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Fort Lauderdale & Hollywood

EXPLORE Fort Lauderdale on the Water Taxi
The route is essentially the original route that tourists and local residents alike have enjoyed for almost 20 years. The route connects many of the hotels, condos and private residences along the waterway with Fort Lauderdale Beach, restaurants and shops and cultural venues in Fort Lauderdale. Your all day pass allows you unlimited boarding on the Fort Lauderdale Route as well as the Northern Route and the Hollywood Route.

This Web site provides a wealth of information about the Water Taxi system and how to make the most of your day on the Water Taxi. We are excited to see that you have come this far into the web site and we encourage you to spend a few minutes discovering all that you can do on the Water Taxi. We can not wait to see you on board!

Once you have made preliminary plans for a trip on the Water Taxi, make your way to one of the 9 stops on the Fort Lauderdale Route and board the Water Taxi. Once on board you will find our professional crew to be a fantastic resource. They will provide an entertaining description of sites along the way and can answer your questions and make recommendations for various restaurants, shops and activities.

Make a day out of using the Water Taxi, enjoying Fort Lauderdale Beach and going to lunch. Parking near Fort Lauderdale Beach can be very limited and expensive and the traffic to get to the beach can be daunting. Why not board the Water Taxi where there is plenty of reasonably priced parking such as at The Riverfront complex Stop 1, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Stop 6 or Galleria Mall Stop 9. Then you can enjoy a wonderful boat ride with interesting narration while the Water Taxi takes you to one of two beach access locations; Bahia Cabana Stop 7 or Beach Place Stop 8. After enjoying the beach, have lunch at one of the many Oceanside restaurants along the beach before returning to the Water Taxi for more boat riding.

Here are a few ideas for creating your own adventures:

Venice of America

During the summer months, mornings are beautiful in Fort Lauderdale; not to hot and usually sunny. Pick the most convenient Water taxi Stop to your location by referring to the “Maps & Stops” page. Sit back and relax while you travel the waterways Fort Lauderdale’s Water Taxi Route. The crew will regale you with stories of the life styles of the rich and famous as you cruise by mansions and yacht. If you are more adventurous you can make a day of it and extend your trip on the Hollywood Route to check out Hollywood beach or the Northern route to have lunch at one of three restaurants at Stop #10.

DIY Pub Crawl

Drive your car to the Las Olas Riverfront complex and park in the garage adjacent to the Briny Irish Pub. This is a good time to be sure you have a designated driver for the evening. You can actually purchase your ticket at the garage or you can buy a ticket on board the Water Taxi. Your first stop on the Pub Crawl should be the Briny Irish Pub which is at Water Taxi Stop #1. While you enjoy your drink, you can map out your evening activities. Every Water Taxi stop is close to multiple bars and restaurants. The Water Taxi Crews can help you by recommending establishments at each stop. Now, just start having fun.

Shopping Trip

The Water Taxi can provide you with unlimited shopping and dining opportunities. Find the closest Water Taxi stop to your location, board the boat and select a shopping destination. Stop 3 is just two blocks from Las Olas Boulevard which is lined with shops and art galleries, after shopping there are many restaurants in the Las Olas Shopping districts. Stop 8 will drop you off a few blocks from the beach at Beach Place. Here you will find shops along the ocean. Stop 9 lands at the Gallery One Double Tree Hotel which is steps away from the Galleria Mall. So, get on your walking shoes and have a ball shopping and dining in Fort Lauderdale.

Venice of America

Plan your own tour around Fort Lauderdale on the Water Taxi.

DIY Pub Crawl

Enjoy drinks at the best bars and restaurants on the Water Taxi Route.

Shopping Trip

Water Taxi can take you to unlimited shopping and dining destinations.

EXPLORE Hollywood on The Water Taxi.
You can board the Hollywood route at three locations along Hollywood Beach or you can board the Hollywood boat at Stop 5 in Fort Lauderdale. On the Water Taxi you can either travel between Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood Beach or you can ride around within Hollywood.

Hollywood is an awesome place. Heading just south from Fort Lauderdale on the Waterway is the extremely interesting Port Everglades home to south Florida’s thriving Cruise ship Industry and port of call to thousands of merchant ships every year. Further south are the beautiful nature parks; john Lloyd Park to the east and Anne Kolb Park to the west. Along the parks you may see graceful turkey Vultures circling overhead searching for their prey in the mangroves or you may see pelicans skimming the surface of the water as they scour the waterways for their dinner. Then, after an enjoyable ride and beautiful sites, the Water Taxi arrives at Hollywood Beach where the Water Taxi has three stops to bring guests close to their destination. Hollywood Beach is quite different from Fort Lauderdale Beach offering a very different look and feel to the South Florida experience. The center of activity is the Broadwalk…no not the boardwalk, the “Broadwalk”; named so because it is so wide that it can accommodate all sorts of pedestrian and peddle powered vehicles operating in both directions. At 2.5 miles long and lined with restaurants and nightlife on the west side and pristine beach on the east side traveling the Broadwalk is a highlight to any trip to Hollywood Beach. At the end of Johnson Street, along the Broadwalk, you will find the Hollywood Beach Theater. This open air venue features live entertainment most nights of the week in a laid back seaside environment. You can dance under the stars to Salsa music one night and cheer on an old time rock and roll band the next. Don’t forget that many of the shops, restaurants and rental Companies offer discounts when you present your Water Taxi ticket.

Here are a few ideas for creating your own adventures in Hollywood:

Waterways Cruise

Live Music

Check out the schedule of live entertainment at the Hollywood Beach Theater and plan your trip around enjoying the wide variety of offerings at this waterfront open air venue. Most performances run from 7:30 to 9:00, so be sure to get right back to the boat to pick up the last north bound boat at 9:10 pm. Note if you originated at stop C or stop D, your last boat heading south is at 8:20 pm, so you will not be able to stay for the entire performance if you plan to take the water Taxi back to where you originally boarded.

Easy Transfers

If you are heading to Fort Lauderdale for the day, check the interconnecting service on the Main Fort Lauderdale route at Stop 6 to plan out your day.

Waterways Cruise

Cruise Hollywood on the Hollywood Route.

Live Music

Check out the schedule of live entertainment at Hollywood Beach Theater.

Easy Transfers

Visiting Fort Lauderdale for the day? Transfer at Stop 6/ Hollywood Stop H1.

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