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1. Pilgrim Belle Cruises – 801 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; website:
www.delrayyachtcruises.com , 2-hour Narrated Intracoastal Cruises, Adults $22,
Seniors (62 & older) & Children (12 & under) $19, Cruises departing at 10:30am &
1:30pm—call for schedule & reservations 561-243-0686.
2. Loxahatchee Everglades Tours – 15490 Loxahatchee Road, west of U.S. 441 north
of Deerfield Beach, south of Boca Raton; 800-683-5873. Web site:
http://www.evergladesairboattours.com Airboat tours of
the Everglades, with frequent sightings of alligators, wading birds and more.
Tours vary in length (choices range from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. Hours: 9:30
a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Adults $32, children (6-12) $16, free for ages 5 and
3. Jungle Queen Riverboat -- A1A, Bahia Mar Yacht Center, Fort Lauderdale;
954-462-5596. Web site: www.junglequeen.com.
Barbecue and shrimp dinner sightseeing cruise with variety show departs nightly
at 7 p.m.; Adults $32.95, children (2-12 years old) $18. Three-hour narrated
sightseeing cruises depart at 10 a.m.
and 2 p.m.; adults $14.50, children $10.25. Cash or traveler's checks only.
4. Carrie B. Harbor Tours – Las Olas Boulevard at SE 5th Avenue, Fort
Lauderdale; 954-768-9920. Web site:
http://www.carriebcruises.com. Seasonal sightseeing cruises of the New
River, Intra-coastal Waterway and Port Everglades
featuring yachts and homes of the rich and famous. Hours: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3
p.m. daily. Cost: Adults $14.95, children under 12 $8.95.
5. Chesapeake -- One of the few boat tours that offers ocean sailing. Go aboard
Walter Cronkite's former yacht, the Chesapeake, a 46-foot cutter yawl. Pick up
at the Doubletree Hotel on Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Laudedale; 954-463-1414.
Daily 3-1/2-hour sailing cruises by appointment. Tickets: $59.95-$79. Up to 10
6. Water Bus of Fort Lauderdale -- 651 Sea Breeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale;
954-467-6677. Web site: www.watertaxi.com.
Makes regular stops at 11 different
points between Oakland Park Boulevard and SE 17th Street along the Intracoastal
Waterway, and west along the New River into downtown Fort Lauderdale as far as
the River House restaurant, from about 10:30 a.m. to after midnight. Fare: $10
for an all-day pass, with other passes available.
7. Everglades Holiday Park -- End of Griffin Road west, half mile past U.S. 27;
954-434-8111. Web site:
www.evergladesholidaypark.com. One-hour airboat tours include alligator
wrestling. Free admission and free
parking, but the airboat tour is $20 for adults and $10 for children.
Full-service RV campground, boat rentals, gift shop, deli, Everglades bass
fishing. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
8. Sawgrass Recreation Park -- On U.S. 27, 2 miles north of I-75; 954-389-0202
or 800-457-0788. Narrated Everglades airboat tours daily. Also features a live
alligator and birds of prey exhibit, boat rentals, fishing, food and beverages.
The tours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Adults $19.50, children under
12 $10 (plus tax), free for children 4 and under.
9. Biscayne National Park – 9700 SW 328th St., Homestead; 305-230-1100 or
305-230-7275. Web: www.nps.gov/bisc.
Three-hour glass-bottom bout tours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. The park is 95
percent underwater and features colorful coral reefs and undeveloped keys in
Biscayne Bay, southeast of Miami. Directions: The auto entrance to the park is
at Convoy Point, which can be reached by taking Florida's Turnpike south to Exit
6 (Speedway Boulevard), turning left from the
exit ramp and continuing south to Southwest 328th Street (North Canal Drive).
Turn left and continue to the end of the road. The entrance is approximately 5
miles on the left. Reservations are recommended for the boat tours, and six
passenger minimum applies. Fee: $24.45 plus tax for adults, $16.45 for children
under 12 years, and $19.45 for seniors. A $2.50 fuel surcharge will also
10. Island Queen Cruises of Miami -- Leaves from Bayside Marketplace at Biscayne
and Port Boulevards, Miami. 305.379.5119 ext. 201. Web site:
www.islandqueencruises.com. This 1- 1/2 hour cruise along Biscayne Bay takes in
the downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Brickell Key, Fisher Island and
the celebrity filled islands of Miami Beach known as "Millionaire's Row." Adults
are $17; children (4 -12) are $8 and children under 4 years are free. Cruises
are hourly from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday to Sundays. The firm also offers nightly dance cruises.