities. One individual earned his wealth from selling air-conditioning assemblies to automakers. Another was responsible for the material used on scratch-off tickets, and another headed a trash collection company. 

The Fort Lauderdale Millionaire’s Row boat tour provides an exciting backdrop. Each home was built to its owner’s specifications, adding some sort of unique characteristic that makes it stand out among the rest of the surrounding wealth.

Along with the houses, you’ll witness some of the largest boats in the world, some of which you may be surprised to know are yachts for charter.

Sunset Boat Tour

Any scenic boat tour is instantly enhanced underneath the soft glow of South Florida’s sunset. Our Fort Lauderdale sunset cruise will allow you to witness the city at its peak. Our captains know the perfect spots to capture an alluring sky over calm waters. The ambiance allotted by this time of day is perfect for those looking for a private yacht rental for weddings or with a private sailboat charter.

Your Nearest Guided Boat Tour

Flamingo Yacht Charters is your nearest guided boat tour provider in the area. While South Florida has no shortage of glitz and glam, there is also a large selection of history.

Riverwalk Boat Tour

While on your luxury yacht charter, you will come across an area of greenery along the banks of the New River. This one-mile stretch brings refreshing reprieve from the countless buildings that line the sides of the New River.

While the idea of such a park was first introduced as early as 1926, the city would not act until decades later, in 1986. The first section was eventually completed in 1990. The Riverwalk is an important portion of the cityscape and is a great place to visit after one of your Fort Lauderdale boat tours.

The Riverwalk features plenty of parks for the kids and beautiful plants that dot the area. It’s a great place to sit down and watch the numerous party yacht rentals that travel up and down the river. A 9/11 memorial was also recently built in the park. Utilizing a piece of the rail used by the subway station located under the towers, the spot serves as a memoir of the tragic event. The park is a frequent host to many local events, making it an excellent place for relaxation and festivities.

Bordering the Riverwalk is the remnants of the old Fort Lauderdale Village, including a museum built in 1907. Three more historical structures stand today, dating back to 1905.

Stranahan House

Following the Riverwalk boat tour, you’ll catch a look at the most historic building in Fort Lauderdale. While far from the most extravagant home found during the Fort Lauderdale river cruise, the Stranahan House contrasts heavily against the modern architecture of downtown Fort Lauderdale. The house is the oldest standing building in Broward County, a product of Frank Stranahan.

Stranahan came down to the area in 1893 before the city was even named. He quickly set up trade relations with the Seminole Indians, who considered him a fair businessman. Eventually, Stranahan would acquire ten acres of land along the river and start growing his settlement. Schoolteacher Ivy Julia Cromartie arrived in 1899, and the two would marry in 1900. 

The settlement continued to grow, and the Stranahans would maintain good relations with the local Seminoles. The Stranahan House was built in 1901, with the lower level serving as a trading post and the upper level as a community hall. By 1906 the house grew to include a general store and a bank. Eventually, Stranahan converted the house into a residence for himself and Ivy. By 1911 Fort Lauderdale was officially incorporated, and Frank Stranahan’s little New River settlement would grow into the city we know today.

Frank and Ivy lived in this house until their deaths in 1929 and 1971, respectively. Following Ivy’s death, the Stranahan House was placed on the historic places registry and restored to its original state.

Railroad Bridge 

During your Fort Lauderdale boat tour, you’ll encounter a peculiar bridge along the riverwalk boat ride. Unlike the various other bridges carrying vehicles and pedestrians, this one is responsible for allowing trains to pass over the river. 

This bascule railroad bridge first crossed the river in 1912 before a replacement bridge was built in 1973. While the bridge may seem unassuming, it is a relic of the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC). The FEC was primarily responsible for the development of South Florida into the tourist hotspot that it is today. In the late 19th century, industrialist Henry Flagler took it upon himself to build a railway down the coast of Florida. At the time, the area was sparsely populated. The FEC would lay an impressive amount of railroad tracks down throughout the state. Its most famous exploit came in 1912 when it finished the oversea railway to Key West.

These railways would spur rapid development as trains raced up and down the barren coast of Florida, carrying supplies and building materials. Today, the bridge allows both the infrequent cargo train and more frequent commuter trains to pass over the New River.

However, the bridge’s time is limited as the city has expressed interest in replacing it. Debates between a taller bridge or an underground railroad tunnel have begun in hopes to reduce the boating traffic.

Riverside Hotel

The Riverside Hotel is one of the most influential buildings on the Las Olas landscape. The hotel opened its doors in late 1936. Started by two brothers from Chicago with roots in rural England, the Riverside Hotel has a distinctly Medditerrain flavor to its architecture. This building style would hold influence over the rest of Las Olas Boulevard’s development, which has always been described as distinctly European flavor.

The hotel was initially known as the Champ Carr Hotel, named after its first manager. It would not take on its current name until 1947.

Port Everglades

Before entering the Atlantic Ocean, your Fort Lauderdale boat tour must pass Port Everglades. Not long after the incorporation of Fort Lauderdale, plans were made to create a deep-water port to ship agricultural products to the rest of the country.

After over a decade, the location was dredged and finally commenced operation in 1928. Before the completion of the port, a naming contest was held. There, the name “Port Everglades” was born. Up until the beginning of its operation, the area was known as Bay Mabel Harbor.

As with the new railway system, the port helped speed up the region’s development as an important trade center. Throughout its history, the port’s remarkable depth and proximity to tropical Caribbean islands made it a perfect hub for cruise ships. The port is the third-busiest cruise ship homeport globally and constantly breaks its own records for the number of daily cruisers that pass through it. 

Seeing these massive cruise ships docked or leaving port is not an uncommon sight. Viewing them pass gives a genuine appreciation for the staggering size of these vessels. 

Las Olas River Cruise & Food Tour

A Fort Lauderdale boat tour doesn’t limit you to just sightseeing as the scenery passes you by. Take advantage of a Las Olas River Cruise & Food Tour to give your taste buds a chance to experience South Florida.

Fort Lauderdale dinner cruises are a trendy attraction thanks to the area’s unique geography. An accompanying yacht tour can add elegance to any meal, whether with a family, friends, or a romantic dinner cruise for two. While you are free to bring your own food, there is great fun in sampling multiple locations along the water.

With no shortage of boats in Fort Lauderdale, many establishments were built along the river to service land-based vehicles and boaters alike. Therefore, these restaurants and bars have docks that allow you to simply sail up and hop off. If you’d like to keep the tour alive, you can order your food to-go and continue on your Fort Lauderdale boat tour.

Your Number One Boat Tour Agency

Flamingo Yacht Charters aims to beat the service provided by any other boat tour agencies. Our high service standards and intimate knowledge of the surrounding area bring an enriching experience to our customers. These tours are a great way to utilize yacht rentals for birthday parties and take in the sights and sounds of South Florida. 

We are always happy to help with any questions that you may have. If there is anything you are uncertain about or perhaps have a special request, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We’ll do our best to help.

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