It is an adventure to travel by water taxi and arrive at waterside destinations, including dozens of restaurants and shops ... More
It is an adventure to travel by water taxi and arrive at waterside destinations, including dozens of restaurants and shops and a surprising number of offices, as well. These little green-and-yellow boats will also take groups on tours. Piloted by licensed captains, the taxis scoot around from downtown along the canals, Intracoastal Waterways and rivers. Schedules vary, call for details.
Our family of four decided to spend the day after Christmas in Fort Lauderdale. After parking at the Cheesecake Factory and walking around Las Olas Blvd. for a while, we decided to see the sites via the Water Taxi. We got on at the SE 9th Avenue stop and rode the Water Taxi to stop number 4, Beach Place. We enjoyed watching the yachts go by and the multi-million dollar homes along the way. Our problems started when we attempted to return to SE 9th from the beach: we couldn't get on the taxi! We waited through two taxi stops and the boat was completely full each time! Since it was getting late and we had plans for the evening, we decided we would have to walk back to Las Olas, rather than waiting for the taxi to return. The exercise was great, but I feel we got ripped off! $42 for a one-way trip!
We went to Ft. Lauderdale one day before it was time to leave on the cruise and had heard about the water taxi as thing to try out. We started off at the last stop in the Rivercenter and started our tour at about 8PM 12/7/07. The cost was after hours so we only paid $8/pp. But we think it was well worth it. The tour took us throught the many beautiful houses along the river that you could never see on foot. The history was great and the tour guides were funny and great story tellers. We were able to go all the way up to the 1st stop and come back to our stop in about 2hrs. Would definitely recommend as something to do but definitely start earlier in the day so you can do more stops.
As of July 2007 the rate we recieved was $11 per person for an ALL DAY PASS! You could get on and off as you wished. The tour guides were funny. My mom and I rode everywhere, got brunch, went to the galleria mall, and to and from our hotel. After 7pm my father rode as well (he was at a conference during the day), since it was in the evening his ticket was $8 and he could get on and off as much as he pleased as well. That night we went and at on Las Olas Blvd. and rode back to our hotel. WE DIDN'T DRIVE ALL DAY! Save your money and take the water taxi for site seeing because the other "cruises" are too expensive and don't compare.
Rode on a taxi with a delightful crew who narrated the trip and told us who owned the mansions and yachts on the water. On our return trip, the crew was pissed off that they hadn't been tipped by the 20 passengers that had recently disembarked, so they were cranky and not much fun to be around.
Aside from their schedule being a little off at times....this was a very good value. You do get some narration along the way...it's not a tour boat per se...although I highly doubt any locals take it to get around...so basically it's for tourists. This was one of the highlights of our trip to Ft. Lauderdale. Crew seemed to enjoy their job and actually did things to "earn" a tip. Wish the rest of the hospitality workers understood that premise..
Great way to see a lot of the sites in Ft. Lauderdale - plus, the Captain and mate are full of fun and interesting tips about who lives or lived where. Looking at these fabulous waterfront homes is amazing and its a relaxing trip on the water - but buy an all day pass and you can get on and off as much as you want, to shop, eat, drink or just sightsee. It's a very good value and a fun way to get around the Ft. Lauderdale Intercoastal Waterway. Highly recommend it.
We stayed on the beach and the water bus landing was directly accross the street - we literally didn't drive except for a trip to Mai-Kai one evening. Very convenient, very relaxing, and the tour guide / captain was always very funny.
We had a great day just riding the water taxi for 2 hours on my first Ft. Lauderdale visit last winter. It was a great tour. The announcer was alot of fun and it was so enjoyable to see the former homes of Sonny & Cher, Henry Mancini, etc. We enjoyed it so much, we didn't even get off the boat all afternoon! And for $5, you can't beat it! I'm headed back next week with relatives, and it's the first thing I'm going to do with them! They'll love it!
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